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NADRA 2012 Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner
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Registration for NADRA's 2012 Annual Meeting, Awards Dinner and Deck Competition is open. Early bird pricing expires Sept. 13. Click the links above to learn more. A very special thank you to our sponsors to-date:
  • Fiberon — Diamond Level
  • Fortress Railing Products — Silver Level
  • Screw Products, Inc. — Silver Level
  • TimberTech — Silver Level
  • Wolmanized Outdoor Wood — Silver Level
  • Wolf Distributing — Bronze Level
  • California Redwood Association — Bronze Level
  • EZ Stairs, Inc. — Supporting Sponsor
We couldn't do it without your help. Thank you! For sponsorship details, click here.

NADRA Deck Competition 'How To' Webinar
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Join us for a free webinar about NADRA's National Deck Competition tonight @ 6:00pm EST
• Take a tour through the online portal
• See firsthand a step-by-step guide on how to enter your projects
• Learn tips and tricks
• Ask questions!
Register now


Why is thermally-modified wood brown in color?
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Q. Why is thermally modified decking brown in color? Jeff of Fort Wayne
A. As my mother used to say Jeff, "Why is an elephant." Don't ask me. She never explained the saying. Let's start with the basics. Thermally modified decking is relatively new to the marketplace due to its price point. Until PVC and composite decking started making waves — literally sometimes — it was hard to market high priced deck surfaces.

Summer may be almost over, but deck-building season isn't
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I was spoiled for choice when choosing images of the deck that's featured in my Hot Home Products column this week. So here's more pics of the project, created by Rosario Ungaro of Benchmark Building Services with materials from Deck Masters of Canada And if it has you thinking you need a deck redo, don't image that the season has ended. According to Ungaro, the milder fall weather we've enjoyed over the past few years has extended deck-building season well into November. More

Long-lasting deck stains
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Decks are a wonderful place to relax, but keeping them looking good is a real challenge. Consumer Reports is running long-term tests on more than 30 deck stains to see how well they hold up. The stained panels stay out on Consumer Reports' rooftop for years, in all kinds of weather. More

Composite decking material for marinas
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Do you know what composite decking material is best for use at a marina, a boardwalk or even a dock? While there are lots of different options available, it is important to choose the right type of boards to ensure that your space lasts a long time without problems or frequent repairs. There are several things to keep in mind before making your final decision on boards. More

Weyerhaeuser free mobile phone app simplifies sizing of deck beams
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To help deck builders, advanced do-it-yourselfers and building material dealers design strong, stable and safe decks, Weyerhaeuser introduces the free 'Parallam+ Deck Beam Sizer' app for iPhones and iPads. The new app enables users to specify the size and loading of decks with only three simple inputs to find the correct beam size. It also provides users a fast and simple way to send supporting documentation to the local building department, which can help facilitate approvals. More


Digital marketing: Why email marketing beats display, SEO and social media in terms of ROI
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The digital age has seen the rise of various platforms that have taken traditional marketing to the world of online. In the last few years search engine optimization (SEO), display advertising, and social media have become important ingredients in most brand's digital marketing mix — but despite the growth in these marketing mediums, email marketing is still the most effective. More

3 big social media stats every SMB should know
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In 2005, only 8 percent of online adults were using social media. That's over 700 percent lower than the number of adults using social media today. And not only are more people using social networking sites, but they are also spending more time on them. In fact, one in six minutes spent online is on a social media site. More

9 key traits of a good leader
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Secure Base Leaders engage in a high level of caring and also encourage a high level of daring. In this way, both the leader and their followers can reach the highest levels of performance and have the most positive impact on others. We call that place the 'sweet spot' of leadership. This sweet spot is of particular relevance to organizations focused on learning, innovation and change. More


Important dates to remember
  • Sept. 13 — Deadline to register for NADRA Dinner Event with early-bird pricing
  • Sept. 25 — Deadline to enter NADRA Deck Competition
  • Oct. 8 and 9 — NADRA Master Deck Professional Education / Certification: Register here
  • Oct. 10 — NADRA's Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner/Fundraiser: 5:30 p.m., American Visionary Art Museum, after-party held at Hard Rock Cafe from 10:30 p.m. — close.
  • Oct. 10-12 — DeckExpo, Baltimore 2012: Exhibits — Learn more
  • Oct. 22-23Composite Decking & Railing Conference — JW Marriott Buckhead Atlanta
For more details on NADRA Events, email your questions to

The Kits Make It Easy

Patented hardware & convenient kitting separates Ultra-Tec from the rest. Watch video. For samples click here.

Hidden Deck Fasteners

Visit Screw Products, Inc. for DeckLok — The Original Patented Advanced Lateral Anchor, C-Deck Composite Deck Screws, The Ultimate Hidden DeckClip, Star Drive Wood Screws and More! DeckExpo Booth# 1510!

Fortress Debuts Black Sand Finish

Black Sand is now available for Fortress Fe26 Iron Railing, Fortress Railing Balusters and FortressAccents Post Caps & LED Lighting. Download brochure here.


NADRA Industry Update
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