July 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

Greetings to all,

Well, it’s almost the middle of July and I’m sitting here thinking about all the important things I wanted to get done, like golfing 3 days a week, fishing and hiking several 14ers. Maybe next summer. This roofing business just gets in the way sometimes.

On to roofing. As you may know, CRA has been involved in the Green Roof Saga which was passed on a ballot initiative last year for The City and County of Denver. The initiative mandated that both existing and all new buildings would have a required amount of roof area with either a green roof or solar panels installed. After a good deal of deliberation, The City and County of Denver came to the conclusion that this ballot initiative was not practical, on just about every level, to proceed with. The City and County of Denver then decided to put together a Task Force to come up with solutions to make the ballot initiative that was approved by the voters, work. The Task Force is made up of members of businesses which are affected by this initiative, including roofing.

The ballot initiative, in its pure form, would stop or alter development, leave massive, existing buildings in disrepair, and could make The City and County of Denver a blighted area in the end. The task force also set up an advisory group of members of the roofing industry. They include Dan Cupit, Rich Boon and Kade Gromowski among others. This group has done a great job of getting compromises made and negotiating changes that the developers and existing building owners can live with.

The CRA’s position is that we support about 98.9 percent of what has been agreed upon. The last piece of this puzzle is the mandate that came from the City and County, in that all roofs (both new and existing) must be a cool roof assembly. This would eliminate all black roofs, EPDM, PVC, etc. We do not support this and have requested that this be made an OPTION to the developers and building owners. We are making progress and the EPDM folks are lobbying hard with the City Council members. At this point, I would say stay tuned. We are all working hard at coming up with solutions to make the Green Roof Initiative work.

One last thing, I have been asked by several manufacturers on what I think “Green” really means. I have honestly stated, “I don’t know, but whatever it is, it takes an enormous amount of green to make it work!

Jeff Johnston
The Roofing Company
CRA President
Email Jeff


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



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

Colorado Springs/Pikes Peak Regional Building Department – As of June 1, 2018, PPRBD has adopted the 2015 IRC and is now requiring drip edge.

Town of Lochbuie – Lochbuie has been added to the Code Guidelines page.

Broomfield, Westminster, Brighton – updated code adoptions and/or roofing handout links.

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DENVER | Green Roof Ordinance Modification Update – As updated on Denver’s website at the end of June, “The Green Roofs Review Task Force’s mission was to recommend modifications, clarifications, and improvements to the Green Roof Ordinance through a collaborative, consensus-based process that honored the vote and the benefits that the ordinance would have achieved. The Green Roofs Review Task Force met nine times from January 19, 2018, through June 7, 2018. Members reached consensus in their final meeting on a proposal they believe takes the ordinance in the right direction for Denver. The recommendations do not reflect any one member’s ideal policy; however, all agree the proposal is a compromise that all can accept because it strengthens the existing ordinance while improving flexibility, allowing each owner of an existing large building and each new builder to find the most cost-effective ways to achieve the benefits of the original Green Roof Ordinance.”

As of this newsletter, Denver’s City Council has not yet voted to approve/disapprove the recommendations from the task force.




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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.


CRA GOLF TOURNAMENT | FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2018. – Thanks for those of you signed up to play in the 36th Annual CRA Golf Tournament to be held at West Woods Golf Club at 6655 Quaker Street in Arvada, CO. We are planning an event that’s sure to offer you a fun and competitive round of golf with friends and roofing associates alike!

Player spots are already sold out but we are still looking for anyone wishing to sponsor the event.

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 Sponsorship Opportunities.

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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.


PR/MARKETING COMMITTEE UPDATE – The CRA PR Committee continues our Summer “Select a Trusted Colorado Roofer” campaign.  Look for our advertising here:

Pinterest, YouTube, The Denver Post, Weather.com, Instagram, Facebook and Google Adwords

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Want to include CRA in your marketing efforts?  We’re grateful to have you as a member of our association and we’d love to help increase not only our digital footprint, but yours too! Here are several tools the PR Committee has made available:

  • MEMBER MARKETING – CRA has created a Member Marketing Tools page on our website.  Help us spread awareness about what the CRA and its members are doing to improve the roofing industry.  We want you to submit a guest blog, press release, recent project or photos to be included in the CRA blog and social media marketing and advertising.   Check out the marketing tools page for more details.
  • PROUD MEMBER POST | Win $100 Gift Card – We are conducting a monthly promotion to encourage all our members to share & tag our posts. Cross promotion helps both our digital footprints. Promote your membership by sharing the following “Proud Member” post on your social media platforms and tag the Colorado Roofing Association (Facebook @ColoradoRoofingAssociation & Instagram @ColoradoRoofing) using #ProudCRAMember and you will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card.  Be make sure your posts are public and searchable. Thank you to our past winners for sharing their Proud Member posts: Tiley Roofing (May) and Krueger Brothers Construction (June).


ItemsofNoteWELCOME 2 New Members(s)… Modern Roofing, 5460 South Quebec St. #110, Greenwood Village, CO 80111 Ph: 303-514-0528 (Roofing Contractor –  Comm/Res) and Sweet Roofing, 6959 Panorama Ave, Firestone CO 80504, Ph: 970-371-8975 (Roofing Contractor –  Comm/Res).

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Source: https://www.scouting.org

WE ARE LOOKING FOR EAGLE SCOUTS! – There is potential to start a Boy Scout merit badge program for roofing.  We are in need of Eagle Scouts in the roofing industry to support the effort.  Please contact Rich Boon via email if you are interested in helping develop this program.  Thank you.

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INSURANCE NEWS | Last month’s Northern Colorado, Denver-Metro Area, Fountain and Colorado Springs Hailstorms Carry a combined estimated $445.4 Million Insurance Price Tag!

  • June 28, 2018 – Thousands of Denver-Metro and Northern Colorado residents have spent the past week cleaning up and meeting with insurance adjusters after two days of wild weather on June 18-19 pounded vehicles and roofs-causing wide-spread damage that pelted the area with golf and baseball-sized hail. The storm caused an estimated $276.4 million in insured losses resulting from approximately 49,600 auto and homeowners insurance claims filed so far. The preliminary damage estimate includes 38,300 car insurance claims adding up to more than $191.6 million and 11,300 property insurance claims at more than $84.8 million. The estimate ranks this storm as the state’s 8th most expensive hailstorm.
  • June 22, 2018 – Thousands of Fountain and Colorado Springs area residents have spent the past week cleaning up and meeting with insurance adjusters after an unusual early morning June 13th storm pounded vehicles and roofs-causing wide-spread damage that pelted the area with golf and baseball-sized hail. The storm caused an estimated $169 million in insured losses resulting from 26,000 auto and homeowners insurance claims filed so far. The damage estimates include 17,351 car insurance claims adding up to more than $104 million and 8,648 property insurance claims at more than $ 65 million. The estimate ranks this storm as the state’s twelfth most expensive hailstorm and is the most damaging Southern Colorado storm since a July 2016 Colorado Springs hailstorm caused an estimated $366.8 million in insured losses (*2018 dollars)-the state’s 6th most expensive hailstorm.

“These are yet another reminder from Mother Nature of why Colorado is ranked #2 in the Nation for hail insurance claims,” says Carole Walker, Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association. “The size and amount of hail that battered counties throughout the Front Range is unfortunately part of a pattern of catastrophic events the state has been experiencing during the past several years, so we need to be financially prepared for the unexpected-check your insurance to know what it covers, what it doesn’t and how much protection you have when you need it the most.”

(Source:  RMIIA.org).

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COLD CALLS FROM ROOFERS | NATIONAL DO NOT CALL REGISTRY – Here at the CRA office, just like in 2017, we have received a couple complaints this past month or so 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.

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MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE | VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – The Membership Committee works to increase our membership and retain current members. The committee reviews current membership applications and does an annual review of the membership requirements, ethics policy, etc. Do you know other companies that might benefit from what the CRA offers? Be an ambassador for the CRA and spread the word about what CRA is doing for you!  Contact Debbie at CRA  if you would like to be a part of this committee.


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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ROOFER’S DEATH CAUSES OSHA TO LOOK AT HEAT STRESS SAFETY – An Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citation against A.H. Sturgill Roofing Inc., Dayton, Ohio, in 2012 could determine how far an employer needs to go to protect workers from heat stress, according to Bloomberg Law. The case began in August 2012 when the company was replacing a commercial roof. A 60-year-old temporary agency worker who was admitted to the hospital with a temperature of 105.4 F was diagnosed with heat stroke and died 21 days later. OSHA opened its investigation Jan. 16, 2013, and alleges A.H. Sturgill Roofing failed to adequately protect workers from high temperatures by not providing heat-related training, not making sure workers drank adequate amounts of water and not checking the background of the worker who died to be sure the 60-year-old man was physically able to do the job. The company’s attorney, Robert Dunlevey, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, Dayton, pointed out asking workers about their medical conditions and age would violate federal laws. On June 7, OSHA’s review commission heard opposing opinions about why the violations should be upheld or discarded. The review commission’s decision could determine how OSHA treats heat stress cases in the future, which aren’t covered by specific workplace standards.  (Source: NRCA.net).


CRAtrainingcenterFACILITY 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.

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TRAINING CENTER | CALL FOR INSTRUCTORS – CRA is establishing a part-time instructor pool for its CRA Training Center and courses. Part-time instructors work under the supervision of the CRA Education/Training Committee, CRA Board and CRA instructional team. Instructors blend their technical and trades expertise with the experience or desire to develop and guide future roofing industry trade professionals. Instructors demonstrate—through hands-on training and classroom instruction—proper technique, safety and detail which are essential skills of polished trades professionals. While, working side-by-side with students, they instill confidence, integrity and pride in students for their futures jobs/careers within the industry.  Contact Debbie at CRA  for more information.



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

I would like to thank all of you who participated in National Roofing Week in June. The week has become a highlight of the summer as we celebrate this great industry, our employees and the work we do in our communities. This year, the participation and social media engagement continued to increase as follows:

  • NRCA’s Thunderclap campaign generated a total social media reach of 190,810 compared with 113,452 in 2017.
  • 114 member companies participated this year compared with 105 companies last year—up 7 percent.
  • Social media post reactions, comments and shares were 5,678 this year compared with 1,224 last year—up 364 percent.

Be sure to register for this year’s National Roofing Legal Resource Center’s annual seminar, Roofing Issues: Decks to Dockets Sept. 6-8 at The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif. During three days, you will gain extraordinary ideas and learn innovative strategies and useful new approaches for managing your company’s risks, improving its operations and ensuring its continued success. We guarantee you will return home with at least five new ideas you can implement immediately. For more information, contact Alison LaValley (alavalley@nrca.net) at the office.

Now that the roofing season is in full swing, two particular safety areas are worth your attention: fires and heat stress. NRCA’s Toolbox Talks and Pocket Guide to Safety address both topics in detail; consider adding them to your training schedule this week. Visit shop.nrca.net to view these and other valuable safety resources. It’s easy to get distracted, especially when everyone is so busy. Please be safe!

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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