February 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

Hello to Everyone!
I hope everyone is enjoying this incredibly mild winter. From my experience in the mountains, every dry winter is usually followed by a long, nasty and wet spring. I remember one year, while living in Fraser, my kids shot off fireworks on the fourth of July in fourteen inches of snow!

So, on to Roofing. The CRA Trade Show was, again, a huge success. There were a few small issues with vendor table locations but we will get that resolved before next year. We thank everyone for their participation, especially our sponsors, manufacturers and vendors. I also want to thank everyone that filled out the CRA survey.

The next topic I wanted to touch on is the discussions and education we have had regarding Contingency Contracts. These contracts, or statements, basically state that the roofing contractor may negotiate or act as a public adjuster on behalf of the owner. Of course, this is against state law SB38 and it is required that you must be a licensed public adjuster before you take on this role. Our goal on this education process is to, first, get our membership to understand their legal exposure. The second goal is to get all other roofers educated. The two Lon Smith Roofing precedent setting cases from Texas show the provision in the standard Lon Smith contract was void because it provided that Lon Smith Roofing was authorized to act as a public adjuster. This was a violation of Texas law, a law similar to that found in Colorado.

What does this mean to the Roofing Contractors using this practice? Simply put, “Big Time Litigation.” Lon Smith Roofing has to pay back three-thousand homeowners their total contract amount plus attorney fees and interest! They also have to pay out of pocket for all of their legal defense coverage, which is likely in the $250,000.00-$750,000.00 range. My feeling is that this is a slow moving, legal Tsunami that will take off in Texas following the legal precedent and flow into Colorado. We have a lot of Colorado Construction Defect Attorneys out of work looking for the next big money ship to arrive!!

The CRA Board of Directors has issued an advisory with additional information and details about these public adjuster clauses. Click here to view the advisory.

The last thing is the 2018 CRA Awards Banquet on February 22nd at the Omni Interlocken Hotel. We have 21 job nominations and I am looking forward to seeing you all there.

Jeff Johnston
The Roofing Company
CRA President
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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 AWARDS DINNER – Feb 22, 2018.  We are excited to invite you to our 17th 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 Thursday, February 22, 2018 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 2017. Corporate tables of 10 will be available for $800 and individual dinner reservations are $85.   A night of honoring and sharing the exceptional “people and projects of the CRA” will be re-energizing and an inspiration to all!  By now all of you should have received your invitation in the mail.  Be sure to send it back with payment by February 16th or use this link to register online now:

Register to attend here.

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 TRADE SHOW | Photo Gallery – We had a great show on January 25, 2018.  Record attendance with over 1200 of Colorado’s roofing industry professionals showing up to check out the latest industry trends, catch-up with contacts and enjoy a little complimentary food, education and networking. A shout out to all of our vendors, GAF for their informative financing seminar, to our Industry Leader, Silver, Bronze and on-site show sponsors for their extra support and to everyone who attended for the awesome turn-out and making this year’s show a huge success!  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 Rich Broerman with Clark Rheem & Associates was the lucky winner.  A BIG thank you to Julie Boyle of Allied Building Products, Kristi Smith of Academy Roofing, Inc. Stephanie Garrett, ABC Supply Co, and Crystal Hinshaw of Roof Depot 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 — Scott Cone, TAMKO Building Products; Trisha Kingston, Heritage Roofing, Inc. and Jeff Sykes of ACH Foam Technologies. The Trade Show is the first of many “positives” we hope that 2018 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 24, 2019 back at The Denver Mart.  Last, click here to see if you were caught on camera in our 2018 Trade Show Photo Gallery.

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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.

CRA Legislative Committee Purpose: “Monitor legislative issues at the state, local and national level along with public policy processes and municipal & county policy issues of importance to the roofing industry and our membership.”

2018 COLORADO LEGISLATION UPDATE – With the 2018 legislative session well under way, the CRA is working with the Colorado Contractors Coalition (CCC) to review and monitor bills of significance. After reviewing a very long legislative tracker, we feel the following bills stand out and are worth mentioning to the CRA membership.

HB18-1022 |’DOR Department Of Revenue Issue Sales Tax Request For Information Sponsors Representative Lang Sias, Representative Tracy Kraft-Tharp, Senator Cheri Jahn and Senator Tim Neville.  The bill requires the department of revenue to issue a request for information for an electronic sales and use tax simplification system that the state or any local government that levies a sales or use tax, including a home rule municipality and county, could choose to use that would provide administrative simplification to the state and local sales and use tax system. Status: Has passed through both the House and Senate. The bill now heads to the Governor for action.  Click here for more information on HB18-1022.

HB18-1034 | ‘Concerning creation of a grant program for capital costs relating to career and technical education.’ Sponsors Representative Phil Covarrubias, Representative, Hugh McKean and Senator Kevin Priola. The bill creates the career and technical education capital grant program (program) in the department of labor and employment. The state workforce development council (state council) will award grants through the program to area technical colleges, school districts, and community colleges to use for equipment, or construction and maintenance of buildings, related to career and technical education. In awarding grants, the state council will prioritize applicants from rural areas of the state and consider each applicant’s demonstrated need. Status: on 01/10/18 the bill was introduced In House – Assigned to Education + Appropriations. Click here for more information on HB18-1034.

HB18-1185 | ‘Market Sourcing For Business Income Tax Apportionment’ Sponsors include Representative Tracy Kraft-Tharp, Representative Cole Wist, Senator Tim Neville and Senator Dominick Moreno. Concerning changes to the state income tax apportionment statute based on the most recent multistate tax commission’s uniform model of the uniform division of income for tax purposes act. Under this new system, receipts for the sale of services or from the sale, lease, license, or rental of intangible property are apportioned to Colorado based not on where the service is performed, but where the service is delivered for income tax years commencing on and after January 1, 2019.  Status: introduced on 2/2/18 in House – Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor. Click here for more information on HB18-1185.

SB18-007 | Affordable Housing Tax Credit.  Sponsors include Senator Jack Tate, Senator Lucia Guzman, Representative Crisanta Duran and Representative Jon Becker.  Concerning the Colorado affordable housing tax credit, and, in connection therewith, renaming the low-income housing tax credit to the ‘Colorado affordable housing tax credit’ and extending the period during which the Colorado housing and finance authority may allocate affordable housing tax credits from December 31, 2019, to December 31, 2024. Status: Status:  on 01/23/2018 the bill in in the Senate Committee on Finance – Refer Unamended to Appropriations. Click here for more information SB18-007.

Ballot Initiative No. 66 | State of Colorado | Growth Initiative – Colorado Ballot Proposal may appear on the ballot in Colorado as an initiated constitutional amendment on November 6, 2018. The measure would establish a constitutional right to limit housing growth through countywide initiatives and referendums. The initiative would also limit annual private housing growth to one percent in the counties of Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer, and Weld for 2019 and 2020. Limits in these counties would continue in 2021 and thereafter unless local voters overturn them via ballot measure.  Status:  Petition Form Approved.  Click here for more information No. 66.


ROOFING DAY IN D.C. 2018 | CAPITOL HILL FLY-IN | MARCH 6-7, 2018 – The CRA continues to assist NRCA’s efforts to promote and make the first ever Roofing Day in D.C. 2018 a big 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. CRA is hoping to get a minimum of 20 individuals to participate in the fly-in from Colorado. Curt Boyd, Academy Roofing, has agreed to be our state captain and assist in the coordination of delegates from Colorado.  Feel free to contact him at 303-360-0708 with any questions or let him know of your commitment to attend.  In the meantime, be sure to mark your calendars to attend.  Registration for Roofing Day in D.C. 2018 is $49. For more information or to register for Roofing Day in DC, 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!  There is a lot out there that we are keeping an eye on!

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

ADAMS COUNTY | New Handout & Partial Replacement Rule.  Adams has a new handout and rule for partial replacements that states ‘partial replacement of asphalt shingles will not be allowed. If replacement is more than one (1) square, and a permit is required, each slope containing the damaged shingles shall be completely replaced. Roofs may contain different types of roofing materials provided that the transition interface of the different materials is made at a ridge, hip, or an open valley.’  Click here for the new handout.

AURORA | New Building Department Website.  Aurora has updated their building division website.  The new site and navigation will take some time to get used to. For roofing handouts, you will want to use the documents link , then click on ‘building guides’:  https://www.auroragov.org/business_services/building/document_management/.

DENVER | Green Roof Ordinance Information – Continue to check Denver’s green roof web page for updates and information on the new mandate using the link below:


DENVER | Green Roof Potential Modifications – There is potential for modifications to the city’s new green roof ordinance.  The Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) has formed a Green Roofs Review Task Force of stakeholders to develop recommended modifications, clarifications, and improvements to the Green Roof Initiative through a collaborative, consensus-based process. Denver is committed to honoring the will of the voters through that process.  The Green Roofs Review Task Force meetings are open to the public to observe.

Green Roofs Public Meeting | LOCATION and SCHEDULE:
All meetings will take place at 200 W 14th Ave, 2nd Floor, Grand Mesa Room.
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Thursday, March 1, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 21, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Friday, April 6, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Wednesday, May 2, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Wednesday, May 23, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Any changes to the initiative would require a super-majority of 10 City Council votes, which could not happen until mid-2018 at the earliest.

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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 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.

ItemsofNoteWELCOME 5 New Members(s). JAM Roofing332 Norfolk St. #F, Aurora CO 80011 Ph: 303-364-1773 (Roofing Contractor – Res/Com); Metal-ERA, 450 Syracuse Street #3, Denver CO 80230 Ph: 303-459-8100 (Manufacturer), Professional Inspection Services, 7506 Urban Court, Arvada CO 80005 Ph: 303-885-3969 (Engineer/Consultant), SFY, LLC, 2216 Wynterbrook Dr., Highland Ranch CO 80126 Ph: 469-930-4489 (Trade Services-Insurance Supplement Specialist) and  Werner & Sons Roofing dba Roofology223 Underwood Dr., Ft. Collins CO 80525 Ph: 970-310-8628 (Roofing Contractor – Residential)

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airventlogoFeb 27 & Feb 28 | Attic Ventilation: Ask the Expert™ Technical Seminar | Denver & Ft. Collins – CRA member AirVent is coming to town with their popular Attic Ventilation: Ask the Expert™ seminar to both DENVER on Feb 27 and FT. COLLINS on Feb 28. All seminars are 7:30 a.m. breakfast; 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. meeting. This is their 20th anniversary tour featuring their greatest hits from the past 2 decades! Don’t mix exhaust vents (1998); Stand out from the crowd with an attic inspection (2001); Without intake exhaust vents are useless (2005); Get your fair asking price (2009); Avoid install mistakes and callbacks (2012); The Air Vent App (2017) and much more… Please join the thousands of roofing pros across North America who have contributed to and benefited from Air Vent’s educational seminar since 1998. Enjoy a FREE meal, too!  Click here for more information or to register.


February 26 & March 2 | Independent Contractor Workshop | Free Seminar – CRA member Underhill Law is hosting a FREE WORKSHOP this month and next on how classifying your workers incorrectly can lead to legal trouble for unpaid taxes, wage claims, and liability to third parties. In 90 minutes, the seminar will cover 1.) Simple things you can do to help prevent a failed audit and a big tax bill; 2.) Why your “independent contractors” could be reclassified as “employees,” and the impact to your business; 3.) What makes you a high potential target for an audit and why; and 4.) What information needs to be provided during an audit? Presented by: Joanne Underhill, Esq. and Colin Moriarty, Esq. Space is limited.  Register today by email to: shannon@underhilllaw.com or call (303) 721-7112 ext. 103 for more information about seminar times and locations.



THE SAMPSON BRIGGS STORY: Fall Survivor Making an Impact.  At our January Safety Group meeting, several members heard the story of Sampson Briggs.  He fell from a roof on June 15, 2015, miraculously survived and is now sharing his story.  Shortly after graduating high school, Sampson had a catastrophic accident at his summer job. While roofing, he was provided with no safety training or fall protection. A 30-foot fall to his head and face resulted in a severe traumatic brain injury, many broken bones, and months in ICU and inpatient rehabilitation. While most people do not survive injuries of this nature, Sampson did. He is forever committed to sharing his story of recovery with others, hoping to promote the importance of safety on the job site and in everyday life!

We encourage you to view his website and consider bringing him out to speak to all your workers for a ‘first hand message’ of the importance of safety training and fall protection.

Click here to view a short video from Sampson Briggs

Click here to go to his website sampsonbriggs.com.

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Falls create 42% of construction worker deaths – Data from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health found 42% of construction workers who die on the job do so as a result of falls. Of those, 54% lacked access to necessary personal fall arrest systems, while 23% had these systems but did not use them.  Click here for full story, Construction Dive (2/6) 


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

  • Feb 22-23, 2018 | 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 15-16, 2018 | 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.

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“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.

Anytime a ship’s captain needs his entire crew, he calls out “All hands-on deck!” This signifies the whole crew—not just some of them—are to gather together. For being only three letters, “all” is a powerful word, isn’t it? It includes everything. In this case, it includes all of us.

NRCA is setting its sail for its own all-hands-on-deck moment! In just a few weeks, stakeholders from the entire roofing industry will gather in Washington, D.C., March 6-7, on Capitol Hill. Our industry is made up of raw material suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, designers, consultants, service providers and contractors all with their own interests. But it’s time, for just a moment, to put aside specific interests for the benefit of the whole industry. It’s time to speak with one voice.

Unfortunately, too many members of Congress believe roofing professionals want to hire illegal labor and pay them cash under the table. They overlook the fact we are roofing professionals who legally employ individuals and pay them solid living wages. Congress cannot ignore us if we show up with the same message. We are counting on you. Register today at www.nrca.net/roofingday. Then, call another roofing professional and invite him or her, too. The event is not limited to NRCA members. All hands on deck!

Advocacy is not the only thing NRCA is working on. Staff continues its efforts on NRCA ProCertification—our roof system installation training and certification program—that depends on trainers and assessors for its success. Currently, there are 22 qualified trainer/assessors in the U.S., but we need many more. The next opportunities to enroll will take place the weeks of April 23 in Joliet, Ill., and May 14 in Orlando, Fla. As soon as the details are finalized, we will release more information. Be on the lookout in the upcoming weeks.

Not only are we working on developing training and certifying instructors and assessors, but we also continue to develop worker and foreman training, as well. Each week, we get closer to the launch date for the training modules. We hope to launch this season with asphalt shingles and single-ply roofing.

NRCA is pleased the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act expands the definition of qualified real property eligible for full expensing under Section 179 of the tax code to include improvements to nonresidential roofs. This is a major victory for NRCA as it is the result of years of efforts to educate lawmakers about the economic benefits of improved tax treatment of roofs.

NRCA members may wish to consider proactively informing customers and other industry participants about this provision in the new tax law during 2018. Section 179 allows certain taxpayers to immediately expense the cost of qualifying property rather than recovering such costs over multiple years through depreciation. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act significantly expands the expensing limits under Section 179 with the maximum amount a business may expense now set at $1 million and the phase-out threshold increasing to $2.5 million. These new limits are effective for properties placed in service in taxable years beginning after Dec. 31, 2017, and the amounts will be indexed for inflation starting in 2019.

In addition to expanding the amounts that may be expensed, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act expands the definition of qualified real property eligible for section 179. As of Jan. 1, qualifying property for Section 179 includes “improvements to nonresidential real property placed in service after the date such property was first placed in service: roofs; heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning property; fire protection and alarm systems; and security systems.”

Given these changes to Section 179 by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, qualifying taxpayers (generally small and midsized businesses) may now elect to fully expense the cost of any improvements to nonresidential roofs beginning in 2018 and future years. Essentially, any improvements to nonresidential roofs, including full reroofs of existing buildings, now may be expensed in the year of purchase by any taxpayer eligible to deduct expenses under Section 179. For more information about the benefits of Section 179, we recommend you contact a tax professional.

Reid Ribble


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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