I have been installing decking for a number of years, not one customer/designer has asked me whether I am a member or even if I have heard of the TDA.
Can you explain more about costs for joining, members benefits etc.?
Steve Young said:
The Timber Decking Association has excellent coverage in the consumer media and is used by other organisation such as the BBC for whom TDA is the decking expert called up to comment on radio. We have a supervisory board made up of representatives from each sector of membership and a technical committee which is responsible for establishing the best practice guidance, technical bulletins and code of practice that we publish. Any one who Googles “timber decking” will see a link in the first response unpaid. We have held this position on google for a good number of years.
With the TDA Approved Retailer network, we have some 91 members, a number of whom are involved in decking for the Olympic projects.
The commercial benefit of TDA membership is open to any business so long as it agrees to conform with The TDA Membership Charter. A key part of this is accreditation to the DeckMark quality scheme. For installers this means having their workmanship and materials specifications verfified under the scheme. DeckMark quality assessed installers find the third party recognition and ability to offer insurance backed deposit protection and warranty protection gives them the edge when bidding for contracts where the customer is looking for a high quality structure with a long service life. The TDA Code of Practice endorsed by NHBC for example is for decks with a 60 year service life.
To find out more about becoming a members click contact us on http://www.tda.org.uk.