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The Decking and Railing Hot Topic Report
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To help the decking and railing industry move the needle forward in today's lackluster economic "recovery," NADRA and Principia Partners, a proud member of NADRA, are working together to motivate the industry to work together and create more decking and railing demand. Over the next several weeks leading to Principia's executive Decking and Railing Conference and DeckExpo, we will publish a series of information reports that address the critical hot topics facing the business.

Hot Topic #2 discusses whether or not ULM decking is the future of the industry? Click here to read more.

A reason to be happy from Fiberon
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Following this year's exciting National Enjoy Your Deck Day celebration, we've decided to offer another opportunity for one of our Fiberon fans to win their "dream deck" this summer. It's not too late to enjoy your deck. Or too early to start thinking about next year.

August is Happiness Happens month, a time to recognize and share happiness in an effort to spread the joy. To celebrate and deliver a little outdoor happiness to your month, we're excited to announce our Happiness Happens contest. One lucky winner will receive a Fiberon Horizon composite deck in the color of your choice.

Better, Faster, Safer, Easier, Fail-Safe Footer's
The WP Fail-Safe Form Footer is a complete system for building piers and footings. Integrated Re-Bar Holders for (Vertical&Horizontal Re-Bar) pieces are sold individually, for easy adaption to local codes and building requirements, you buy only what you need. WP Fail-Safe products are bright orange plastic for easy inspection even in deep excavations. Why risk footer failure when you can BE SAFE with FAIL-SAFE FORM FOOTER. more

WOLF announces Facebook decking sweepstakes
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WOLF, the largest supplier of kitchen cabinets in the U.S. and a leading provider of building products along the East Coast, announced it would give away a $2,500 WOLF™ PVC decking package through a Facebook-only sweepstakes. Visitors to WOLF's Facebook page who are over the age of 18 may enter the contest by completing a simple form. The sweepstakes ends on Aug. 31. WOLF™ PVC Decking, introduced early in 2011, has rapidly become a favorite because it offers high quality at a value price point – and it's made in U.S.A. More

Any good deck is built on strength
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The 2-by-4s or 2-by-6s seem to take more punishment than any other part of a deck. They are the most exposed. But because they are out in the open and have spaces between them for drainage, they often last longer than the structural supports below. On most decks, those key connections occur at several levels. First is the connection between concrete piers to wood posts for elevated decks, or directly to a horizontal girder for ground-hugging decks. More

Oil-based stain adds nice finish
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Vancouver's CBR Products is now marketing Broda Pro-Tek-Tor, an innovative water-based oil stain that does not require wood to be totally dry for application. This dismal Vancouver summer has many homeowners putting off staining their decks, siding or fences. Most are waiting for a string of sunny days that may not come. With Broda Pro-Tek-Tor you can stain your deck now and not have to wait for Mother Nature to co-operate. More

GuarDeck® Prestige Decking

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A blend of education in construction
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Today's graduates are armed with knowledge of the trade, passion to succeed, and a set of technology skills unlike perhaps any generation before. However, while such a wealth of knowledge and desire is critical to succeed in today's building or contracting company, so too is an awareness and comprehension of the business of construction. More

Construction added jobs in July at a 'surprising clip'
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In a sign of positive news, the nation's construction industry added 8,000 jobs in July, according to the Aug. 5 employment report by the U.S. Labor Department. Over the past twelve months, the construction industry has added 32,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate now stands at 13.6 percent compared to 15.6 percent in June. The nonresidential building construction sector added 2,100 jobs for the month and 4,900 jobs from the same time last year, with employment standing at 662,700. More

Ecolife™ - Better Decks Cost Less

Ecolife™ Stabilized Weather-Resistant Wood is an environmentally preferred building product that enhances the strength and long-term natural beauty of your deck projects - with significantly less maintenance.

Exports a boon for Western lumber industry
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Exports have been one bright point for the struggling Western lumber industry as home-building remains stagnant. Lumber exports from the western U.S. to Asia were up 30 percent for the first four months of this year, Hakan Ekstrom, president of Seattle-based Wood Resources International, said recently. More

Drought 2011: Timber industry faces long-term losses
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Trees. The word is almost synonymous with East Texas. Stately piney woods and lush vegetation are constants in the area – until this year. Even the trees are feeling the effects of the worst drought Texas has had in years. "The lost timber volume could have been used to produce forest products such as lumber, plywood and paper products worth a total of $53.5 million," said Chris Edgar, a forest resource analyst with Texas Forest Service. "That level of forest industry economic activity could have supported a total economic activity in East Texas of $92.7 million." More

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Important dates to remember

  • Aug. 22 - NADRA New England Chapter breaks ground for their very first Deck for a Soldier build!
  • Oct. 3-4 - WPC Conference 2011: Decking & Outdoor Living Products in Charlotte, N.C. Click HERE for more details.
  • Oct. 12-15 - DeckExpo 2011: Exhibits on Oct. 13-15, and the Confernce is on Oct. 12-15, at the Lakeside Center, McCormick Place, Chicago, Ill. Click HERE for more details.
  • Oct. 13 - NADRA Main Event happening at and location to be announced soon! Stay tuned to learn more about NADRA's Annual Meeting, Dinner Party, Deck Competition and Awards Ceremony!

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

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