July 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

Right off the bat, I want to thank you for taking the time to read my message this month.  I can just imagine how busy you all are right now with the recent hail storms.

I must tell you, I think our message is getting out there about being patient. With as big of a hailstorm as the May storm was, it looks like the consumers are taking some time and not rushing into getting their roofs done tomorrow.  I can only hope they are doing their homework and trying to make some better decisions when it comes to choosing the right contractor for their project.

Now, with that being said, you all know, come September and October, everyone is going to want to have their roofs completed and there won’t be an enough time in the day to complete them all.  I guess the nice thing about living in Colorado, though, is that for the most part we can roof year-round.

I’ve wanted to tell you about a trip I took a few months back and just haven’t found enough time to fit it into one of my articles.  My business partner and I got the privilege to go on a fishing trip down to Texas with some other Colorado roofing contractors, and what a great time we had together.

We met some of the contractors at the airport, and the rest down at the lodge we were staying at. The first night we made small talk and got to know each other. The next day we got divided up into our fishing groups and spent the whole day on the boats. Here is where we really started to get to know everyone in our group.  That night we had a great dinner and then sat outside by the lounge/bar area and started telling roofing stories. We talked about some of our most difficult customers and roofing projects we wished we never took on. We talked about the good old days, how we got into the roofing business, and all the things we have learned from our past mistakes.  It was great because we realized that we all deal with the same issues and problems, day in and day out. We had contractors from every corner of the state and we all have the same headaches. We laughed and drank too much that night, but it’s something I won’t forget anytime soon.

I told the group that night, if they’re ever having a bad day and they think things couldn’t get worst, to give me a call and I will tell them a past story that RTP Roofing Co. has gone through and it will at least make them laugh a little.  I have a little saying – “I didn’t go to college, but I’ve paid for a couple of degrees over from all the mistake I’ve made”.  I went to the college of “Hard Knocks”, like many of you out there.  So, I will also give that invite to our CRA members, if you ever need to talk, just give me a call. I know I will have a story that will cheer you up.

Everyone, let’s keep promoting the CRA and all its members this summer as you are out talking with the public. Let’s continue to try and educate the consumer.

I hope you signed up for the Aug 18 Golf Tournament, as it has already sold out.  For those who did get signed up, I look forward to seeing you there and ask that you please make sure to pay special attention to the parking instructions for this year’s tournament.


Ray Phillips
RTP Roofing Company
CRA President
Email Ray

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 GOLF TOURNAMENT | FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, 2017. –  The 35th Annual CRA Golf Tournament to be held at West Woods Golf Club at 6655 Quaker Street in Arvada, CO. Player spots are already sold out but we are still looking for anyone wishing to sponsor the event.

For those members that have signed up, we are once again planning an event that’s sure to offer you a fun and competitive round of golf with friends and roofing associates alike! West Woods Golf Course has 27 holes of golf which allows us to have 216 golfers on the course at one time. All golfers will be playing 18 holes of golf with a tee off at 8:00 am on three different rotations. West Woods has 3 unique 9-hole courses; the Sleeping Indian, Cottonwood and Silo. The 27-hole format breaks down in the following way – 1/3 of our players will play Sleeping Indian/Cottonwood, 1/3 on Cottonwood/Silo, and 1/3 on Silo/Sleeping Indian.

2017 NOTE:

West Woods is expanding their clubhouse and replacing their irrigation lines this summer.  You should not see a difference out on the course as far as playing a fun 18-holes, but we will all have to work together on the logistics of parking, lunch and moving around the construction zone.  PARKING … we ask and strongly encourage twosomes and foursomes to meet at a nearby shopping center and carpool to the course. Street parking will also be available on Westwoods Circle and a 6-man shuttle will be running to pick-up and bring you to the course. Click here for a parking options map.

Tournament player fee includes: 18 Holes – scramble format, golf cart, range balls, bag handling, goodie bag, breakfast burritos, lunch, awards & raffle ceremony.  Your player fee also includes the following contests: hole-in-one prize, closest to the pin (men and women), longest drive (men and women) and ball-on-the-green challenges.

BECOME A SPONSOR of the CRA Golf Tournament and your company name will be displayed at the clubhouse, in the monthly newsletters timely to the tournament, on the CRA Website and on a hole sign or beverage cart if applicable.  You can also provide a “Goody Bag” item with your logo or DONATE a prize for the awards program. Please email debbie@coloradoroofing.org if you’re interested in a tournament sponsorship or click below for tournament information and a list of opportunities.

Click here for tournament information, sponsor information, etc.

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Coffee Break with BBB | Alternative Dispute Resolution | August 29, 2017 – The BBB Denver/Boulder is inviting CRA Members to learn about their mediation and arbitration services.  These programs are beneficial and cost-effective alternatives to litigation. The programs are available to BBB accredited and non-accredited businesses, however most accredited businesses don’t even realize they have this free option as part of their accreditation. Plan to attend on Aug 29 to learn how BBB Alternative Dispute Resolution services can benefit your business. Light breakfast will be provided. Click here to register for this free seminar.

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Click here to view the full 2017 Event Calendar – calendar includes additional event dates, member luncheons, pinpoint seminars, Training Center courses, etc.



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

ARVADA | The City of Arvada has an updated roofing handout as of 6-15-17, click here to review the changes.

COLORADO SPRINGS/PIKES PEAK (PPRBD) | The Pikes Peak Regional Building Department has updated their re-roofing information (click to review).

GOLDEN | The City of Golden has an updated roofing handout as of 4-3-17, click here to review the changes.

MESA COUNTY (GRAND JUNCTION AREA) | Mesa’s new Building Permit Fee Schedule has gone into effect as of July 1, 2017.

WESTMINSTER | From Westminster… “Please note due to a large amount of roofing inspection requests, we may not be able to conduct your inspection for several days.  Even if you schedule an inspection for the next business day, your inspection will be held over and will be conducted in the order the request was received.  We provide a ladder for all one-story roofing inspections. If the inspection requires a second ladder, please indicate in your inspection request that the house is a two-story and provide a phone number we can call to coordinate for ladder placement. DO NOT SET A LADDER until we coordinate with you.

Before calling, you will need
• Your permit number
• An inspection code

To schedule an inspection by phone, call the Inspection Request Line 303-650-0626. Follow through the prompts. You will be provided with a confirmation number once the inspection has been scheduled. Do not hang up until you receive the confirmation number. If you do not received a confirmation number your inspection has not successfully scheduled.”

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NEW FROM CRA! | ROOFING APPLICATION BEST PRACTICES FOR RESIDENTIAL ROOFING – On June 1, the CRA Board of Directors approved the Roofing Application Best Practices for Residential Roofing Advisory developed by the CRA Building Code & Standards Committee. The standards are recommendations by the CRA for roofing in Colorado. These standards are designed for Colorado’s extreme climate where standard roofing installation instructions, application requirements and uniform code may not account for the affect the Colorado climate can have on roofing systems.  The advisory will be updated as needed and the committee is now working on best practices for low-slope/commercial roofing.

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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.


BIG WELCOME to Our New Members(s). A.J. Shirk Roofing, 330 N. Lincoln Ave #110, Loveland CO 80537, Ph: 970-669-6999 (Contractor – Comm/Res); Jewell Insurance Associates, Inc., 8480 E. Orchard Rd #6200, Greenwood Village, CO 80111, Ph: 303-740-8101(Insurance Provider).

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Memorial Service Set for July 21 for Bill Scolari (1945-2017) – William John Scolari, 72, died May 21, 2017 at his home in Thornton, CO following an illness. Bill retired from the roofing industry in 2013, but many of us remember him fondly.  A familiar face at CRA events for many, many years — attending just about everything from membership luncheons to our golf tournament, awards dinner and trade show.  He is remembered as a mentor by many people in the Rocky Mountain region.  Bill spent the majority of his career in the roofing and building industry.  He was the Territory Manager for TAMKO Building Products in Denver from 2001 until the time he retired in 2013. Prior to that Bill worked at B&M Roofing, Roofers Mart, Sivaco and Georgia Pacific.  Bill was a Navy Veteran. After graduating from the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, Bill served in the US Navy on oil tankers with the Seventh Fleet and Navy recruiting in Portland, Oregon. Bill was also active with the Broomfield Crossing Rotary Club and he loved to golf and ski. Bill is survived by his wife, Carol and son Chris.  In conversation with Bill about a memorial service, his wife Carol said that he suggested that a message from him might be that “each of us simply help other people.”  Thanks for the memories Bill, you will be missed.

Memorial Service has been set for July 21, 2017:

Friday, July 21, 2017 at 10 a.m.

Rundus Funeral Home | 1998 W. 10th Avenue, Broomfield, CO 80020

Reception to follow service at Rundus Funeral Home with light drinks and snacks.
Bill ‘s wife Carol also sent a note that said “Bill’s ashes will be interred in the National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl in Honolulu in early October. Bill loved Hawaii. He spent formative years there, we met and were married there over 48 years ago, and part of our hearts have always remained in the islands as you may know. Punchbowl is a beautiful park used for military burials. His service there will include the flag folding ceremony.”


No donation notice has been set-up at this time.  Please check with Rundus Funeral Home for updates at: http://rundus.com/ (Enter Scolari into search box).

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REDUCED RATE | OFFER FOR ROOFERS | REPUBLIC LANDFILL – Republic Services, which operates 2 local landfills in the Metro Area (Golden & Commerce City), is offering CRA contractor members a reduced yardage rate for roofing shingles.  Click flyers below for details or contact Republic at (303) 371-5115.

Republic – Got Shingles Flyer (English)

Republic – Got Shingles Flyer (Spanish)

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COLD CALLS FROM ROOFERS | NATIONAL DO NOT CALL REGISTRY – Here at the CRA office, we have received a couple complaints this past couple of months about the amount of calls consumers in the affected hail damaged areas are getting from roofing contractors.   We do not have a list of companies or names and do not know if any of the calls came from CRA members, but we want to caution all roofing contractors to make sure any cold calling you do as part of your marketing strategy (or if you hire out to 3rd party telemarketers) complies with the Do Not Call provisions of the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR). This rule basically states private, for-profit companies cannot call anyone on the registry without permission.

PR/Marketing Committee –  The PR Committee continues our advertising efforts this month in an effort to educate members and the general public while maintaining a POSTIVE IMAGE of the roofing industry. Both our summer Need a Trusted Roofer Campaign and our joint #NoRoofScams anti-roofing fraud campaign received a lot of traction last month.  If you see either of these campaigns on social media, please be sure to like and share with your contacts and help us spread the word!  Click the links below for more information on each.

Summer “Need a Trusted Colorado Roofer” Campaign (www.TrustedColoradoRoofers.com) – From May through October, the CRA is running ads with several HOA’s across the Metro area and on weather.com and KDVR.com.  In addition, we have ‘ramped’ up our summer social media efforts through Facebook & Google AdWords urging Colorado home and building owners to take the appropriate steps in selecting a trusted roofing contractor, especially in the event of hail or storm damage.

#NoRoofScams Anti-Fraud Campaign – Along with several other government agencies and non-profit organizations, CRA is part of a joint public education campaign called No Roof Scams.  Our common goal is to educate both home and business owners on what to look for in a professional roofing contractor and sharing information/resources on how to avoid scams and roofing fraud here in Colorado. Use the links below for additional information.

No Roof Scams Anti-Fraud Campaign Info – campaign details

No Roof Scams Joint Micro Website – resources and tips from coalition members


SUMMER’S HERE | THE TIME IS RIGHT FOR ‘WATER, REST AND SHADE’ – The summer heat is on, so please take the necessary precautions when working outdoors. Those steps include gradually increasing shift lengths so workers can adapt to hot environments, providing frequent water breaks, allowing ample time to rest, and providing shade.  OSHA’s Heat Safety Campaign website raises awareness of heat illness and its prevention and offers links to educational and training resources. It also links to a free smartphone app that allows users to calculate the heat index for their location and provides reminders about what to do to prevent heat illness. 

This summer we encourage you to remember to practice safe roofing to prevent accidents, minimize mishaps that lead to down time, and keep yourself and your crew COOL, COMFORTABLE and SAFE!  Click here for tips to stay cool.

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REMINDER | DELAY OF SILICA IN CONSTRUCTION STANDARD | ENFORCEMENT WILL  BEGIN ON SEPT 23, 2017 – Originally scheduled to begin June 23, 2017, enforcement will now begin Sept. 23, 2017.  Despite the three-month stay, OSHA said it expects construction employers to continue taking steps to ensure they are compliant by the new enforcement date, when they must reduce workers’ allowed exposure to silica dust from the current limit of 250 micrograms per cubic meter over an eight-hour period to 50 micrograms. Construction employers should also continue to prepare to implement the standard’s other requirements, including exposure assessment, medical surveillance and employee training.

In anticipation of the upcoming enforcement date, CRA offers the following:

  • MARK YOUR CALENDAR! – CRA is bringing in Harry Dietz of NRCA to Denver on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 for a 1/2 pinpoint seminar starting at 1 pm.  Preliminary seminar topics include testing protocols & test results from NRCA’s field analysis of work processes, products and worker protection methods, identify roofing work practices that may reduce silica exposure during activities that produce respirable silica dust and new types of equipment or product features that reduce or eliminate silica exposure and other safety news.
  • Here are a few other silica safety resources that may be helpful for to you in preparing for the new rule.

OSHA (Occupational Safey & Health Administration): https://www.osha.gov/silica/

CPWR (The Center for Construction Research and Training): http://www.silica-safe.org/

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention): https://www.cdc.gov/features/preventing-silicosis/index.html


FACILITY RENTAL AVAILABLE – We just want to remind all of you that CRA’s Training Center is available for your next employee/installer training, certification class or product demonstration. Whether you need to teach a new installation technique, train a new crew or showcase a new product, 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. We are ‘application friendly’ and there is no need for you to travel from a seminar room to the parking lot. You will be required to sign a rental agreement.  Contact Debbie Hathorne for more information/details.



National Update: Worth sharing … from NRCA’s CEO, Reid Ribble:

I am writing this newsletter the day of the tragic shooting in Alexandria, Va. I was driving home to Wisconsin early in the morning on Wednesday, June 14, and while listening to the radio, I heard the story of a lone gunman who began shooting at members of Congress during a baseball practice. I had to anxiously wait 30 minutes until I heard the shocking news my friend Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) was seriously wounded. I was thankful the Capitol police were there and for the quick response of the Alexandria police department and rescue services. What could have happened would have been much worse without them.

The remaining two-hour drive home that morning was, to say the least, reflective. I thought of my time with these men and the friendships I had with them. I considered I easily could have been there. I thought of the effects on their spouses and children. I could have been going to funerals instead of sending notes of care to my former colleagues. I also thought about tone.

I realize political speech and discourse has gotten much worse during the past few decades. But discourse is not an excuse for violence. One person and only one person is responsible for the violence that day. But despite that, the whole experience should cause all of us to hit the pause button on our language—especially when it comes to politics. We can disagree with each other without attacking others’ motives. We can begin to bring the “temperature” of our language down a notch … and we can stop spreading rumors.

For instance, Congressional members do not give themselves a raise each year. In fact, there have been no increases in pay for members of Congress since 2008. They also do not get health insurance for life or 100 percent pensions. Nor are members of Congress exempt from the laws of the country. Their health insurance is purchased through the Affordable Care Act exchanges as the law requires. They must disclose within seven days any purchases of stock, bonds or other investments. They don’t have taxpayer-purchased first-class airfare, and they don’t take vacations each month as the media and internet sources say. We don’t need to love Congress, but we can respect the men and women who serve us and our country there.

I feel as though I have spoken a lot about respect lately. Maybe what happened in Alexandria struck a soft spot in me because I also spent three decades in the roofing business. I have experienced firsthand the lack of respect many roofing contractors endure. During my time in Congress, nothing changed for me with relation to respect. I had a political opponent once say: “I could beat that dumb roofer with half my brain tied behind my back.” Well, he wasn’t able to beat me, but the fact that he said such a demeaning thing about my chosen profession has bothered me since I first heard it.

How are we ever going to gain respect for what we do, our great skills and the professional manner in which we do it? It starts by respecting ourselves. Let’s stand up a bit taller when we talk about the importance of the work we have chosen to do. If we are proud of our work, others will be, too. And let’s talk about what we do with more self-respect and extend that conversation to the men and women in companies who work with us.

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The National Roofing Legal Resource Center’s 38th annual seminar is four months away, and the program is shaping up nicely, including sessions focused on key provisions and changes to The American Institute of Architects contracts, technical issues posing liability risks, employee embezzlement, how to navigate a drug-free workplace, nontraditional insurance you should consider purchasing, a best practices panel focused on vehicle safety and exposures, and much more. Make your plans now to join us Sept. 7-9 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., by contacting Anne Schroeder (aschroeder@nrca.net) or Alison LaValley (alavalley@nrca.net) or visit www.nrlrc.net. Register early!

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NRCA’s fourth National Roofing Week was a huge success. The Thunderclap social media campaign generated a total social media reach of 113,452. In addition:

  • 109 NRCA member companies participated this year (meaning NRCA shared at least one of their posts) compared with 71 companies last year—up 54 percent.
  • NRCA shared 251 member posts on Facebook compared with 154 last year—up 63 percent.
  • NRCA’s Facebook reach was 23,802 compared with 13,083 last year—up 82 percent.
  • NRCA’s fourth annual Children’s Art Contest generated more than 1,000 online votes.



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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