May 2016 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


I hope you all fared well with the April blizzards and rain showers.  That was quite a month.  I think we are all looking forward to some sunshine and to start gearing up for the summer.

As you drive around the metro area this summer, keep an eye out for some of the new CRA billboards that just went up. The theme is “Looking for a Trusted Colorado Roofer?”  The CRA is stepping up our efforts to promote, educate and direct the consumer to the CRA website for information on selecting a trusted contractor. More information on the campaign can be found on the CRA website.  While you’re there, be sure to review our new “Consumer Checklist for Selecting a Trusted Roofer” — it is very informational.

This month, I wanted to take time to talk to our Membership about an idea that came from another association – the Roofing Contractors Association of Texas (RCAT).  It is a “Voluntary Licensing Program.”  This new program was started in 2015 and is now entering its second year.  Just like the CRA, RCAT has unsuccessfully tried for several years to legally require State licensing of roofing contractors in Texas.  And just like CRA, RCAT’s mission is to raise the bar on industry standards and consumer awareness.  So, as an Association, their leadership implemented and is now offering their own licensing program.

RCAT’s program is voluntary to any of their Members and is also open to Non-Members and is available to both residential and commercial contractors.  Their licensing program has a higher set of requirements to become an RCAT License holder including an initial exam, physical location within Texas for 3 years, yearly continuing education credits (CEUs) and much more.

The CRA has put together a Task Force to look at, analyze and consider the possibility of adding a similar licensing program through our association here in Colorado.   We have contacted RCAT and also talked to some of their members about the program and their initial feedback.

The CRA Task Force has mixed emotions on the program.  On one hand, when I first read about RCAT’s program, I was very excited about the potential and how it could help the CRA and each of our committees within the association to grow and make the CRA stronger.   On the other hand, there are a couple questions that keep coming up, “Will it help the consumer and help change the way our profession is looked at and does business?” and “Will it help clean up the industry?”

At our last Task Force meeting, we were tasked with compiling questions for a membership survey that was to be sent out in order to get your feedback.  But after reviewing the survey questions, we have decided on a new route. With everyone already so busy, we felt we would not get a fair response from the complete membership. We also realized that we need to provide all of you with a proposed description of the program/path we want to take and why we are considering it.  For now, we will plan to make our next CRA luncheon in September a panel discussion about the licensing program with a question and answer format so that we can get your thoughts and opinions on if we should tackle this big project.

That means our Task Force has some work to do this summer and leads me back to the questions we need to answer from above on what would be the benefit of doing this.  In the meantime, here is the link to the RCAT Voluntary Licensing program:   Please take some time to review and look at their program.

Next, I (we) would love to get your initial thoughts on the RCAT program and if this is something we should look into for Colorado.

Please take a moment right now to answer two quick questions below my signature.  Your response and feedback will be beneficial to us and very much appreciated!

Feel free to email me if you have any questions.   I hope to see you at our May 12 Membership Luncheon!

Ray Phillips
RTP Roofing Company
CRA President
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THANK YOU to our 2016 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


Do you juggle multiple responsibilities and struggle to manage your time each day?

CRA MEMBERSHIP LUNCHEON – THURSDAY, May 12, 2016. – Join us at our Thursday, May 12 Membership Lunch featuring a presentation on Overachieving without Feeling Overwhelmed presented by Bob Heavers of Priority Management.  Time Management!  Everyone can benefit from a few extra tips on managing our time!!  Employees at every level struggle to cope with information and expectation overload; most want to excel … but without feeling overwhelmed.  We are faced with increasing demands, limited resources and shrinking deadlines. This is especially true in the roofing industry as we head into the busy summer months.  Your TEAM and organization will benefit from the tips and processes taught by Bob.

Take your lunchtime – bring your coworkers – and LEARN to be focused, stay organized and accountable. You will gain control over your day, find balance, reach your goals and focus on the tasks that are important to you and your company. Bob will share easily applied and simply sustained methods that can give lifelong time management benefits to individuals, teams and entire organizations.

This lunch and this topic will INSPIRE you to go back to your business and try to do things different within your organization.  Bob will give you the TOOLS to do so. Come join us!

Thursday, May 12, 2016
The Denver Mart – Forum Meeting Room #1
451 E. 58th Ave (I-25 & 58th Ave)
11:30 a.m.

REMINDER – The membership lunch is not only about the FOOD and networking with other members but the opportunity to take advantage of the SPEAKERS and PROGRAMS. These lunches 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!

Thank You to our GOLD Lunch Sponsor(s):

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Sign UP TODAY.  Reservations are requested. CRA member companies get one FREE lunch at this meeting. There is a $20.00 fee for additional employees from member companies. Non-members are welcome and the fee is $40.00/per person.  MARK your calendar to attend, then click the link below to register to attend.


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Click here to view the full 2016 Event Calendar – calendar includes additional event dates, member luncheons, pinpoint seminars, Training Center courses, etc.

Legislative Watch as of 5/9/16 – With the 2016 legislative session set to end this Month, the CRA is working with the Colorado Contractors Legislative Advocacy Council (CCLAC) to review and monitor bills of importance to the construction industry. Here is the status of the bills we have been watching this session.

  • SB16-177 – Construction Defect Bill – The bill makes technical modifications to statutory provisions enacted by the general assembly in 2015 that addressed urban renewal plan allocating of tax revenue. 5/9/16 – the bill FAILED in the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee.
  • SB16-217- Expediting Litigation in Workers’ Comp Claims – This bill is designed to reduce litigation, speed resolution of disputes and ensure that injured workers receive timely and appropriate compensation and care. 05/10/2016 –  House Second Reading Special Order – Passed – No Amendments
  • HB16-1156 – Pay transparency.  Employers would not be allowed to fire any employees for inquiring about the pay of other co-workers, sharing pay information, etc. – This bill has passed through the House and on 04/19/2016 FAILED on the Senate Third Reading – No Amendments.
  • HB16-1301 – Construction industry apprenticeship.  Would allow a state tax credit for either hiring construction trade employees that were either entering a pre-apprenticeship program or graduates of an apprenticeship program. – This bill has passed through the House and on 05/06/2016 it was Postponed Indefinitely by the Senate Committee on Finance.
  • SB16-002 – Tax imposed for paying the costs of the state health exchange program.  This would establish a 3.5% tax on all health insurance policies written in the state in order to fund the operating costs of the Colorado State Health Insurance Exchange. – This bill has been referred to the House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs where it was Postponed Indefinitely and tabled until next year.

Before the committee takes a summer break, we want to remind you to keep an eye on Amendment 69 slated for the November ballot.

Amendment 69 – Universal Health Care (ColoradoCare) Ballot Initiative 20.  This $25 Billion Universal Health Care measure has already been approved for the November ballot.  The proposal will essentially double the state budget and would be funded in part by 10% taxes – 6.6 from employers, 3.3 from employees (10% from the self-employed).  Our understanding is that it does not have much of a chance of passing.  But the voters shall decide that.

What is ColoradoCare? Amendment 69 is a ballot initiative that would create a state-run, universal healthcare system.

What would it replace? ColoradoCare would eliminate the entire health insurance industry in Colorado and all State and Federal healthcare programs like workers’ compensation, Medicaid, Children’s Basic Health and Colorado Health Benefit Exchange.

Who would run it? – Residents would elect 21 trustees who would be responsible for all operations.

What about the Colorado Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR)? – ColoradoCare is designed to operate outside of state government, and is exempt from TABOR

For more information on Amendment 69/ColoradoCare Initiative, visit

To get additional information on any of the above legislation, click here to go to the Colorado State Legislature search page and just enter the bill number to view the details of each bill.  If you are aware of legislation not listed above that you would like us to look into, please email Rick Rosendahl, CRA Gov’t Relations Chair.


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

  • Town of Estes Park – Effective June 1, 2016, Estes Park is moving from the 2009 building code they have been operating under and moving to the 2015 Building code along with adopting the new 2015 Energy Code.  Click here for more information.
  • Pikes Peak Regional Building Department (PPRBD) – Attention Roofers & Solar Contractors! PPRBD has posted important permit information for re-roofs that involve removal and replacement of Solar Systems. (Click here for information). Notice posted on 5/2/16.

Have you heard of upcoming building code changes? 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.


PR/Marketing Committee Update – The CRA PR Committee is excited to kick off our Summer “Select a Trusted Colorado Roofer” campaign. One of CRA’s main goals is to Educate individuals and building owners on roofing in Colorado.  From May through October, the CRA is running a billboard and Facebook marketing campaign 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.  Learn more at our campaign landing page here. Other campaign highlights include:

  •  – forwards to our main website  Here they will find additional consumer tips and information to help educate themselves on getting a new roof along with a search engine (and alpha list) to locate and contact a CRA member contractor near them.
  • Be sure to check out our new Consumer Roofing Checklist.  
  • Coming Soon – a Guide to Filing a Roof Insurance Claim.  Many homeowners don’t know how to file a claim or understand the terms and process, etc.  For this reason, we will be working on developing a helpful guide that will walk them through the process.  We hope to have this completed by July 1st or sooner.
  • Like CRA on Facebook and share our “Storm Damage” ad.
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2016 CRA Billboard – Look for them around town!



WELCOME 7 New Members(s). ARCM, Inc., 7061 S. University Blvd, Centennial, CO 80122, Ph: 303-306-8334 (Roofing Contractor – Comm/Res); Beyond Roofing, 3535 S. Platte River Drive, Suite G2, Englewood, CO 80110, Ph: 303-239-6633 (Roofing Contractor – Comm/Res); Lifetime Construction LLC, 12415 Dumont Way #107, Littleton, CO 80125, Ph: 303-593-2022 (Roofing Contractor – Comm/Res); Thiessen Construction and Roofing, 8200 S. Quebec St #A-3-502, Centennial, CO 80112, Ph: 303-694-4346 (Roofing Contractor – Residential); Tile Roofing Institute, 6947 Coal Creek Parkway SE #137, Ph: 206-241-5774 (Trade Service – Manufacture Association);  Urban Exteriors, LLC, 3440 Youngfield, CO 80033 Ph: 303-552-4467 (Roofing Contractor – Residential) and WRS Roofing Inc., 10785 E. Grant Rd., Franktown, CO 80116, Ph: 303-663-8191 (Roofing Contractor – Residential).

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wsrca2016expoWestern Roofing Expo 2016 – June 12 to June 14 in Las Vegas, NV.  Plan to attend “The Largest Roofing Expo presented by Roofing Contractors for the Roofing Industry” – the Western Roofing Expo 2016 – your once-a-year opportunity to maximize your company’s productivity, efficiency and profitability! The Western Roofing Expo focuses on the western region of the United States and the specific needs that roofing and waterproofing contractors face in these areas. Discover the latest trends, technology and best practices for your roofing business. From top suppliers and unique resources to unbeatable networking and the best educational conference in the business – the Western Roofing Expo brings it all together for you like no other event can. For more information, go to:



TC15Photo22Online Enrollment now open for the following training courses.  Space is limited in all classes so be sure to sign up now!

  • May 12-13, 2016 – 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.
  • May 19-20, 2016 – TPO/EPDM – SPANISH:  2-day course intended for Spanish speaking 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.  REGISTER NOW.


Thank you to all our members who participated in the National Safety Fall Stand Down last week from May 2-6 in a UNITED effort to remember the lives lost and to raise awareness of preventing fall hazards in Colorado!


Summer Roofing Safety Tips for Contractors and Crews – The heat is on, so as the busy summer season starts, remember to practice safe roofing to prevent accidents, uphold OSHA guidelines, minimize mishaps that lead to down time, and keep yourself and your crew cool, comfortable and safe.

Killer Heat? It Happens. In 2015, an Illinois crew-member working on an apartment complex re-roofing job died of complications related to heat stroke. After four hours on the job, the 41-year-old roofer exhibited irregular motor control and his speech became slurred. Temperatures had skyrocketed to 90 degrees, with a heat index exceeding 105 degrees. When they broke for lunch, his co-workers noticed his distress and disorientation and he was immediately transported to the hospital’s emergency room, but it was too late to save him.

What went wrong? The team leader failed to practice heat illness prevention tactics, such as requiring regular hydration, as well as scheduled shade and rest breaks. Since 2011, OSHA has conducted an annual national heat awareness campaign to help prevent these tragedies. Heat-related working accidents can be prevented with education and common sense — visit OSHA’s nationwide Heat Illness Prevention Campaign website to learn more and download resources to share with your crew.

We’ve divided our summer safety tips into sections so you can find just the advice you’re looking for. Remember: Keeping the crew safe AND productive during the hot summer months is good business sense!

Personal Tips

  • Never go onto a roof alone, even if you’re a seasoned roofing veteran. Always have someone with you. In the summer, rain and mildew can make roof decks extra slippery.
  • Use a safety harness with a lanyard anchored to an anchor point. This way, even if you slip, you will not fall off of the roof.
  • You may also want to consider a rope or cable lifeline system as backup in precarious areas.

Crew Tips

  • Keep your crew hydrated to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke. To prevent heat-related illnesses and possible death, your workers should:
  • Take water breaks every 15-30 minutes
  • Rest in shade or air conditioning to cool down as needed
  • Wear a hat and light-colored clothing
  • Know heat illness signs and symptoms
  • Report symptoms early and watch out for coworkers
  • Know what to do in an emergency

-Read more at:



On March 25, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued its final rule addressing occupational exposures to crystalline silica. The rule has been years in the making and is more than 1,700 pages.  NRCA submitted extensive comments during the rulemaking process, and NRCA was able to testify at a 2015 hearing conducted by OSHA. In NRCA’s comments and testimony, they pointed out the hazards associated with all methods of reducing exposures, which generally include using wet saws, saws with vacuum attachments and/or full-face respirators. OSHA modified the final rule at least in part because of NRCA’s comments. The final rule:

  • Sets a new permissible exposure limit of 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air, measured as an eight-hour, time-weighted average, with an “action level” of 25 micrograms per cubic meter
  • Creates a mechanism, under what OSHA calls Table 1, for employers to comply with the rule by using wet saws and dust masks
  • Requires employers who do not follow Table 1 to conduct initial air monitoring, conduct medical surveillance for workers who use respirators more than 30 days per year and/or find other ways to reduce exposures below the PEL
  • Has an effective date of June 23, 2016, with enforcement beginning June 23, 2017.

NRCA is in discussions with other industry organizations to generate exposure data and see whether they can identify work practices that will reduce the exposures.  Meanwhile, a number of employer and union organizations have filed suit to challenge certain parts of the new rule. NRCA expects the litigation will take months to get resolved, but encourage their members and roofing contractors to begin to make plans to comply with the rule’s provisions.  Harry Dietz on NRCA’s staff is familiar with the final rule and is a good source if you have questions or need more information. He can be contacted at

But lest you think that’s all the Department of Labor (DOL) has been up to recently:

  • New rules are coming that will increase the number of workers who are eligible for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The new rules will increase the salary threshold for determining who is eligible for overtime pay from $455 per week to $970 per week in 2016 with automatic increases annually thereafter. Legislation has been introduced, which NRCA supports, that would prevent DOL from enforcing the rules and require the agency to consider the economic effects on small businesses.
  • DOL published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Feb. 25 that would establish regulations to require federal contractors to provide seven days of paid sick leave annually to employees beginning Jan. 1, 2017. DOL estimates the cost for a human resources manager to become familiar with the 81 pages of new rules to be $79.96. DOL further estimates the total annual cost of complying with the new rules to be between $155 and $658 per employer in the first year. NRCA thinks, of course, these estimates are ridiculously low.

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) has introduced legislation, supported by NRCA, which would significantly change the nation’s immigration policy. The bill would allow for more workers to enter the country legally to fill jobs when the employer has tried and failed to find U.S. citizens to fill them. Employers also would be required to use E-Verify as part of the bill’s requirements, and the bill only would apply in areas where the unemployment rate is less than 5 percent. NRCA does not think there is much chance of the bill passing this year, but they applaud the effort to tee it up for next year and beyond.

NRCA is making plans to celebrate National Roofing Week next month from June 5 to 11.  Contact Charlotte Norgaard ( for more information and to learn how to best get involved. Social media cards are available at

The National Roofing Legal Resource Center has developed a new contract provision intended to be included in a roofing contractor’s general contract language. The provision would replace language that could enforce a roofing contractor’s obligations for defects and repairs through applicable statute of limitations, which could be longer than an agreed-upon warranty period. Contact Anne Schroeder ( if you’d like a copy.

NRCA’s new Career Center officially has launched. It includes information for employers and prospective employees, job-listing services and a good deal of downloadable information that can be used, for example, at job fairs. Visit to learn more.


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. 
  • CRA Dental Program.  CRA program offers a choice of competitive dental plan through Delta Dental. Brought to you in partnership with Employee Benefit Designs. Contact Jerry Ressatar for more information at 303-220-8209. 
  • Smartphone App.  Receive 5% member discount and 30-day free trial. This tool provides a mobile time sheet app that helps your employees more accurately track their time, report their location and record the projects they are working on all while saving your company money! Call Pete Scifo at 303-759-8235.

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