Thursday, May 7, 2015

NADRA Reminds All Deck Owners That May is Deck Safety Month! Check Your Decks, Save a Life!

Editors Note-
Check your decks should be an ongoing action item for all homeowners, whether they do it or best option, have a pro inspect 
the deck for you. 

Locally in SLO County I perform deck safety checks utilizing NADRA's checklist. Call for an inspection today 805-801-2380

 Editor Bill Leys

QUAKERTOWN, PA – 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 (NADRA) 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. The organization has also developed checklists and safety awareness information for consumers to assure they have details available to them to evaluate their decks. The information can be found HERE.
With an estimated 40 million residential and 10 million commercial decks in the United States that are more than 20-30 years old, it’s important for homeowners to check their deck on a yearly basis.
Consumer Checklist
A key element to enjoying your deck for years to come is making sure it is safe and code compliant. NADRA’s “10-Point Consumer Safety Checklist” is an efficient way to take a good look at the different parts of your deck, with an eye to what might need maintenance, repair or replacement. The checklist can be found at
Homeowners should consider a professional deck inspection. “A professional inspector will thoroughly examine your deck, provide information on your deck’s capacity limits, identify any dangerous problem areas and give you some insight of what to keep your eye on in the future,” says Beaudry. “NADRA provides industry professionals with a Deck Evaluation Form that is available HERE.
Older decks require closer scrutiny and regular inspections. Many decks were built before code requirements were established to protect consumers. Some of these older decks may have deck-to-house attachments using only nails instead of the current recommended construction using deck tension hardware that greatly helps in the prevention of ledger failures.
“We recommend ASHI-certified home inspectors or a knowledgeable deck builder for inspections of older decks,” says Beaudry. “Our NADRA member deck builders are required to adhere to a code of ethics and comply with state licensing and insurance requirements. This brings peace of mind to homeowners using our NADRA members.”
Deck inspection requires special knowledge, expertise and experience. NADRA offers training and certification for its members along with ASHI home inspectors and others interested in professional deck inspection. For additional information on NADRA certification classes, click HERE.
The North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) is dedicated to increasing public awareness of the necessity for regular inspection and maintenance of existing decks and proper installation of new decks. For more information visit 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Spring Issue of Waterproof! Magazine is Available Now

Waterproof! Magazine, we read it from cover to cover here at
The spring issue is here, get yours today. 
The spring issue of Waterproof! Magazine arrived in my mailbox last week. It's available by subscription or on the web at

This issue features an article on waterproofing rooftop's for sports/recreation, as well as sump pumps and active hybrid technologies in waterproofing below grade. 

Industry news, promotion and new hire announcements and product announcements are also featured. Check it out today, consider a subscription too! ,  

Thursday, February 26, 2015 & Division 7 Pedestrian Traffic Coatings Featured in Better Homes & Gardens Web Article

I am pleased to announce that, along several with Div 7 Pedestrian Traffic Coatings manufacturer's were part of a Better Homes & Gardens online article on the BH&G website recently. 

I am actively seeking every opportunity I can find to promote Div 7 Pedestrian Traffic Coatings manufacturer's in print media and video. This latest article, written by Berit Thorkelson, titled "Newest No Maintenance (or Low-Maintenance) Deck and Patio Materials" features various new products and decking for homeowners to consider when building or remodeling a deck. 

Products like Solar Stone, Rail Simple Railings and more are featured along with waterproof deck coatings from Div 7. 

I gave the author quite a bit of info and listed every manufacturer of our products. Luck smiled on Dex-O-Tex, Pli-Dek and Westcoat for also garnering a mention in the few lines of print we got. 

Check out the article and see what new products are now available-don't forget to "Like" the article, Plus 1 it on Google and/or Tweet it out to your followers! 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Consumer Alert From CSLB Suspends DeckTech Inc License

Our clients and the public are hereby advised that as of February 4th, the contractors license held by DeckTech Inc of Grover Beach is under suspension at this time. Their bond company has cancelled their bond due to a claim against the bond by a consumer and DeckTech has not secured another at this time according to CSLB's website. 

DeckTech cannot work on any job over $500 in value labor and materials, cannot sign any contracts or have workers on your property. 

Please contact the CSLB for further information on your rights, responsibilities and updates to DeckTech's license status. 

Always check the license before signing a contract. 

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Winter Issue of WATERPROOF! Magazine is Out

Waterproof! Magazine covers issues, products, jobs and more on waterproofing and decking.
Winter Issue of Waterproof! Magazine 
The winter issue of Waterproof Magazine arrived in my mailbox this past weekend. 

You'll want to check it out and see what's happening on the  2015 trade show scene, learn about green roofs with solar panels on them and discover the issues, tricks and methods to waterproof deep foundations. 
You'll also learn about a partnership between Penetron and WR Grace, ASTM wind standards for asphalt roofs and what conference is looking for speakers to present at a major conference later this year. 

You can subscribe to the magazine (click their ad on the right side of the page) or you can read the issue at their website. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

JLC LIVE Residential Construction Show Attendees Loved Our Deck Seminar!

I am always grateful to JLC Live for allowing me the opportunity to present seminars at their shows. My last show was in Portland OR back in December. Attendees of the seminars are asked to rate the speakers and their presentations so JLC and the speaker has feedback on what works and what doesn't,

I was pleased to read the comments from the attendees of my "How To Build &Waterproof Decks to Last Thirty Plus Years" and see that I was able to provide an enriching experience for them. With 33 "report cards" returned, speakers were rated between 1-4 with 4 being excellent and 1 being poor, I was rated at a 3.73 for "Speaker Knowledge and Presentation" and 3.55 for their "Overall Course Experience".

Attendees commented "Knowledge was excellent" Thorough presentation, well delivered." and "Super knowledgeable. I learned a lot! Thanks!"

Thank you to all who attended and returned evaluations, they are very helpful.

For builders, contractors, architects and others involved with roof decks, you can learn from the expert on deck waterproofing too. I am providing seminars to builders groups, firms and trade shows nationwide. Inquire today to or call me direct at 805-801-2380