December 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

Our Members are the foundation of CRA’s success, growth and progress each year. 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!

Debbie Hathorne, Ray Phillips & The CRA Board of Directors


President's Message

Hello everyone,

It’s December and that means this is my last president’s message to write, as your CRA President.  First, I will cover one last bit of business, then I want to talk about my experience as your CRA President for the last two years and everything that I’ve gotten out of the opportunity.

CRA has one last event in 2017, a half-day pinpoint seminar on Dec 12 featuring a presentation by Stephen Phillips on Legal Exposures: Where Insurance & Law Intersect.  Stephen always provides such valuable insight and advice; and I am sure this seminar will be no different.  If you have not done so, I encourage all of you to sign up to attend. It is also your last chance to earn CIUs for this year.

My experiences… let’s start with the president’s messages.  In the beginning, I was nervous about figuring out what I was going to write about, and talk about, every month; but, I found out all I had to do is look at what was going on with the CRA and our profession, and something always came along. I hope you have all gotten to know me, and my company, a little better through my messages and stories I’ve shared with you.

I don’t know if I had any one particular goal in mind that I was going to focus on as your CRA President, except to leave the CRA as good, or better than it was when I began. Another one of my goals was to have all of us, companies big and small, come together to promote each other and the CRA.

Every past CRA president I’ve talked to says the same thing.  It was one of the best experiences they ever had, and I completely agree with them.  I wouldn’t have gotten to know many of the people I’ve met and associated with if I hadn’t gotten involved in one of the many committees the CRA offers. I strongly encourage every one of our members to join a committee or volunteer for some of our big events, and to start meeting and networking with other members.  The people that we have in our association are some of the best people, not only in our profession, but in the country as well.

I can remember when I first joined the CRA — I would attend the luncheons and pinpoint seminars, and I would find myself at a table with some of the top roofing companies in Colorado.  I always thought it was amazing to be able to have a place where we can come together and learn from each other.  I believe it is very important that the older CRA members help pass down their experiences and stories to our younger, or newer members.  We are much better as an association and industry when we help educate, train, and learn from each other.

This might be my last CRA president’s message, but I’m very committed to the CRA and will continue to help support the association in any way I can, from being on the board, or on a committee, or volunteering.  I will also be encouraging people in my company to get more involved in the CRA down the road.

I’m very excited about our new CRA President, Jeff Johnston.  He has so much knowledge in more than just roofing.  I can’t wait for him to share this knowledge, cultivated from 41 years in business with his company, The Roofing Company out of Granby, with us.

There is one person I want to thank, to make sure she knows how much I’ve appreciated her, and how much I’ve enjoined getting to know her better.  She is the backbone of the CRA, and we our very lucky to have her.  Thanks Debbie, for making me look good, and keeping everyone, and everything, so organized.

So, I still have one more dreaded task to do as the CRA President, and that is to give the recap of 2017 speech, at the Awards Dinner on February 22, 2018.  That has probably been the only thing I haven’t enjoyed doing as your president.  Last year I was promoting all of you to drink as much as you could at the cocktail hour, so you wouldn’t remember me stuttering all over myself as I gave you last year’s recap.

But, all kidding aside, even giving the speech has been beneficial because it makes me step out of my comfort zone, and that too is a good thing.  They keep telling me the second time is easier. I’m not sold yet, but we will see.  Please make sure you come up and say Hi at the Awards Dinner.

I want to thank everyone for letting me serve as your CRA President the last two years.  I have really enjoyed it.  I hope everyone has a beautiful and safe Christmas and New Year’s.

Ray Phillips
RTP Roofing Company
CRA President
Email Ray

Your leadership and drive for excellence as the 2016-2017 CRA President carries CRA forward as we continue to promote the ethics, education, and image of the roofing industry here in Colorado.  On behalf of the membership and my personal sincere appreciation, a BIG THANK YOU for a great two years. Debbie


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


LEGAL EXPOSURES | STEPHEN PHILLIPS | 1/2 DAY Pinpoint Seminar | Tuesday, December 12, 2017. – Join us on Tuesday, December 12 for our last CRA Pinpoint seminar of 2017. We have invited Stephen Phillips back for a presentation on “Legal Exposures: Roofing Contractors Beware!”

This half-day seminar explores several issues of concern where the LAW and INSURANCE intersect. A topic relevant to both our residential and commercial contractor members.

Seminar topics will include:

  • CONTINGENCY CONTRACTS/PUBLIC ADJUSTING – Do you have a statement in your contract similar to this? “authorize[d] XYZ Roofing to pursue homeowner[‘]s best interest for all repairs, at a price agreeable to the insurance company and XYZ.” Does the contract further state that “[t]he final price agreed to between the insurance company and XYZ shall be the final contract price.”... If you use this or similar language in your contracts, you should be on RED ALERT (The class action lawsuit kind).
  • EXCLUSIONS IN SUBCONTRACTOR INSURANCE POLICIES – Many subs have cheap policies that have gaps or exclusions in coverage (i.e. height restrictions or where roofing doesn’t apply). This segment will help you look for these exclusions and the steps to avoid them.
  • 2017 CHANGES TO THE STANDARD AIA DOCUMENT A101 – Changes to A101 pertain to insurance and bonds; particularly builder’s risk and property insurance. If this contract is used, it reverses (for the better) Colorado case law regarding builder’s risk property insurance claims — particularly for re-roofing projects.

Members WILL NOT want to miss this low-cost opportunity to gain valuable legal knowledge for you and your business!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Denver Mart – Forum Meeting Room #1

451 E. 58th Ave (I-25 & 58th Ave)

10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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


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TRADE SHOW | Thursday, January 25, 2018 | Call for Vendors | EARLY BIRD PRICES –  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, 2017

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. Early Bird Deadline is Dec 23.


Or, click here for a printable vendor registration form.

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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.

We continue to monitor legislative issues at the state and local level along with public policy processes and municipal & county policy issues.  Most recently we have been monitoring Green Roof and growth initiatives along with payment rights on Public-Private Partnership agreements and wanted to share the following information to keep our members informed.


DENVER | I-300 Green Roof Initiative – By a narrow margin, on Nov. 7, 2017, Denver voters approved the I-300 Green Roof Initiative that mandates green roofs on all new buildings with over 25,000 square feet of floor area. The Initiative also requires existing roofs on buildings with over 25,000 square feet of floor area to upgrade to a green roof upon roof replacement. The latter is the part that CRA is most concerned about, and that our Building Code and Standards Committee will be discussing in the coming months.  The Initiative becomes effective Jan. 1, 2018. While changes may occur in the future, the Denver City Charter does not allow any change, or repeal, of a voter approved initiative for at least six months after the election and requires a two-thirds majority of Denver City Council. So, for at least six months and probably longer, the Initiative will go into effect as is.  Read more here.

FUNDRAISING EVENT: CRA, ASAC and NUCA held our combined “Drive for the Stars Golf Tournament” on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at TopGolf – Centennial.  We had over 100 participants and raised over $14,000 to use for our joint legislative efforts in 2018. A big thank you to all of you who donated and participated. 


ROOFING DAY IN D.C. 2018 | CAPITOL HILL FLY-IN | MARCH 6-7, 2018 – Next March the roofing industry will come together as never before to make our collective voices heard in our nation’s capital during the inaugural Roofing Day in D.C. 2018.  Reid Ribble, NRCA CEO, has been talking to the roofing industry for months about his “One Voice Initiative” that aims to unifying all segments of the roofing industry — contractors, suppliers, manufacturers, etc. As a former U.S. Congressman, Reid knows that a unified position is very important, but in electoral politics size matters, too. The most effective groups in Washington periodically descend on Capitol Hill offices en mass. They fill the corridors of the House and Senate office buildings. Their presence is inescapable. Their influence is undeniable. This is the status to which the roofing industry aspires. CRA will be helping coordinate Colorado’s efforts to promote and make Roofing Day in D.C. 2018 a success.  The goal – to have 1,000 or more roofing industry representatives from all 50 states fly into Washington, DC to make their presence felt on Capitol Hill with a unified message.  All representatives will meet with key staffers and members of their Congressional delegations to express concerns on one to two key policy issues affecting our industry. The challenges facing the roofing field have never been greater with workforce shortages, immigration restrictions, government regulations, and taxation burdens (key issues will be finalized in 2018 closer to the event). CRA is hoping to get a minimum of 20 individuals to participate in the fly-in from Colorado.  So, mark your calendars to attend.  Registration for Roofing Day in D.C. 2018 is $49. For more information or to register, click here

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!

Jeff Johnston
The Roofing Company
CRA Gov’t Relations Chair
Email Jeff



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

DENVER | GREEN ROOFS NOW REQUIRED FOR LARGE BUILDING PROJECTS. On November 7, 2017, Denver voters passed the Green Roof Initiative (“Initiative 300”), which has an effective date of January 1, 2018. It says that new buildings of a certain size — or existing large buildings when getting a new roof — must build a green roof including live vegetation (may also include solar panels).  Green roofs were already possible in Denver, and Community Planning and Development is working to harmonize existing laws and policies with this new law. Learn more at our green roofs page.

FEDERAL HEIGHTS | NEW HANDOUT – Federal Heights has a new roofing hand-out link.  Click here.

ROOF DRAINAGE & CODES | IBC & IEBC – The Roofing Consultants Institute (RCI) recently shared a link with us on “Secondary Drainage and Ponding Requirements in the IBC and IEBC.”  We felt this might be of interest to some of you.  Click here to read more.

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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.

ItemsofNoteWELCOME 2 New Members(s). Mutual of Omaha Bank, 15675 DTC Blvd, Suite 250, Greenwood Village, CO 80111 Ph: 303-320-3154 (Trade Service – Commercial Banking); Sentry Building Innovations, 14500 Goer Drive, North Charleston, SC 29406 Ph: 608-312-9457 (Manufacturer). 

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CRA Member Helps Former Gang Member Turn Life Around – Greeley, Co – A recent article in the Greeley, Colorado newspaper The Tribune shared the story of how a former gang member has excelled in the roofing industry and formed a special bond with his employer.

Mike Trotter, Front Range Roofing Systems Owner, partnered with the local Jobs of Hope program that helps at-risk young men develop skills and find employment.  Click here to read the full story.



oshaOSHA’s TOP 10 CITATIONS of 2017 . . .

The most cited OSHA violations of 2017 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 are the same order as 2016 and numbers are preliminary. The totals will become final sometime in November.

  1. Fall Protection in construction (29 CFR 1926.501) 6,072 violations. Frequently violated requirements include unprotected edges and open sides in residential construction and failure to provide fall protection on low-slope roofs.
  2. Hazard Communication (29 CFR 1910.1200) 4,176 violations. Not having a hazard communication program topped the violations, followed by not having or not providing access to safety data sheets.
  3. Scaffolding (29 CFR 1926.451) 3,288 violations. Frequent violations include improper access to surfaces and lack of guardrails.
  4. Respiratory Protection (29 CFR 1910.134) 3,097 violations. Failure to establish a respiratory protection program topped these violations, followed by failure to provide medical evaluations.
  5. Lockout/Tagout (29 CFR 1910.147) 2,877 violations. Frequent violations were inadequate worker training and inspections not completed.
  6. Ladders in construction (29 CFR 1926.1053) 2,241 violations. Frequent violations include improper use of ladders, damaged ladders, and using the top step.
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks (29 CFR 1910.178) 2,162 violations. Violations included inadequate worker training and refresher training.
  8. Machine Guarding (29 CFR 1910.212) 1,933 violations. Exposure to points of operation topped these violations.
  9. Fall Protection—training requirements (29 CFR 1926.503) 1,523 violations. Common violations include failure to train workers in identifying fall hazards and proper use of fall protection equipment.
  10. Electrical—wiring methods (29 CFR 1910.305) 1,405 violations. Violations of this standard were found in most general industry sectors, including food and beverage, retail, and manufacturing.


“SNOW DAY” RENTAL AVAILABLE – It hasn’t completely arrived yet, but the snow will start flying in the next few months.  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.



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

I have mentioned this before, but it deserves being restated here. As I travel the U.S., I am simply awed by the generosity of our industry. I see it in virtually every segment of the roofing industry and every region. Dozens of our affiliate organizations have foundations that provide resources for education and philanthropy that stretch into the millions of dollars. The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress just reached $12 million in donations, which provides the industry with countless scholarships, research and training annually that reaches far beyond just this generation. Your stories of giving inspire us all.

Donate at GoFundMe Page

Here is another: Nov. 5 was a warm Sunday morning in Sutherland Springs, Texas. The congregation of First Baptist Church was settled into their small building enjoying the service. Mother and fathers were seated quietly in worship with their children. The first shots rang from outside the wood clad building with hundreds of bullets penetrating the walls and striking the congregants. As the assailant walked around the building, he eventually entered through the main door and shattered the lives of a community. Every attendee that morning was shot. When he left, 26 men, women and children were dead. Eight were from one family. There was one unborn child and the pastor’s 14-year-old daughter among the victims.

I have nagging questions that run through my mind. Now what? There is no way the people of Sutherland Springs can continue to use that building as a church. In a community of about 400 people, will they even want the reminder or will they want it torn down? Where will they go to pray, sing, worship and mourn the loss of that morning? Who will help them?

The answer came from Brad Beldon, CEO of Beldon Roofing Services, and his family in San Antonio. It really was no surprise to me when Brad called and quietly said: “Reid, I am going build a church in Sutherland Springs. It’s going to cost $2.5 million, and I am going to make it happen.” You see, the Beldon family has always been generous. I watched from a distance as former NRCA President Mike Beldon, Brad’s father, built a legacy of philanthropy that’s well known in San Antonio. So when Brad called me, it was a usual type of thing for the Beldons except for one thing: The Beldons are Jewish. Why the interest in a Christian church? Brad spells it out on his GoFund Me page where he says: “Although we are a town of a million people, we still live by small town principles—we are all friends here in South Texas. There are three places of sanctuary in Texas—police and fire stations, Friday night football games and our places of worship. One of these was taken from us this past week. Please help our friends take it back.”

You can help First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, and the National Roofing Foundation can be your vehicle. Just write a check to the National Roofing Foundation and put in the memo line “Sutherland Springs Church.” We will make sure your tax-deductible contribution gets to the right place. Let’s show Sutherland Springs there is more to the roofing industry than just our work. Let’s show them who we really are. You can mail your contribution to the attention of Jessica Priske at our office in Rosemont, Ill. If you have any questions about your donation, please contact Bennett Judson at the office (

Reid Ribble

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Don’t forget to make plans to attend the 2018 International Roofing Expo® (IRE) and NRCA’s 131st Annual Convention Feb. 4-8 in New Orleans. The event is expected to draw thousands of roofing professionals from around the world and offer top-notch educational programs. The keynote address will be delivered by NBA legend Julius “Dr. J” Irving. Hotels always fill quickly, so be sure to reserve your room as soon as possible. For more information and to register, go to


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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