AZEK® Deck Enhances Outdoor Living for Georgia Military Family as Part of 'Deck for A Soldier' Program

Oct 14, 2010, 18:32 ET from AZEK Building Products

CUMMING, Ga., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Captain Don Thompson, wife Dana and their four children needed an outdoor oasis to spend quality time, and with Don's busy military schedule, there was no time for backyard improvements.  That is where the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) stepped in with its "Deck for A Solider" program.  This program provided the Thompsons with a beautiful two-level deck made of AZEK, the ultimate in low-maintenance deck materials, built by local volunteer contractors.

"Local deck contractors joined forces to volunteer countless hours of labor and materials to build the AZEK decks for the Thompson family," said Bobby Parks, owner of Peachtree Decks & Porches and NADRA's Atlanta Chapter President.  These companies included Tailor Decks, Atlanta Deck & Fence, DECKSOUTH, Decks & More, as well as RainAway, which supplied and installed the underdeck system.  "Normally business competitors, these folks worked side by side for a great cause," he said.

Liz Fichtel, Director of Morale Services for Operation Homefront Georgia, said she and her staff are very grateful to the NADRA volunteers and manufacturers like AZEK Building Products.  "Operation Homefront Georgia cannot say thank you enough for making this a dream come true for the Thompson family," she said.  "After what Don was embroiled in during his tours overseas, the NADRA organization and AZEK truly provided all the comforts of home for an outdoor living space for Don and his family."

The 485 square ft. AZEK Deck in Sedona™ color, a rich medium brown, has an enhanced, natural wood-grain look with lasting durability.  And it is well suited for an active family since it resists moisture, stains, and scratches.  "We absolutely love the color and the texture," said Dana.  "The boards are smooth, but not slippery when wet.  The morning dew dries quickly and it is great to know that with this material the moisture will not damage it."  She also noted that the contractors used deck screws that blend in with the deck color, for a nice finished look.

After serving tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Captain Thompson is a full-time infantryman in the Active Guard Reserve and travels to the Macon Armory and several Air Force bases regularly.  According to wife Dana, his demanding hours create a need for relaxation at home—and their backyard was just not a comfortable space.

"We started using the new deck right away for meals, play time and to relax," said Captain Thompson.  "It really allows us to enjoy the outdoors together."  From Dana's perspective, she is thrilled with the low-maintenance.  "As the one who manages the home while Don is away, the AZEK Deck really frees me up from worrying about needing to maintain the deck on a yearly basis.  And, with the kids using it as an extended play area, the scratch-resistant surface is a major plus.  If we ever move, I will use the material again and would recommend the investment!"

Operation Homefront Georgia coordinated a ribbon cutting on Saturday, Oct. 9 to present the "final reveal" to the family and to thank the many volunteers and manufacturers who participated.

About AZEK Building Products:  With over 25 years of cellular pvc manufacturing experience, AZEK Building Products makes and markets premium, low maintenance exterior building products under the AZEK Brand such as AZEK Deck, the leading brand of stain and scratch resistant decking, and AZEK Trim, the leading brand of trim.  Other AZEK products include AZEK Mouldings, AZEK Porch, and AZEK Rail.  All of these products offer tangible benefits as an ideal wood replacement product for myriad outdoor uses.  For more information about AZEK Building Products, call 1-877-ASK-AZEK (275-2935) or visit the AZEK website at

About NADRA: 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.  For more information, visit

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