August 2018 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

Greetings to all,

Well, it’s August already and the Summer has almost passed us by. In a few weeks, the kids will be back in school and the leaves will start changing up in the mountains. I enjoy the Fall up here, especially when we have a nice, long Indian summer. The days are warm, not hot. The evenings are cool, not freezing. We always have had more work in the Fall, and our production is high. We generally have our best months on revenue and profit from September through November, so let’s get Summer and the hot weather over with, and move into a nice, long, cool Indian Summer that we can all make good money in.

On to a roofing topic. As the latest hail storm to hit the front range kicks into high gear, I’m beginning to receive complaints from customers who are using CRA members and non-members. The complaints stem from Contractors that are not following the rules of SB-38. They have included: contractors trying to negotiate deductibles, not providing a detailed scope of work on contracts, and statements that the Contractor will negotiate the claim with the insurance company on their behalf. These are all violations of Senate Bill 38 – The Residential Roofing Law. The consumers I have spoken to are very educated on the current laws. Most have discussed the issue with attorneys or Roofing Contractors that understand the law.

We recently received calls that there was hail damage in Grand Lake. I have never seen hail damage anywhere in the mountains for 42 years. We sent our Estimators up there and sure enough, there were two small pockets in areas that had actual damage. The customers were telling us to contact their insurance companies and submit bids. I told our team, “No, we will look at these as ordinary re-roofs, submit bids to owners, and only discuss the scope of work with the insurance company, period.”

As I stated in a previous newsletter, someone is going to set themselves up for a very costly lawsuit. Don’t let it be you. Follow the rules of SB-38.

Jeff Johnston
The Roofing Company
CRA President
Email Jeff


THANK YOU to our 2018 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_FriendlyReminderResidential Roofing Law | C.R.S. 6-22-101 thru 6-22-105 (SB38) – As Jeff mentioned above, with damaging hail hitting in every month since May all over the State and the increased competition out there, we want to remind all our members and specifically our contractor members to be sure and hold yourselves to the higher standards you agreed to upon joining the CRA.  You have all signed the CRA Code of Ethics and agreed to abide by them.

When consumers come to our website looking for Trusted Colorado Roofers, we want them to know that when they select a Colorado Roofing Association Member to install their roof that they are getting a company that is local, has been in business in Colorado for at least two years, have current General Liability and Workers Compensation coverage, are knowledgeable in roof applications and local building codes, care about the safety of their workers and abide by all the rules set forth in our Code of Ethics.

Our promise to consumers when they come to our website for information and help is that we have already done some of their homework for them and they can trust any one of our members to be an ethically run Colorado roofing business.  We all want a better image for the roofing industry and with your continued membership and commitment to the higher standards set by our association, we hope to continue to improve that image a step at a time.

Click here for a copy of the CRA Code of Ethics.

Click here for SB38 & Insurance Fraud Penalties Factsheet.



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

Colorado Springs/Pikes Peak Regional Building Department – PPRBD sent a reminder notice in August listing their common reasons for rejected inspections.  Click here to read the notice and a the PPRBD roofing handout.

City of Brighton – Roofing permit update as of 8.7.10, click here for details.

Jefferson County – Proposed codes effective 2019, click here.

City of Louisville – Updated re-roofing information, click here.

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DENVER | Green Roof Ordinance Modification Update – The Denver City Council Special Issues Committee on the Green Roofs Initiative will meet on October 11th from 1:30-3pm to consider an ordinance that is based on the Green Roofs Review Task Force consensus recommendations. The City Council committee meeting will take place in Room 391 of the City and County Building at 1437 Bannock St., Denver, CO 80202. The meeting will be open to the public and will have time for public comment.  Check the online committee calendar the week before the meeting for copies of the proposed ordinance and background documents. In the meantime, here is a link to Denver’s Green Ordinance website page.

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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.


CRA GOLF TOURNAMENT | FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2018. – Thanks for those of you who signed up to play in the 36th Annual CRA Golf Tournament to be held at West Woods Golf Club at 6655 Quaker Street in Arvada, CO. The tournament was a great success with 216 members and their guests taking a day to relax and have a little fun while raising money for a good cause and we had tremendous support from our sponsors.  Look for an event recap and photos in the September newsletter.

Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors!

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LEGAL ISSUES AFFECTING MILLENNIALS IN CONSTRUCTION | MEMBERSHIP LUNCH | THURSDAY, SEPT 27, 2018 – Presented by Trent Cotney, Cotney Construction Law.  Millennials are currently the largest generational group in the workforce. This seminar discusses a variety of human resources and safety-related issues surrounding millennials working in the construction industry. Attendees will learn about employment manual changes, contracts & benefits, changes to safety, and the implementation of technology at the job site. Join us at the Colorado Roofing Association September meeting where speaker, Trent Cotney will be sharing knowledge that will affect your business.

Thursday, September 27, 2018
The Denver Mart – Forum Meeting Room #1
451 E. 58th Ave (I-25 & 58th Ave)
11:30 a.m.

Sponsored by: Western States Roofing Contractors Assoc.

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

MARK YOUR CALENDAR…registration will open soon.  Look for an email to get signed up!

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR | CRA FALL SPORTING CLAY TOURNAMENT – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2018. – 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 2018 Event Calendar – calendar includes additional event dates, member luncheons, pinpoint seminars, Training Center courses, etc.


PR/MARKETING COMMITTEE UPDATE – The CRA PR Committee continues our Summer “Select a Trusted Colorado Roofer” campaign.  Thanks to our advertising efforts, we have had a 100% increase in website traffic over this time last year!  Consumers are coming to our website and spending the time to educate themselves on getting a new roof and using our contractor search function.   Look for our advertising here:

Pinterest, YouTube, The Denver Post,, Instagram, Facebook and Google Adwords

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Want to include CRA in your marketing efforts?  We’re grateful to have you as a member of our association and we’d love to help increase not only our digital footprint, but yours too! Here are several tools the PR Committee has made available:

  • MEMBER MARKETING – CRA has created a Member Marketing Tools page on our website.  Help us spread awareness about what the CRA and its members are doing to improve the roofing industry.  We want you to submit a guest blog, press release, recent project or photos to be included in the CRA blog and social media marketing and advertising.   Check out the marketing tools page for more details.
  • PROUD MEMBER POST | Win $100 Gift Card – We are conducting a monthly promotion to encourage all our members to share & tag our posts. Cross promotion helps both our digital footprints. Promote your membership by sharing the following “Proud Member” post on your social media platforms and tag the Colorado Roofing Association (Facebook @ColoradoRoofingAssociation & Instagram @ColoradoRoofing) using #ProudCRAMember and you will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card.  Be make sure your posts are public and searchable. Thank you to our past winners for sharing their Proud Member posts: The Roofing Company was our July winner.


ItemsofNoteWELCOME 4 New Members(s)…  Artisan Construction Co, Inc., 6920 S Jordan Road Ste E, Centennial, CO 80112, Ph: 303-942-0965 (Roofing Contractor –  Comm/Res), Chem Link, 2519 S Shields St #159, Fort Collins, CO 80526 Ph: 970-690-8550 (Manufacturer),  Roof Restoration Inc, 487 North Denver Avenue, Loveland CO 80537, Ph: 303-772-0766 (Roofing Contractor –  Commercial) and Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC, 11755 Airport Way Suite E, Broomfield CO 80021, Ph: 952-388-0289 (Trade Service – Legal).

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Watch out for static electricity buildup when working with flammable materials! – WRCA Informational Bulletin 2018-II-2: Static Electricity and Roofing Adhesive Fire Risk issued on Aug 7, 2018. WSRCA’s Industry Issues Committee is responding to reports from Member Contractors in the Western U.S. by preparing an Information Bulletin regarding on-roof fires that have been caused by static electrical sparks during the application of single-ply membrane roofing using solvent-based adhesive.

Bulletin Summary – Solvent-based adhesives may release fumes when their pails/containers are open and during application that can be a potential fire hazard during specific conditions and/or situations. A spark is all that is required, under certain conditions, to ignite such fumes. During dry outdoor ambient conditions, sparks can be caused by static electrical discharge. These three conditions can come together during a single-ply roofing installation and unexpectedly start a fire. Reports from the field indicate that this has been the case for more than one contractor recently, especially when weather conditions have been conducive to static electricity.  Reports from the field indicate that when relative humidity is very low, whether it be during cold, dry weather, or hot and dry weather, static electrical charges can build up during insulation roofing application. Most reports have involved steel roof decks and faced polyisocyanurate roof insulation and single-ply roofs. Static charges can be created when weather conditions are right and rigid foam insulation boards are slid or dragged across each other, when membrane sheets are moved over the installed insulation or over other thermoplastic roof membrane sheets, and just from walking on the insulation or insulated roof. If static charges have accumulated, spark(s) may occur when the metal bar of the adhesive roller or applicator handle touches the metal adhesive pail or container, or even when a worker’s skin or hand touches metal. Sometimes these sparks result in ignition of adhesive fumes and/or the adhesive itself during application.  Current members of WSRCA can read more here.




The Colorado Roofing Association (CRA) in partnership with Moody Insurance Agency and Pinnacol Assurance has announced a $206,500 dividend for 14 members of its CRA Workers’ Compensation Safety Program*! The dividend is for the 2016-2017 policy year. Dividends are issued to participating contractor and supplier members of the CRA Workers’ Compensation Program who meet standards for safety and compliance. The most recent dividend was shared among the following participating contractor and supplier members:

  • B & M Roofing of Colorado, Inc.
  • Black Roofing, Inc.
  • Boulder Roofing, Inc.
  • Ecoblast LLC
  • Four Seasons Awnings
  • Front Range Seamless Gutters
  • Highline Metals, Inc.
  • JMW Roofing, Inc.
  • Pro-Tech Roofing Systems LLC
  • Stratagem PC
  • TCC Contractors
  • Tiley Roofing, Inc.
  • Western Roofing, Inc.
  • Wilson Brothers, Inc.

Congratulations and thank you to these members for “keeping it safe!”  (*The Colorado Roofing Association Workers’ Compensation Program, managed by Moody Insurance Agency, was created in 1998 to take advantage of the preferred pricing offered to association programs by Pinnacol Assurance. For more information on the CRA Safety Group, please contact the CRA Office.)

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California Cites Contractor for Exposing Workers to Fall Hazards – California OSHA issued two citations and $146,004 in penalties to roofing contractor Petersen-Dean, Inc., for exposing workers to fall hazards. Inspectors determined that the company failed to correct unsafe conditions and work practices, and provide fall protection for workers on a sloped roof. The company was previously cited for these violations in 2013, 2016, and 2017.

Tennessee Fines Contractor for Exposing Workers to Fall Hazards – Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health issued two citations and $51,200 in penalties to M&K Home Improvement for exposing workers to fall hazards. Inspectors concluded that the company failed to train workers on fall hazards and fall protection, and did not provide required guardrail systems, safety net systems, or personal fall arrest systems.


CRAtrainingcenterFACILITY 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.

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TRAINING CENTER | CALL FOR INSTRUCTORS – CRA is establishing a part-time instructor pool for its CRA Training Center and courses. Part-time instructors work under the supervision of the CRA Education/Training Committee, CRA Board and CRA instructional team. Instructors blend their technical and trades expertise with the experience or desire to develop and guide future roofing industry trade professionals. Instructors demonstrate—through hands-on training and classroom instruction—proper technique, safety and detail which are essential skills of polished trades professionals. While, working side-by-side with students, they instill confidence, integrity and pride in students for their futures jobs/careers within the industry.  Contact Debbie at CRA  for more information.



National Update: Worth sharing … from Reid Ribble & NRCA.

What a month it’s been! July brought NRCA’s Midyear Meetings to Chicago, and we had amazing member participation. NRCA has more than 30 committees, panels and task forces that met to shape the priorities and direction of the organization. Each participant brought a unique background and perspective to the discussions and shared insight and wisdom. Our committees engaged in vigorous discussion about the issues facing our industry now and those NRCA anticipates in the future.


NRCA’s newly formed Industry Image and Outreach Committee met for the first time during our week of meetings to begin exploring ways to promote our exceptional story to those outside of the industry.  During the committee meeting, Chairman Bob Morgan led a wide-ranging discussion among members about ways NRCA can help its members and the industry. One of the recommendations is for NRCA to create and provide career fair toolkits to members. Broadly, it would be a compilation of ideas, best practices, materials and templates contractors can use for recruitment efforts.

We all feel firsthand the workforce shortage that is gripping our industry, and I’ve written about it many times. This committee recognizes the growing crisis and will meet in Rosemont, Ill., in September to begin developing the toolkits and other initiatives. We want to help attract the next generation of workers to the roofing industry, and we recognize we need to offer our industry the tools needed to compete in a tight labor market that only gets tougher with an aging workforce.

Training and certifying the roofing workforce through NRCA ProCertification will be transformative, but we also remain focused on the ongoing needs of our members. One of those needs is the revision of our technical manuals. NRCA recently published NRCA Guidelines for Rooftop-mounted Photovoltaic Systems, 2018 edition, a revised manual that walks through the guidelines for rooftop-mounted photovoltaic roof systems. As the cost of solar panels for consumers continues to decline, we see areas around the U.S. where the demand for rooftop solar systems continues to grow, and this updated manual can assist your business if you install such systems.

Additionally, revised editions of the Roofing Contractors Equipment Cost Schedule and NRCA Repair Manual for Low-slope Membrane Roof Systems will be published this month. Look for additional information about them in the coming weeks; it’s been several years since they were updated, and I know a number of members are anxiously awaiting them.

As part of our ongoing Spanish language work, we have completed NRCA’s Technical Dictionary—Spanish Version. Efforts are under way to translate all volumes of The NRCA Manual into Spanish, but it was important to complete the glossary first because consistency of terminology is vital. This first volume of the manual should be available in Spanish this fall.

Additionally, 273 companies are participating in our shop-fabricated edge metal ES-1 certification program. It’s value and popularity continue to increase, so if you are interested in participating, contact Andrea Khalil ( for more information.

During our Midyear Meetings, the Roofing Day in D.C. Advisory Task Force met to begin planning the 2019 event, which will be held April 3-4, 2019. We expect hundreds of contractors, manufacturers, consultants, architects and industry professionals to take Capitol Hill by storm with a unified show of force for the roofing industry. Save the date—I know everyone who attended our inaugural event had a fascinating, enjoyable time, and 2019 will be even better.

Reid Ribble


This month’s highlighted member benefits and tools. 

ADVISORY NOTICE: Roofing Contractors Must Not Act as Public Adjusters – Check Your Contract Language  -The CRA Board of Directors has issued an advisory with additional information and details about these public adjuster clauses we have seen being used in Colorado that basically state that the roofing contractor may negotiate or act as a public adjuster on behalf of the owner. This is against Colorado’s Residential Roofing Law (SB38) and it is required that you must be a licensed public adjuster before you take on this role. Click here to view the advisory.

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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