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New Deck/Rail Group Launched

The Deck & Rail Institute has been launched to provide advocacy, training and safety standards for deck and rail industry professionals in order to better meet consumer demands for professionalism, quality and safety.

The Deck & Rail Institute has been launched to provide advocacy, training and safety standards for deck and rail industry professionals in order to better meet consumer demands for professionalism, quality and safety.

According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, of the estimated 45 million existing decks, only 40% are completely safe. “A need exists within the deck and rail industry for an entity to lead the charge in establishing codes and standards for the betterment of the industry,” said David Stewart, DRI chair. The DRI will address these issues through the development and implementation of codes and standards, educational training, and engagement opportunities for deck and rail professionals.

A division of the American Fence Association, DRI is based in Plano, Tx. As part of the renewed focus on decking and railing, AFA is also reviving the DeckTech component of its annual FenceTech show, starting at this year’s event March 11-13 in Indianapolis, In.

To learn more about DRI or become a member, visit deckandrailinstitute.com or contact Cristina Rodriguez at info@deckandrailinstitute.com.

 

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