December 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


Our Members are the foundation of CRA’s success, growth and progress. As the holidays draw near and we close another year, we gratefully pause to say “THANK YOU” and to wish you a warm and happy holiday season and the very best in the coming new year!

From: Debbie Hathorne, Ray Phillips & The CRA Board of Directors


President's Message

Hello Everyone.

This is the last president message for the year, and that means Christmas is around the corner.

What another great year for the Colorado Roofing Association- starting with the CRA Trade Show and ending with a CRA Pinpoint Seminar by Mark Graham and a whole lot of events and training classes in between.

I want to thank Mike Trotter of Front Range Roofing Systems for serving on the Board for the past four years and for serving on the Program Committee, which is a difficult committee tasked with finding new speakers for the luncheons. Mike didn’t say a lot at the Board meetings, but when he did, it was always direct and to the point and I enjoyed that. Thanks again, Mike.

At RTP Roofing Co., we always enjoy the end of the year because we shut down between Christmas and New Year’s.  (To everyone out there, you’re welcome because there always seems to be great weather while we’re gone, and then I’m always second guessing myself on being closed).  I hope you all take some time, slow down, and enjoy the holidays, family, and friends.

As we look to the start of a new year, I want to talk a little about a few new requirements coming up for the 2017-2018 membership renewals (and new members) since we amended our by-laws and membership requirements in November.   First, let’s back up a little.  Earlier in the year we had formed a task force to consider a “Voluntary Licensing Program” that another roofing association, RCAT, had created and is using in Texas.  After some research, we felt it was not the right timing for CRA and decided to wait on moving forward and watch how the RCAT program develops in the upcoming years.  A voluntary licensing program is a huge under taking and we want to make sure that if we do decide to go this way, that it is right for the CRA.  As a result of our research, we did find a lot of valuable information and some great ideas that we could implement into our current membership requirements and that the Board feels will continue to strengthen the value and benefits of being a part of the CRA.

Here are some of the important changes I wanted to point out:

  • Of course, we will continue to require the “Code of Ethics” to be signed every year upon renewal, to keep our core values fresh in everyone’s minds.
  • Contractor members will continue to provide annual proof of WC & GL insurance coverage.
  • For all new contractor members, you must have a fixed address, with a physical location.
  • New companies applying for membership will need to be sponsored by an existing CRA member.
  • New members will need three business references listed on their application (1-customer and 2- suppliers/vendors).
  • All current and new contractor members will be required to get eight Continuing Involvement Units (CIU’s) annually starting in 2017 for their renewal in 2018, by attending CRA Seminars, Workshops, Training Courses, Events, etc.

That last change is the one I’m most excited about because I want to see more of our members get involved in the CRA.  We don’t just want a check every year, we want your involvement.  As the CRA grows, and it is growing! — with a record year for new memberships in 2016–we are becoming a very recognized association and with that comes credibility for being associated with the CRA.

We have made it very simple to earn the CIU credits.  If you do have a problem meeting the eight CIU credits, please contact Debbie Hathorne, or a Board member, and we can come up with some way to earn your eight CIU credits.

I hope in the years to come that we increase the membership requirement for the number of CIUs needed each year.  Again, not to make your life harder, but in order to get everyone more involved in the CRA.   If you have any question or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call or email.  We will be providing detailed information on the new requirements with your dues renewal letter being mailed at the end of the month and we’ll be including the information in our January newsletter and other direct emails to make sure everyone is aware of the new requirements and how they work.

Please be sure to read the Legislative Watch section below. We are looking for your feedback on a proposed wage base increase.

One last reminder. The CRA Trade Show will be held on January 26th at the Denver Mart, so mark your calendar early.

I hope you all are satisfied with my first year as your CRA President. If you have any comments or suggestions for me as I start my second year, please let me know.  I want to make sure the CRA is heading in the right direction and the way members want it to.

I will leave you with this…  “May peace be your gift at Christmas, and your blessing all year through!”  (-Author Unknown)

Thank You and have a Merry Christmas!

Ray Phillips
RTP Roofing Company
CRA President
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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

needinputColorado Department of Labor and Employment/Division of Unemployment Insurance | Proposed Taxable Wage Base Increase – When the General Assembly raised the taxable wage base to $10,000 in 1988 average annual earnings in Colorado were $22,000–therefore the wage base was about 47 percent of a typical worker’s annual wages.  Today, with the base set at $12,200 and average earnings around $54,600, the wage base is only about 22 percent of average annual earnings.  Because the base is tied to future increases in wages it will always remain at 22 percent barring further statutory changes.

The Colorado Division of Unemployment believes that in order to maintain unemployment insurance rates at a reasonable level, if and when the next recession occurs, they need to raise the taxable wage base from the current level of $12,200 to $24,000 by 2020 with a phase in from $16,000 in 2018 to $20,000 in 2019 and to the $24,000 by the year 2020.

Suppose an employer’s premium rate is 1 percent based upon their layoff history.  With the wage base at $12,200 their regular Colorado UI premium would be $122 (0.01 x $12,200) per full-time employee; with a base of $24,000 the premium itself would increase to $240.  But premium rates are determined not only by an employer’s layoff history but on the trust fund balance as well– a business whose layoff history has not changed will see lower premium rates when the fund balance is growing and higher premium rates when the fund balance is shrinking.  This is a vital element of their proposal because by making the fund balance larger it lets businesses move to lower premium rate schedules.  This shift to lower premium rate schedules offsets some of the dollar amount of the premium increase due to the higher wage base.

Premium rates jumped during the Great Recession because of increased layoffs and the falling trust fund balance which pushed employers to higher premium rate schedules.  Because Colorado’s trust fund incurred a deficit of over $500 million and the state was forced to borrow money from 2010- 2012, employers were on the highest premium rate schedule.  That’s really the core of what the state proposal is designed to prevent–if they can keep the fund solvent during recessions (or shorten the period and amount of insolvency) they hope to keep businesses off the highest rate schedules.  Doing this means they can also greatly reduce or eliminate the additional costs associated with borrowing (interest charges, possible FUTA increases, and bond repayment charges) and shorten the length of time the solvency surcharge will be on, all of which will significantly enhance employer premium stability.

I encourage you to contact me using my email link below with your questions/comments/concerns on the proposed wage base increase so that we can share them with the Division of Unemployment.

Rick Rosendahl
B&M Roofing of Colorado
CRA Gov’t Relations Chair
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Technical Update from NRCA | Pinpoint Seminar – Wednesday, December 14, 2016. – On December 14th, the CRA has invited Mark Graham, Associate Executive Director of Technical Services for the National Roofing Contractors Association, to give a presentation featuring a “Technical Update” for the end of 2016 and beyond. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to stay on top of the ever-changing technical side of the roofing industry. Mark is one of our most popular presenters and can easily be called one of the industry’s most knowledgeable and respected experts in roofing and waterproofing. This year’s presentation will be focused commercial applications – specifically air intrusion, R-values, wind design and any other current topics.  It is vital to maintain a current understanding of the complex “scientific” side of roofing, be aware of problems and issues contractors see here in Colorado and across the nation along with how changing building codes significantly impact the roofing, waterproofing, and sheet metal sectors of our industry. The pinpoint seminar will be held at Drury Inn & Suites Denver Stapleton, 4550 North Central Park Blvd, Denver CO 80238 on December 14 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. $25 Member/$50 Non-Member. Please note that this session will focus mostly on the commercial applications and may not benefit a residential contractor.  Click here to register.

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legislativeTRADE SHOW | Thursday, January 26, 2017 | Call for Vendors –  Join us & connect with Colorado roofing industry professionals!  CRA’s trade show is designed to provide an educational exhibit of the equipment and materials used in the roofing and associated industries; to provide a platform in Colorado for exhibitors to meet with customers and potential customers on a one-on-one basis; to distribute information on new products and services; and to provide the opportunity for attendees to compare existing products and services.

Early Bird Deadline – December 23, 2016

Why Exhibit?

  • CRA’s expanded trade show size and layout at The Denver Mart offers a favorable trade show environment that has sold out for the past several years. Be a part of the show’s continued success.
  • CRA’s Tradeshow is a low-cost opportunity (as low as 37.5¢ per person) to make new contacts in a face-to-face environment.
  • CRA’s Tradeshow is a way to get in front of many prospects and customers in a relatively short amount of time.
  • CRA’s Tradeshow offers prime networking opportunities to make potential connections that will further your future business endeavors.
  • It’s your opportunity to showcase your company’s new product(s) and services.
  • Exhibitors include manufacturers, suppliers and applicators of roofing products and services in both the commercial and residential markets.
  • Complimentary buffet lunch for all show attendees and exhibitors.
  • Lastly … Your competition will be there.  Shouldn’t you?


Over 1400 of Colorado’s roofing contractors, estimators, project managers, foremen, architects, engineers, consultants and building owners will be invited.  Whether you want to showcase your products and services or build your company image, the CRA Trade Show is for you. Sign up today for this low-cost opportunity to meet face-to-face with your customers and prospects.

For pricing and additional details, please click the “Register Online” link below.  If paying by check, please use the “printable registration” link below.


Or, click here for a printable vendor registration form.

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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.



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

Denver – On Nov 8 Denver made a change to their 3rd party roof inspection policy.  Click here for a copy of the updated policy.

Wheat Ridge – Has a new Building Code Official and an updated roofing policy issued on November 28, 2016.  Click here to read the updated policy.

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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.


WELCOME 4 New Members(s). Brandon Dodge On Broadway, 5600 S. Broadway Blvd, Littleton CO 80121, Ph: 303-794-4205 (Trade Service – Automotive); Homeguard Services, LLC, dba HomeGuard Restoration, 6850 W. 52nd Ave #106, Arvada CO 80002, Ph: 720-708-4126 (Roofing Contractor – Comm/Res); Talon Restoration, 12354 E Caley Ave #105, Centennial CO 80111, Ph: 720-468-0374 (Roofing Contractor – Comm/Res) and Smart Roofing & Construction,4155 East Jewell Avenue, #716, Denver, CO 80222, Ph: 303-757-7663 (Roofing Contractor – Comm/Res).

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Announcing the 2017-2018 Board of Directors – Please congratulate the following individuals who were voted in as the 2017 CRA Board of Directors at the November 10 Membership luncheon. The willingness of each of these individuals to share their time for the benefit of our industry and our community is greatly appreciated.

Officers for the 2017 elected term include President Ray Phillips, RTP Roofing; Vice-President Jeff Johnston, The Roofing Company and Secretary/Treasurer Rick Rosendahl, B&M Roofing of Colorado.

Directors for the 2017 term include: Mark Bellitt, Arapahoe Roofing & Sheet Metal; John Cook, Tecta America Colorado; Sue Girard, Johns Manville; Dan Krus, Black Roofing, Inc; Amy Hawkins, Boulder Roofing; Jeff Patch, Premium Panels; Jeff Roy, Flynn Southwest; Mike Lesisko, Roofing Supply Group/Beacon Roofing Supply and Past President Brad Evans, Advanced Roofing Technologies.

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miketrotterA BIG THANKS to Outgoing Board Member | Mike Trotter – As we look to the start of 2016 we also say farewell to one of our board members. Please join us in thanking Mike Trotter for his commitment, dedication and service to you and the CRA these past several years!  Mike Trotter, Front Range Roofing Systems., re-joined the CRA Board of Directors in 2012.   Serving as a Program Committee Co-Chair, Mike has helped bring new life to our membership luncheons.  Participation has doubled and we have had several top-notch presentations that left attendees with valuable “take-away” items that have helped them in their own businesses.  As Ray stated above, Mike’s input on issues was always well thought out and insightful.  He was a great asset to our leadership these past few years and will be missed.  Thank you, Mike, for your time and commitment!!



Online Enrollment Now Open | INTRODUCTION TO ROOFING | Jan 20 – Feb 24 – CRA’s Introduction to Roofing class will expose students to the basics of roofing and teach them what they are doing, why they are doing it and give them an understanding that roofing can lead to several career paths within the industry.  6-week course/Fridays only.  REGISTER NOW FOR INTRO CLASS

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TC15Colorado Roofing Association - 56 of 96“SNOW DAY” RENTAL AVAILABLE – Snow has started to fly!  We want to remind members that they can take advantage of our SNOW DAY rental.  Do you keep failing inspections for the same reason?  Do you need to work on improving a specific roofing technique, learn a new application or train a new crew?  Turn your next snow day into a productive way to improve on installation techniques.  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. You or your foreman become the instructor. We provide the space and mock-ups and you provide your own materials, supplies, tools, etc.  This is a half-day rental with time for set-up, tear-down/clean-up and is contingent on date availability.  The cost to rent is $500 with a $200 refundable damage deposit.  You will be required to sign a rental agreement.  Contact Debbie Hathorne for more information/details.

SafetySpotlightoshaOSHA’s TOP 7 CITATIONS of 2016 . . .

The most cited OSHA violations of 2016 cover a wide range of workplace safety topics, from falls to chemicals, from PPE to forklifts. Patrick Kapust, Deputy Director of Enforcement Programs for OSHA, revealed the list at the National Safety Council’s 2016 congress in Anaheim, CA. These numbers are preliminary. The totals will become final sometime in November.

  1. Fall protection (1926.501, 6,929 violations): As the economy improves, the number of fall protection violations rises with an increase in construction.
  2. Hazard communication (1910.1200, 5,677 violations): The number of violations in this category continues to increase. Although the content and style of safety data sheets changed in OSHA’s Hazard Communication standard in recent years, the requirements to keep that information is largely the same.
  3. Scaffolding (1926.451, 3,906 violations): One place where companies run afoul of this standard: improper assembly and maintenance of scaffolding.
  4. Respiratory protection (1910.134, 3,585 violations): Companies often attempt to perform proper fit testing of employees for respirators, but their efforts fall short.
  5. Lockout/tagout (1910.147, 3,414 violations): OSHA’s rule requiring prompt reporting of employee amputations has contributed to an increase in violations of this standard.
  6. Powered industrial trucks, i.e. forklifts (1910.178, 2,800 violations): This standard always makes the top 10, with the number of violations mostly steady from last year.
  7. Ladders (1926.1053, 2,639 violations): Simply not allowing employees to use broken ladders and forbidding them from standing on the top step would prevent many of the citations under this standard.


Well, no one saw those election results coming, least of all the pollsters. As the U.S. begins its transition of power, here are some of the things NRCA thinks are on the horizon:nrca

  • It appears we’ll see an effort for infrastructure spending early next year. It’s an effort that has broad support from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, labor unions and members of both political parties. The devil, as always, is in the details, but NRCA expects to see some legislation passed early in the Trump administration.
  • There will be changes made—or at least proposed—to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Because the program remains unpopular and because of recent premium increases, there is likely to be bipartisan support for change though not necessarily for repeal and replacement.
  • There will be changes made to the country’s energy policy. We’ll likely be using more fossil fuels again and probably transporting oil through the Keystone pipe-line. That will lead to more activism from environmentalists, so be prepared for more contentiousness regarding that issue.
  • With a new cabinet, there also will be changes in the second and third tiers of bureaucrats at federal agencies. NRCA thinks, overall, this will be a healthy and welcome change for the roofing industry.

For NRCA and our political action committee, ROOFPAC, they only had three disappointments with candidates they supported. Overall, NRCA believes the country is returning a Congress that is generally pro-business; however, it appears even more unlikely we will find a Congress willing to tackle immigration reform in a way that will help our industry employ more legal immigrants. And that, coupled with the prospect of increased economic expansion, will only make our workforce issues more difficult to address.

As NRCA goes to press, they learned a Texas court has issued a temporary nationwide injunction on new overtime rules that were scheduled to go into effect Dec. 1. The injunction will remain in effect until the court issues a final ruling.

NRCA expects to see President-elect Trump, once he assumes the office, undo a lot of executive orders issued by President Obama. What will be harder to undo is the wave of new regulations that were promulgated this year.

One of those regulations is the new Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) rule on occupational exposure to silica, which is in effect but won’t be enforced until June 23, 2017. NRCA is leading an effort to collect air-monitoring data from representative jobs throughout the U.S. to compile “objective data” NRCA members can use to ward off citations. Our thanks to the Tile Roofing Institute, Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association and many affiliate associations for helping in that effort.

Another rule coming out of the Department of Labor was the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces regulation, which contains new requirements for contractors bidding on federal contracts. NRCA is happy to report a judge in Texas in November issued a preliminary injunction against the rule, which would have required contractors bidding on federal contracts worth $500,000 or more to disclose violations of 14 federal labor laws that occurred within the past three years. New federal compliance officers then would be empowered to disqualify the contractor from receiving the contract. The measure is headed to an appeals court.

OSHA also has issued a guidance on whether the agency intends to issue citations for drug testing, safety incentive and injury reporting policies. The agency is worried such programs deter workers from notifying supervisors of on-the-job injuries, illnesses and accidents. Deputy OSHA Administrator Dorothy Dougherty issued a memorandum saying the general principle is drug testing “may not be used by the employer as a form of discipline against employees who report an injury or illness but may be used as a tool to evaluate the root causes of workplace injuries and illnesses in appropriate circumstances.” The memo also clarifies OSHA will not issue citations for drug testing conducted under a state workers’ compensation law or other state or federal law.

And most recently, OSHA issued a new general industry standard for walking/working surfaces and establishing personal fall-protection systems. Without a hint of irony, OSHA’s press release says: “The final rule’s most significant update is allowing employers to select the fall-protection system that works best for them … .” Too bad that logic didn’t apply when OSHA changed its residential roofing fall-protection rules.


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. 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 303-717-8113.

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