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May is Deck Safety Month®
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May is right around the corner, and we all know what that means. It's time to gear up for Deck Safety Month®!

A deck is the perfect place to enjoy the warm weather with friends and loved ones. But an unsafe deck could possibly collapse, causing serious injuries to you and your guests.

The number of deck failures and resulting injuries has been increasing at an alarming rate. Between 2000 and 2008, there were at least 30 deaths reported as a direct result of deck collapses, and more than 75 percent of people on a deck when it collapses are injured or killed. With 40 million decks in the United States that are more than 20 years old, it's important for homeowners to check their deck.

NADRA is dedicated to increasing public awareness of the necessity for regular inspection and maintenance of existing decks and proper installation of new decks.

Provided here for your convenience is NADRA's official Deck Evaluation Checklist. More resources related to deck safety are available at

Heavy winter snowfall could mean dangerous decks
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VideoBriefYou might want to check out the safety of your deck, before you step outside to enjoy it. Some local deck experts say the weight of heavy winter snow can seriously compromise deck structures. According to the North American Deck and Railing Association, there have been at least 13 deck collapses in Minnesota in the past year. More

Deck collapse in Minnesota injures 3 people
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Pat Noonan, owner of O'Noonan Construction and president of the Minnesota Chapter of NADRA is quoted in this story about a deck that collapsed over the weekend at a house in Rosemount, Minn. The collapse injured three people who were on it, was constructed poorly and had been built without a city permit, officials said. More

Outdoor living spaces can help homes sell faster
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Although home sellers often think primarily of the indoor areas in their home when putting their house on the market, oftentimes it is the outdoor areas — the deck, gardens, lawns, and in some cases, outdoor kitchens, sports court or pool — that can make or break a sale. An excellent outdoor living area makes a property stand out from other similar ones, says James Irwin, head of the construction division of Everything Outdoors. More

Deck and porch railings not only enhance safety, but add decorative style as well
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For years, homeowners considered railing the icing on the cake when considering a deck - it was nice to have, but not essential. Those same homeowners are now realizing that finishing their decks with a complementary railing system can provide the added safety and beauty needed to truly capitalize on their investment. More

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Fortress is a leading manufacturer of premium railing solutions and a proud NADRA member and supporter. Fortress is continually focused on development of innovative railing products as well as superior product performance. Fortress products enhance views and are versatile for use in a variety of deck and railing products.

Lighting designers love to work in landscapes
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Landscape lighting is essentially comprised of two major types — path or spread lighting, used to illuminate walkways and the like, and accent lighting, often placed in wells or ground-based, spotlight-type fixtures. Variations on accent lighting include water lighting fixtures designed to be used around pools, fountains and similar features. Entryway lighting can also be part of the design, as can deck and patio lighting, depending on lifestyle needs. Proper placement of deck lighting can particularly create a mood. More

For outdoor living spaces, think high style and low maintenance
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There's a difference between the modern outdoor space and what's been the standard in the past. Today, a few stray folding chairs on the grass and burgers on a beat-up old grill doesn't quite cut it anymore. Outdoor spaces are increasingly viewed as extensions of a home's interior - and just as worthy of careful designing and planning. That doesn't necessarily mean spending a fortune - one of the best ways to keep costs reasonable is to use materials that don't require a lot of maintenance. More

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Hopeful glimmers of construction recovery
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There are some hopeful signs for construction, even though the topline figures for spending and employment remain at depression levels, according to Associated General Contractors Chief Economist Ken Simonson. Some sectors and regions have turned positive. On April 19, the Census Bureau reported that seasonally adjusted multifamily starts in March jumped 28 percent from a year earlier. February starts also posted impressive year-over-year gains of 54 percent, showing that the March result is not a one-time fluke. More

Construction materials prices jump 2 percent in March
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Big jumps in diesel and other energy based products plus gypsum, aluminum and steel products and smaller rises in concrete products caused a 2 percent rise in the construction materials price index in March from February. The Index is up 4 percent in the last three months and 6.8 percent over the last year. The March gain brought the index above the previous peak level in September 2008. More

NADRA Highlights

Join NADRA today!
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NADRA is made up of deck builders, manufacturers, dealers/distributors, wholesalers, retailers and service providers to the deck and railing industry. By working together we can be one voice for the industry and deliver a clear message to the consumer and the code development bodies. NADRA serves as a trade association with emphasis on safe building practices and deck safety. More

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Important dates to remember

  • May 10 - NADRA New England Chapter meeting at 5 p.m. at Harvey Building Products located at 1400 Main St., Waltham, Mass. Please contact Fred Aldrich for more information:
  • May 11 - NADRA Minnesota Chapter meeting at 5:15 p.m. Location is to be determined.
  • May 12 - NADRA New York Chapter meeting at 6 p.m. at Kennelly's located at 962 Route 9W, Congers, N.Y., 10920. Please RSVP to Jared Goldman at 914.980.3673.

For more details on NADRA Events, email your questions to

Check out NADRA on Facebook!
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Be among the first to learn NADRA news and updates by joining us on Facebook. Network with other NADRA members. Check out their deck photos or product promotions from manufacturer members. Join your local chapter's Facebook page and see pictures from local events or accept invitations to local meetings. More

Don't forget to check out the NADRA Deck and Railing Product & Service Guide!

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