August 2017 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

So, as you read my article this month, I need to let you know I wrote it in July. I went on vacation the 1st week of August for two weeks, so depending on when the CRA Newsletter goes to print, I will still probably be on vacation.

I planned this trip earlier in the year, but who would have known we would have one of the biggest hailstorms in Colorado history. I know I shouldn’t be going, but I also know a few things; the work will still be there when I get back and life is too short not to take a vacation of a lifetime.

I don’t know about you, but going on vacation is a lot of work. You work twice as hard at work trying to get ready to leave; making sure everything is ordered and everyone knows what to do and then when you get back, you work twice hard catching up. By the time you get back into your old routine, you need another break… or vacation.

I hope everyone is signed up for the CRA Golf Tournament. I’m not much of a golfer, but we have a team of four this year and I’m looking forward to a great time. When I do go golfing, I always enjoy the green grass and the people I’m with, more than trying to hit that little ball straight.

Golf is a funny game; it’s a little like running a business. You have good and bad days, some days you hit your longest or straightest shot and other days you can’t even stay on the course. Once you think you’ve got the game under control, you start developing a slice or a hook in your drive.

I know there are days when work is fine, everything seems to be going smoothly and then the bottom drops out. It’s like you are two feet from the hole and it’s a for sure putt – you hit the ball and it goes slightly to one side or the other, circles the hole, and then pops out. It’s the same as that “for sure job” you thought you had and you’re already heading to the bank to make the deposit.

There’s something about the game that make you humble, but also keeps you coming back in order to try and master the game. Maybe it’s that chance of making a hole-in-one shot, or the chance of making your business successful. Or, maybe it’s just the people around you, being outdoors, the atmosphere, and the challenge of the business that makes you keep going… I don’t know – I can’t figure it all out. I’m just going to enjoy a day of golf.

How about that for a President’s message? Hope you all like how I tied the CRA Golf Tournament into some type of babbling metaphor. See you on the golf course Friday August 18th and be sure to check out the event planned for September below in the Event Section.


Ray Phillips
RTP Roofing Company
CRA President
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THANK YOU to our 2017 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


CRA GOLF TOURNAMENT | FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, 2017. – We have an exciting event planned for the 34th Annual CRA Golf Tournament to be held at West Woods Golf Club at 6655 Quaker Street in Arvada, CO.  The tournament sold out early and registration is closed.

Tournament highlights include: 216 players/18 Holes – scramble format, golf cart, range balls, bag handling, goodie bag, breakfast burritos, lunch, awards & raffle ceremony.  Plus… you can participate in the following contests: hole-in-one prize, closest to the pin (men and women), longest drive (men and women), ball-on-the-green and chipping contests.

West Woods is expanding their clubhouse and replacing their irrigation lines this summer.  You should not see a difference out on the course as far as playing a fun 18-holes, but we will all have to work together on the logistics of parking, lunch and moving around the construction zone.


For all golfers, sponsors and volunteers, we ask and strongly encourage twosomes and foursomes to meet at a nearby shopping center and carpool to the course. Click here for a parking options map.

Click here for tournament date, location, time and list of sponsors and sponsorship information, etc.

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Coffee Break with BBB | Alternative Dispute Resolution | August 29, 2017 – The BBB Denver/Boulder is inviting CRA Members to learn about their mediation and arbitration services.  These programs are beneficial and cost-effective alternatives to litigation. The programs are available to BBB accredited and non-accredited businesses, however most accredited businesses don’t even realize they have this free option as part of their accreditation. Plan to attend on Aug 29 to learn how BBB Alternative Dispute Resolution services can benefit your business. Light breakfast will be provided. Click here to register for this free seminar.

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SILICA COMPLIANCE & REGULATORY UPDATE | PINPOINT SEMINAR | WEDNESDAY, SEPT 13, 2017- This half-day seminar will be presented by Harry Dietz, NRCA’s Director of Enterprise Risk Management.

Enforcement for OSHA’s new Crystalline Silica Construction Standard begins on Sept 23, 2017.  If you have not already taken step to be ready or need a refresher, this seminar will help you to ensure that you are compliant by the new enforcement date.  Seminar topics include testing protocols & test results from NRCA’s field analysis of work processes, products and worker protection methods, identify roofing work practices that may reduce silica exposure during activities that produce respirable silica dust and new types of equipment or product features that reduce or eliminate silica exposure and other safety news including electronic reporting and crane regulations.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The Drury Inn & Suites Denver Stapleton
4550 Central Park Blvd, Denver CO 80238
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

$25 Member/$50 Non-Member | Member CIU’s = 4 per person


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THREE RULES TO BREAK WHILE BUSINESS IS BOOMING | MEMBERSHIP LUNCH | THURSDAY, SEPT 28, 2017 – Presented by Sylvia Theisen, Keynote Speaker & Author.  Colorado’s economy is thriving and business is booming! While that is great in many ways, it also poses a unique set of challenges. How do you keep up with the barrage of work, stand out in a crowded marketplace and manage the expectations for faster- than-ever response times? Join us at the Colorado Roofing Association’s September meeting where speaker, Sylvia Theisen will be sharing ideas about sales and communication. Take your lunchtime – bring your coworkers – and LEARN to:

  • TAKE BACK CONTROL of your time and energy by saying ‘no’ without the guilt and excuse.
  • You will be given the knowledge to help UNDERSTAND why sometimes you need to slow down to keep up!
  • IDENTIFY ways to CULTIVATE curiosity and a “Beginner’s Mind” about business so that you can DISCOVER fresh perspectives and solutions.

In this 45-minute session, you’ll stay ENGAGED and get a straight forward ACTION PLAN you’ll actually implement to get results.

Thursday, September 28, 2017
The Denver Mart – Forum Meeting Room #1
451 E. 58th Ave (I-25 & 58th Ave)
11:30 a.m.

Sponsored by: BBB (Denver/Boulder) and Sashco

One more Gold Lunch Sponsorship still available.  Please contact Debbie if interested.

Free: First 2 Members from Same Company | $20: 3 or more Members from Same Company | $40: All Non-Members  | Member CIU’s = 2 per person


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MARK YOUR CALENDAR | CRA FALL SPORTING CLAY TOURNAMENT – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2017. – We invite both experienced and novice shooters to sign up. Bring your colleagues, clients, family and friends out for a fun day of shooting and fundraising for a worthy cause. The Sporting Clay Committee will have registration and sponsor information available soon.  Be sure to mark the date on your calendars and watch for an email to get signed-up.

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Click here to view the full 2017 Event Calendar – calendar includes additional event dates, member luncheons, pinpoint seminars, Training Center courses, etc.

2017 COLORADO LEGISLATION UPDATE –There are a couple growth initiatives being proposed in Colorado that we are keeping an eye on and want members to be aware of.  Also, at the National level, we need you to act now and get on board with the Regulatory Accountability Act.


Lakewood | Growth Initiative – As of 8/1/17, Lakewood initiative to limit housing growth tentatively gains enough signatures to move forward.  Once signatures are validated, the initiative goes before the Lakewood City Council on Aug. 28, 2017. Proposal would cap new housing at 1 percent of existing units per year. Backers of the initiative — namely Lakewood Strategic Growth — say it’s meant to encourage redevelopment of Lakewood’s blights and distressed areas while preserving large, open-space parcels.  Click here for more information.

State of Colorado | Growth Initiative – Colorado Ballot Proposal may appear on the ballot in Colorado as an initiated constitutional amendment on November 6, 2018.  The measure would establish a constitutional right to limit housing growth through countywide initiatives and referendums. The initiative would also limit annual private housing growth to one percent in the counties of Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Douglas, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer, and Weld for 2019 and 2020. Limits in these counties would continue in 2021 and thereafter unless local voters overturn them via ballot measure.  Click here for more information.


Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 | Urge Colorado Senators Bennet & Gardner to Support the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA). This legislation will reduce regulatory burdens on employers by reforming the federal regulatory process, which has not been updated in more than 70 years. RAA passage will rein in agency abuse and minimize burdensome regulations. It will provide relief to businesses by reversing the trend of constantly increasing regulatory burdens.  CRA has signed on as a supporter of this legislation. We now ask our members companies to do the same as well as urging any other associations and groups you belong to support RAA as well.  By signing onto this letter, the Colorado business community has the unique opportunity to show Senator Bennet the wide-ranging support for the Regulatory Accountability Act and the need for his support in the Senate.  If you would like your organization added to this letter, please email Amy Weaver at no later than Friday, August 4 at 12 p.m. MDT, please indicate the exact way that you would like your organization listed.

Feel free to reach out to us if you have questions or hear of other legislation you are concerned about and would like us to follow!  There is a lot out there that we are keeping an eye on!

Jeff Johnston
The Roofing Company
CRA Gov’t Relations Chair
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The following city and/or counties have made updates this past month.   Please log-in to the Code Guidelines to see their updates.

LITTLETON | Littleton has a new roof permits and inspections process as updated below from their July 25, 2017 building department informational meeting for contractors.  Or, visit them online at for more information.

  1. Littleton will be using a third-party Inspection company to do their roof inspections (James R. Pepper, LLC – they currently do City of Parker and Douglas County).
  2. Will start using the (eTRAKIT) system and you will be able to do everything online for residential roof permits.  You will need to still come in for commercial roofing permits (but they will be changing that down the line).  Instructions can be found online on how to pull a permit with the new (eTRAKIT).
  3. Require a pre-roof inspection and a final Inspection.  They want to see the pre-roof anywhere between tear-off and felt. The inspector plans to start his pre-roof inspections around 11:00 am and after.  He said he will work with the roofers and does not want to hold up any production.
  4. All spaced decking is required to have new plywood installed over the top.  Solid sheathing is required.
  5. Ladders set-up for pre-roofs and final inspection – per OSHA.   Will not inspect roof if the ladder is set-up on sloped ground. 2-story ladder inspection okay, if 2nd ladder on roof is blocked off or straddling ridge.
  6. Ice & water required, 24” inside warm area.
  7. Venting is required – per code.
  8. Install 3-screws in universal B vent rain caps.
  9. Pre-roof and final roof inspection are free. Third inspection will cost $50.00.

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NEW FROM CRA! | ROOFING APPLICATION BEST PRACTICES FOR RESIDENTIAL ROOFING – On June 1, the CRA Board of Directors approved the Roofing Application Best Practices for Residential Roofing Advisory developed by the CRA Building Code & Standards Committee. The standards are recommendations by the CRA for roofing in Colorado. These standards are designed for Colorado’s extreme climate where standard roofing installation instructions, application requirements and uniform code may not account for the affect the Colorado climate can have on roofing systems.  The advisory will be updated as needed and the committee is now working on best practices for low-slope/commercial roofing.

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Have you heard of any upcoming building code changes with any of the municipalities you work with? Please share them with us by emailing the BC&S Committee via Debbie at

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.


BIG WELCOME to Our New Members(s). Exterior Guru, LLC, 2335 Ranch Drive, Westminster, CO 80234, Ph: 720-262-8060 (Contractor – Comm/Res); Genesis Contractor Solutions, 384 Inverness Pkwy Suite 280, Englewood CO 80112, Ph: 720-222-0424 (Trade Services – Financial) and Western Colloid, 5455 N. 51st Avenue, Ste. 3, Glendale, AZ 8530, Ph: 623-533-5923 (Manufacturer).

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REDUCED RATE | OFFER FOR ROOFERS | REPUBLIC LANDFILL – Republic Services, which operates 2 local landfills in the Metro Area (Golden & Commerce City), is offering CRA contractor members a reduced yardage rate for roofing shingles.  Click flyers below for details or contact Republic at (303) 371-5115.

Republic – Got Shingles Flyer (English)

Republic – Got Shingles Flyer (Spanish)


OSHA | ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION RULE DELAYED TO DEC 1ST – Final rule issued to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses compliance date delayed to Dec 1st.  The new reporting requirements will be phased in over two years:

OSHA proposed to extend the 2017 compliance date for electronically submitting injury and illness reports from July 1 to December 1. Applicable employers can submit injury and illness data using an electronic reporting system available August 1. The anti-retaliation provisions become effective August 10, 2016, but OSHA delayed their enforcement until Dec. 1, 2016.

Establishments with 250 or more employees in industries covered by the recordkeeping regulation must submit information from their 2016 Form 300A by July 1, 2017. These same employers will be required to submit information from all 2017 forms (300A, 300, and 301) by July 1, 2018. Beginning in 2019 and every year thereafter, the information must be submitted by March 2.

Establishments with 20-249 employees in certain high-risk industries must submit information from their 2016 Form 300A by July 1, 2017, and their 2017 Form 300A by July 1, 2018. Beginning in 2019 and every year thereafter, the information must be submitted by March 2.

Find more info at

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This summer we encourage you to remember to practice safe roofing to prevent accidents, minimize mishaps that lead to down time, and keep yourself and your crew COOL, COMFORTABLE and SAFE!  Click here for tips to stay cool.



FACILITY RENTAL AVAILABLE – We just want to remind all of you that CRA’s Training Center is available for your next employee/installer training, certification class or product demonstration. Whether you need to teach a new installation technique, train a new crew or showcase a new product, CRA’s training space offers you a ‘roofer friendly’ indoor environment with class space for up to 30 individuals.

The CRA Training Center is located at 1660 Jasper Street, Unit I in Aurora, CO and is designed specifically for roofers and roofing applications. The space can be used for all types of steep and low slope materials and roofing systems. We are ‘application friendly’ and there is no need for you to travel from a seminar room to the parking lot. You will be required to sign a rental agreement.  Contact Debbie Hathorne for more information/details.



National Update: Worth sharing … from NRCA.

First, the National Roofing Legal Resource Center’s 38th annual seminar is four months away, and the program is shaping up nicely, including sessions focused on key provisions and changes to The American Institute of Architects contracts, technical issues posing liability risks, employee embezzlement, how to navigate a drug-free workplace, nontraditional insurance you should consider purchasing, a best practices panel focused on vehicle safety and exposures, and much more. Make your plans now to join us Sept. 7-9 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., by contacting Anne Schroeder ( or Alison LaValley ( or visit Register early!

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As you can imagine, Reid Ribble, as a former congress member, watches the activity in Washington, D.C., closely. We want to share his recent observations.  “It’s a little like seeing a movie in slow motion. Members of Congress get distracted just like everyone else with all the talk of Russian involvement in the elections. The administration appears helpless as it tries to contain the barrage of negative media reports. Everything the president wants to see happen is being delayed and obfuscated by a communications nightmare.  So we all wait. We wait for a resolution on the replacement of health insurance reform. We wait for tax reform. We wait for answers to budget questions and whether an infrastructure bill will be coming anytime soon. We wait for regulatory process reform. But one thing is clear: The faster and more transparent those in the Trump administration become in all things related to Russia and the election will only serve them well. Whatever it is that went on, they need to disclose it all no matter how embarrassing it may be. Without disclosure, political adversaries will prevent the administration from getting anything accomplished. At a minimum, the American people deserve a functioning government.”

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NRCA’s Executive Management Institute application deadline is Sept. 30. This year, the program topics will focus on effective leadership through improved communication and succession planning, including financial considerations. Once again, classes will be taught by Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management professors and industry experts and held at Kellogg School of Management’s downtown Chicago campus. Contact Tom Shanahan at the office (

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NRCA’s official blog, Roof Scoop, publishes timely news and commentary of interest to the roofing industry. Roof Scoop posts include NRCA’s position regarding roofing industry issues and trends, as well as policies and regulations that affect the industry; news stories relevant to the roofing industry; and NRCA members’ good deeds and accomplishments, among other topics. Check it out here!


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. 

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