January 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,

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a quiet and enjoyable holiday. My name is Jeff Johnston and I am the new President of the CRA (be careful what you wish for).

I have been a member since 1998. I am CEO of Grand County Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. DBA The Roofing Company. We are known as TRC and we have been in business for 42 years and only serve the mountain areas. I started roofing when I was 18 in the summer with the only roofer in Grand County, Frye Roofing. We did a lot of B.U.R. and shakes. In the winter we stopped and worked at Winter Park Ski Area. I worked on ski patrol and the rest of the crew went to ski school. This was a great life but after a few years of this, I got tired of being broke. In 1976 I quit Frye Roofing and started The Roofing Company. My crew back then consisted of 5 ski school girls and an old local named “Scrambler”. He was half gorilla and half man! He unloaded all trucks and semis and stocked everything with our power ladder. Back then I had a tool belt on all day and did the books and bids at night. I worked on ski patrol as a backup job for the winters until 1990.

At that point we started to grow and really expand into the other resort areas. In the late 1990’s, we started growing at 30 to 40% rates. I brought in business consultants that lived with us for about 7 to 8 years to help build infrastructure from top to bottom. Through that period, we did some of the largest projects in Vail, Winter Park and Steamboat Springs. In 2008 – 2010 we had 32 staff and close to 200 people in the field. In the 3rd quarter of 2010 the Great Recession finally hit us. Like everyone else, we laid off massive amounts of people, cut costs and survived somehow?

Like most roofing companies in this state, we currently have more work than we know what to do with and cannot find help anywhere. But on the bright sunny side, we have an incredible crew, several managers have been with me 30 plus years and most of our field has been with us 15 plus years. This pretty much summarizes my history in the roofing business.

Being in business up in the mountains is tough because it isolates you from the main core of the Roofing business. Although I know a great many vendors, salesman, and roofers, I am excited about getting out to meet and trade business experiences with as many of you as I can over the next 2 years. God knows I have accumulated some stories over my 42 years, both good and bad!

My biggest “topic” or “agenda item” will be talking about State Registration or Licensing. This discussion has been going on for some time now and I wish to bring it to the forefront during the year.

Lastly, I want to thank Ray Phillips for his great work as President during the last two years. This guy is world class and we need to give him a big ovation at the CRA dinner, even if he stutters a little with his speech.

Happy New Year! I am excited about being your new President and getting to meet as many of you as possible.

Jeff Johnston
The Roofing Company
CRA President
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One last 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


CRA TRADE SHOW … Come find out what’s new in Colorado’s roofing industry.

TS15roomDate: Thursday, January 25, 2018
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.

FREE SEMINAR (10:00 – 11:00 am) – You’re invited to join us before the show opens for a free seminar — “Roofing & Financing” sponsored by GAF Materials. Learn why financing is a crucial tool for the improvement of your company’s customer service experience.  Financing does a few things for you 1) It helps you secure the job, potentially on the spot, for a higher sales price, 2) It helps your customers buy upgraded shingles, gutters, or anything else you offer, and 3) It helps you differentiate your professionalism from the dozens of other roofers that will surely be at the homeowner’s door. (The seminar is FREE, but all trade show attendees and exhibitors wishing to attend must sign up in advance!)

Along with FREE trade show & seminar admission, the CRA serves a complimentary lunch buffet and refreshments to all show attendees and exhibitors. Lunch is being sponsored by Beacon Roofing Supply, New Tech Machinery, Owens Corning, SPEC Building Materials Corp. and TAMKO Building Products.

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.

SHOW ADMISSION: There is no fee to attend CRA’s Annual Trade Show, but we ask that you REGISTER IN ADVANCE to Attend  and have your admission badge waiting for you at the registration desk located at the entrance.

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 –  Malarkey Roofing Products

Morning Session Seminar Sponsor – GAF

Wi-Fi Sponsor –Allied Building Products, a Beacon Roofing Supply Co.

Selfie Photo 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 25!

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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!  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 16th.

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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Click here to view the full 2018 Event Calendar – calendar includes additional event dates, member luncheons, pinpoint seminars, Training Center courses, etc.

Colorado’s 2018 General Assembly convened on January 10th.  We continue to monitor legislative issues at the state and local level along with public policy processes and municipal & county policy issues.  This year’s session will run through May 9th.  Among the top issues being discussed this year are improving Colorado’s roadways, anti-growth initiatives, affordable housing and so much more.  If you are aware of any specific legislation coming up in 2018 that will affect our industry, please contact me so that we can follow and share with the membership. With your help, we can continue to work together for positive changes in the construction industry.

In the meantime, consider getting involved in ‘Roofing Day in D.C.’ on March 6-7.


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 (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. 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.  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, click here

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.

DENVER | GREEN ROOFS WILL REQUIRE A SEPARATE PERMIT – Beginning January 2, Denver officials have determined that green roofs will require a separate permit from the main roofing system, and have spelled out specific qualifications for green roof installers which requires a green roof license.

Contractor licenses

Licensed roofing contractors in Denver will need to obtain licenses in lawn irrigation and green roof installation if they intend to build green roofs after January 2, 2018. These new license types help ensure a high standard of green roof construction by individuals who are skilled in selecting vegetation appropriate for our climate and equipping it for successful growth and maintenance going forward, long after a green roof installation is complete.

The new lawn irrigation and green roof license types are available for any entity having the appropriate experience who wishes to be part of a green roof design and installation team.

Please be aware these licenses are designed for people with irrigation and landscaping experience and do not explicitly cover roofing work, so a licensed roofer or building contractor will still need to be part of a green roof project.

View experience requirements for the lawn irrigation or roofing-green roof supervisor certificates.

Use e-permits to apply for a certificate or license online or contact Contractor Licensing for more information.

DENVER | GREEN ROOFS REVIEW TASK FORCE – PUBLIC MEETING SCHEDULE – 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 will be open to the public to observe.

Meeting location and schedule:
All meetings will take place at 200 W 14th Ave, 2nd Floor, Grand Mesa Room.
Friday, Jan. 19, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 7, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
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 3 New Members(s). IKO, 1940 Pearl Street, Denver CO 80203 Ph: 303-396-9658 (Manufacturer); Metro Metal Supply, 50.5 E. 56th Avenue, Denver CO 80216 Ph: 303-531-5319 (Manufacturer) and RoofSure, 4246 Canyon Glen Cir, Austin TX 78732 Ph: 720-835-9488 (Insurance Provider). 

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Membership Renewal & New Membership Requirement for 2018 – Your Colorado Roofing Association 2018 membership renewal notice and invoice was emailed on January 5, 2018.  Please contact us ASAP if you have not received it.  Renewals are due by January 31, 2018.

CRA’s continued commitment to promote the ethics, education and image of the roofing industry in our State has brought about positive changes for our members in recent years. We feel that these changes continue to enhance both the value and benefit of your membership in the Colorado Roofing Association.

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. 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!  Click here to see ‘What CRA Membership Gets You!’  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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Frank D McClelland Jr, Passes Away (1957-2018) – It is with great sadness that we report the loss of a good friend and longtime member of CRA and the roofing industry.

Frank McClelland, 60, of Centennial, passed away unexpectedly this month.  A longtime CRA member, Frank began his career in the roofing industry with Statewide Wholesale in August of 1983 – only six months after they opened – and had been there until his passing. He was a very devoted employee and was always one the first ones at work in the morning. The last 15 years he pretty much ran the place and was such a good employee. He will be greatly missed… Statewide will never be the same.

Those who knew him best would tell you Frank loved God first, his family second, then his Mustangs and his road bikes somewhere close behind. He genuinely enjoyed helping others and he always had a smile on his face. He was incredibly kind, compassionate, and had a phenomenal work ethic. If you ever stopped by his office, you will also know that another one of his hobbies was Nascar. He loved to go to the races as well as collect many of the cars, which he proudly displayed in his office

He is preceded in death by his father, Franklin Sr.; survived by his wife Nancy, mother Jane, brothers Don & Chuck, sisters Leslie & Brenda, sons Timothy, Bradley & Scott and their wives, Katie, Lindsay & Amanda, and four grandchildren Nora, Harper, Ford & Lula.

What a kind soul. Frank will truly be missed by many.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the grandkids college fund by visiting any Colorado First Bank location or by sending a check payable to ‘Nancy McClelland’ with Account #1856014946 on the memo line to:

First Bank
C/O Online Accounts
PO Box 150097
Lakewood, CO 80215

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2018 Standard Mileage Rate Announced – The Internal Revenue Service issued the 2018 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.  The rates for business use of a vehicle will increase slightly in 2018, after decreasing in the two previous years. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2018, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be 54.5 cents per mile, up from 53.5 cents per mile in 2017, 18 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, up 1 cent from the rate for 2017, and 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations. Click here for more information. 


OSHA’s Recordkeeping Requirement – When and how to electronically submit injury data to OSHA – OSHA’s Injury Tracking Application (ITA) became available Aug. 1, enabling employers to electronically enter their required 2016 injury and illness data from Form 300A.  The Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses final rule went into effect Jan. 1, 2017. The requirements are scheduled to be phased in over two years. In 2017, all “covered establishments” must submit data from 2016 Form 300A. Next year, the rule requires establishments with at least 250 employees to submit information from 2017 Forms 300, 300A and 301 by July 1. Those with 20 to 249 workers in specified industries — ones with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses — are required to enter data from Form 300A, also by July 1, 2018. OSHA’s submission deadline moves up to March 2 in 2019 and beyond.  The data submission process involves four steps: creating an establishment, adding 300A summary data, submitting data to OSHA and reviewing the confirmation email.  Click here to read more(Source: Pinnacol.com)

Also visit the OSHA’s Injury Tracking Application (ITA) – Electronic Submission of Injury and Illness Records webpage for more information.

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OSHA Recordkeeping Seminar | January 18, 2018 | 8:00 am – 10:30 am | at Pinnacol Assurance – Attend a free seminar being held by Pinnacol Insurance.  Assuring a safer tomorrow starts with keeping accurate records. Pinnacol understands that compliance with OSHA recordkeeping can seem complicated – that’s why Pinnacol offers a course that covers everything you need to know to stay compliant. This seminar will provide an overview of recordkeeping guidelines and the new electronic posting requirements, presented by an OSHA representative.  You’ll also learn:

  • Techniques for organizing your OSHA 300 report, 300A summary and 301 injury and illness incident report.
  • The difference between “reporting” an injury and “recording” an injury.
  • What is considered “first aid?”

Click here for details and to register.


“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.


INTERNATIONAL ROOFING EXPO | FEB 6-8, 2018 – 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 www.theroofingexpo.com.

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

Well, it finally happened. After three decades, Congress passed a major overhaul of the tax code. Admittedly, it does not simplify the code or change personal taxes much, but there are significant reforms to business and corporate tax policy, and your NRCA team in Washington, D.C., was heavily involved. Kudos to Duane Musser, Nathan Pick and especially Teri Dorn, who had to become an expert on tax policy in a short time frame.

The big win is for companies that are organized as C corporations. The tax rate goes from a maximum 35 percent to 21 percent. This represents a 40 percent reduction in the tax rate. But there also is immediate expensing allowed for the next five years. So if you are buying trucks, equipment or even a new building, you will be able to expense the cost in the year the expense occurs. The trade-off for this was to eliminate the deduction you currently have for the interest on loans to finance the purchase. Not only is this important for your own expansion and equipment upgrades, but it also is significant for your commercial roofing customers who can now expense complete roof system replacements not just maintenance. This has been an NRCA objective for years, and all the previous work on this issue finally has paid off.

There also is a win for companies that are organized as “pass-through” entities (companies whose shareholders pay the corporate tax on their personal returns). The top marginal tax rate went from 39.5 percent to 37 percent. On top of that, there is a deduction of 20 percent of the company’s profits, which will reduce the tax rate further. Many NRCA members likely will see a marginal rate in the low 30 percent range. The expensing changes also apply to pass-through companies. On the downside, this lower marginal rate is temporary unlike the C corporation reform, which is permanent. We will take what we can get because we know how difficult it is for Congress to vote for a tax increase.

For personal tax returns, there are few significant changes. The standard deduction doubles; the home mortgage interest deduction is lowered from $1 million to $750,000; and marginal rates are modified a bit. The most significant change likely to affect you is the cap on state and local tax deductions to $10,000. If you live in a high-tax state, this could be a large tax increase. However, most of your workers are likely to see a nice reduction in their federal tax liabilities.

As with all things related to your taxes, make sure you communicate with a tax professional to ensure you are properly positioned for 2018 and beyond. Everyone’s situation is different, and we recommend you seek professional guidance to help you navigate the complexity of the code and how your company is organized for tax purposes.

This is not the only thing going on at NRCA in the advocacy arena. Although NRCA notched some wins with tax reform, there is much more to do. One thing is to demonstrate that we back pro-business candidates with large numbers of real voters. To that end, we are asking you to join us for Roofing Day in D.C. 2018. On March 6 and 7, we are seeking to have 1,000 roofing industry stakeholders go to Washington, D.C., and put a face on this industry we all care so much about. Registration is available by clicking here.

Also hard at work this year was NRCA’s Technical Services Section and its varied committees. Hot off the press is The NRCA Roofing Manual—Architectural Metal Flashing and Condensation and Air Leakage Control—2018. All NRCA members receive free electronic access to the publication as a benefit of membership. Hard copies also are available for purchase at shop.nrca.net.

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. 

Delivery of the E-Newsletter to Your Inbox

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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