NADRA Industry Update
Apr. 1, 2015

Spring Home Shows and motivated buyers
Last weekend was a beautiful one in Atlanta, Georgia for the Spring Home Shows at Cobb Galleria. By all accounts, it was the most successful Spring Home Shows ever, with record attendance and more vendors present than ever before. It certainly did not hurt that the weather was perfect. Sunny, warm, and inviting, when the weather is great, people start thinking about being outside. When they do, they turn their attention to those projects they have been dreaming about all winter.More

Registration is open for the NADRA Atlanta Meeting, April 21
As we all know, choosing the right products to use on an outdoor project is criterial. John Paulin with Tailored Wood will be talking about how to choose some of those products; from wood-to-connectors and fasteners and everything in between.

Thank you Tailored Wood for your sponsorship. We look forward to learning about your company! We are also excited about April's Keynote speaker, Elyse Jordan from Houzz. As we all know, Houzz is a huge influencer on design and techniques in our industry.

Join us to learn how Houzz can help you and your business by attending our second meeting of the year. We look forward to seeing everyone!
- James GunningMore

New Fiberon website helps international customers deck it right the 1st time
Homeowners across Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas now have easy access to helpful, credible decking advice. Today, industry-leading Fiberon Decking is relaunching its international presence through its website. More

7 irresistible outdoor living trends for 2015
Shine from Yahoo Canada
It seems that each year, summer takes its good old time to get here, and when it finally arrives there's a to-do list of home improvement projects and recreational activities at the ready — all items that have been put on hold for months. This year, challenge yourself to move updating your outdoor space to the top of that list.More

Trex Company honored for manufacturing 'greenest' decking
CNN Money
This awards season, Trex is raking in the platinum, gold — and green. Trex Company, the world's largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing, recently took top honors in the decking products category of the Green Builder Media 2015 Reader's Choice Awards, for the fourth year running. More

Easy ways to enhance outdoor spaces
The arrival of sun and climbing temperatures mark the end of months in hibernation and the ideal time to refresh your outdoor living space. While constructing a new deck can be a major undertaking, the planning process doesn't have to be, thanks to a wealth of online tools and resources available at your fingertips.More

All decked out for spring
The Calgary Sun
Not that it was a bad winter, but the best is yet to come and if a new deck is part of your outdoor living dreams, the Trex Company, manufacturer of high performance wood-alternative decking, offers these tips on building an ideal outdoor space.More

5 home improvement projects designed to help sell your home
BPT via The Daily Record
The real estate market has improved across much of the country, but homeowners thinking about listing their homes this summer need to stay competitive to attract buyers. Buyers are looking for long-term homes, ones they want to stay in for years while raising their children, or settling down and retiring.More

How to use Facebook for thank you notes
We're all a little lax when it comes to sending as many "thank you" notes as we should. That's where Facebook comes in. It's the perfect platform for thank you missives that can be personalized and shared, giving a public shout out to someone who's done you a solid.More

Study: If you use Internet Explorer, you just might be a bad employee
By Cait Harrison
What defines a great employee? Persistence, attention to detail, a drive to succeed? The list could go on, but here's a new addition you likely won't find on a resume —choice of Internet browser. A recent study by software company Cornerstone OnDemand found that employees who use Firefox or Chrome are more likely to be doing better on the job than those who use the computer's default browser. Michael Housman, Cornerstone's chief analytics officer, said while he doesn't know exactly what's driving the phenomenon, he does have a theory.More

How to talk to your angriest customers
Harsh words are not always indicative of insight. Complaints are not always a sign that something is wrong. Be that as it may, great feedback can be buried within the vitriol — give credence to every message.More

Google launches small business initiative
USA Today
In 1995, when volunteers came together in Missoula, Montana, to build a carousel to give the community a place for "good, old-fashioned fun," customers had to use old-fashioned methods, like telephone books, to find it. The Internet was in its infancy, and a small business like A Carousel for Missoula didn't have to worry about how it showed up in search engines and social media. Now, if a small business isn't found when a customer searches on the map of their mobile phone or through the Web, they may never be discovered at all.More