February 2016 Newsletter

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

President's Message


I wanted to wait to write my article until after the CRA Trade Show.  I figured I would have a lot to talk about after attending the show.  I was correct.  What a GREAT Trade Show it was.  Let’s start by saying thanks to the Trade Show Committee Members for all the hard work they put into setting up everything and organizing another sold out show. I know the week leading up to the show is the most stressful, but your hard work paid off.  I haven’t yet received the final results of the total attendance numbers, but I know that by 11:15 am, the day of the show, the parking lot was full.  I loved seeing all the roofing trucks in one parking lot.  Be sure to check out the Trade Show Recap & Photo Gallery below.

I also want to say thank you to everyone that took the time to come up to me and introduce themselves.   I really enjoyed talking to our members and meeting some new potential members.   Standing at the membership table, I was able to talk to Tim, Kirk and Dan all past presidents and receive some good guidance and encouragement from them.   I met with Steve our trainer at the CRA Training Center and we talked about his long term goals for some classes he would like to see offered.   I was able to talk with Brett at Interstate Roofing and learn his title and what he does for them.  We talked about some of the challenges that we will be facing down the road.  It was great to talk with Randy at Statewide.  They were the first supply company I ever bought from.  Dave Suer and I shared some great memories from the old days when he was with Allied and Premier Supply.  I looked around and was very happy to see so many old friends and colleagues that I have been proud to know and do business with.

Walking around the show, it was wonderful to see how some of our younger members have grown within the roofing profession.  From once working on the sales counters, to being a top salesman, manufacturer rep or a branch manager.   There is so much growth and opportunity to be had in the roofing business.

That leads me into a subject that I will be talking a lot about in the next two years.   How do we set our profession above some of the other professions that we compete against when it comes to the actual manual workers — the guys that are getting their hands dirty day in and day out, the ones that are putting the wear and tear on their bodies.  How do we find the next generation of roofer?  Trust me I know that doesn’t have an easy answer, but as an owner it is one of my biggest challenges.  You can be the best salesman in the state, but if you don’t have the hard working and knowledgeable guys to put the roofs on, it really doesn’t matter.

Down the road, I would love to set up a round table meeting with any of our members that are interested and brain storm some ideas.  How do we find our future roofers?  We have to be able to show these young people a road map on how they can be successful in the roofing profession and the steps to get there.   I know from dealing with my own kids and even when I was young, how hard it is to see the future.   If you would have told me when I was 18 to 20 years old that I was going to be a roofer, I would have said you were crazy.   Now after 20 years in the roofing business, it has provided a better life than I could have ever imagined.  I’m very blessed to have the people and support of my family, supply companies, sale reps and CRA members that have helped me get to where I am.  I will be forever grateful for that.

One last thing I want to talk about is the CRA Awards Dinner coming up on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 (full details below).  If you have never attended this event, you must mark your calendar right now and make it a point to come.  I think it is one of the best events the CRA hosts during the year.   For the longest time I never took the time to attend, however, now I would never miss it.  To see some of the projects our members take  on is truly amazing.  The results of their labor are very inspiring.  We also get to honor one of our members with the Lifetime Achievement Award and their contribution to our profession. It is a wonderful night to greet old friends and meet some new ones as well.   See you on the 24th.

Ray Phillips
RTP Roofing Company
CRA President

THANK YOU to our 2016 Sponsors!

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


Awards2016Header_bCRA AWARDS DINNER – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2016. – We are excited to invite you to our 15th Annual Celebration of the CRA Awards Dinner – an inspiring evening where we all can take the time to congratulate each other and ourselves on the difficult, complex, dangerous and exciting work we do every day!  This year’s dinner is being held on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at the Omni Interlocken Hotel located at 500 Interlocken Boulevard in Broomfield, CO.  Cocktails at 5:30pm and Dinner at 7:00pm. The Awards submissions have been judged and the winners selected. We are pleased about the number and variety of jobs that we continue to see each year and can’t wait to share them with you along with the accomplishments of the CRA in 2015. Corporate tables of 10 will be available for $700 and individual dinner reservations are $75.   A night of honoring and sharing the exceptional “people and projects of the CRA” will be re-energizing and an inspiration to all!  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE.


The Omni Interlocken Hotel is offering our members a $109 room rate. You’ll want to take advantage of this fantastic offer. Call the Omni Hotel at 1-800-THE-OMNI (843-6664) and ask for the “Colorado Roofing” Room Block or “click here” to reserve online.

Questions? Please call Debbie Hathorne today at 303-484-0549 or email her at  debbie@coloradoroofing.org.

Awards Dinner Sponsorship opportunities are also still available.  Please call Debbie Hathorne today at 303-484-0549 for more information or email her at debbie@coloradoroofing.org.

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CRA MEMBERSHIP LUNCHEON  – FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2016. – Our first luncheon of 2016 will feature a presentation on sales and motivation. Attend our March 11 member lunch and learn to Climb the Mountain of Business Success!  Local Colorado Springs Author Janna Hoiberg has been invited to speak to our members about her new book titled “Backpackers Guide to Business Success.”   Success in the business world is a lot like climbing a mountain — you need to plan, prepare, and persevere until you reach your goal. On a mountain, skipping a crucial step can literally cause death; at work, skipping a crucial step can cause the death of a business or career. You might not backpack or hike, yet you must get out of your comfort zone to be successful. So define success for you, pack your bag and join us on March 11 on a journey to the mountains of success. It will be tiring, fun, frustrating, exhilarating, grueling and yet wonderful – all at the same time. A journey you won’t want to miss.

Take your lunchtime – bring your coworkers – and LEARN to get out of your comfort zone in order to be successful in business by joining us in a fun, engaging atmosphere that Janna promises will be filled with laughter and useful information.

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

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

** The first 75 attendees to register receive a FREE copy of Backpackers Guide to Business Success.**

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

Thank You to our GOLD Lunch Sponsor(s):

Matrix Business Solutions

RoofLine Supply  

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


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Click for 2016 Trade Show Photo Gallery

CRA TRADE SHOW … Thank you for another record setting year!!

On Thursday, January 28th, the CRA hosted a record 950 attendees for the CRA Trade Show and complimentary luncheon. Attendees included contractors, consultants, homebuilders and building owners from all across the state. Exhibit tables were sold out and we continue to receive positive feedback from both vendors and attendees that our roofing show is professional, of ‘great value’ and has become one of the best in the nation.

We would like to thank Herb Gibson from OSHA for conducting a pre-show seminar for our attendees entitled “How to Prepare for an OSHA Inspection,” and sponsored by Pinnacol Assurance. Over 100 attendees registered for the seminar that focused on being prepared for when OSHA comes calling. We thank both Pinnacol and OSHA for their continued support of the CRA.

Thank you to our exhibitors who showcased their products and who make our Trade Show a success each year. The product and service information along with the fun give-away items are always enjoyed and appreciated.

New in 2016 we held a Children’s Art Contest in conjunction with this year’s show.  We were very pleased with the number of entries and would like to thank ABC Supply Co. for their support in sponsoring the contest this first year.  Trade Show attendee’s voted on the entries and 6 winners were selected.  Please look for an announcement on the winners later this month.

We would like to thank all our show sponsors. We thank DaVinci Roofscpaes for sponsoring the entrance bags this year, Beacon Roofing Co’s – Roof Depot, RSG, Statewide Wholesale and ProCoat for sponsoring the badge lanyards and RoofLine Supply for sponsoring the Stadium Cups for the bars. The complimentary lunch buffet was provided to attendees with the help of the following luncheon sponsors:  Premium Panels Inc., RoofLine Supply, Spec Building Materials and TAMKO Building Products. Thank you for your support of the CRA and our annual Trade Show!

Click here to view the 2016 TRADE SHOW PHOTO GALLERY of the trade show floor.
You might be “captured” in one of the shots!
Thank you to Jeff Sykes for being our official photographer.
Thank you to those of you who took the time to fill out the online member questionnaire. Your responses are helpful in looking at the year ahead and valued for the importance of gaining knowledge on what’s working and not working. Those who filled out the surveys were entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $100 Gift Certificate to a Dardin Restaurant. We are pleased to announce that Terry LaVelle with Arapahoe Roofing & Sheet Metal was the lucky winner.

Thank you to Julie Boyle of Allied Building Products and Kristi Smith of Academy Roofing, Inc. for helping with registration and to Tracy Spence of American Roofing Supply for helping with vendor move-in!

Finally, thank you to our Trade Show Committee who organized this year’s Trade Show — Kelly Woods, Roofing Supply Group; Stephanie Garrett, ABC Supply Co, Jennifer Elliott, Roof Depot and Jeff Sykes of ACH Foam Technologies.

The Trade Show is the first of many “positives” we hope that 2016 will bring to Colorado’s roofing industry. We thank you for attending and look forward to repeating it all again next year on Thursday, January 26, 2017!

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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.

CRA joins Colorado Contractors Legislative Advocacy Council (CCLAC) – With the 2016 legislative session under way, the Colorado Roofing Association has chosen to collaborate once again with the American Subcontractors Association of Colorado and at least two other subcontractor organizations (currently AWCI, Associated Wall & Ceiling Industries & NUCA, Ntl. Utility Contractors Assoc.) to form the Colorado Contractors Legislative Advocacy Coalition – CCLAC.  You may recall that the CRA’s work with the Colorado Construction Reform Coalition, another partnership with ASA in 2007, resulted in one of the best pieces of legislation in the country related to indemnification – Senate Bill 87, prohibiting the transfer of risk and financial responsibility in contract documents.  The CRA’s Government Relations Committee will be chaired this year by Rick Rosendahl (B&M Roofing) with new Board Member Jeff Johnston (The Roofing Company) and Amy Hawkins (Boulder Roofing) working with Rick to gather & disseminate important information to you as the session moves forward. Our collaboration with ASA allows us to engage in industry-wide discussion and activities related to any pertinent legislation for the CRA and the business community at large.  We will enjoy the benefit of having a lobbyist monitor, interpret & forward weekly information for us – which we can pass on to our members as needed for active participation with our legislators.  Feel free to forward any feedback, topics of interest or questions you may have to one of us on your GR Committee.  As you know, participation in the system is the key for a positive outcome.

FUNDRAISING EVENT: Join CRA & CCLAC for the “Drive for the Stars Golf Tournament” fundraising event to be held on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at Colorado’s newest premier venue TopGolf. Join others in the Colorado Construction Industry at this networking and fundraising event that offers food, fun and prizes for the top teams and individual high score.  Gather your foursome, take down your golf clubs (or, TopGolf has clubs) and get in the swing of winter play at TopGolf.  Your foursome will have their own playing station, private yet open to network and get in on the fun with the competition.  A whole new way to play!  Don’t golf, not a disadvantage, this venue promises to deliver big fun for the golfer and non golfer alike.   Please click on the link to Register Today – there is still room.


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

  • Centennial, Eagle, Gilpin, Greenwood Village, the Town of Parker, City of Sheridan and Silverthorne – these six municipalities have updated their page on the CRA code page this past month.
  • City of Foxfield – Colorado’s newest municipality and building department.  There information has been added to the website. Be sure to log-in and check out their information.

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


Giving back to the community is a top priority of the Colorado Roofing Association and just as important to the many members of our association. Our members recognize the need to help other individuals and organizations that face economic or physical difficulties. Working together to reach our community outreach goals each year, our members give back to our community through volunteering, donated items/materials/labor and providing financial assistance to local charities, non-profit organizations and individual homeowners in need.  Do you know of a struggling non-profit or homeowner in need of assistance that you can’t handle yourself, let us know and we will see if we can work together as an association to get them the help they need.  Here is a “Request for Help Form” you can share with them or send the lead our way and the committee review the project.  Click on the appropriate link below and submit your application for review by CRA’s Community Service Committee.

Application for Help – Non-Profit/Commercial Projects
Application for Help – Residential Projects

In 2016, CRA  also continues our “Roof Over Your Head” partnership with Habitat for Humanity.   If you have not had a chance to volunteer to assist with labor on a Habitat home, please contact us and we’ll add you to the list of volunteers to be contacted.


WELCOME New Members(s).  Adams Roofing LLC, 46374 Sunset View Way, Parker, CO 80138, Ph: 303-840-9239 (Roofing Contractor – Comm/Res); G2 Roofing & Construction, 6920 S. Jordan Road, Unit H, Centennial, CO 80112, Ph: 303-471-5855 (Roofing Contractor – Comm/Res); Lousberg Roofing & Exteriors, 7100 Broadway, Ste 1-J, Denver CO 80221, Ph: 303-895-7968 (Roofing Contractor – Comm/Res); Masters Roofing LLC, 4497 CR 44, Johnstown, CO 80534, Ph: 970-690-8380 (Roofing Contractor – Comm/Res); Matrix Business Consulting Claims Services, 340 E. 1st Ave, Suite 300, Broomfield, CO 80020, Ph: 303-298-9248 (Claims Adjuster); Spec Building Materials, 14777 E. 35th Place, Aurora, CO 80011, Ph: 720-633-8542 (Material Supplier) and System Components/Feltex, 16040 Wildhaven Lane, Colorado Springs CO 80921, Ph: 719-367-4215 (Manufacturer).


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

  • Mar 3-4, 2016 – TPO/EPDM:  2-day course intended for installers who are newer to the industry who are seeking in depth knowledge of TPO and EPDM systems as well as learning proper installation methods for membranes and flashings.  REGISTER NOW.
  • Mar 10-11, 2016 – METAL ROOFING: 2-day course  will to expose students to working with different types of metal, issues to consider and learning proper techniques. Class is intended for students who have background in roofing and/or for installers who have not yet worked with sheet metal. REGISTER NOW.
  • Apr 1 – May 6, 2016 – INTRODUCTION TO ROOFING: 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 .


oshaOSHA 10-Hour Construction Safety and Health Training –  In partnership with Pinnacol Assurance, CRA has scheduled an OSHA 10-Hour Training for March 31- April 1, 2016.  The Member cost is only $50.00. You can’t beat this price for a day and ½ course with food!!  Topics Include:  Occupational Safety and Health Act Overview, Materials Handling, Personal Protective Equipment, Fall Protection, Electrical Safety, Health and hazard communication, Hand and power tools, Stair and ladder safety, Scaffold safety and Excavation and trenching safety.  Upon successful completion of this course participants will receive an OSHA Construction Safety Health 10-Hour Card.  Class registrations will be taken on a first come first serve bases. Class will hold 40 – limit 4 per company.  Click here for more information and to REGISTER NOW.

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Massachusetts roofing contractor faces $188K in OSHA fines after once again exposing workers to fall hazards – A Framingham, Mass., contractor with a history of safety violations has again exposed its employees to potentially fatal fall hazards at one of its worksites. OSHA inspectors found employees of A S General Construction Inc. risked falls of more than 26 feet from an unguarded roof and an improperly constructed and erected ladder-jack scaffold. “Not only did A S General Construction not provide required fall protection, it did not train the employees to work safely on scaffolds and had the workers climbing damaged and improperly set up ladders,” said Anthony Covello, OSHA’s area director for Essex and Middlesex counties. “The result was that these workers were steps or seconds away from deadly or disabling falls.” Several of the violations at the worksite are similar to those OSHA cited A S General Construction for between 2011 and 2015 at worksites in Dedham and Windham, New Hampshire. As a result, OSHA cited the company* for 16 violations of workplace safety standards, with proposed penalties of $188,760. OSHA has also placed A S General Construction in the agency’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program. For more information, see the news release.




In December 2015, Congress passed an omnibus appropriations bill—subsequently signed into law by President Obama—that includes a number of provisions important to the roofing industry. They include:

  • A five-year extension (with a phase-down) of the solar investment tax credit, which includes language NRCA supported. Because this was a key issue they focused on during their legislative conference, it’s a big victory for NRCA.
  • Permanent extension of the Section 179 small-business expensing provisions, which also now is indexed for inflation
  • A five-year extension of bonus depreciation rules
  • A two-year extension of the residential energy-efficiency tax credit under Section 25C, including new language to ensure all roofing products that are Energy Star®-rated qualify for the credit—a longtime goal for NRCA
  • A two-year extension of the commercial building energy-efficiency tax deduction under Section 1799D
  • An extension of the work opportunity tax credit until Dec. 31, 2019. This 40 percent credit on the first $6,000 in wages is available for hiring certain people, such as unemployed veterans, ex-felons and food stamp recipients.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is getting closer to issuing a final rule on occupational exposure to silica—a rule that has been in development for years. Most recently, OSHA submitted the rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as it is obligated to do by law as the last step before a final rule is published. (Representatives from NRCA and the Tile Roofing Institute will be meeting with OMB staff early this month and will argue the rule is likely to be far more expensive than OSHA estimates and likely to create more hazards than it will ever mitigate.)  The silica rule could be issued as early as this month. NRCA expects it will include a much lower permissible exposure limit, require employers to conduct initial air monitoring and require employers to limit exposures to their employees no matter the source of the silica. Silica is commonly found in cement and masonry, so it is likely to be of most concern during the application of cement roof tiles.

OSHA also has announced it will work with the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Offices to “investigate and prosecute worker endangerment violations,” according to a Department of Labor (DOL) press release. The agencies expect the outcome to be an increase in the “frequency and effectiveness of criminal prosecutions” of safety violations. This action follows closely behind OSHA’s announcement that it will be increasing its fines significantly—a step that was authorized by Congress to help pay for some of its new appropriations.

The H-2B low-skilled, nonagricultural guest worker program is operational now that the required new forms have been approved by OMB, according to DOL. The program includes a number of new provisions; be sure you are familiar with them if you use the H2-B program.


This month’s highlighted member benefits and tools. 

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

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