NADRA Industry Update
June. 2, 2010

Selling decking to commercial contractors
Building Products Online
Although the process can require a lot more work, selling decking for commercial and public projects such as restaurants, offices and playgrounds can be a lucrative niche market for retailers. First and foremost, advises Scott Thomas, marketing director for Parksite, Apex, N.C., "if dealers are looking to sell decking products-or any product category for that matter-into commercial projects, they need to put their company in front of the commercial general contractor community first and foremost. This will get them opportunities to bid projects."More

Memorial Day gathering gone wrong: Deck collapses in Brooklyn, NY
NBC New York
What began as a fun Memorial Day celebration ended with a near tragedy in Mill Basin, after a deck collapsed into Jamaica Bay. "There was a huge crashing sound," said 15 year old Claudine Amsalem. "And when I looked over, the pool was gone and my sisters and cousin were gone with it." Amsalem said the family had just set up a 15-by-4 foot above-ground pool on the deck of their new home. The family had been swimming in the pool all morning and afternoon and several people had gotten out of the pool to get ready for dinner. Ten to fifteen minutes later, the deck collapsed.More

What is the best type of composite decking?
Universal Forest Products
There are many brands of wood plastic composite decking on the market, and in my opinion, only a few should be considered "high quality". The best composite decking brands share three common traits: Made using finely groundFine wood flour wood flour that has very consistent particle size which mixes very well with other ingredients. Many composites use very large wood particles which create the rough surface and voids or open areas in the product which allow dirt and debris to collect. These open areas may allow the decay to start and to attack the wood.More

Lumber plunges to lowest price since December on slack demand
Bloomberg Businessweek
Lumber futures plunged to the lowest price since December, dropping the maximum allowed by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, on speculation that home builders and paper makers are holding back on purchases. Prices on the CME are down 33 percent since reaching a four-year high on April 21, as demand evaporated. So few orders emerged today that buyers seeking immediate delivery of wood were unable to rely on published prices to complete transactions, said Jamie Greenough, a broker at Global Securities Corp.More

New-home sales jump 48 percent; tax credit cited
The Philadelphia Inquirer
New-home sales soared in April to levels not seen since before 2008's financial meltdown, but the expiring federal tax credit might be just part of the surge, industry experts say. Whatever the reason, the Commerce Department reported that sales of new homes climbed a whopping 47.8 percent above April 2009, and were 14.8 percent higher than its revised rate for March. More

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Check out the NADRA Blog!
NADRA
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