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NADRA Networking Dinner and Day of Education — open for registration this week!
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NADRA is hitting the deck running with a brand new education series launching March 2011. Join us March 23-24 for a NADRA dinner reception followed by a day of deck-specific education. Are you a NADRA member? This course is one of a four-part series designed to help contractors prepare for their NADRA MDP Certification exams (NADRA Master Deck Professional Certification*). Flaunt your certification in your proposals, website, marketing and be recognized on All NADRA Members who complete this course will be mentioned in NADRA's blog and weekly news brief!

Wednesday, March 23 - NADRA Networking Dinner:
  • 6 p.m. networking dinner
Thursday, March 24 - NADRA Education:
  • 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Understanding the Existing Structure, by Glenn Mathewson
  • 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.: Lunch provided
  • 1:30 - 3 p.m.: Manufacturer installation class by TimberTech
  • 3 - 3:30 p.m.: Break - Light snack provided
  • 3:30 - 5 p.m.: Manufacturer installation class by Fiberon

Class description:

Understanding the Existing Structure by Glenn Mathewson will describe the various and unexpected ways a new deck can affect the structure it serves. Mechanical and electrical systems, egress windows and exterior wall coverings, for example, must all be understood and evaluated before construction begins. Understanding the Existing Structure will get you thinking outside of the box, and understanding how a deck is about much more than just the deck.

The opportunities presented in Providence, R.I., through the efforts of your association are not to be missed, as the courses outlined above will be the building blocks on which all NADRA certifications are based. Don't be left the odd guy out when homeowners are measuring you up against the rest. In the coming months, your association will be rolling out more education and credentialing opportunties involving more manufacturers in more cities. And these courses are sure to sell out. So get on board today, and get a leg up on the competition.

Online registration opens this week! Learn more by visiting!

Demand is driving innovation
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Companies that make composite and cellular PVC decking remain the one bright spot in the building and construction market. Many of them have grown at a high-double-digit pace during the past three years in spite of the housing downturn — or perhaps helped by it to some degree, as homeowners turned to remodeling projects. More

Cost pressures building on builders
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With interest rates at near rock-bottom levels, most people realize that it's only a matter of time before loan costs start to rise. After all, what comes down in the mortgage world always has a way of going up. But what seems to be forgotten is that construction costs also will eventually go back up, too. And the rumblings of that natural phenomenon are already being felt in most building-product categories. More

Decking market good to nGrain
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Marrying the look of wood with low maintenance has been the goal of Americhem Inc.'s nGrain simulated wood-grain effects for 15 years. During that time, the Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio-based color compounds and concentrates maker has seen nGrain sales shift from siding products to decking, said product development manager Brian Cur. More

Fortress Introduces Fe26 Vienna Railing

Fe26 Vienna Railing embodies old world charm and elegance, which is coupled with its modern and simple design for easy installation. The result is quality railing that is absolutely timeless. Paying tribute to unique architectural design, Fe26 Vienna Railing blends historic style with modern elegance.

Industry expects uptick in remodeling
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With the economy starting to recover, consumers feel better about spending again - and that spare cash is going back into their homes. Home remodeling is on an upswing after the industry's worst slump since at least the early 1960s. Scores of foreclosed properties need a ton of TLC, prompting buyers to renovate those tired or tattered spaces. Many other homeowners want to improve because they don't plan to move - either by choice or by circumstance. More

Housing starts, producer prices rise
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U.S. housing starts rose more than expected in January to their highest rate in four months but permits for future home construction dropped sharply after hefty gains the prior month, according to a government report that showed the housing market still bouncing along the bottom. More

Ecolife™ - Better Decks Cost Less
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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

Important dates to remember

  • March 2-5 - Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Expo in Salt Lake City
  • March 8 - NADRA New England Chapter meeting at 5 p.m. in Watham, Mass. More details to be announced later.
  • March 23 - NADRA Networking Dinner Reception at The Providence Biltmore, Rhode Island. Visit for more information.
  • March 23-26 - JLC Live Residential Construction Show in Providence, R.I.
  • March 24 - NADRA Education - Providence, R.I. Visit for more information.
  • April 6-8 - Atlantic Builders Convention in Atlantic City, N.J.
  • April 13 - NADRA Minnesota Chapter meeting at 5:15 p.m. at the Kambium offices located at 21600 Hamburg Ave, Lakeville, Minn., 55044. More details to be announced later.

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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