The great imitators
Ottawa Citizen Share
It's summertime, and dusting off the garden furniture usually goes hand in hand with cleaning the barbecue and staining the deck. But with the advent of new technologies, more people are opting to eliminate the down and dirty tasks by installing low-maintenance decks made of composites, synthetics, PVC, or Polyvinyl chloride. It doesn't have the smell of wood, but the alternative means no splinters or cracking. Michael Pisapio of Ottawa's Bytown fences and decks specializes in PVC. He says it's been around for a decade or so, and has been become more popular in the last two or three years. More
Better Homes and Gardens offers deck designs, remodeling and building plans
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With the warm weather here now, Better Homes and Gardens and BHG.com is featuring photos and planning ideas for deck designs, deck remodeling and building and outdoor kitchens designs for every budget level. Regardless of how the deck will be used, as a place to relax and enjoy the surrounding nature, a setting for the family barbeque, or a family play area, BHG.com has a variety of plans to make the vision a reality. More
Find your divine deck design
The Santa Clarita Valley Signal Share
When it comes to improving outdoor living spaces, decks are a popular choice. If you're thinking about adding a new deck, or even replacing or resurfacing an old deck, there are a lot of things to consider before you get started. These tips from the experts at Fiberon will help you design the right deck for your needs. More
Deck accident draws attention to need for annual maintenance
Southwest Iowa News Share
Two people fall 14 feet to the sidewalk when the front railing on a deck gives way. The injuries they suffer are serious enough to send them to an Omaha hospital. The incident offers a reminder to property owners that they should check their decks for wear and tear, loose railings or steps or, simply, rotten wood. "If the deck is over 10, 12 years old and it hasn't been stained and maintained, it's just going to rot away," said John Gartner of J. Gartner Construction Inc. of Omaha. More
Construction materials prices up again in May
For the seventh month in a row, the price of construction materials and supplies increased in May, rising 0.7 percent, according to the June 16 producer price index report by the U.S. Labor Department. Prices are 5.9 percent higher from May 2009. Leading the commodities, the prices of prepared asphalt, tar roofing and siding saw the largest monthly percentage change and are up 4.6 percent. Despite the increase, prices are 0.2 percent lower than the same time one year ago. Softwood lumber price are up 3.9 percent from April to May and are 1.4 percent higher on a year-over-year basis. More
Housing starts plunge in May after government incentives end
The Associated Press via The Christian Science Monitor Share
Home construction plunged last month and building permits also fell, the latest signs that the construction industry won't fuel the economic recovery. Builders are scaling back now that government incentives have expired. The biggest evidence of that trend: single-family homes fell 17 percent, the largest monthly drop since January 1991. The struggle in the housing industry is a concern for the broader economy because less homes mean fewer jobs across various sectors. More
The Small Business Administration has a deal for you
The Wall Street Journal Share
The government is trying to entice more small businesses to tap one of its loan programs. Before applying for one of these loans, though, there are some fine points borrowers should consider. The Small Business Administration's 504 loan program lets companies take out fixed-rate financing to buy property, build or expand facilities, or refinance some existing mortgages. The borrower typically needs to put down just 10 percent of the transaction's total price. More
Mark your calendar for the WPC Conference!
NADRA will be attending the seventh annual Wood-Plastic & Natural Fiber (WPC) Conference taking place on October 4-5 in Charlotte, N.C. NADRA President Shawn Miller and NADRA Executive Vice President Michael Beaudry will both be in attendance as guest speakers.
Attention builders!!! Be sure to save the dates for the WPC Confernece because this year, you're invited! Stay tuned to NADRA Weekly Industry Update for more news on this year's WPC Conference. More
2010 Deck Builder's Bash
Sequoia Supply Share
Be sure to join NADRA members Sequoia Supply for the 2010 Deck Builder's Bash taking place at 6 p.m. EST on June 30, in Hatfield, Pa. The event will feature industry guest speakers, product showcases, food, drinks, games and prizes! Click "More" to RSVP. More
Stay tuned for NADRA events at DeckExpo 2010!
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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
Check out the NADRA Blog!
We're excited to launch the official blog for the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA). We hope this blog provides you with a deeper insight into our work and who we are, and we're very excited to be out here talking to you! More