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"Deck design and construction is our business. We're not handy-men, and we're not roofers looking to fill some down time with a deck. We are specialists. Because of this focus on decks, we strive to be at the leading edge of "all things decks." Whether it's new materials, innovative designs or code requirements, we want to be well-versed on the details. It's what sets us apart.

To that effect, we have taken the step to secure NADRA Branch Memberships for each of our field carpenters and our production manager. I feel that it's no longer enough to just have the salesman/owner certified, but the guys who are doing the work on a daily basis also need to be up-to-date on the latest info- and have the technical training to back that knowledge.

The North American Deck and Railing Association is the only national association that focuses on our industry, and is leading the cause on deck-specific training and certification. I want myself, and my company associated with leaders and innovators, and this training course will allow us to continue on our commitment to be the best deck designers/builders in our local market. This is why my team and I are making the trip from Reading, Penn., to Providence, R.I. to attend NADRA's networking dinner and full day of deck-specific's spring time and getting busy, but this is an event I and my staff cannot afford to miss!"

~Matt Breyer, President Breyer Construction & Landscape, LLC.

Best Decking: 2011 Readers' Choice Awards    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Reader's Choice Awards 2011 Best Decking category honors the year's top decking materials, brands and manufacturers, as nominated and chosen by our readers. Some materials — like wood, the original and very basic decking material — have remained the same, while others have evolved as a reflection of the environment in which we live and include recycled plastics and wood fibers. More

Home remodeling to rebound in US as owner confidence improves
Bloomberg    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The U.S. home-improvement industry is poised for a revival this year as property owners who scrimped and saved during the recession spruce up kitchens and bathrooms. Spending on remodeling probably will rise 9.2 percent to $125.1 billion in the first quarter from $114.6 billion a year earlier, according to Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. More

Engineered materials take center stage in building trade
Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Once there was just dimensional lumber. A 2x4 was a 2x4 wherever a builder happened to go, the only difference perhaps being in what kind of timber from which the board had been milled. Then came laminated materials like plywood, followed by the composites, starting with particle board. Now the list of man-made, or engineered materials is huge, including structural materials, decking, siding and trim. 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.

11 hot green building trends to warm up to
Building Products Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
More people are going green each year, and there is nothing that will stop this trend. In fact, it is accelerating each year. As a result, we expect to see considerable interest in green products that promote water conservation and energy efficiency, including fixtures and appliances, as well as energy-efficient windows and doors, certified wood products (either FSC or SFI) and recycled-content materials. More

Construction industry adds 33,000 jobs between January and February
The Associated General Contractors of America    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The construction industry added 33,000 jobs in February even as the industry's unemployment rate was 21.8 percent, more than twice the national average, according to an analysis of new federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors of America. As welcome as the new figures are, association officials cautioned that it was too early to tell whether the industry is improving or simply benefiting from the more favorable weather in February compared to the previous month. More

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Build Better, Build Greener with Ecolife™ Stabilized Weather-Resistant Wood. Built-in weathering protection and stabilizing properties dramatically reduce cracking, warping and splitting for fewer CALLBACKS. MORE

RSMeans detects a speed-up in construction material prices
Reed Construction Data    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
According to RSMeans' Construction Cost Index, which is based on an average of 30 major American cities, the expense of building in January 2011 increased 2.3 percent versus January 2010. The composite index gain was comprised of materials at +1.8 percent and labor at +2.9 percent. More

Gas prices could hit $4 by summer
For Construction Pros    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Dan Kieler led the way around the flatbed truck and pointed to the gas meter. "Look at this, $200 for (around) 50 gallons," said Kieler, who appropriately is from Kieler, Wis. He stopped at the BP station on Old Highway Road recently one morning to fill up while hauling some equipment for Epic Construction. "I think they're higher than hell," said Kieler, of current fuel costs. "A few years ago, diesel was always cheaper than gas. I don't understand that." More

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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 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!
NADRA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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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