January 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


President's Message

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and Happy New Year’s and Hello 2017!  Wow… last year just flew by and my first year as your president is under my belt.

My hope last year was that my messages stood as a voice of one of the smaller roofing contractors in the CRA and maybe helped encourage smaller contractors to get involved in the association.  If you, as a member of the CRA, would like me to focus on something special this year, please feel free to email or call me.

I want to welcome our newest board member, Mike Lesisko, with RSG a Beacon Roofing Supply Co. I can’t wait to work with him and see everything he can bring to the Board.

I want to thank Amy Hawkins with Boulder Roofing, Inc. for stepping in last year as vice president and for staying on the Board this year.  I always feel better when I have a past president on the Board to bounce things off — even to help write the June newsletter article for me last year. Thanks, again.

I’m very excited to have Jeff Johnston with The Roofing Co. step up and become the next vice president for the CRA.  He has so much knowledge of the roofing business and of business in general. I can tell you, we are in good hand for the next three upcoming years.

I want to give a shout out to the rest of the Board and let everyone know who you are: Brad Evans-Past President with Advance Roofing Technologies, Rick Rosendahl- Secretary/Treasurer with B&M Roofing of Colorado, Inc., Sue Girard with Johns Manville, Jeff Patch with Premium Panels, Inc., John Cook with Tecta America-Colorado, LLC., Mark Bellitt with Arapahoe Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc., Jeff Roy with Flynn Southwest, and Dan Krus with Black Roofing, Inc.

We are so lucky and privilege to have such a committed Board at the CRA.

Mark your calendars for the CRA Trade Show on Thursday, January 26, 2017 and the Awards Dinner coming up on Thursday, February 16, 2017.  Don’t wait too long to sign up, these events fill up fast.

At this year’s Trade Show, we have a new speaker this year. Jack Seybert of X-OSHA LLC will be speaking at the FREE Trade Show Seminar on, “What to Do When OSHA Comes Calling.”  If you missed him last year at the CRA September luncheon, he had some great information to share with us.  Come early, the seminar starts at 10:00 am and runs to 11:30 am.

If anyone has questions about the new CRA membership renewal requirements or the new CIUs (Continuing Involvement Units) that need to be completed this year in 2017 for the 2018 renewal, please email me or call.

I will also be at the CRA Trade Show at the membership booth, so please take the time and come up and introduce yourself — I will be the one with the Cowboy Hat on.

Please don’t forget to sign your Code of Ethics, the acknowledgement of the CIU requirements and send them both back with your renewal payment.  Let’s help Debbie out as much as possible this year and send back complete membership packages, so you don’t get a call from her or one of the Board members.

I’m very excited for 2017 and this Association. We have a lot of education, training classes and events coming up this year, so please plan and attend as many event as you can.

Thanks, and I hope you have a great 2017 season.

Ray Phillips
RTP Roofing Company
CRA President
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One final BIG 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

DRIVE FOR THE STARS GOLF TOURNAMENT January 17, 2017 | 4:00 – 7:00 pm | TopGolf Centennial, CO

WINTER GOLF TOURNAMENT | Join CRA & CCC on January 17th – CRA has once again partnered with the Colorado Construction Coalition (CCC) in 2017. Our collaboration with the CCC allows us to engage in industry-wide discussion and activities related to any pertinent legislation for the CRA and the business community at large. This year’s session convenes on January 11. The CCC will be present to represent the interests of your business and our lobbyist will monitor, interpret & forward information for us – which we can then pass on to our members as needed for active participation with our legislators.

To begin this legislative year, we are holding our 2nd annual fundraising event to support the activities of the coalition to include lobbyist, legislative receptions, legislator communication and government affairs activities. Please help support our legislative efforts by joining us at:

January 17, 2017 | 4:00 – 7:00 pm | TopGolf Centennial, CO

Get more information or sign up to participate today!

Wintertime golf!  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.

Proposed Taxable Wage Base Increase| Colorado Department of Labor and Employment/Division of Unemployment Insurance  – Last month we wrote about the proposed increase in the December Newsletter.  Quick Recap: 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. This shift to lower premium rate schedules offsets some of the dollar amount of the premium increase due to the higher wage base. During the last big recession, Colorado’s trust fund incurred a deficit of over $500 million and the state was forced to borrow money from 2010- 2012 and 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. We still need your input; PLEASE TELL US WHAT YOU THINK.  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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EventAnnouncementsCRA TRADE SHOW … Come find out what’s new in Colorado’s roofing industry.

TS15roomDate: Thursday, January 26, 2017
Location: The Denver Mart – PLAZA Building, 451 E. 58th Avenue, Denver CO 80216.
Time: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Attendees – Register to Attend

Vendors – Reserve a table.

Current list of vendors.

Contractors & Associates in Colorado’s Roofing Industry — this is a great chance to catch up on the latest industry trends, to make important contacts with suppliers and to compare existing products and services. The trade show offers a great networking opportunity for you to make and reaffirm business and personal contacts while educating you and your employees on the newest in Colorado’s roofing industry.  Along with FREE trade show and seminar admission, the CRA provides a complimentary lunch buffet and refreshments to all show attendees and exhibitors.

FREE SEMINAR: “OSHA – Before, During & After the Inspection,” Join us before the show opens for a free seminar sponsored by Pinnacol Assurance. Both commercial and residential roofing projects are vulnerable to OSHA inspections — it is important that all employees and sub-contractors follow company safety rules and OSHA standards. In this workshop, we will take a unique look at the OSHA inspection process and discuss an inspection from a very practical and realistic point of view.  This is a frank and honest discussion of the reality of the inspection and its costs in dollars and business consequences. Topics include why OSHA chose to inspect you, new penalty structure, your rights and responsibilities and much more.    “OSHA – Before, During & After the Inspection” will be held from 10:00-11:30 a.m.    The seminar is FREE, but all trade show attendees and exhibitors wishing to attend must sign up in advance!

SHOW ADMISSION:  Register to Attend in advance and have your admission badge waiting for you at the registration desk located at the entrance. Or – although it might take a little longer, just present a business card at the door for admission and we’ll print your badge on-site.

SPONSORS:  Thank you to the following companies for taking the opportunity to sponsor our show. We are truly thankful for the support!

Entrance Bag Sponsor – Polyglass

Lanyard Sponsor –  Western Colloid

Stadium Cup Sponsor –  Premium Panels, Inc.

Morning Session Seminar Sponsor – Pinnacol Assurance

Buffet Lunch Sponsors  –  Beacon Roofing Supply, New Tech Machinery, Spec Building Materials and TAMKO Building Products

DON’T MISS THE SHOW:  The CRA trade show provides both contractors and suppliers an opportunity to meet one-on-one and to expand their networks and capitalize on new business opportunities.  Register Now to attend on Jan 26!

CRA AWARDS DINNER – Feb 16, 2017.  We are excited to invite you to our 16th 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 16, 2017 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 2016. 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!  Mark your calendars to attend,  then look for your invitation to arrive in the next couple of weeks and be sure to send back your RSVP by February 10th.

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.



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

DENVER | New Handout – On 11-7-16 Denver issued an update to their Roofing Guidelines Handout. We wish all municipalities were this detailed. Click here for a copy of the handout.

DENVER | Free Roofing Seminar – On Tuesday, January 31, as Denver’s Development Services staff discuss permitting and inspections for residential and commercial roof projects – “Roofing in Denver: What you need to know.”  This is an afternoon designed specifically for roofing contractors and those involved in this industry in Denver. Our team will be on hand to answer questions and explain procedures.  Reserve your spot soon, as these events fill up quickly.

Roofing in Denver: What you need to know
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Wellington Webb Municipal Building
201 W. Colfax Ave., Room 4.F.6, Denver

RSVP to cpdcommunications@denvergov.org by Friday, January 27.

FT. MORGAN | Adopts 2015 Code – Effective January 1, 2017, the City of Fort Morgan is enforcing the 2015 International Codes, as adopted by Ordinance No. 1187, which includes the Building Code, Residential Code, Mechanical Code, Plumbing Code, Fire Code, Fuel Gas Code, and Existing Buildings Code. *Amendments to the Codes can be viewed by clicking on the Ordinance link above.

TELLER COUNTY | Adopts 2015 Code – Effective January 1, 2017, the Teller County Board of County Commissioners has adopted the 2015 Building Code and Amended Changes. Click here for changes.

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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.


WELCOME 1 New Members(s). DERBIGUM, 4800 Blue Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64130, Ph: 816-921-0221 (Manufacturer).

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Membership Renewal & New Membership Requirement for 2017 – Your Colorado Roofing Association membership renewal notice and invoice was mailed on December 19th.  Please contact us ASAP if you have not received it.  Renewals are due by January 31, 2017.

New for 2017! – The Board of Directors and all our committees work hard to make sure you are given numerous opportunities to benefit from your membership.  As we grow and strengthen our association, we continue to keep our focus on the quality of members rather than quantity.  For that reason, early in the year we looked at adopting our own Voluntary Licensing program that would have been run through the association.  After extensive discussions and feedback from our membership we felt the timing was not right for this type of program.  At the same time, we decided that many of the elements of the proposed licensing program were very important and beneficial and made the decision to add some of the key items to our membership requirements.  When a consumer visits our website, and selects one of our members, we want them to be able to trust that we have done some of their homework for them and can proudly say that any and all of our members are the right choice for them!  We also want to see more of our membership take an active role in being a member of the CRA. To strengthen our association even more, we will be implementing the following new membership criteria for contractor members effective January 1, 2017.  

  • Sign the Code of Ethics every year upon renewal; keeping our core values fresh in everyone’s minds
  • Physical address will be required
  • New companies applying for membership will need to be sponsored by another CRA member
  • Three business references will be required with all new member applications
  • All current and new contractor members will be required to get 8 Continuing Involvement Credits (CIU’s) annually starting in 2017 for renewal in 2018 by attending CRA seminars, workshops, training’s, events, etc.

Last, a reminder that upon renewal of membership each year, and in compliance with our bylaws, all contractor members must forward a current Certificate of Insurance showing the following:

  • General liability coverage of at least $500,000.
  • Workers’ compensation coverage reflecting roofing or sheet metal classifications.  (Note: If you do not carry workers’ compensation insurance, you will not qualify for membership in the association.  Exemption Letters are not accepted.)

This information must be on file in order to renew your membership.

The CRA Board of Directors thanks you for your continued support. We hope that you find benefit in your membership, and that each one of our members finds a way in the upcoming year to help the CRA as it continues to represent and promote the roofing industry in a professional manner.

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2017 Standard Mileage Rate Announced – The Internal Revenue Service issued the 2017 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.  Beginning on Jan. 1, 2017, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be 53.5 cents per mile for business miles driven (down from 54 cents for 2016), 17 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes (down from 19 cents for 2016) and 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations. Click here for more information.



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.

SafetySpotlightoshaAnti-Retaliatory Rule Became Effective On December 1

OSHA’s electronic injury submission rule titled, “Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses,” includes an anti-retaliatory provision which was to become effective on August 1, 2016. OSHA announced it would delay implementation of this portion of the rule until November 1, 2016, in order to allow it more time to conduct additional research and provide education to employers. The new deadline was published by OSHA in response to a request from a federal judge who is presiding over a lawsuit challenging the rule. The judge requested the additional time to consider a preliminary injunction that sought to delay the effective date of the rule until a final decision was reached in the case.

Significantly, on November, 28, 2016, the federal judge presiding over the lawsuit denied the request for the preliminary injunction. Consequently, the anti-retaliatory provisions of the new rule became effective on December 1, 2016.

Contractors should carefully review their policies concerning post-accident drug and alcohol testing policy and the reporting of accidents, as well as their safety incentive programs, to ensure compliance with the new rule.  Read more here.



Bill Good Retires.  We congratulate Bill Good on his retirement  from NRCA and thank him for all he has done for our industry on the national level and here in Colorado.  Bill has made a positive impact on our industry for more than 28 years and we are all the better for it.  We wish him all the best as he moves into the next phase of his life.

NRCA’s New CEO – Reid J. Ribble.  The new year brings change to NRCA as Reid Ribble assumes the role of CEO following Bill Good’s retirement. Ribble, a former roofing contractor turned congressman, looks forward to his return to the roofing industry. Ribble’s goals include embracing opportunities presented by the trend toward energy-efficient roof systems and helping resolve the industry’s labor shortage, among many other goals. He says he is excited to take on the challenges facing our industry and is proud and honored to be a part of the effort.

National Update:  It’s a crazy time. President-elect Trump, who campaigned on being a disrupter, is disrupting things. He has been filling his cabinet positions with more pro-business people than seen in recent memory. That will create a lot of opportunities for NRCA and other business organizations to make some real progress. Here are a few things to expect:

  • Tax reform. This will take some time, but Trump campaigned on reducing corporate tax rates and reforming individual tax rates. He also has proposed eliminating the estate tax. NRCA will be working closely with him on these issues.
  • Regulatory reform. NRCA expects Trump to roll back some of President Obama’s executive orders early in his presidency. More important, NRCA expects to see legislation that will be longer-term, more systemic changes to the way regulations are promulgated and enforced. Again, NRCA will be supporting those efforts.
  • Infrastructure spending. Trump has proposed spending a trillion dollars on infrastructure improvements. Many of these are badly needed, and NRCA thinks he’ll get bipartisan support for some level of spending though perhaps not all he wants.
  • Immigration policy changes. NRCA expects there will be an effort to impose more responsibility on employers, improve border security and “enhance” screening of many potential immigrants. NRCA will continue to support efforts to enable people to enter the country legally to work in industries like ours where labor is in short supply.

With this as a backdrop, the construction industry continues to do well. Housing starts through Nov. 30, 2016, were up 4.8 percent year to date, and building permits—a good indicator of future activity—were up 1.1 percent year to date. In addition, 34 states report increases in construction employment this year, led (on a percentage basis) by Nevada, Iowa, Washington, Oregon and Colorado.

Interestingly, a recent study conducted by the real estate financial and professional services company Jones Lang LaSalle concludes, not surprisingly, the shortage of skilled construction workers will continue to drive up building costs in many U.S. markets. The report suggests the construction labor pool has begun to level off at about 1.5 million workers, down from its peak of nearly 2 million in 2007.

Also interesting to note is the continuing growth of the solar industry, and NRCA will continue to be involved in assessing how that will affect the roofing industry. In 2015—the latest year for which data are available—there were 300,000 residential photovoltaic (PV) installations and 8,000 commercial PV installations, not including utility-scale ground-mount PV projects. (In other words, most of those were rooftop installations.) And those in the solar industry expect the increases not only to continue but also to accelerate.

Three new rulemakings from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are expected in 2017 to address the agency’s crane rule issued in 2010. The changes, presumably, have to do with requirements for operator certification by third-party evaluators and operator qualifications. A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is expected as soon as this month.

In a 17-page order issued Nov. 28, 2016, a federal judge has ruled OSHA can begin enforcing its rule restricting safety incentives and drug testing programs. The rule requires employers to electronically submit annual injury and illness log data to OSHA, enabling OSHA to post on its public website summaries of each establishment’s records. OSHA has maintained safety incentive programs rewarding workers and supervisors for low injury and illness rates may violate the standard because cash and other benefits could convince workers not to report cases. OSHA also maintained drug testing programs requiring any worker reporting an injury to be tested could violate the standard because the threat of being tested would discourage reporting. A variety of business groups are seeking a permanent injunction against the rule’s enforcement.

One OSHA rule that appears to be moving forward is its new silica rule, which will be enforced beginning June 23. Thanks to the support of the Tile Roofing Institute, Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association and a number of affiliate associations (including CRA), NRCA is embarking on a data-collecting effort to develop objective data to help members who may encounter silica on jobs.

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The 2017 International Roofing Expo® (IRE) is approaching quickly: March 1-3 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. (NRCA’s 130th Annual Convention takes place Feb. 27-March 3.) Be sure to make travel plans soon; hotel rooms are filling up quickly, and NRCA expects another record-breaking turnout along with a 1,200-booth trade show and more than 30 educational programs. For complete information about the IRE—including registration and housing—visit www.theroofingexpo.com.

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 303-717-8113.

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To guarantee delivery of the newsletter to your e-mail inbox each month, we ask that you add Debbie Hathorne to your address book using the following email:  debbie@coloradoroofing.org. By adding this address to your contact list, we hope to avoid spam blockers/junk mail folders and ensure your receipt of the CRA newsletter in your inbox each month. Thank you.

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