Volume 46, Issue 1 - January/February 2007

Decking Meets the One Armed Bandit
5th Annual DeckExpo in Vegas
In just three short years, DeckExpo has become the premiere event for the deck, dock and railing industry. Its fifth annual outing occurs Feb. 27—March 1 in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Hilton where event officials say they are expecting more than 2,000 professional deck builders, remodelers, home improvement professionals, general subcontractors and dock and railing professionals to gather. More than 150 companies will exhibit this year, displaying every major product category the industry has to offer. The North American Decking and Railing Association (NADRA) and Professional Deck Builder Magazine officially sponsor the show.

Caddy, Give Me My 2 by 4
Preceding the event, NADRA is offering its designation courses on Monday, Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to noon. Then, following this year’s DeckExpo, the association will host its first gold event – “The NADRA Open.” 

Wednesday begins with a general session town hall, where industry leaders will gather to discuss hot topics. From 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., attendees will have an opportunity to share issues and listen as panelists debate their questions. Attendance is free with a full conference package, or $20 before the Jan. 25 deadline.

Class Listen Up
Starting Tuesday at 1 p.m., this year’s conference will offer attendees a number of workshops, including topics such as: Growing Your Business, Deck Stairs Made Easy, Deck Stairs the Next Step, and Getting the Best Use of Your Marketing Dollars.

Beginning Thursday, March 1, at 8 a.m., a line up of industry professionals and experts will speak at seminars on topics including: Margins and Mark-Ups—Is There a Difference, to Jobsite Safety from a Funny and Scary Point-of-View, or Negotiating Your Piece of the Pie, among others.

During exhibit hours, NADRA will be holding its second Annual Silent Auction. The association says funds raised by this event will go towards programs for the upcoming year. It will also hold its annual meeting, Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., immediately following DeckExpo’s Ice Breaker Reception, where attendees and exhibitors can gather on the show floor for complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

Finally, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, a Roundtable Wrap-up will be held as a forum, offering an opportunity to discuss this year’s event and provide feedback for future DeckExpo’s.

For more information, visit the official website at: www.deckexpo.com.

Monday February 26 
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. NADRA Designation Courses 

Tuesday February 27 
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. NADRA Designation Courses
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Conference Intensive
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Conference Workshops
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Conference Workshops

Wednesday February 28 
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Conference
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Town Hall
10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Show Opening
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Exhibits
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Ice Breaker Reception
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. NADRA Annual Meeting

Thursday March 1 
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Conference
9:45 p.m. - 11:15 a.m. Conference
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Exhibits
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. RoundTable Wrap-Up

Friday March 2 
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. NADRA Golf Tournament

Booth 712 — Get the Long Composite Version
Railing Dynamics Inc. (RDI) of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., will showcase Novaline®, which features a patented, oriented long-strand wood fiber-plastic composite technology. Each kit uses the same extruded inner wood structural core with various coverings applied to create completely different styles. 

Also featured will be RDI’s premier Endurance® original rail and deck rail low-maintenance systems, which are available in a variety of colors, lengths and residential and commercial heights.

Booth 519 — Cables or Pickets?
Feeney Architectural Products of Oakland, Calif., offers a complete line of pre-engineered, component-based, aluminum railing systems it calls CableRail™.

The rails and posts are made from heavy gauge 6063-T6 aluminum extrusions that the company says can be quickly and easily cut and assembled on site, using pre-engineered components that snap and screw together.

The powder-coated finish is available in 8 standard and more than 200 custom colors, as well as special Kynar finishes. Cap rails are offered in four styles as well as ADA-compliant applied grab rail designs. In-fill options include stainless steel cables, tempered glass panels and aluminum pickets and can be fitted with lights for nighttime effects.

Booth 204 — Easy but Sophisticated
Creative Railing Systems of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, says its new Axxys™ Railing offers simplified installation and can accommodate almost any stair angle with pre-drilled railing and pivoting brackets on the balusters and rail connections.

The pre-drilled railing automatically spaces the balusters while the baluster and rail brackets pivot on an axis to accommodate the stair or landing angle. The company says its decorative baluster collars can take a design option from sleek contemporary to old world charm, while mixing and matching creates a personalized design. Pre-drilled hemlock railing can be stained, painted or lacquered according to the company.

Booth 440 — The Search for Atlantis
Atlantis Rail of Plymouth, Mass., uses non-corrosive 316 stainless steel, which the company says adds value and longevity to its railings. This innovative collection of low-maintenance railings offers unobstructed views capable of fitting any indoor or outdoor design situation. The cable infill is attached by patented RailEasy™ turnbuckles which secure the wire with simple handtools. 

In addition, Atlantis Rail offers the SunRail™. This modular system offers the same infill options of cable and balusters as the Atlantis Rail models, with the addition of a glass panel option.

Booth 331 — No Blemishes Here
Universal Forest Products of Grand Rapids, Mich., has added Latitudes Equator™ slotted composite decking to its popular Latitudes composite decking line. 

Latitudes Equator features a hidden deck fastener system, which the company says eliminates the need for pre-drilling. 

The hidden fastening system also virtually eliminates surface blemishes caused by traditional screw fasteners and helps provide a smooth, barefoot-friendly deck surface.

Booth 231 — DOW Gets Decked Out
Dow Building & Construction of Midland, Mich., has debuted a new product called SYMMATRIX™ composite decking.

With a choice of three colors and two textures, SYMMATRIX offers a reversible board, with a woodgrain texture on one side and a contemporary-brushed surface on the other. These elements allow the homeowner to mix and match to create unique patterns.

SYMMATRIX is also formulated with an effective biocide to help retard mold growth. However, if dirt and debris do accumulate, the product can be cleaned easily using soapy water, according to the company.

Booth 507 — Nature Can Be Hard to Beat
The Southern Pine Council will be providing complete information on using pressure-treated Southern pine for outdoor deck, railing and porch projects. It will also be offering a brand-new “Pressure-Treated Southern Pine” brochure, featuring the latest specs and use information.

Decking and Railing
Booth 818 — Say No to Mold
Correct Building Products of Biddeford, Maine, a manufacturer of high-performance composite decking and railing, has added the CorrectDeck® dimensional composite lumber (DCL) CX 2-by-4 and 4-by-4 products, which complete the industry’s only comprehensive antimicrobial railing system to use Microban® antimicrobial technology. 
Both DCL CX 2 products feature Microban antimicrobial product protection. CorrectDeck’s CX technology resists stains and color fading by encasing exposed wood fibers with a coextruded top layer and a concentration of UV inhibitors. The DCL is available in six colors that match the company’s CX decking line. Matching caps and skirts are also available.

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