April 2016 Newsletter

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President’s MessageSafety Spotlight
Event AnnouncementsCode Notices & Updates
Legislative WatchCommittee Announcements
Items of NoteTraining Center Courses
Member Benefits & ToolsNational News from NRCA

President's Message


Bad news- Debbie just shared with me that the roofing profession just landed back on the Top 10-2015 Colorado AG (Attorney General) Consumer Complaint list, at number 10 again.   We had been off the top 10 list in 2013 and 2014.

It’s no secret; we seem to be on the top 10 list every time we have a major hail storm in the area. Let’s make sure, we, as CRA Members, strive to do the right thing and not contribute to the Consumer Complaint List. I have a saying I use a lot: “Just Do the Right Thing”. Now, enough about that issue.

We had a great speaker at the March luncheon.  Janna Hoiberg helped inspire all of us that day.  Thanks again to our lunch sponsors Matrix Business Consulting, RoofLine Supply & Delivery, and our 2016 industry leader sponsors.   I also want to thank our luncheon committee, Mike Trotter and John Cook. It’s hard finding new speakers every luncheon, as well as for our CRA Membership. If you have seen or know of someone that would make a good luncheon or Pinpoint Seminar speaker, please let us know.

At the luncheon, Janna Hoiberg had asked the group, “What are you going to do, to impact your business”.  One of the things she had talked about was attitude and how that affects so many things in our business.  Attitude sets the tone for the whole day.   If I’m in a bad mood, that carries over to my supervisor, my supervisor passes it on to the foreman and down to the crews and then everyone has a bad day.   Listening to Janna, it made me reflect on myself and made me want to strive to do my best every day to set the right tone for our company.

Mrs. Hoiberg talked about a couple of her books, “Back Packers Guide to Business Success” and “The Family Business – How to be In Business with People You Love…..Without Hating Them”.   If you attended the luncheon, you received the “Back Packers Guide to Business Success” for free.   Being an owner of a family business, I also bought the Family Business Book and I’m reading it right now.   I believe we can always keep learning and changing every day.

Have a Great rest of your April! – And watch those spring rain showers….

Ray Phillips
RTP Roofing Company
CRA President

THANK YOU to our 2016 Sponsors!

2018 Industry Leader Sponsors
A to Z RoofingGAF Materials
ABC Supply Co.
GCP Applied Technologies
Academy Roofing, Inc.
Gulfeagle Supply
Advanced Roofing TechnologiesInterstate Roofing
Johns Manville
Arapahoe Roofing & Sheet MetalK & P Roofing LLC
Architectural Sheet Metal & PanelsMalarkey Roofing Products
B & M Roofing of ColoradoMoody Insurance Agency
Beacon Roofing Supply
Owens Corning
Black Roofing, Inc.Pinnacol Assurance
Daly & Black P.C.Premium Panels
CertainTeedRoofLine Supply
Elite RoofingSPEC Building Materials
Elite Roofing Supply - CO, LLCTamko Building Products
Flatiron SteelTecta America - Colorado
Flynn Southwest LPThe Roofing Company
Front Range Roofing Systems
2018 Silver Sponsors
Alpine Roofing Co., Inc.GBS Enterprises Roofing
American Roofing SupplyRTP Roofing Co.
Boral RoofingSchafer and Company
Boulder Roofing, Inc.Sheffield Metals
C3 Group Public AdjustersSuperoofs
Cleasby Manufacturing


Click to view AWARDS HALL OF FAME page.

CRA AWARDS DINNER – FEB 24th – HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE EVENING & PHOTO GALLERY – Check out our Awards Dinner “Hall of Fame” page on the CRA website. We celebrated and honored many deserving individuals and companies this past February.  View the Photo Gallery (did you get captured in one of the shots), check out photos of the winning projects and watch the video about this year’s Lifetime Award recipient Rich Boon.  

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Mechanic’s Lien Pinpoint Seminar – Friday, April 22, 2016 – The CRA has partnered with Mountain States Commercial Credit Management (MSCCM) to bring you a seminar on Mechanic Liens. The seminar will cover the in & outs of filing liens, disburser notices, bond claims and all the required forms that go with them along with information on Public-Private partnerships and joint checking arrangements. Learn to utilize the internet to develop information for filing liens and claims.  The seminar will be presented by Jean Arnold, Partner with Arnold & Arnold, LLP, who has been practicing law for over 32 years — specializing in mechanic lien and construction lawconstruction-law.

The seminar is being held at the Renaissance Denver Hotel, 3801 N. Quebec Street from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon. Cost for CRA Members – $115 for first attendee/$105 for next attendee from same company.  Click here TO REGISTER or for details and to sign-up for the April 22nd seminar. (You must make your reservation through MSCCM.)

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FallProtNRCA NRCA’s Roofing Industry Fall Protection from A to Z in DENVER on April 27, 2016. – It is an employer’s responsibility to comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) regulations that apply to his or her workplace and employees. This interactive class focuses on fall-protection systems and includes up-to-date state-specific OSHA requirements. This one-day class also features demonstrations of equipment and techniques for self-rescue and relief of suspension trauma. After attending this program, students should be able to

  • Recognize fall hazards that are present during roofing installation and repair
  • Use appropriate controls for fall hazards on low-slope and steep-slope roofing projects
  • Identify strategies and techniques for rescue and self-rescue operations

The training will be held on April 27 at the Hilton Garden Inn Denver/Cherry Creek, 600 S. Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO 80246 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  TO REGISTER for the seminar, please click here to go to NRCA’s registration page. CRA Members can use discount code “CRA20” at check-out to receive a 20% discount.

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Do you juggle multiple responsibilities and struggle to manage your time each day?

CRA MEMBERSHIP LUNCHEON – THURSDAY, May 12, 2016. – Join us at our Thursday, May 12 Membership Lunch featuring a presentation on Overachieving without Feeling Overwhelmed presented by Bob Heavers of Priority Management.  Time Management!  Everyone can benefit from a few extra tips on managing our time!!  Employees at every level struggle to cope with information and expectation overload; most want to excel … but without feeling overwhelmed.  We are faced with increasing demands, limited resources and shrinking deadlines. This is especially true in the roofing industry as we head into the busy summer months.  Your TEAM and organization will benefit from the tips and processes taught by Bob.

Take your lunchtime – bring your coworkers – and LEARN to be focused, stay organized and accountable. You will gain control over your day, find balance, reach your goals and focus on the tasks that are important to you and your company. Bob will share easily applied and simply sustained methods that can give lifelong time management benefits to individuals, teams and entire organizations.

This lunch and this topic will INSPIRE you to go back to your business and try to do things different within your organization.  Bob will give you the TOOLS to do so. Come join us!

Thursday, May 12, 2016
The Denver Mart – Forum Meeting Room #1
451 E. 58th Ave (I-25 & 58th Ave)
11:30 a.m.

REMINDER – The membership lunch is not only about the FOOD and networking with other members but the opportunity to take advantage of the SPEAKERS and PROGRAMS. These lunches are an inexpensive and quick way to invest in yourself and your TEAM. You and your TEAM don’t want to miss the opportunity to gain valuable tools and tips for yourself and your company!

Thank You to our GOLD Lunch Sponsor(s):

Lunch Sponsorship still available. Contact Debbie 

Sign UP TODAY.  Reservations are requested. CRA member companies get one FREE lunch at this meeting. There is a $20.00 fee for additional employees from member companies. Non-members are welcome and the fee is $40.00/per person.  MARK your calendar to attend, then click the link below to register to attend.


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Click here to view the full 2016 Event Calendar – calendar includes additional event dates,  member luncheons, pinpoint seminars, Training Center courses, etc.

Legislative Watch as of 3/9/16 – With the 2016 legislative session under way, the CRA is working with the Colorado Contractors Legislative Advocacy Council (CCLAC) to review and monitor bills of importance to the construction industry. After reviewing a very long legislative tracker, we feel the following bills stand out and are worth mentioning to the CRA membership.

New this month we are also watching two items related to Health Care taxes.

  • SB16-002 – Tax imposed for paying the costs of the state health exchange program.  This would establish a 3.5% tax on all health insurance policies written in the state in order to fund the operating costs of the Colorado State Health Insurance Exchange. – This bill has been referred from the House Committee on Health & Human Services to House Appropriations. They’re figuring out whether this “fee” authorized by the ACA, is actually a tax that should be taken to the voters in November to decide whether or not they can keep doing it.
  • Amendment 69 – Universal Health Care (ColoradoCare) here in our state (Ballot Initiative 20).  This $25 Billion Universal Health Care measure has already been approved for the November ballot.  The proposal will essentially double the state budget and would be funded in part by 10% taxes – 6.6 from employers, 3.3 from employees (10% from the self-employed).  Our understanding is that it does not have much of a chance of passing.  But the voters shall decide that.  For more information on Amendment 69/ColoradoCare Initiative, visit www.coloradansforcoloradans.com.

Here is the status of the bills we reported on last month.

  • HB16-1001 – Would require that all companies performing work under a state contract comply with the Federal equal pay standards. – This bill has passed through the House and now sits with the Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs where it has been “Postpone Indefinitely.”
  • HB16-1002 – Requiring employers of 50 or more to provide up to 18 hours of unpaid time off to attend children’s school functions. – This bill has passed through the House and now sits with the Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs where it has been “Postpone Indefinitely.”
  • SB16-033 –  Public health notice for those restaurants/food establishments that don’t provide at least 5 days of paid sick leave for their workers.  Would require the posting of a notice indicating that by entering the premises they (you) are at risk of catching a communicable disease. – This bill sits with the Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs where it has been “Postpone Indefinitely.”
  • HB16-1156 – Pay transparency.  Employers would not be allowed to fire any employees for inquiring about the pay of other co-workers, sharing pay information, etc. – This bill has passed through the House and has been refered to the Senate Committee of the Whole on 4/11/16.
  • HB16-1166 – Would prohibit employers for seeking salary/pay history of prospective employees. – This bill has passed through the House and now sits with the Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs where it has been “Postpone Indefinitely.”
  • HB16-1202 – Mandatory use of e-verify.  Would require that every employer in the state use e-verify for hiring any new employees. – This bill sits with the House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs where it has been “Postpone Indefinitely.”
  • HB16-1301 – Construction industry apprenticeship.  Would allow a state tax credit for either hiring construction trade employees that were either entering a pre-apprenticeship program or graduates of an apprenticeship program. – This bill has been Amended and referred from the House Committee on Finance to House Appropriations

To get additional information on any of the above legislation, click here to go to the Colorado State Legislature search page and just enter the bill number to view the details of each bill.  If you are aware of legislation not listed above that you would like us to look into, please email Rick Rosendahl, CRA Gov’t Relations Chair.


codenewsupdatesThe following city and/or counties have made updates this past month. Please log-in to the Code Guidelines to see their updates.

  • City of Aurora – It has been reported to the CRA that the City of Aurora has adopted the 2015 IECC but has it overridden by the IBC and does not require roofing contractors to bring R-Values up to the IECC code. As of right now, Aurora has no answer on why they would adopt it and then override it.  We wanted you to be aware of this issue and will keep you updated with the answer to this question when it becomes available to us.
  • City of Denver – We have an update on Denver’s proposed Amendment to IECC 2015 section C402.3 in regards to “White Roofs” that the CRA was against and fought last year around this time. The Denver City Council voted last month to accept the recommendation of its Building Department subcommittee that the amendments be passed WITHOUT the white roofing requirement.  The CRA represents over 160 roofing contractors who do business in the City of Denver.  We were pleased with Denver City Council’s decision not to adopt section C402.3 of the IECC codes in regards to a white roof requirement.” said CRA President & Building Committee Chair Ray Phillips.  “Our region of the country and proximity to the Rocky Mountains presents our local roofing professionals with unique and sometimes challenging considerations to make when selecting a roof system.  New roofs are best specified on a case-by-case basis for the individual building on which they are installed.  We believe the City of Denver made the correct decision to leave the complex choice of selecting the right roofing system and product in the hands of the building owner, roofing contractor and design professionals.

Have you heard of upcoming building code changes? Please share them with us by emailing the BC&S Committee via Debbie at debbie@coloradoroofing.org. The CRA Building Code & Standards Committee is tasked to represent our members in code, inspection and enforcement issues related to the roofing industry and to facilitate improved communication between the roofing industry and Colorado Building Departments and Code Officials. Through the Code Guidelines on the CRA Website and in this monthly column, committee members share Building Department news and updates.


PR/Marketing Committee Update – The committee wanted to send a thank you to everyone who participated in our inaugural Art Contest for children, “Roofs Keep Us Safe & Dry!,” promoting the importance of a roof to children in Colorado while spreading awareness of what the CRA does for the community.

Our three first place winners include Zach B., Allied Building Products, Riley J., Boulder Roofing and Yahir A., Boulder Roofing.  Our three second place winners include Brianna K., Advanced Exteriors, Inc., Kylie F., Front Range Roofing Systems LLC and Mahayla E., Reliable Roofing Systems.  

All 21 children who entered received $5.00 to Dairy Queen. First place winners received a Family Pack (4) of Season Passes to Elitch Gardens while second place winners received half a Family Pack (2) of Season Passes to Elitch Gardens.CRA_Artcontestflier-792x1024

Thank you and CONGRATULATIONS to our winners!

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WELCOME 8 New Members(s). Assurance Contractors, Inc., 4025 Automation Way Ste B3, Ft. Collins, CO 805251, Ph: 970-797-2502 (Roofing Contractor – Comm/Res); Capitol Roofing, Inc., 6540 S. College Ave, Ft. Collins, CO 80525, Ph: 970-223-5600 (Roofing Contractor – Comm/Res); DJS Enterprises, 24147 Genesee Trail Road, Golden, CO 80401, Ph: 720-955-9962 (Manufacturer Rep); Genesis Total Exteriors, 1250 Bergen Parkway B-110, Evergreen, CO 80349, Ph: 303-679-8509 (Roofing Contractor – Comm/Res); Guarantee Exteriors, 2851 S. Parker Rd, #904, Aurora, CO 80014, Ph: 303-368-7663 (Roofing Contractor – Comm/Res);  My Home Solutions Co, LLC dba Superoofs, 191 University Blvd., #317, Denver, CO 80206, Ph: 303-798-0111 (Roofing Contractor – Comm/Res); Roof Evolution LLC, 5696 S Cedar St., Littleton, CO 80120, Ph: 303-993-2862 (Roofing Contractor – Comm/Res) and Savage Construction Inc., 6359 Xavier Ct, Arvada, CO 80003, Ph: 303-970-8613 (Roofing Contractor – Comm/Res).

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SboydSuzan Boyd of Academy Roofing Elected President of NRLRC – The National Roofing Legal Resource Center (NRLRC) has announced its president for the 2016-17 fiscal year.  Suzan Boyd, vice president of Academy Roofing, Aurora, Colo., has been elected NRLRC president.  Boyd currently serves as a National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) director, as well as the chair of NRCA’s Consumer Outreach Committee. She has also been a member of the Contractor Management, Disaster Response and Government Relations committees. The NRLRC 2016-17 officers and directors assume their roles June 1.  Congratulations Suzie from all of us at CRA!!

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Independent Contractor Mis-Classification FREE Workshop – Aurora, CO – Saturday, April 30Do you use independent contractors in your business?  The State of Colorado and the U.S. Government are continuing their enhanced scrutiny of businesses that use independent contractors.   Consequences for misclassifying independent contractors can run into the tens of thousands of dollars for an affected business.  CRA member Underhill Law is hosting a free workshop to help local companies understand their legal obligations when it comes to independent contractors. Please don’t hesitate to bring your key employees that are involved in hiring and/or managing independent contractors.

The FREE workshop is being held on Saturday, April 30, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. It will be held at the Aurora Fire Station #11 (2291 S. Joliet Street, Aurora).  You can register by mailing shannon@underhilllaw.com or (303) 721-7112, ext. 103.  You can also register online www.underhilllaw.com.



TC15Photo22Online Enrollment now open for the following training courses.  Space is limited in all classes so be sure to sign up now!

  • May 12-13, 2016 – METAL ROOFING: 2-day course will to expose students to working with different types of metal, issues to consider and learning proper techniques. Class is intended for students who have background in roofing and/or for installers who have not yet worked with sheet metal. REGISTER NOW.
  • May 19-20, 2016 – TPO/EPDM – SPANISH:  2-day course intended for Spanish speaking installers who are newer to the industry who are seeking in depth knowledge of TPO and EPDM systems as well as learning proper installation methods for membranes and flashings.  REGISTER NOW.


oshaOSHA announces final rule to improve U.S. workers’ protection from the dangers of respirable silica dust. – OSHA today announced a final rule to improve protections for workers exposed to respirable silica dust. The rule will curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America’s workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica. OSHA estimates that when the final rule becomes fully effective, it will save more than 600 lives annually and prevent more than 900 new cases of silicosis – an incurable and progressive disease – each year. The agency also estimates the final rule will provide net benefits of about $7.7 billion per year.

The final rule is written as two standards, one for construction and one for general industry and maritime. In addition to reducing the permissible exposure limit for crystalline silica, the rule includes employer requirements such as limiting worker exposure through work practices and engineering controls (such as water or ventilation); providing respiratory protection when controls are insufficient; training workers; limiting their access to high exposure areas and providing medical exams to highly exposed workers.

Both standards contained in the final rule take effect on June 23, 2016., after which the construction industry will have one year to comply with most requirements on June 23, 2017, one year after the effective date.

For more information, see the news release—available in English and Spanish—and a blog post by U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, which includes a video featuring one worker’s personal experience with silicosis. Visit OSHA’s silica rule webpage for factsheets, answers to frequently asked questions, and to sign up for email updates on compliance dates and resources.



Most recently, the Obama administration issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for a new regulation that would require federal contractors to provide up to seven days of sick leave annually with pay to employees. The new rule would, if promulgated, apply to contracts starting on or after Jan. 1, 2017. Our Government Relations Committee is gathering data to show the administration’s estimated compliance cost —$650 per year for a company—is outrageously low.

NRCA is making plans to expand—and improve—2016 National Roofing Week, building on the success they’ve had for the past two years. CRA is encouraging all our members and non-members here in Colorado to participate in some or ALL of the daily events (schedule below) and post them to your social media feeds (Facebook, Twitter, etc.).  Let’s work together to spotlight National Roofing Week here in Colorado!

Sunday, June 5 — Kickoff to the week
Monday June 6 — Highlighting charitable projects
Tuesday, June 7 — Highlighting field and office workers
Wednesday, June 8 — Highlighting worker training
Thursday, June 9 — Highlighting signature roofing projects
Friday, June 10 — Announcement of the Children’s Art Contest winners
Saturday, June 11 — Wrap-up and announcement of the most engaged member

The National Roofing Legal Resource Center (NRLRC) will hold its annual seminar Sept. 29 – Oct. 1 at The Sagamore on Lake George, Bolton Landing, N.Y. The seminar will provide attendees with in-depth information about current legal, safety, technical and business issues in a hands-on format. For more information, contact Alison LaValley (alavalley@nrca.net) or Anne Schroeder (aschroeder@nrca.net).  NRLRC also has recently updated its Immigration Compliance Package, which includes detailed sections to help you comply with and respond to immigration issues affecting your business. The package also includes frequently asked questions that are answered by experienced attorneys.

An administrative law judge recently ruled workers at a job site in Connecticut were employees and not independent contractors and the employer was, therefore, required to provide workplace safeguards; the ruling illustrates a significant enforcement effort being pursued by federal safety officials, according to a regional OSHA official. In the case, the government established the contractor had employees at the job site; provided materials, tools and equipment needed for the project; and had control over the workers and work site safety.

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has reached a new milestone with the addition of its 150th member, Academy Roofing Co., Aurora, Colo. The mission of the Alliance is to promote the roofing industry through education, training and research; its members include contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, service providers and individuals.


This month’s highlighted member benefits and tools. 

  • Start Marketing Your CRA Membership to Consumers!  A beneficial marketing tool for you to use in promoting your CRA membership to customers. Just click on the link, print as many as you need and start using in your sales packets and presentations right away.
  • Concerning Ladder Liability.  Help us in educating consumers and concerned citizens about the liability and risks involved with unattended ladders set for inspectors.
  • CRA Safety Group Workers’ Comp Program.  Receive a 4% upfront discount, group or individual loss history dividend calculation and much, much more. Members of the program automatically belong to the CRA Safety Group whose focus is on continuing safety education and training and improving safety in the roofing community. In partnership with Moody Insurance Agency and Pinnacol Assurance. Call Kim Burkhardt. at 303-824-6600 to receive additional information regarding this program. 
  • CRA Dental Program.  CRA program offers a choice of competitive dental plan through Delta Dental. Brought to you in partnership with Employee Benefit Designs. Contact Jerry Ressatar for more information at 303-220-8209. 
  • busybusy.com Smartphone App.  Receive 5% member discount and 30-day free trial. This tool provides a mobile time sheet app that helps your employees more accurately track their time, report their location and record the projects they are working on all while saving your company money! Call Pete Scifo at 303-759-8235.

Delivery of the E-Newsletter to Your Inbox

To guarantee delivery of the newsletter to your e-mail inbox each month, we ask that you add Debbie Hathorne to your address book using the following email:  debbie@coloradoroofing.org. By adding this address to your contact list, we hope to avoid spam blockers/junk mail folders and ensure your receipt of the CRA newsletter in your inbox each month. Thank you.

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