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May is Deck Safety Month®
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It's hard to believe we have already made it to May but with it comes Deck Safety Month®. This is the month of year when we offer our services to those in our communities who need us to make sure their decks are safe.

It really is a great program and your chance to give a little back and possibly save someone from a potential problem. With the number of aging decks today we really are offering a great service to our end users and the need to give their decks an annual check-up.

It could also be a great opportunity for you to get a few referrals. How? Well, have you thought about following up with your past customers and offer to come out and provide a free NADRA 10 point deck inspection? That gives you a chance to be back in front of your home owner and remind them how wonderful you are. Any time you can get in front of your fans it is a good thing. So, go to the web site and download a Check Your Deck® list and get out and provide a few deck safety checks! It would also be wise to send your local news paper a press release letting them help you in your crusade across town to make decks in your area safer. Just have them send their readers to the NADRA website and when they need a contractor to help them they will find your name listed for their community.

What's that? You aren't a member? You better get on board because this train is leaving and your company is getting left behind!

Download these forms today and help our industry promote deck safety awareness!

Click here to download NADRA's deck evaluation form.
Click here to download NADRA's 10 point checklist.

Shawn Miller
President, NADRA

NADRA Western Washington Chapter Deck for a Soldier® update
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NADRA recently announced the official plans and build schedule for their Deck For a Soldier® project. The Western Washington Chapter broke ground on March 25, and has made fantastic progress.

Before the NADRA WWA Chapter broke ground on March 25

The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on Monday, May 30, at 2 p.m. at 4702 Durham St. S.E., in Lacey, Wash. Famous Dave's BBQ and Red Hook Brew will be provided for all! If you'd like to attend, please send your RSVP to Kate Rpyer at or give her a call at 253.853.8880.

Videos of the Western Washington Chapter's progress can be watched in Phase 1 and Phase 2.

NADRA launched its Deck For a Soldier® program in 2007; this is a community effort that expresses our appreciation for the service and dedication of the men and women of our armed forces. The project will be completed with strictly donated materials, time and labor.

3-D rendering of D4S project - Complete with American flag inlay

Western Washington NADRA members are humbled and honored to break ground for the west coast and know the deck could not have gone to a more deserving family.

More information about Deck for a Soldier can be found at

Trex swings to profit, buys Denver's Iron Deck
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Deck manufacturer Trex Company Inc. returned to a profitable first quarter and announced earlier this week that it will buy a Denver-based competitor. Trex, based in northern Virginia, is buying Iron Deck Corp. in a bid to expand into the low-maintenance deck sector. Iron Deck makes steel frames for decks. More

Life cycle assessment shows treated wood better for environment
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A recent life cycle assessment of ACQ-treated wood completed by third-party engineering firm AquAeTer revealed results not surprising to the wood industry: across the board, pressure treated wood is friendlier to the environment than wood-plastic composite decking. A complete peer review article was published in the January 3, 2011, online edition of the Journal of Cleaner Production. More

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Remodeling Market Index reaches highest level in 4 years
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According to the National Association of Home Builders' Remodeling Market Index, the remodeling market is heading into recovery with an increase to 46.5 in the first quarter of 2011 from 41.5 in the fourth quarter of 2010. This marks the highest level for the RMI since the fourth quarter of 2006. An RMI below 50, however, indicates that still more remodelers report market activity is lower (compared to the prior quarter) than report it is higher. More

Living Space: 5 elements create a perfect outdoor living area
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Outdoor living spaces are increasingly more popular places to enjoy as summer approaches. We're no longer content to spend time in the outdoors in a folding chair with a small charcoal grill. Current trends in outdoor living areas feature dining options, fireplaces, water features and beautiful gardens. Some have even gone high tech with television viewing. But regardless of how you live in your outdoor space, a successful outdoor living area has five key elements - and taking those cues into account will help you create a living space outdoors that you'll love and enjoy all year long. More

Green building materials demand to grow 13 percent annually over next 5 years
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Nationwide demand for green building materials is expected to increase 13 percent annually to create a $71.1 billion market in 2015, according to a forecast by the Freedonia Group. A number of green building products, including concrete made from recycled materials and green floor coverings, are expected to post gains of more than 10 percent in demand annually through 2015, the Cleveland-based research firm said. More

How construction companies can right-size to improve financial performance
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When the housing bubble burst, many construction business owners were amazed at the speed and magnitude of decline within their industry. With the slow improvement of the economy this year, and even slower recovery of the housing and construction segments, contractors will continue to feel pressured to find new ways to improve the bottom line. More

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US economy slowed by high gas prices, bad weather
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The economy, measured by gross domestic product, slowed sharply in the first three months of the year. High gas prices cut into consumer spending, bad weather delayed construction projects and the federal government slashed defense spending by the most in six years. The 1.8 percent annual growth rate in the January-March quarter was significantly weaker than the 3.1 percent growth in the previous quarter, the Commerce Department reported. More

NADRA Highlights

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

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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 RSVP to Otto Kinzel at or at 603.686.9081.
  • May 11 - NADRA Minnesota Chapter meeting at 5:15 p.m. Location is to be determined.
  • May 11 - NADRA New Jersey Chapter meeting at 6 p.m. at Niece Lumber in Lambertville, N.J. Please RSVP Bari Siano at
  • 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.
  • May 30 - NADRA Western Washington Chapter Deck for a Soldier® Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 2 p.m. at 4702 Durham St. S.E., Lacey, Wash., 98503. Join us for Famous Dave's BBQ, Red Hook Brew (or other refreshments) and a fun time! Please RSVP to Kate Rpyer at or 253.853.8880.
  • June 21 - NADRA Georgia Chapter meeting sponsored by Guardian at 5:30 p.m. at Prado Taco Mac. Please RSVP to Ginny Tibbetts at
  • August 16 - NADRA Georgia Chapter meeting sponsored by Trex at 5:30 p.m. at Prado Taco Mac. Please RSVP to Ginny Tibbetts at

For more details on NADRA Events, email your questions to

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

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

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