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North American Deck and Railing Association
NADRA is the Voice of the Deck and Railing Industry
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ABOUT NADRA - The North American Deck and Railing Association, Inc.
Deck builders and product manufacturer's alike raised concerns at the 2004 DeckExpo over the compatibility of new generation wood treatments and fasteners. As a result, many realized the need for a unified industry voice. NADRA is that voice. The association is now in its fourth year as a 501(c)6 not-for-profit corporation.

NADRA Mission Statement
The mission of the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) is to provide a unified source for the professional development, promotion, growth, and sustenance of the Deck and Railing building industry in North America so that members can exceed the expectations of their customers.

NADRA Members
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.

Consumer Focus
The growth of the outdoor living industry is bring families and friends together in a safe atmosphere at home, encouraging family time. These consumers want beautiful decks that will enrich their families lives. They want them constructed from high quality but affordable materials. They want them installed efficiently, safely and properly. They want their decks constructed by professional and knowledgeable builders that they can trust.

NADRA helps the consumer by providing information on deck safety, design, and products through, by responding to consumer inquiries, and through public relations campaigns such as its Deck Safety Month® Program and its Merit Award Program. These campaigns build on the consumer knowledge base, and promote the outdoor living lifestyle. NADRA is regularly interviewed for publications such as Sunset Magazine, Good Housekeeping, and other mainstream consumer publications.

NADRA works to keep members informed of product and code development through its website, through Professional Deck Builder Magazine (NADRA has four pages in each issue of this bi-monthly trade publication - circulation 25,000), and its quarterly member newsletter. NADRA also actively publishes articles for a variety of other trade publications in an effort to raise the bar on the deck and railing industry by informing all of the players (deck builders, manufacturers, dealers, distributors, retailers and wholesalers) of important facts and information affecting the industry.

Community Projects

  • Deck Safety Month
    In an effort to save lives and prevent injuries, the North American Deck and Railing Association, Inc. (NADRA) declared May as the first Deck Safety Month in 2006. Now in its second year, the purpose of the promotion is to increase public awareness of the necessity for regular inspection and maintenance of existing decks, and proper installation of new decks.

  • Merit Award Program
    The NADRA Merit Award is a public service project based on member donation of labor and materials to a deserving person or organization. The 2007 Merit Award "Deck for a Soldier" benefits a member of the U.S. armed forces returning from a tour of duty.

Trade Show - DeckExpo 2008
NADRA is the Official Sponsor of DeckExpo, the annual trade show for the deck, dock and railing industry produced by Hanley Wood. DeckExpo 2008 will be held in Orlando, Florida - March 4 - 7. In addition to the 170 exhibitors and a number of floor demonstrations, the conference portion of the show offers over 15 courses of interest to deck contractors, as well as, NADRA Designation/Certificate courses. DeckExpo continues to grow, drawing thousands industry members in 2007.

Be sure to visit NADRA Booth 451 to network with other industry professionals, learn first hand about the our Benefits programs, and meet a few board members. For the 3rd year NADRA's Silent Auction will be held from the booth!

NADRA DeckExpo 2008 Events
  • Silent Auction 2008
    The NADRA booth will again be full of extraordinary auction items for you to bid on. Last year's winners walked away with great values on NADRA member products and other items. Funds raised through the Silent Auction will go to support NADRA's programs as we go into our fourth year. Make sure to visit the NADRA booth and sign up for your Bidding Number early!

    for Awesome NADRA Programs
    when you sign up to attend DeckExpo!

  • Annual Meeting 2008
    NADRA's 4th Annual Meeting will include the election of new board members. Awards will be presented. See and hear the "Year in Review" to learn about the state of the industry and your trade association's involvement. Find out projections for continuing programs such as Deck Safety Month and the Merit Award. All are welcome. It will be an exciting time, so please plan on attending!

  • Golf Outing - 2nd Annual "NADRA OPEN"
    Last year's event in Las Vegas brought out over 60 players, and a good time was had by all. Back for the second year will be a prize for the "Longest Drive with a 2x4". The 2nd Annual "NADRA Open" promises to be a fun day in the sun. Don't miss the fun!

  • About the golf course: Kissimmee Bay Country Club, 2801 Kissimmee Bay Cir., Kissimmee, Florida. A semi private club located 20 minutes from Walt Disney World and 15 minutes from Sea World. Opened in 1990, Kissimmee Bay boasts a 6,846 yard, par 71 championship golf course with a complete practice area including a unique water driving range. Nominated as one of America's "Best New Courses" by Golf Digest, the Course meanders between a dozen water hazards, with wooded areas of century old oaks and towering cypress trees. See the course at

  • Education - Certificate Courses
    NADRA believes that the best deck contractors are educated ones. It is in the midst of creating a full slate of courses for its members and for non-members attending the annual trade show, DeckExpo, as well as education to be provided at regional levels and online. Designation courses were first at DeckExpo 2007 in Las Vegas (Deck Restoration, and Project Management). DeckExpo 2008 in Orlando will see two different NADRA courses that include certification for the subject matter upon successful completion of a test. Simpson Strong-Tie is providing a course called Deck Framing Connections, while DeckTools Software offers "Design Software to Increase Sales and Efficiency. We continue to work to develop education that will directly benefit the builders and raise awareness of available products. Also in development are courses directed to building inspectors to educate them on how to properly inspect a deck.

Industry Speaking Engagements
NADRA participates in trade show educational programs by offering to speak on a variety of subjects that work toward bringing awareness and growth to the industry. In particular, NADRA has spoken at outdoor living trade shows such as the Pool & Spa Show, Hearth, Patio & Barbeque (HPBA) show, and the American Wood Preservers Association (AWPA) on topics ranging from industry trends, pressure treated lumber as used by deck builders, and encouraging retailers to create relationships with deck contractors to build up their businesses.

Code Development
NADRA is active in the code development arena. We attend and participate on committees of concern to the industry such as the International Code Council - Code Technical Committee, Climbable Guards Study Group. NADRA also has member participation in several code related bodies such as ASTM, ICC, and ICC-ES. NADRA participates in code development to support both its supplier and deck builder members. Its efforts focus on sensible code development for consumer safety, and quality construction and materials standards.

Local Chapters
NADRA has two official regional chapters at this time. One in Pennsylvania, and one in Canada. Several others (Georgia, Tennessee, Washington, Texas and Colorado) are expected to come online during 2007. Chapters provide an opportunity for builders and suppliers to meet face to face and work on helping each other improve their businesses. Their meetings are directed to a combination of networking and education.

Most of NADRA's revenue comes from membership dues. NADRA has nearly 300 members. About half of them are deck builders with the rest being suppliers to the industry. Deck Builder dues run $350 a year, while supplier dues are $500, $1,000, or $2,500 depending upon size of the company.

NADRA's largest expenses include the cost of managing the membership roster, the Deck Safety Program, the annual trade show (DeckExpo), and also travel for speaking engagements, regional chapter formation, education planning and code development efforts.

North American Deck and Railing Association - P.O. Box 829, Quakertown, PA 18951 - Phone and Fax: 888.NADRA4U (888.623.7248)

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