Category Archives: deck education

We’re Growing Again! Two New Page’s Added to Our Site!

We’ve added two new pages to our site recently!

Our first new page is a collaboration with North America Deck & Railing Association  and it allows visitors to to find deck inspectors that have passed NADRA’s Deck Inspection Training. You’ll go to NADRA’s page when you click on their links.

Click here to find a deck inspector in the US & Canada. 



The second page we’ve recently added is for online web based courses on decks NADRA has an agreement with the Building Code College for you to either audit four courses on deck building, or to sign up and become a certified decking expert. The first version is free and we encourage everyone to audit the courses, Glen Mathewson, a recognized deck expert on building codes, wrote most if not all of the material. If you build/frame decks, this knowledge is very important. Take the time to take advantage of these educational opportunities and lets work towards making decks as safe as they can be.

Click here to start your way to becoming code proficient.



Duradek Announces Home Show Dates for Fall 2017

Duradek has announced their home show and trade show dates for fall 2017. If you are at any of these stop by you can learn all about Duradek’s products, commitment to excellence and see their lines of decking and available colors.


Oct. 26 – 27, 2017 | R | D | J Show (Deck Expo) | Nashville, TN
Venue: Music City Center | Visit us and distributor
Duradek MidAtlantic at booth #1441

Oct. 26 – 29, 2017 | Vancouver Fall Home Show | Vancouver, BC
Venue: Vancouver Convention Center West | Look for us at booth #122

Jan. 9 – 11, 2018 | International Builders Show | Orlando, FL
Venue: Orange County Convention Center | Visit us at booth #S728

Feb. 14 – 15, 2018 | Buildex Vancouver | Vancouver, BC
Venue: Vancouver Convention Center West | Visit us at booth #307

Feb. 21 – 25, 2018 | BC Home & Garden Show | Vancouver, BC
Venue: BC Place Stadium | Visit us at booth #1764

Dex-O-Tex Announces Trade Shows They Will Be Displaying At in 2017

Dex-O-Tex announced a series of trade shows they will be appearing at on the show floor with their lines of decking and flooring systems.

Be sure to check them out of you’ll be at any of these shows, and remember, if you want to learn how to install waterproof decking systems, provides on the job training. Learn more on our training page here


ASHE (American Society of Healthcare Engineering) San Diego, CA Mar 20-23    1202   
Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo Philadelphia, PA May 3-6        1262
AIA National Expo Philadelphia, Pa May 19-21         4114
NRA (National Restaurant Association) Chicago, IL May 21-24          263
TRA (Texas Restaurant Associaion) Marketplace Houston, TX June 26-27 818

Westcoat Announces Spring Dates for Product Demonstrations

Division 7 Walking deck manufacturer Westcoat Specialty Coatings announced a series of spring dates for product demonstrations of their various decking & interior flooring lines. These demonstrations show prospective contractors about the systems, the basics of installing them and get them interested in becoming applicators. Demo’s in the Washington & Oregon areas, along with Hawaii, California and Texas will occur in the next months-check out the schedule below and click to RSVP to one near you.

If you want to get trained on the ALX system one on one with on the job training, contact us for a quote. The cost of doing it wrong far exceeds the cost of learning to do it right. I include my training manual, checklists for inspecting decks before and during, forms to use in your work to CYA and more. Experience matters, learn from the best, using Westcoat products and start making more in 2017!


April 12th at Sealant Specialists
ALX Plywood Waterproofing System and TEMPER-CRETE Urethane Cement


April 14th Sealant Specialists
ALX Plywood Waterproofing System and TEMPER-CRETE Urethane Cement



April 20th CanDo Supply
Waterproofing Systems 8:30am – 12:00[m


Epoxy Systems 12:00pm – 3:00pm



April 27th Lowry’s Placentia
Waterproofing Demo Featuring ALX and MACoat



TAA Lone Star Expo April 27-28 – Ft. Worth Convention Center


PCBC June 28 & 29 – San Diego – Booth 624

CA Senator Jerry Hill Introduces SB-721 Contractors: decks and balconies: inspection Supports Requiring Deck Inspections

Bill Duplicates Berkeley Bill Langauge in Who Can Perform Inspections

Should structural pest control operators, general contractors, architects or engineers inspect deck inspections as the state of CA is proposing?

They will be if the consulting and inspection industry doesn’t act quickly and object. Senator Hill has just introduced a bill that uses much the same language Berkeley’s city ordinance does.

“The inspection shall be performed by a licensed general contractor, structural pest control licensee, licensed architect, licensed engineer, or other licensee as approved by the Department of Consumer Affairs. The purpose of the inspection is to verify that all of the balconies and other elevated walking surfaces covered by this section are in generally safe condition, adequate working order, and free from hazardous dry rot, fungus, deterioration, decay, or improper alteration to the extent that the life, limb, health, property, safety, or welfare of the public or the occupants is not endangered.”

My thoughts-

Structural Pest Control Licensee-pest control licensee’s inspect buildings for termites/wood destroying organisms. They do not test roofs (or balconies) for water tightness, nor are they qualified to do so. Roof contractors can do so, but generally exclude themselves from inspecting decks. Pest control licensee’s do not know about waterproof coated decks, how they are installed, what problems to look for when doing an inspection and even if they do see a problem, don’t understand what caused it, what degree of a problems it is or how to repair it. Continue reading CA Senator Jerry Hill Introduces SB-721 Contractors: decks and balconies: inspection

Property Management Company KNEW DECK WAS FLAWED, DID NOTHING! Students Injured as a Result Get 1.6 Million Settlement.

Dry-rotted Framing Where Deck Attached to Building.                                                                            Photo courtesy of Robert Clayton Attorney

Wolfe & Associates Property Management Co paid a settlement of $1,600,000.00 to students injured when a deck they were on or under collapsed at a party during Deltopia in Santa Barbara CA. The reason Wolfe paid this settlement in my opinion? They knew the deck was flawed after getting a termite report that called out dry-rot, fungus and loose materials on the deck, yet they opted to do nothing.

Let me say it again, they opted to do nothing, no repairs, no notice to the occupants, nothing. They deliberately and IMO maliciously decided to not repair the deck. What scum does that? This goes towards proving my theory that property managers and management companies won’t fix something until someone dies!

Read the story here and read the termite report that led to the settlement. Similar to Berkeley, one of the POS defense lawyers wanted to blame the victims, saying there were to many people on the deck. Excuse me, but f you lawyer. It was your clients fault and you know it.

Lets hope that this case and the upcoming Berkeley lawsuit will teach these management companies a costly lesson. Hell it’s only money, soaked in blood.