March 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!

Well it’s March already which is hard to believe. This winter has been so mild. We are so caught up that we trying to push our spring projects ahead of schedule. I am sure winter will start up as soon as we start 2 or 3 major re-roof projects.

I want to thank everyone that turned out for the annual CRA Awards Dinner. It was another HUGE success despite the lovely weather that we had to fight through to get there. One of the topics that was brought up by my good friend, Tim Black of Black Roofing, was the need for more job entries for “jobs of the year”. We would love to see 30 or 40 entries each year. The process is easy, take pictures during construction, then put a story line together. At TRC we have won 7 second place finishes and one first place finish. Each time we placed, I know it was decided by the story line.

On March 5th a good contingency of Colorado Roofing professionals are headed to Washington D.C. along with our captain, Curt Boyd of Academy Roofing. We are joined by a large group of roofing professionals from across the country. The NRCA has put this roofing day together so we can be heard as a large collective group. We are addressing the key legislative issues affecting the roofing industry and your businesses. The two most serious issues confronting our businesses are immigration and regulations. We are scheduled to, hopefully, meet with our State Representatives, Senator Bennet and Congressman Gardner. This should be a fun and interesting trip for all of us. I will update all of you next month on our success.

Jeff Johnston
The Roofing Company
CRA President
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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 TechnologiesJohns Manville
K & P Roofing LLC
Arapahoe Roofing & Sheet MetalMalarkey Roofing Products
Architectural Sheet Metal & PanelsMoody Insurance Agency
B & M Roofing of ColoradoOwens Corning
Beacon Roofing Supply
Pinnacol Assurance
Black Roofing, Inc.Premium Panels
Daly & Black P.C.RoofLine Supply
Elite RoofingSPEC Building Materials
Elite Roofing Supply - CO, LLCTamko Building Products
Flynn Southwest LPTecta America - Colorado
Front Range Roofing SystemsThe Roofing Company
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 CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF WORKFORCE | MARCH 15, 2018 | Membership Lunch –  CRA member survey responses continually list ‘labor deficit‘ as a CHALLENGE and TOP PRIORITY. The employee landscape and the candidates entering our industry have transformed but we as an industry still need to supply roofing. Labor & man hours, estimates & proposals = SUCCESS. In order to keep up with the future demands and job openings, our industry needs to work together to RECRUIT, ADD, & RETAIN talent.  Join us for an informative panel discussion on the future of workforce from industry experts on the TALENT PIPELINE, the NEW way to hire, and much more!

Skilled Trade Labor Recruitment… What are you doing? | Where are you recruiting? | Who are you recruiting in this shifting workforce climate and booming economy? | How are you reaching your recruits?  Come listen to a panel of experts who are tackling and forging a path on how and where the construction industry should be focusing; construction trade career awareness, retention and new recruitment channels to ensure future success.

Panel Participants:

Kami Welch – Arvada Works/Arvada Chamber of Commerce. Developing a local talent pipeline and closing the skills gap. Calling on employers to play an expanded leadership role as “end-customers” of education and workforce partnerships.

Drew Petty – Opportunities to improve hiring with a skills-based approach.

Shannon Nicholas – Colorado Succeeds. Understanding the State Landscape Around Education and Workforce Issues.

In this 45-minute session, we hope you come away INFORMED and leave with a BETTER UNDERSTANDING about tapping into a talent pipeline strategy for recruiting skilled labor.

Thursday, March 15, 2018
The Denver Mart – Forum Meeting Room #1
451 E. 58th Ave (I-25 & 58th Ave)
11:30 a.m.

Free: First 2 Members from Same Company | $20: 3 or more Members from Same Company | $40: All Non-Members | Member CIU’s = 2 per person

Sponsored by:

Allied Building Products a Beacon Roofing Supply Co.  and Malarkey Roofing Products


REMINDER – Be sure to take advantage of the CRA SPEAKERS and PROGRAMS. These seminars are an inexpensive and quick way to invest in yourself and your TEAM. You and your TEAM don’t want to miss the opportunity to gain valuable tools and tips for yourself and your company!

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 17TH ANNUAL AWARD RECIPIENTS! – We held our 17th Annual CRA Awards Dinner on February 22, 2018 and celebrated and honored many deserving individuals and companies.  Thanks to all who attended and all our sponsors for making the evening such an overwhelming success! Please join us in congratulating our award recipients!

Lifetime Achievement Award
Chuck Pruitt

President’s Thank You Award
Ray Phillips

Job of the Year – Under $150,000
1st Place | B & M Roofing of Colorado, Inc. – The Perrenoud Condominiums
2nd Place | Kudu Roofing, LLC – The Miller Residence

Job of the Year – $150,001 to $450,000
1st Place | Academy Roofing, Inc. – Sierra Grill
2nd Place | Formula Roofing and Remodeling – Amtrak Railway Station, Glenwood Springs, CO

Job of the Year – $450,001 to $850,000
1st Place | Horn Brothers Roofing, Inc. – St. John’s Cathedral
2nd Place | Black Roofing, Inc. – Farrand Hall, University of Colorado
Job of the Year – Over $850,001
1st Place | Arapahoe Roofing and Sheet Metal, Inc. – Slopeside Beaver Creek
2nd Place | Superior Roofing, Inc. – UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital

Community Service Award
Front Range Roofing Systems – Our Lady of Peace Parish School

‘First Timer’ Submission Recognition Award
Superior Roofing, Inc.

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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.

CRA Legislative Committee Purpose: “Monitor legislative issues at the state, local and national level along with public policy processes and municipal & county policy issues of importance to the roofing industry and our membership.”

2018 COLORADO LEGISLATION UPDATE – As we move into March, the list of bills on the legislative tracker continues to grow. Here are the following bills that stand out and are worth mentioning to the CRA membership.

Colorado | Updates from last month

HB18-1022 |’DOR Department Of Revenue Issue Sales Tax Request For Information Sponsors Representative Lang Sias, Representative Tracy Kraft-Tharp, Senator Cheri Jahn and Senator Tim Neville.  The bill requires the department of revenue to issue a request for information for an electronic sales and use tax simplification system that the state or any local government that levies a sales or use tax, including a home rule municipality and county, could choose to use that would provide administrative simplification to the state and local sales and use tax system. Status: The bill passed and was signed by the Governor on 3/1/18.  Click here for more information on HB18-1022.

HB18-1034 | ‘Concerning creation of a grant program for capital costs relating to career and technical education.’ Sponsors Representative Phil Covarrubias, Representative, Hugh McKean and Senator Kevin Priola. The bill creates the career and technical education capital grant program (program) in the department of labor and employment. The state workforce development council (state council) will award grants through the program to area technical colleges, school districts, and community colleges to use for equipment, or construction and maintenance of buildings, related to career and technical education. In awarding grants, the state council will prioritize applicants from rural areas of the state and consider each applicant’s demonstrated need. Status: on 02/26/2018, the Bill is in the House Committee on Education: Refer Amended to Appropriations. Click here for more information on HB18-1034.

HB18-1185 | ‘Market Sourcing For Business Income Tax Apportionment’ Sponsors include Representative Tracy Kraft-Tharp, Representative Cole Wist, Senator Tim Neville and Senator Dominick Moreno. Concerning changes to the state income tax apportionment statute based on the most recent multistate tax commission’s uniform model of the uniform division of income for tax purposes act. Under this new system, receipts for the sale of services or from the sale, lease, license, or rental of intangible property are apportioned to Colorado based not on where the service is performed, but where the service is delivered for income tax years commencing on and after January 1, 2019.  Status: 02/28/2018 in House Committee on Finance: Refer Amended to Appropriations. Click here for more information on HB18-1185.

SB18-007 | Affordable Housing Tax Credit.  Sponsors include Senator Jack Tate, Senator Lucia Guzman, Representative Crisanta Duran and Representative Jon Becker.  Concerning the Colorado affordable housing tax credit, and, in connection therewith, renaming the low-income housing tax credit to the ‘Colorado affordable housing tax credit’ and extending the period during which the Colorado housing and finance authority may allocate affordable housing tax credits from December 31, 2019, to December 31, 2024. Status:  Bill has passed through the Senate.  As of 02/28/2018, it was introduced in the House and Assigned to Finance.  Click here for more information SB18-007.

Ballot Initiative No. 66 | State of Colorado | Growth Initiative – Colorado Ballot Proposal may appear on the ballot in Colorado as an initiated constitutional amendment on November 6, 2018. The measure would establish a constitutional right to limit housing growth through countywide initiatives and referendums. The initiative would also limit annual private housing growth to one percent in the counties of Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer, and Weld for 2019 and 2020. Limits in these counties would continue in 2021 and thereafter unless local voters overturn them via ballot measure.  Status:  Petition Form Approved.  Click here for more information No. 66.

Colorado | New & Worth Mentioning

HB18-1230 | Creation Of Work Status For Immigrants – Sponsors: Representative Dan Pabon and Senator Irene Aguilar. The bill creates in the department of labor and employment a purple card program that would allow certain persons who came to the United States without legal documentation to apply for a purple card allowing them to work legally in Colorado.  Status: on 02/05/2018 bill was introduced In House – Assigned to Judiciary. Click here for more information on HB18-1230.

HB18-1261 | Colorado Arbitration Fairness Act – Sponsor: Representative Mike Weissman. The bill applies to certain consumer and employment arbitrations and establishes ethical standards for arbitrators; specifies that any party may challenge in court the impartiality of an arbitrator or arbitration services provider; requires specified disclosures by arbitrators and arbitration services providers; and authorizes injunctive relief against an arbitrator or arbitration services provider who engages in certain specified acts.  Status: on 02/26/2018 bill was introduced In House – Assigned to Judiciary. Click here for more information on HB18-1261.

HB18-1262 | Arbitration Services Provider Transparency Act – Sponsors: Representative Dominique Jackson and Representative Dylan Roberts.  The bill requires arbitration services providers that administer consumer or employment arbitrations to collect, publish, and make available specified information on those arbitrations administered in the previous 5 years. The bill amends a provision of the uniform arbitration act to make the bill effective.  Status:  on 02/26/2018 bill was introduced in House – Assigned to Judiciary. Click here for more information on HB18-1262.

SB18-108 | Eligibility Colorado Road And Community Safety Act  Sponsors: Senator Larry Crowder, Senator Don Coram, Representative Jeni James Arndt and Representative Jonathan Singer. Currently, a person who is not lawfully present in the United States may obtain a driver’s license or identification card if certain requirements are met. One of the requirements is that the person present a taxpayer identification card.  The bill allows a person to present a social security number as an alternative to a taxpayer identification card. The bill allows the license or identification card to be reissued or renewed in accordance with the process used for other licenses and identification cards.  Status:  as of 02/14/2018, Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Appropriations. Click here for more information on SB18-108.

SB18-171 | Marketplace Contractor Workers’ Compensation Unemployment – Sponsors: Senator Chris Holbert, Senator Angela Williams, Representative Dan Pabon and Representative Lang Sias.  The bill establishes a test for determining whether a marketplace contractor is considered an ’employee’ under the ‘Workers’ Compensation Act of Colorado’ and whether services provided by a marketplace contractor are considered ’employment’ under the ‘Colorado Employment Security Act.’ Status:  Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology – Referred Amended and bill is now with Senate of the Whole for Third Reading on 03/09/2018. Click here for more information on SB18-171.

Feel free to reach out to me if you have questions or hear of other legislation you are concerned about and would like us to follow!  As you can see from above, there is a lot out there that we are keeping an eye on!

Jeff Johnston
The Roofing Company
CRA Gov’t Relations Chair
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We have a lot to report this month, 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/EL PASO COUNTY | The Pikes Peak Regional Building Department is moving to the 2015 Code and launched a new website on March 8, 2018.

GILPIN COUNTY | Moving to 2015 Code and has an updated roofing handout.

CITY OF LOUISVILLE | Louisville has a new roofing design handout as of January 2018.

CITY OF THORNTON | Thornton has a new roofing standards handout as of January 12, 2018.

ROUTT COUNTY | Adopted 2015 Code.  As of 1-1-18, moving to 2015 code and new links for amendments that apply to rural Routt County, Steamboat Springs and Oak Creek.

EDGEWATER, MOUNTAIN VIEW, NEDERLAND, NORTHGLENN & VAIL | All these municipality pages have been updated to list the current code and latest handout links.

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DENVER | Green Roof Ordinance Information – We continue to monitor and Green Roof Mandate and will update the membership as we get new information.  In the meantime, you can continue to check Denver’s green roof web page for updates and information on the new mandate using the link below:

There is potential for modifications to the city’s new green roof ordinance.  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. 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.

Using the link above, you can check the latest meeting dates and see the meeting minutes, agendas, slides from previous meetings.  The Green Roofs Review Task Force meetings are open to the public to observe.  There is also a public comment period, so we encourage you to attend – making sure the roofing industry’s voice is heard as modifications are considered.  The LOCATION and SCHEDULE is as follows:

All meetings will take place at 200 W 14th Ave, 2nd Floor, Grand Mesa Room.
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.

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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

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 1 New Members(s). Elite Roofing Supply, 4700 Dahlia Street, Ph: 303-309-1677 (Material Supplier).

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SRS Distribution to Acquire American Roofing Supply. 3/8/2018 -SRS Distribution announced acquisition of American Roofing Supply, a Denver-based firm that will become the specialty dealer’s brand name in Colorado. American Roofing Supply sells residential and commercial roofing products on the Front Range and in Eastern Colorado. The entire 60-person ownership, sales, and operations team will remain in place.  In addition, SRS’ existing operations in Denver, Fort Collins, and Colorado Springs, Colo., will change their names from Roofline Supply and Delivery to American Roofing Supply. The Roofline name will continue to be used in other states.  Read full press release here.

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The New Tax Law Could Mean a “BOOM” to Some Specialty Contractors | Joe Bazzano | Beacon Exit Planning – There have been a lot of articles written about the recent tax bill, The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, since it became law on January 1, 2018. There are many provisions within the law that will change the way both individuals and business owners will plan for future tax filings and run their businesses. Throughout this article I will review some of the provisions as they relate to business owners in the roofing industry and provide some guidance on changes that may be appropriate for the exiting owner. First and foremost, it will be less expensive to operate your business in 2018 than it was in 2017. Aside from the various provisions, one key element is that tax rates have dropped. Click here for full article.


CRA Sponsored OSHA 10-Hour Construction Safety and Health Training (English) | April 5-6, 2018 – CRA in partnership with Pinnacol Assurance, CRA has scheduled an OSHA 10-Hour Training on April 5-6, 2018.  The Member cost is only $50.00.  You can’t beat this price for a day and ½ course with food!!  Topics Include:  Occupational Safety and Health Act Overview, Materials Handling, Personal Protective Equipment, Fall Protection, Electrical Safety, Health and hazard communication, Hand and power tools, Stair and ladder safety, Scaffold safety and Excavation and trenching safety.  Upon successful completion of this course participants will receive an OSHA Construction Safety Health 10-Hour Card.  Class registrations will be taken on a first come first serve basis. Class will hold 40 – limit 4 per company.   REGISTER NOW!


Online Enrollment now open for the following training courses.  Space is limited in all classes, so be sure to sign up now!

  • Mar 15-16, 2018 | METAL ROOFING: 2-day course will to expose students to working with different types of metal, issues to consider and learning proper techniques. Class is intended for students who have background in roofing and/or for installers who have not yet worked with sheet metal. REGISTER NOW.
  • March 22 – April 6, 2018 | INTRODUCTION TO ROOFING: will expose students to the basics of roofing and teach them what they are doing, why they are doing it and give them an understanding that roofing can lead to several career paths within the industry.  3-week course/Thursday & Fridays only.  REGISTER NOW.
  • April 19-20, 2018 | TPO/EPDM:  2-day course intended for installers who are newer to the industry who are seeking in depth knowledge of TPO and EPDM systems as well as learning proper installation methods for membranes and flashings.  Mark your calendar and registration will open by end of March.

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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.


COMMUNITY SERVICE – Giving back to the community is a top priority of the Colorado Roofing Association and just as important to the many members of our association. Our members recognize the need to help other individuals and organizations that face economic or physical difficulties. Working together to reach our community outreach goals each year, our members give back to our community through volunteering, donated items/materials/labor and providing financial assistance to local charities, non-profit organizations and individual homeowners in need.  Do you know of a struggling non-profit or homeowner in need of assistance that you can’t handle yourself, let us know and we will see if we can work together as an association to get them the help they need.  Here is a “Request for Help Form” you can share with them or send the lead our way and the committee review the project.  Click on the appropriate link below and submit your application for review by CRA’s Community Service Committee.

Application for Help – Non-Profit/Commercial Projects
Application for Help – Residential Projects

In 2018, CRA also continues our “Roof Over Your Head” partnership with Habitat for Humanity.   If you have not had a chance to volunteer to assist with labor on a Habitat home, please contact us and we’ll add you to the list of volunteers to be contacted.  Email Debbie to be added to the list.



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

The 2018 International Roofing Expo® (IRE) and NRCA’s 131st Annual Convention in New Orleans have concluded and once again set records. Since 2015 (the previous time the IRE was held in New Orleans), the expo experienced growth of 17 percent, including its largest international presence with 62 countries represented. This year’s exhibit was the largest ever with more than 137,000 square feet of space and 467 exhibiting companies. One of the most exciting things from my perspective was the 7 percent spike in educational conference attendees. NRCA’s team will continue to work to improve next year’s event in Nashville, Tenn., to make it even better.

During its meetings in New Orleans, your Executive Committee and board of directors approved NRCA’s new strategic plan that has been in development since May 2017. I am happy to report there were more than 400 member responses to our strategic planning survey. The information we received helped form our new vision and mission statements, and we are grateful for your input. The 10-year vision is: “Since 1886, the National Roofing Contractors Association has been the home for generations of entrepreneurial craftsmen and enterprises who shelter and protect America’s families, businesses and each other. Our vision is the recognition of our members as professionals and to unite the industry to that purpose.”

NRCA will be holding ProCertification Qualified Trainer classes April 23 in Joliet, Ill., and May 14 in Orlando. Attendance is limited to 24 people, so please register your staff soon. Contact John Schehl ( at the office for more information.

NRCA is now accepting applications for our ninth Future Executives Institute (FEI) program, one of NRCA University’s most popular offerings. FEI is a comprehensive, powerful learning experience focusing on leading and managing a thriving roofing business. The three-year program offers participants an in-depth look at management theory and practice and a unique industry networking opportunity while developing leadership and communication skills. FEI-9 will be held Sept. 24-27 in Chicago; the application deadline is May 31. Contact Janice Davis ( at the office for more information.

Mark your calendars for National Roofing Week, which will be held June 3-9. Contractor members once again will be receiving National Roofing Week kits in May, and we anticipate an engaging, fun week with the industry! As a reminder, the deadline for the National Roofing Week Children’s Art Contest is April 16. The art contest is a wonderful way to share what the roofing industry does with younger generations. NRCA encourages you to ask all your employees’ children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews to participate. Contact Charlotte Norgaard ( at the office for more information.

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

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