June 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

Well – If you have anything to do with roofing, you will remember one date in history – 5/8/17. It seems per the news articles I’ve read, it’s on pace to be the costliest storm in Colorado history, at 1.4 Billion dollars. You know when the hail goes through an auto’s windshields, it’s a pretty good storm.

So along with the hailstorm, comes all the other issues that are associated with hailstorms (i.e., consumer complaints go up, out-of-state storm chasers come to town and everyone and their brother claims to be a roofing contractor).

Since the CRA Newsletter/President’s message primarily goes out to the CRA members, I wanted to point out something I do when I am out estimating any job (Hail or No Hail). One of the last things I tell the customer is that, if they decide not to use RTP Roofing Co., please make sure whoever they use, to make sure they are an CRA member. I explain to them that we all sign a ‘Code of Ethics’, we police our own and we try and educate the consumer as much as possible. The CRA has approximately 160 -170 roofing contractors and what is there? 2000 + plus companies that are claiming to be roofers in the metro area.

I would rather lose a job to another CRA member, than a fly-by night roofing contractor. I want my potential customer to get other bids, but from companies I know are reputable and are trying to do it the right way. Let us all help promote the CRA and all its members. There is plenty of work for everyone.

Many of you know that I’m on the CRA Building Codes committee. The committee is asking all our members to help us keep up on the latest code changes in all the different cities and county’s we work in. If you see or hear of a new code or new procedure (i.e., mid-roof, deck inspection, ladder set up, etc.), please contact Debbie, so she can update the CRA website Code pages and include the most recent updates in the monthly CRA newsletters.

Interestingly, at our last meeting, a topic was brought up about “How many nails can a piece of plywood hold” – meaning how many times can you re-roof a house, before you need to think about installing new plywood? It’s kind of like the old commercial – “How many licks does it take to get the center of a Tootsie Pop – the world may never know”.  Well here in Colorado, we just might find out. There are some roofs that have been re-roofed 5-6 times or maybe more…. I don’t have an answer. One engineer we asked said if it can hold a roofer walking around the roof, without him falling through the plywood, it should be okay 😊.

I hope all our CRA members have a great rest of the year; it seems we should. Keep on promoting the CRA and its members, while you are out talking to the public.

Don’t forget the Golf Tournament coming up on Friday, August 18, 2017. (See registration details below). I think by that time, we will all be in need of a nice relaxing and fun day on the golf course.


Ray Phillips
RTP Roofing Company
CRA President
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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_FriendlyReminderResidential Roofing Law | C.R.S. 6-22-101 thru 6-22-105 (SB38) – With damaging hail hitting in May and the “cut-throat” competition out there, we want to remind all our members and specifically our contractor members to be sure and hold yourselves to the higher standards you agreed to upon joining the CRA.  You have all signed the CRA Code of Ethics and agreed to abide by them.

When consumers come to our website looking for Trusted Colorado Roofers, we want them to know that when they select a Colorado Roofing Association Member to install their roof that they are getting a company that is local, has been in business in Colorado for at least two years, have current General Liability and Workers Compensation coverage, are knowledgeable in roof applications and local building codes, care about the safety of their workers and abide by all the rules set forth in our Code of Ethics.

Our promise to consumers when they come to our website for information and help is that we have already done some of their homework for them and they can trust any one of our members to be an ethically run Colorado roofing business.  We all want a better image for the roofing industry and with your continued membership and commitment to the higher standards set by our association, we hope to continue to improve that image a step at a time.

Click here for a copy of the CRA Code of Ethics.

Click here for SB38 & Insurance Fraud Penalties Factsheet.

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COLD CALLS FROM ROOFERS | NATIONAL DO NOT CALL REGISTRY – You don’t often think of the National Do Not Call registry since it was created in 2003; when you most likely registered your numbers and never thought about it again.  But it seems that in the past few years with robocall technology, unsolicited calls are increasing again and now starting to come through on our cell phones too.  Just recently a Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice Case Resulted in a Historic Decision Awarding $280 Million in Civil Penalties against Dish Network for Do Not Call Violations.   Here at the CRA office, we have received a couple complaints this past month about the amount of calls consumers in the affected hail damaged areas are getting from roofing contractors. The most recent told us she had 20 roofers call in May.  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), which basically states private, for-profit companies cannot call anyone on the registry without permission.

2017 COLORADO LEGISLATION UPDATE – We wanted to share the following updates in regards to construction defects here in Colorado and also a couple legislative bills of importance at the national level that we encourage members to support and to be a part of the solution.


HB17-1279 | SIGNED INTO LAW | ‘Concerning the requirement that a unit owners’ association obtain approval through a vote of unit owners before filing a construction defect action.’ Governor Hickenlooper sign HB17 1279 into law on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.  This measure will make it more difficult for associations of condominium owners to file multi-million-dollar construction-defects lawsuits and is a step in the right direction to continual improvement of the construction defect issues here in Colorado.

New Colorado Supreme Court Decision | Progress in Construction Defect Reform Battle – In a ruling on June 5, 2017, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that a homeowners association was wrong to sue a builder after disregarding bylaws that require binding arbitration to settle claims of construction defects.  The association’s key misstep, the court said in a 5-2 ruling, involved its bid to change the rules to allow litigation without getting the consent of the development’s builder. Read more here.


Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 | Urge Colorado Senators Bennet & Gardner to Support the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA). This legislation will reduce regulatory burdens on employers by reforming the federal regulatory process, which has not been updated in more than 70 years. RAA passage will rein in agency abuse and minimize burdensome regulations. It will provide relief to businesses by reversing the trend of constantly increasing regulatory burdens.  ‎Click here to contact Sen. Cory Gardner |  Click here to contact ‎Sen. Michael Bennet

Urge Congress to pass H.R. 2353, CTE legislation | Reform and improve workforce training.  Support passage of H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, legislation to reform and improve career and technical education programs. CTE is a critical investment in our nation’s education and workforce development systems and helps to prepare youth and adults for success in the 21st century economy.  Considering workforce needs are a constant priority issue among contractors in the roofing industry, we urge you to contact your members of Congress.  If you are a member of NRCA you can take action here.  Not a NRCA member, click to visit the Association for Career and Technical Education website where you can learn more about CTE and use their helpful ‘take action’ options.

Feel free to reach out to us anytime during the rest of the year on issues you feel would be beneficial and/or detrimental to the membership or roofing industry as a whole.

Jeff Johnston
The Roofing Company
CRA Gov’t Relations Chair
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CRA GOLF TOURNAMENT | SIGN UP TODAY! | FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, 2017. – Join us for the 35th Annual CRA Golf Tournament to be held at West Woods Golf Club at 6655 Quaker Street in Arvada, CO.  

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 highlights include: 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), ball-on-the-green and the “Frilly Tutu” challenge.

SIGN UP TODAY!  We will max the tournament at 216 players. All reservations are accepted on a first come first served basis.  Early Bird Prices End July 15, 2017 (payment and registration must be received by this date to receive discount – no exceptions).

Click here for tournament information, player fees, online registration, sponsor information, etc.

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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.  This month’s updates are in areas that were hit by the May 8 hailstorm, so be sure you review the current information available at each city/county.

ARVADA | The City of Arvada updated their re-roofing information on June 1, be sure to review the information.

JEFFERSON COUNTY | Jefferson County is on the 2015 IRC Code.

LAKEWOOD | The City of Lakewood has updated their roofing handout as of May 2017.

WHEAT RIDGE | Wheat Ridge has an updated roofing handout.

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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). Architectural Sheet Metal & Panels Inc, 4007 John Deere Drive, Ph: 970-484-1174 (Manufacturer/Material Supplier); COUNTRY Financial, 3300 S. Parker Rd, Aurora, CO 80014, Ph: 866-268-6879 (Insurance Provider); ESC Safety, 12758 Cimarron Path, #127, San Antonio, TX 78249, Ph: 800-327-151 (Trade Service – Safety Consulting) and Rocky Mountain Reps, Inc., 475 Silver Saddle Rd, Monument, CO 80132 Ph: 303-222-0036 (Manufacturer’s Rep).

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Memorial Notice 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.  Thanks for the memories Bill, you will be missed.

Memorial Service:

In conversation with Bill about a memorial service, he suggested that a message from him might be that “each of us simply help other people.”

A memorial service will be held later this summer and we will share the date once it has been set.


No donation notice has been set-up at this time.  Please check with Rundus Funeral Home for updates at: http://rundus.com/.

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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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ASPHALT SHINGLES ARE NOT A RECYCLABLE MATERIAL IN COLORADO – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) asked us to remind the roofing industry in Colorado that as of September 2015 asphalt roofing shingles are no longer considered a recyclable material. This policy was adopted as a result of numerous sites posing as asphalt shingle facilities, accepting multiple thousands of tons of roofing shingles and then abandoning the shingles. These sham recycling sites tend to pop up right after hail storms.

Despite our industries good intentions here in Colorado to keep asphalt shingles out of landfills, in 2014 alone, 107,000 tons of waste asphalt shingles were stockpiled at registered recycling facilities in Colorado and only 15 tons of waste were recycled. The underlying reason being that end-use markets for recycled asphalts shingles are extremely limited or non-existent. As a result, a policy was adopted by the CDPHE to no longer consider waste asphalt shingles to be a “recyclable material.”

So, any company claiming that they can recycle shingles is not permitted by the State of Colorado and we strongly encourage all roofing companies to ensure that their waste shingle tear-offs are only disposed of at a permitted landfill. Be vigilant and avoid any new dump sites that claim to recycle shingles.

Click here to read the full policy.

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FREE SEMINAR | OFFBOARDING – How to Make a Clean Break with An Employee | JUNE 23 & JUNE 28 – CRA member Underhill Law is hosting a FREE WORKSHOP this month on understanding some of the important principles to follow and laws to know when you are thinking of letting an employee go.  Whether your company is downsizing or you need to get rid of an employee who is causing problems, terminating someone’s employment or contract is a serious decision.  It can be a minefield of potential problems, from employees making claims for unemployment, contractors claiming they were misclassified, or complaints about discrimination.  At this workshop, we will be discussing the employer’s rights, responsibilities, and risks involved in off-boarding a worker. Colorado has some unique laws related to wage claims, discrimination, and classification that you will want to know to avoid creating problems. 

Friday, June 23rd
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Aurora Fire Station No. 11, 2291 S. Joliet Street, Aurora, CO 80014

Wednesday, June 28th
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Greenwood Village City Hall, 6060 South Quebec Street, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Seating is limited.  Register by email to:  shannon@underhilllaw.com or call Shannon at (303) 721-7112 ext. 103.

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IMMIGRATION COMPLIANCE | USCIS Announces Changes to Permanent Resident Alien Card and Employment Authorization Document – On April 19, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced plans to redesign the Permanent Resident Card (aka Green Card) and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project. USCIS began issuing these new cards as of May 1, 2017.  The new cards come with fraud-resistant security features and enhanced graphics that are more secure and tamper-proof than the cards currently in use. Read more here. (Source: http://hpsslaw.com/)

PR/Marketing Committee | RMIIA Press Release (May 22, 2017)  – With more than 150,000 car insurance claims and 50,000 homeowners insurance claims estimated to be filed—the monster hailstorm that pounded Colorado’s Front Range on May 8th is on pace to be Colorado’s most expensive insured catastrophe. The Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association is estimating the preliminary insurance losses for the hailstorm at approximately $1.4 billion. This storm would surpass the $845.5 million July 20, 2009 storm and the July 11, 1990 storm, the most expensive in adjusted costs for today’s dollars. Golf ball and baseball-sized hail damaged homes, cars and businesses when storms swept across the Front Range during the late afternoon and early evening hours. The largest hail pelted areas west of Denver, including Wheat Ridge, Golden and Lakewood.

“The enormous size of the hail hitting densely populated areas of the Denver-Metro during rush hour has contributed to the magnitude of damage caused by this storm,” says Carole Walker, Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association. “Add to that Colorado’s population boom, escalating costs to repair high-tech cars and more expensive homes, the insurance price tag on our hailstorms can be expected to continue to rise.” This industry estimate is preliminary and based on the majority of the Colorado insurance company market share reporting available data. (http://www.rmiia.org)


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.


Source: http://elcosh.org

DELAY OF SILICA IN CONSTRUCTION STANDARD | ENFORCEMENT WILL NOW BEGIN ON SEPT 23, 2017 – On April 6, 2017, OSHA announced a delay in enforcement of the crystalline silica standard that applies to the construction industry in order to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers. The agency has determined that additional guidance is necessary due to the unique nature of the requirements in the construction standard. Originally scheduled to begin June 23, 2017, enforcement will now begin Sept. 23, 2017. OSHA expects employers in the construction industry to continue to take steps either to come into compliance with the new permissible exposure limit, or to implement specific dust controls for certain operations as provided in Table 1 of the standard. Construction employers should also continue to prepare to implement the standard’s other requirements, including exposure assessment, medical surveillance and employee training.



National Update: NRCA is keeping their eyes on things going on in Washington, D.C. Suffice it to say things are a little off-kilter there. President Trump is struggling to find the groove of life in D.C. and is discovering governing is not the same as running a business. For the sake of us all, NRCA hopes he can get back on message and, more important, Congress does not become distracted by him. Congress has a full plate with tax reform, immigration reform and reforming the regulatory process. NRCA’s staff in Washington, D.C., is delivering this message on your behalf every day.

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!

Many of you have experienced problems with moisture intrusion caused by concrete roof decks, and NRCA’s friends at Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL) and GAF have partnered to host a technology challenge to help find a solution to this problem. The challenge is part of the online crowdsourcing site, jump.ideascale.com, and aims to identify innovative solutions for ensuring energy-efficient, durable low-slope roof systems installed over concrete decks. The challenge is to develop new materials or installation methods that can be used with a concrete deck so the likelihood of having moisture-related problems is significantly reduced. Such an innovation can eliminate energy penalties associated with high moisture contents in roofing materials. The winner will receive $10,000 in cash sponsored by GAF and up to $20,000 in-kind support from ORNL’s technical scientists. Challenge solutions will be accepted through Aug. 27.

Update your technical library with the 2017 volume of The NRCA Roofing Manual available as part of a four-volume boxed set or as an individual hard copy. The NRCA Construction Details: CAD Files—2017 also is now available. All products can be found on shop.nrca.net.

Vice President of NRCA University Amy Staska and her team have been hard at work creating NRCA’s new national training certification program. For an initiative of this nature to work, it must be nationally recognized and uniform; it must be delivered correctly; and there must be a test to verify a worker’s competence. NRCA’s program will offer more than 30 certificates spanning all systems for low- and steep-slope roof systems. NRCA is excited about the possibility of this transformational work and hope to begin training trainers this year. If you have any questions, please reach out to Amy Staska at astaska@nrca.net.

Keep your eyes open for the newly redesigned Professional Roofing magazine. In 2016, NRCA conducted an in-depth reader survey to learn what readers want most from the magazine. The new look reflects more than a year’s worth of work in response to what we learned.

NRCA has become the international voice of the roofing industry. This is especially true with training. NRCA Vice President of Certification and International Engagement John Schehl, NRCA Consultant Bill Steinmetz and former NRCA Chairman of the Board Dane Bradford recently traveled to Dubai to deliver an NRCA training class. Immediately following the Dubai training session, John and Bill traveled to China to deliver an NRCA training course in Shenzhen. No matter where they go in the world, NRCA’s training expertise is found—and valued.

NRCA’s One Voice initiative with associate members continues to generate interest and buzz in the industry. There is a clear consensus to move the industry forward together, and NRCA is reaching out to manufacturers, distributors, architects, engineers and consultants with the goal of having them become fully engaged with NRCA, as partners.


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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