NADRA Industry Update
Apr. 29, 2015

Check Your Deck® during Deck Safety Month® in May
Your deck is the perfect place to enjoy warm weather with friends and loved ones. However, a poorly maintained or unsafe deck could possibly collapse, causing serious injuries to you and your guests. During Deck Safety Month® in May, experts at the North American Deck and Railing Association recommend homeowners Check Your Deck® before starting to plan family activities.

“Our number one priority and message to the public is to ensure that the decks they use are safe,” says Michael Beaudry, executive vice president of NADRA. “Outdoor structures like decks are exposed to sun, rain, snow and extreme temperature changes over the years. The need to maintain and inspect them is critical for keeping decks strong and safe.”

NADRA has created campaigns and educational programs, along with certifications for home inspectors, deck builders, remodelers, builders, code officials, engineers, architects, distributors, lumberyards and manufacturers to improve proper installation practices. More

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NADRA Member Deck Safety Toolkit now available!

Every year we gear up for spring with our Annual Deck Safety Campaign. This year, we wanted to bring more to you, our valued members.

Deck Safety Month starts in May (Friday is May 1), and this year we have a very packed "TOOLKIT" just for NADRA members.

This toolkit is now available online in the members section of the NADRA website. (You will need your member login and password to gain access) Here is what you will find inside the toolkit: More

NADRA Atlanta Golf Outing: June 15 — registration now open
Decking season is finally underway for 2015 and The Atlanta NADRA Chapter is excited to announce our annual fund raising event will be a Golf tournament this year! The fun filled day will be in conjunction with other NADRA National meetings very close the tournaments very popular Brookfield Country Club, in Roswell, Georgia.

When & Why: The event will be in the afternoon of June 15, and we are looking forward to seeing our national members that are in town as well as our local members. We will be having all sorts of fun opportunities to network so please invite your fellow trade partners to attend the event as well. This event is open to all business catering to our growing outdoor living industry.More

Save the date! NADRA NJ Chapter Meeting: May 19
The next NJ meeting will take place at the Chimney Rock - Sponsored by Abbe Lumber & RDI Railing. Registration open soon. Stay tuned. More

Assurance 3" Air Space newest addition to Fortress Fence Products
Fortress Fence Products
Fortress Fence Products, a leading manufacturer of quality ornamental fence systems, launched Assurance (3” Air Space) Panels & Gates in its Versai Residential and V2 Commercial Fence Product Lines.More

Cornerstone Remodeling Inc. replaces Nebraska homeowner's aging cedar deck with new TimberTech capped composite
PR Newswire
When hail damaged a 23-year-old cedar deck that had started to show signs of aging, the Omaha, Nebraska, homeowner knew it could be an opportunity to replace the failing structure with a more durable, low-maintenance deck. The cedar deck's wood railings had become soft and unstable. More

Where we've come from and where we're headed
Here at Gossen, we’re known for our innovation in the decking industry. But, before we continue to push into the future and look at what’s to come, lets take a look back at where Gossen began.More

Fiberon introduces exceptional new value in composite railing
Virtual Strategy Magazine
It’s never been easier to upgrade to the good life, thanks to the latest railing innovation from Fiberon. An outstanding value from any angle, Fiberon Good Life Railing enables homeowners to break free of wood railing’s limitations. More

Trex takes the Golden Hammer
CNN Money
Trex Company has "hammered" the competition yet again. In an awards season already filled with honors for the world's largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing, Trex was most recently lauded as the winner of the Golden Hammer Award. More

Installing a deck ledger over exterior foam
The exterior of our house is insulated with 2 inch of rigid foam topped with 3⁄4 inch-thick furring strips and clapboard siding. What’s the best way to install a ledger board so that it sticks out beyond the foam without being structurally problematic? More

Decks can be beautiful and sustainable
Manila Times
For some homeowners, a deck is an extension of what makes a house a home. It can be a place to retreat to after a long, work-filled week as well as a place to spend time with family and friends. For some, a deck can even serve as a way to express environmental values. That’s the word from the California Redwood Association.More

How to ensure your business avoids 'Mobilegeddon'
By Jessica Taylor
Stop me if you've heard this before: "Your website needs to be mobile-friendly." Companies have heard this mantra for years, but now a tangible penalty is in effect, punishing websites that don't render well on smartphones and tablets. It's being called "Mobilegeddon." As of April 21, if your website isn't mobile-friendly, then you will likely be missing out on a lot of traffic. Why? Google shook up the way their search algorithm ranks websites, placing the ones that are mobile-friendly higher in the search from a smartphone or tablet than those sites that aren't. More

6 marketing moves small businesses can borrow from big companies
Established businesses have one obvious advantage over their younger counterparts: Deep pockets. Fortunately, what today’s small business lacks in budget can be made up for with strategy and a few carefully chosen tools.More

3 tips for making small talk suck less
Raise your hand if you hate small talk. For many, it's up there with interviewing and public speaking and other highly feared career tasks. But at least with interviewing or public speaking, you can see the trophy at the end of the race — i.e., if you do well, you could land a job or generate a ton of publicity for your brand. More