October 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

Hello Everyone.

October is already here and you know what that means for Colorado…. snow is coming.  I looked online and the average first snow fall in the Denver Metro area is October 18th.  The earliest date was September 3, 1961 and the latest date recorded was November 21, 1934. So we know it won’t be long until it’s here.  Usually we get the one snow storm and then it’s pretty good roofing weather until late November / December.  At least that’s what I’m hoping for!

I wanted to talk about the year in general and something I have noticed more of this year than usual.   While I’m out doing my estimates, I’m not hearing as much from the consumers about “Covering their deductibles.”   I think it has a lot to do with the CRA Advertising campaign, word of mouth and educating the consumer about SB-38.  Having bigger deductibles is probably a contributing factor as well.

I will continue to preach that the best way to change the image of our profession is to educate the consumer on the do’s and don’ts of picking a good roofing contractor.  We can’t get rid of all the bad apples, but we can try and make it a more level playing field.

As CRA President, I will continue to ask for money to help the PR Committee with their mission to promote and drive more consumers to the CRA website.  We know it is working because of the upswing in website activity we are tracking monthly.  The CRA billboards, mail flyers, social media ads, etc. are helping make a difference.  Just like most advertising, you have to keep at it. Being persistent and repeating the message in order to stay fresh in people’s minds.

Along the lines of being persistent, I want to give you a personal example while also saying good-bye to a great person that has been in our profession for a long time.

As you know, RTP Roofing Co. is not very big and for the most part we really only need two supply companies to handle our orders.  I used to have a salesman come in every week like clock-work and ask me if he could do anything for me.  He kept coming in for almost a year. He wasn’t pushy…. just sincere and I finally gave him an order.  It was his persistence and being there at the right time, which paid off for him and I started using three roofing suppliers. When he switched supply companies down the road, we switched with him.

As he nears retirement, I wanted to take a moment and recognize that man, Chuck Di Manna, and let him know how much we appreciated his dedication to the roofing profession and to RTP Roofing Co.  I’ve learned a lot from him and wish him the best in the next chapter of his life.

I hope my persistence will pay off as well during my term as CRA President.  We need to continue to educate the consumers by any methods we can think of and keep the CRA fresh in their minds.

Have a great October.

Thank you all.

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

EventAnnouncementsCRA FALL SPORTING CLAY TOURNAMENT – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2016. – We are lucky to have once again sold out our Sporting Clay tournament a month early!  Awards will be given for the top two best shooters, the top three teams and a grand prize raffle will go to one lucky winner!  We thank all our sponsors who have signed up to support the event.  See the link for a list and then look for a recap in the November issue of this newsletter.  Click here for tournament information, a list of sponsors, etc.

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photo_4-truck-and-trailerCDOT RULES & REGULATIONS FOR LIGHT TRUCKS & DRIVER SAFETY – Pinpoint Seminar – Wednesday, October 26, 2016.  We have heard many times from owner/others that a huge safety concern is sending out trucks and crews each morning. Some of you send more than others; but no matter the size of your company, how do you keep your guys and trucks safe?

Each state has adopted the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations commonly referred to as “DOT” regulations.  In Colorado, these regulations apply to vehicles over 10,000# gross vehicle weight rating or gross combined vehicle weight.  This means that most pickup trucks towing an average size trailer that many of our member contractors use when combined together and/or maxed out easily meets DOT regulation requirements.

For this reason, we have invited Jeremy Guddat of the Colorado State Patrol to come talk to our membership on the Rules & Regulations for Light Trucks and Driver SAFETY and to provide each of you a few take-a-ways/ practical tips for driver safety along with making you aware of CDOT’s rules and regulations with an emphasis on light trucks.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
The Drury Inn & Suites Denver Stapleton
4550 Central Park Blvd, Denver CO 80238
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

$25 Member/$50 Non-Member


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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PM2CRA MEMBERSHIP LUNCHEON – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2016. – Join us at our Thursday, Nov 10 Membership Lunch featuring a presentation on “The Roofing Regulatory Maze: What’s New? presented by Harry Dietz, NRCA’s Director of Enterprise Risk Management. The current regulatory environment is tough on business owners and one of the biggest concerns facing roofing contractors today. In this 45-minute session we will update you on the latest regulatory issues facing both steep and low-slope roofing contractors including silica, fall protection and drones.

Take your lunchtime – bring your coworkers – and LEARN to navigate the sea of regulations and how you can TAKE ACTION to help prevent burdensome regulations.   You will be given the knowledge to help you make good business decisions. This lunch and this topic will INSPIRE you to go back to your business and try to do things different within your organization. Harry will give you the TOOLS to do so. Come join us!

Thursday, November 10, 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):


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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Local Colorado Code Update | Pinpoint Seminar – Wednesday, November 16, 2016.  Rich Boon of Construction Support Services will provide an overview of the changes coming for contractors in regards to the new 2016 building code, energy code and what to expect as we move into 2017.  The pinpoint seminar will be held at The Drury Hotel on November 16 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  $25 Member/$50 Non-Member.  Look for details and registration information in your inbox and the November newsletter.

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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.

As Election Day draws near (Tuesday November 8), we encourage you to get informed on all the issues and candidates and to exercise your right to VOTE!

Here are the items we continue to watch:

Colorado | Amendment 69 Universal Health Care (ColoradoCare) Ballot Initiative 20 – Will Create Huge Tax Burden. This $25 Billion Universal Health Care measure has already been approved for the November ballot.  The proposal will essentially double the state budget and create massive new tax burden, especially for entrepreneurs & small businesses. Employers will pay 6.67 percent on total payroll. Employees will pay 3.33 percent on all payroll income. This totals a new 10 percent tax on all wages and earnings.  Efforts to defeat Amendment 69 continue.  Coloradans for Coloradans is a statewide, bipartisan organization formed to work for the defeat of Amendment 69.  Visit their website for the most up-to-date information at www.coloradansforcoloradans.com.  The latest polls show that is losing.

Colorado | Amendment 71 • Raise the Bar.  Regarding requirements for Initiated Constitutional Amendments) In Colorado we have amended our constitution 157 times v. only 27 times for the U.S. Constitution. That’s too much! The proposed Constitutional Amendment would require collecting 2% of signatures in each of 35 state senate districts and would increase the approval required from 50% to 55%. Visit their website for the most up-to-date information at raisethebarco.com.  We don’t have current information on how this one is polling.

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS – Our Government Relations committee is also LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS to help on our committee in reviewing legislation and working with our partners in the Colorado Contractors Coalition on key construction issues.  Please let Debbie or myself know at the email below if you are interested.

Also, please feel free to contact me if you are aware of legislation not listed above that you would like us to look into or have any questions on the issues covered in this section.

Rick Rosendahl
B&M Roofing of Colorado
CRA Gov’t Relations Chair
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codenewsupdatesWe have NO updates to report this month but want to encourage you to MARK YOUR CALENDAR to attend an update seminar we are planning in November.

Local Colorado Code Update – Pinpoint Seminar – Wednesday, November 16, 2016.  Rich Boon of Construction Support Services will provide an overview of the changes coming for contractors in regards to the new 2016 building code, energy code and what to expect as we move into 2017.  The pinpoint seminar will be held at The Drury Hotel on November 16 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  $25 Member/$50 Non-Member.  Look for details and registration information in your inbox and the November newsletter.

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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.


WELCOME 2 New Members(s). Planet Roofing & Solar, 1695 W. Sheri Ln, Littleton CO 80120, Ph: 303-827-1607 (Roofing Contractor – Comm/Res) and  Simon Bros. Roofing LLC, 6803 E. 47th Ave Dr, Suite B, Denver, CO 80216, Ph: 303-902-5338 (Roofing Contractor – Comm/Res). 

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CRA Board of Directors – Call for Nominations – CRA’s Nominating Committee is looking for qualified candidates to serve on CRA’s Board of Directors for terms beginning January 1, 2017. If you are interested in serving on the Board and would like to contribute to the successful direction of the CRA, please consider seeking election or nominating someone to the Board. Board elections will be held at the November 10 Membership Lunch. Interested parties should contact Debbie at the CRA office by email at debbie@coloradoroofing.org, by phone at 303-484-0549 or by filling out and returning the nomination form.

2017 Board of Directors Nomination Form.

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4th Annual ASAC Annual Health and Safety Summit – ASA is extending an invitation to CRA members to attend their ASAC Annual Health & Safety Summit. It will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 7:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. at Wagner Training Institute/Wagner Equipment Co. located at 18021 E. 22nd Avenue, Aurora, CO 80011.  This year’s summit features ASAC Summit Training & Education Sessions, Supervisor Training ~ Risk Management, Distracted Driving, Leading Injury & Death Trends, Confined Space, Silica Hazards, Holistic Health & Treating Employees, Fall Protection & SRLs. The Summit also features a Business Solutions Trade Show, Colorado Contractors Cup, All Day Complimentary Snack Bar, Bottomless Beverages, Breakfast, Lunch and Prize Drawing.  Click here for summit details and to register.  The CRA office does have 6 complimentary day passes to the ASAC Health Summit for use by CRA members.  Please contact Debbie Hathorne if you want to attend and she can get you the information on the free passes.

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Tile Roofing Institute (TRI) – Installation Manual Certication Seminar | November 16, 2016 – TRI’s Certification Training Programs are designed to educate roofers and roofing professionals on code approved installation methods. Whether you are a seasoned roofer, inspector, foreman, or business owner you will benefit from the knowledge gained in these courses.  Here is a link to registration for the Denver Nov 16 class: http://tileroofing.org/denver-co-november-16-2016-installation-manual-certification/.

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50% Discount for CRA Members | Successful Cash Flow Resolutions to Inefficiency & Differing Site Conditions Claims Seminar | Denver & Colo Springs – SDC & Associates, Inc. is extending a special offer to CRA member who will receive a 50% discount off the registration fee.  The seminar is being held in Colorado Springs on December 1st and in Denver on December 2nd. The topic is “Successful Cash Flow Resolutions to Inefficiency & Differing Site Conditions Claims”. This seminar that teaches a lot of great tools for that you as a member can use when you have to negotiate inefficiency, and differing site conditions claims. Use what you learn and earn more money.  Click here for the flyer and when you register mention you are a CRA member and this notice you saw in this newsletter regarding the 50% discount.


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

October 20-21, 2016 – METAL ROOFING- ENGLISH: 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 FOR METAL CLASS.

October 27-28, 2016 – TPO/EPDM – ENGLISH:  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 FOR TPO/EPDM CLASS.

Nov 4 – Dec 16, 2016 – 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.  6-week course/Fridays only.  REGISTER NOW INTRO CLASS.


Simple Steps Toward Safe Lifting in the Workplace. – The two most common injured areas of the body when manually handling materials are the low back and shoulders, and the average claims cost of a back injury from lifting exceeds $10,000. The following controls can help curb back and shoulder injuries at your workplace:

Engineering Controls — Change or modify tools, equipment or machinery to reduce the physical demands of the job. Use assistive devices (e.g., crane, forklift, conveyor) to handle materials.

Work Practice Controls — Change the way job tasks are performed to reduce the frequency and duration of risk exposure. For example, reorganize the order of job tasks to allow muscle recovery between tasks that require excessive force.

Administrative Controls — These include job rotation, job enlargement, gradual introduction to work and pre-shift warm-up and stretching programs. Another administrative control is team lifting for certain heavy or awkward materials.

Training Controls — Demonstrate these techniques when training employees on safe lifting:

  • Get as close to the load as possible before lifting it, and keep the load close once you’ve lifted it. If possible, straddle the load or slide the load toward you before picking it up.
  • Make sure your footing is secure. Do not lift objects that obscure vision and footing. Plan ahead, and make sure that your travel path is clear of obstructions and that there are no slip hazards, such as a wet floor.
  • Do not twist while lifting! Move your feet so they point in the direction of the lift as you turn. A good phrase to teach is, “Keep the toes to the load.” Lift smoothly and slowly, and do not jerk the load.

For more information on safe lifting in the workplace, as well as a sample list of detailed lifting guidelines, visit the Resources web page at Pinnacol.com.



As we enter the last quarter of the year, the U.S. roofing industry continues to perform solidly in virtually all geographic areas. Dodge Data & Analytics reported a 1.3 percent increase in August from the July reading of the Dodge Momentum Index, a measure of nonresidential building projects in planning. The index rose 16 percent above the August 2015 level with institutional planning up 22 percent and commercial planning up 11 percent.

With the market’s growth comes continuing concern about the industry’s ability to find qualified workers. The Associated General Contractors recently surveyed its members, and more than two-thirds said they are having a hard time filling many hourly craft positions. Half those surveyed cited difficulty finding roofing workers.

And it appears conditions will be much the same in 2017. During a collaborative midyear review of the construction industry hosted by the Associated Builders and Contractors and National Association of Homebuilders, economists predicted growth between 5 and 12 percent in most areas of the construction economy next year.

Once again this month, we have a slew of regulatory activities to face:

  • The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a final regulation to implement President Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, which contains new requirements for contractors bidding on federal contracts. Companies bidding on qualifying contracts will need to disclose any violations of 14 federal labor laws (and some state laws and their equivalents) that occurred within the past three years, including violations of safety and health rules, collective bargaining, family and medical leave rules, and civil rights protections. Contractors and subcontractors will be required to disclose such violations every six months. (NRCA strongly opposed this rule when it was proposed in 2015.) The rule will take effect Oct. 25 and be fully implemented Oct. 25, 2017.
  • DOL also is preparing guidance for its field offices about how to recruit more women into the construction industry. The guidance will include a manual of best practices for employers, including such recommendations as setting hiring goals, providing anti-discrimination training and developing mentoring programs.
  • NRCA is working in opposition to proposed regulations under Section 385 of the tax code that would allow the IRS to reclassify certain related-party debt as equity (stock), in whole or in part, for federal income tax purposes. The regulations could cause some S corporations to lose their current statuses and be forced to be taxed as C corporations. NRCA has been working with members of Congress to convey our concerns; we fear the proposed rule could increase the barriers to investment for U.S. businesses and interfere with the growth of good-paying jobs.
  • Employers face earlier deadlines for reporting Obama-care information next year. Employers must distribute 1095 forms by Jan. 31, 2017; these forms notify employees of their employer-provided health insurance coverage. Paper 1094 forms, which describe the coverage to the IRS, must be filed by Feb. 28, 2017, while electronically filed forms must be reported to the agency by March 31, 2017.

ABC Supply Co. Inc. and USG Corp. have announced they have entered into a definitive agreement in which ABC Supply will acquire USG’s building product distribution business, L & W Supply Corp. for $670 million. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals, and is expected to be completed before the end of 2016. L & W Supply is one of the largest distributors of gypsum wallboard and suspended ceiling tiles in the U.S. and has 126 locations. ABC Supply currently operates with more than 600 locations in 49 states; it had sales of about $5.9 billion in 2015.

Housing and registration are open for the 2017 International Roofing Expo® (IRE), which will be held March 1-3, 2017, at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. The event will include a trade show with nearly 500 exhibiting companies and more than 30 educational sessions. More information is available at www.theroofingexpo.com.

NRCA issues Action Alert regarding OSHA’s drug-testing policy regulation – NRCA is working with members of Congress to mitigate the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) regulatory overreach with respect to its “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” regulation. The agency is attempting to ban mandatory post-accident drug testing, a tool widely used by roofing contractors to promote a safe workplace. NRCA urges you to contact your representatives to help generate opposition in Congress regarding OSHA’s new policy, which is detrimental to workplace safety. See more information and view the Action Alert.


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. 

busybusy.com 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 303-717-8113.

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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