May 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,

I have to apologize for getting this out a week late.  I have no excuses, which is hard to believe coming from a roofing contractor that’s been around for 42 years.

This month I want to talk about the “Green Roof” initiative which Denver voters approved last year.  As you know, this initiative has essentially frozen construction and replacement of the large building roofs.  Business are in a complete holding pattern while the city scrambles to come up with a workable plan to implement what was approved by voters.

The city formed a task force which has been directed to find a comprehensive plan to make this initiative work for all parties.  This task force also has a solid advisory committee which includes roofing and waterproofing experts.  These experts are working diligently to solve the large-scale problems that come with this initiative.  The number one problem is the extraordinary cost to business as they attempt to implement these designs.

To date there have only been two (2) permits pulled in the City and County of Denver for re-roofs, compared to hundreds of permits pulled by this time last year.  This is a major impact to our industry.  All of us need to stay connected in the status of this very important proceeding and offer our input to that task force, the advisory board, mayor, as well as the city and county board members.  The compromises being discussed between the advisory board and task force are on track and we need to help to keep this initiative from hurting our industry.

The task force along with the City and County of Denver has put together a survey that can be found at Scroll down to the middle of the page to the outlined area. Read over the draft proposal and then click on the “Send Comments” button to get to the survey.  Please answer this survey to push the amendment through.

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


MEMBERSHIP LUNCH | MAY 17, 2018 | Business Development Strategies Using ‘Smarketing”.  On May 17, Heidi Ellsworth, owner of HJE Consulting and a partner with will speak on how roofing companies can add marketing strategies into their sales efforts to achieve higher profitability and revenue while building a strong brand for lasting success.   Learn why collaboration between sales and marketing teams is essential for any roofing business’ long-term profitability and growth. Ellsworth will also share how your workforce can be your best marketing source creating brand ambassadors that provide ongoing opportunities for sales. Information will also be shared about the ongoing trend of integrating sales and marketing business processes known as Smarketing.

In this 45-minute session, we hope you come away INFORMED and leave with a BETTER UNDERSTANDING about combining your sales and marketing efforts in ways that will support new business development within your company.

Thursday, May 17, 2018, The Denver Mart – Forum Meeting Room #1, 451 E. 58th Ave (I-25 & 58th Ave), 11:30 a.m. Sponsored by: Elite Roofing Supply 

Click here to register.

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CRA GOLF TOURNAMENT | MARK YOUR CALENDARS! | FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2018. – Join us for the 36th Annual CRA Golf Tournament to be held at West Woods Golf Club at 6655 Quaker Street in Arvada, CO. The Golf Committee will be meeting in the next few weeks to finalize the details and get the registration information out to all of you. West Woods expanded their clubhouse and replaced their irrigation lines last summer – we are excited to see the final changes.  Keep an eye on your inbox for tournament details and registration form – we should have the information out by the first part of June!

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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.


  • 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!
  • 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.

Please contact Debbie if you are interested in either the membership committee or instructor position.

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PR/MARKETING COMMITTEE UPDATE – The CRA PR Committee  continues to fine tune our Summer “Select a Trusted Colorado Roofer” campaign.  CRA will be running digital ads from May to October on, Facebook and Instagram – these ads already started.  Soon, our adds will start  running on Pinterest and YouTube (hopefully by the end of May/early June).  We also have plans to run weekly print ads in the Wednesday & Sunday edition of the Denver Post starting May 13. The ads will urge 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.  Here are highlights and other resources the committee has been working on:

  • MEMBER MARKETING – CRA has created a Member Marketing Tools page on our website.  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! 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. We will select one winner each month.


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 – The Second Regular Session of the Seventy-first Colorado Legislative assembly adjourned on May 9, 2018. The First Regular Session of the Seventy-second General Assembly will convene on January 4, 2019.  Here are the updates on the bills we were monitoring and sharing information on:

Colorado Legislature | Passed

HB18-1308 | Workers’ Compensation Out-of-state Workers Temporarily In Colorado – On 4/30/2018 Governor Signed.  Click here for more information on HB18-1308.

SB18-007 | Affordable Housing Tax Credit.  As of 05/09/2018 – Passed & Signed by the President of the Senate.  Click here for more information SB18-007.

SB18-108 | Eligibility Colorado Road And Community Safety Act  Status: 05/07/2018  – Passed – Signed by the President of the Senate – Headed to Governor’s desk. Click here for more information on SB18-108.

Colorado Legislature | Failed

HB18-1230 | Creation Of Work Status For Immigrants Click here for more information on HB18-1230.

HB18-1261 | Colorado Arbitration Fairness Act – Click here for more information on HB18-1261.

HB18-1262 | Arbitration Services Provider Transparency Act – Click here for more information on HB18-1262.

HB18-1383 | Bonding Requirements For Public Projects Using Private Financing – Click here for more information on HB18-1383.

SB18-171 | Marketplace Contractor Workers’ Compensation Unemployment –  Click here for more information on SB18-171.

Colorado  | November Ballot

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. If approved, Initiative #66 would limit residential growth to 1 percent annually over the next two years in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer and Weld counties. That means that for all of 2019 and 2020, any local government within those counties would be required to limit the number of residential building permits so that the number of new units for the year does not exceed 1 percent of current housing stock.  The counties wouldn’t be able to amend or remove the limits until 2021. Status:  Petition Form Approved.  Click here for more information No. 66.

Feel free to reach out to me if you have questions or hear of other legislation in the pipeline for next year!

Jeff Johnston
The Roofing Company
CRA Gov’t Relations Chair
Email Jeff



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

ELBERT COUNTY | Elbert County link’s have been updated on our website.  Please note that mid-roof inspections are now required via photos and emailed to the building department.  Click here for more info.

ARAPAHOE, FOXFIELD, FREDERICK, GILPIN, GREENWOOD VILLAGE, PARKER & SHERIDAN | All  of these municipality pages have been updated to list the current code and latest handout links.

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DENVER | Green Roof Ordinance Information – On May 3, 2018 – The Green Roofs Review Task Force has drafted a proposal for modifying the green roofs ordinance. The proposal and its supporting documentation are now available for public review and comment.

Draft proposal (PDF)

Cost analysis (PDF)

Comments may also be sent via email to

Responses received by noon on May 18 will be given to the task force members ahead of their May 23 meeting. The comment period closes at noon on June 3, and the remaining responses will be sent to the task force at that time.

The Green Roofs Review Task Force has one last meeting scheduled:

All meetings will take place at 200 W 14th Ave, 2nd Floor, Grand Mesa Room.
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 3 New Members(s)… 1st Avenue Construction dba Revive Exteriors, 5231 S. Santa Fe Drive, Ste 200, Littleton, CO 80120 Ph: 303-979-7663 (Roofing Contractor – Residential); Apex Roofing and Restoration, 7332 S. Atton Way, Ste 13K, Centennial, CO 80112 Ph: 303-691-5035 (Roofing Contractor – Comm/Res) and Cotney Construction Law, 8354 Northfield Blvd, Bldg G, Ste 3700, Denver CO 80238, Ph: 720-653-9155 (Trade Service – Legal).

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Longtime CRA Member Ivan Weinmaster Passes Away |  Ivan L. Weinmaster, 59, most recently of Salt Lake City, passed away unexpectedly a couple weeks ago. After a recent bicycle accident, Ivan had developed an infection from the wound and it’s suspected that he died as a result of blood poisoning. Ivan recently just started his own business, Weinmaster and Associates. Prior to that, he was with TAMKO Building Products and Protecto Wrap. Although he did move some, Ivan spent most of his career here in Denver in the roofing and building/construction field. He enjoyed spending time in Hawaii and had a place in Honolulu. He was a graduate of Washington High School and Metropolitan State College of Denver. Off and on for so many years, Ivan was a friendly face at our annual Trade Show, lunches and other events with his welcoming smile. This is a great loss to the roofing industry, let us remember him fondly, with a smile upon our faces.

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5-8-17…Colorado’s Most Costly Catastrophe… One Year Later | The insurance costs for the monster hailstorm that pounded Colorado’s Front Range on May 8, 2017 have skyrocketed from the initial estimate of $1.4 billion to $2.3 billion-maintaining its infamous ranking as Colorado’s most expensive insured catastrophe. The Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association is estimating the updated insurance losses for the hailstorm based on approximately 167,000 auto insurance claims and 100,600 homeowners insurance claims. The increase in number of claims filed and the final amounts paid to policyholders upon completion of repairs typically causes damage amounts to rise significantly from preliminary estimates-especially in an event of this size.

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Western Roofing Expo 2018 | June 10-12 • Paris Las Vegas Hotel  – YOU NEED TO BE THERE!– Premier regional roofing and waterproofing event in the WESTERN United States, the Western Roofing Expo 2018 brings you the full range of show features to help you benefit beyond expectations — cost-saving resources, vital knowledge, powerful connections and much more. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO & TO REGISTER!


Keeping it safe!

We hope all of you participated in National Safety Stand-Down week on May 7-11 with a message to keep your employees safe and to remember the lives lost.

We also think this is a good chance to send a reminder that safety violations can cost you.  Here are a few OSHA citations recently imposed on other roofing contractors across the country.

  • Ohio Contractor Cited for Continuing to Expose Roofers to Falls – OSHA has again cited Ohio roofing contractor Benny’s Roofing LLC, for exposing employees to falls and other safety hazards. This time, the company faces penalties of $138,394. In December 2017, OSHA cited the contractor after inspectors observed four roofers at a Cincinnati residential site working without appropriate fall protection. OSHA cited Benny’s in February and April 2017, for allowing workers to use harnesses that did not meet OSHA’s fall protection requirements. For more information, read the news release.
  • Roofing Contractor Cited For Exposing Employees to Fall Hazards in Alabama – OSHA has again cited Jose A. Serrato, an independent roofing contractor based in Marietta, Ga. — this time for exposing employees to fall hazards at a worksite in Birmingham, Ala., and for failing to re-train employees who did not demonstrate that they could recognize fall hazards. The employer, who has been cited seven times in the past five years, faces $133,604 in new penalties. OSHA conducted its latest investigation under the agency’s Regional Emphasis Program for Falls in Construction. For more information, read the news release
  • Contractor Cited for Fall Hazards at New Hampshire Worksite – OSHA cited Luis Guallpa, a Massachusetts roofing contractor doing business as Guallpa Contracting Corp., for exposing workers to fall and other hazards at a Nashua, N.H., worksite. OSHA inspectors observed Guallpa’s employees working on a roof without fall protection, using ladders unsafely, and failing to use head protection. The agency cited the employer for exposing employees to these hazards, and failing to provide effective training. The company was cited for similar hazards in 2014 and 2015. OSHA proposed penalties of $299,324. Read the news release for more information.
  • Georgia Roofing Contractor Settles Whistleblower Lawsuit – Georgia-based Jasper Contractors Inc. agreed to pay $48,000 in back wages and compensatory damages to a former safety director who had cooperated with an OSHA compliance investigation. Under the settlement, the company is forbidden from future retaliation and will expunge the disciplinary actions from the employee’s personnel file. OSHA will train the company’s employees on whistleblower protections under the OSH Act. For more information, read the news release.

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.




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

“As I write this newsletter, the NRCA certification team is conducting a two-day program to train NRCA ProCertification Qualified Trainers near Joliet, Ill., thanks to the help of one of our One Voice partners, Johns Manville, which provided the use of its training center. This month, another group will be trained in Florida thanks to our friendship with the Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association, which is providing training space.

This summer, we will be recruiting people who are interested in becoming ProCertification Qualified Assessors. We can’t certify a worker without trained people to assess them. We need several hundred people from throughout the U.S. to help us get started with the hard work of evaluating and certifying our current workforce. The assessments for workers wanting to be certified in thermoplastic single-ply systems will start in the fall. Shortly after that, workers seeking to be certified in asphalt shingle installations can receive their assessments, as well. We also plan to launch the training curriculum for those two systems at the same time. And yes, the curriculum will be available in English and Spanish.

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress  has been working on is the collection of objective data roofing contractors can use when workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica (RCS). The Occupational Safety and Health Administration began fully enforcing its new construction regulation on worker exposure to RCS Oct. 23, 2017. NRCA’s RCS objective data collection initiative collects personal breathing zone sampling on a variety of common roofing projects that involve removing and installing roofing products or cutting or grinding of materials that may contain silica, quartz or sand. The information is being made available to NRCA members by clicking here, and you can find it located under the “Safety and insurance” tab.

There is one new project the Alliance is funding that makes me especially excited. The Alliance is undertaking a research project to study the demographics of the roofing industry. The research will quantify the economic impact of the roofing industry and measure the size, age, racial background and gender of the workforce. The study also will identify the number of roof contracting, manufacturing and distribution companies that exist in the U.S. market and the type of work they do. This comprehensive study will provide real data for us as we plan our future.

National Roofing Week 2018 is almost upon us, and all contractor members will be receiving their National Roofing Week kits in the mail soon. Join us in celebrating the roofing industry June 3-9 as we honor our trade, our workers and our customers! For more information, contact Charlotte Norgaard ( at the office.

The 2018 roofing season has arrived in full force. NRCA wishes you a successful, prosperous and safe season. All the best to you!”

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. 

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