October 2017 Newsletter

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President’s MessageSafety Spotlight
Event AnnouncementsCode Notices & Updates
Legislative WatchCommittee Announcements
Items of NoteTraining Center Courses
Member Benefits & ToolsNational News from NRCA

President's Message

Hello everyone,

I am writing this on September 27th, and it has been raining, off and on, all day. It wasn’t supposed to rain until later this evening, but that’s Colorado weather for you. I’m working on my production schedule and I was trying to think about what to write about for my October article and then it came to me; I want to give a big shout out to all the “schedulers” out there. The folks that plan out every moment of everyday day and then, in one instant, everything goes to $#*!. I’m talking to everyone that schedules anything — from the receptionists that schedule sales appointments, to the project supervisors scheduling the work that needs to be completed, to the supply companies trying to deliver materials.

Since I’m a smaller roofing company, I’m tasked with making our production schedule, scheduling the material to be delivered, scheduling the crews, guessing on how long a project should take, and having to re-schedule it all over again when things come up that throw off everything (like the unforeseeable 3-layer tear off or the re-sheathing of a house or just bad weather). I usually work on my schedules on Fridays or Saturdays. I get my beautiful schedule printed out for Monday and, by the end the week, I have so many arrows, notes, and marks on my schedule, you can barely read it.

Every time you make a change you have to call the customer, and then call the material supplier to have them change the delivery date. It’s kind of like a 50-car pile-up; it’s a chain reaction of everything. The fall and winter seems to be worst times because there is less time in the day and the weather can delay your schedule (for what seems like an eternity) and it’s harder to make up the lost time. Then, like everyone out there, you are probably short on crews and labor, so you start pushing your schedule, and crews as well. I’m worried as I sit here looking at my schedule right now because I really haven’t built in any room for the bad weather that is bound to be coming.

I think back to all the dispatchers I’ve known at the supply companies, and most of them are now store managers, or have moved up in the company. Oh, and they have grey hair because you can’t do that job for too long and keep your youthful looks and sanity at the same time. So, I just want everyone to stop and take some time to thank all the “schedulers” out there and tell them how important, and valued, they are to you and your company.

Next, I want to thank Harry Dietz, the NRCA Director of Enterprise Risk Management, for a great pinpoint seminar on September 23rd, 2017, about OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Construction regulation and other recent OSHA activity. It was a very informational presentation and the CRA thanks him for taking time to come visit us. I also want to thank Sylvia Theisen for her great presentation at our September luncheon. She taught us how to take back control of your time and energy by saying “no”, without all the guilt and excuses that come along with that. Do you all like how the CRA sets up the schedule? First, we have the pinpoint seminar that leaves you wondering why your even in the business, and then, we schedule the luncheon to try to pump you back up and get you excited about roofing again.

Another important issue I want to make you aware of, is a Green Roof Initiative on Denver’s November 7 Ballot, I-300. The initiative is asking voters: “Shall the voters of the City and County of Denver adopt a measure that mandates every building, building addition, and any roof replacement of a building, with a gross floor area of 25,000 square feet or greater, constructed after January 1, 2018, shall include a green roof or combination of green roof and solar energy collection.” The CRA Board has been following this issue and voted to go on record opposing the measure based on the argument that we want roofing contractors to be able to advise building owners or facility mangers on the roof system that works best for their building; keeping the decision with the owner rather than mandated by Denver voters.

CRA will continue to monitor the initiative and will be contributing and educating the public from a “grass roots” effort. See more information in the Legislative section below.

One last thing, I will remind everyone about the 8-CIU (Continuing Involvement Units) that are required to renew your 2018 CRA Membership. You have a few more ways to earn your credits for the year through our luncheons, events, training classes and community service projects – many of which are scheduled between now and year end (see below). Don’t wait too much longer to get all your credits in to Debbie at the CRA, please!

Ray Phillips
RTP Roofing Company
CRA President
Email Ray

THANK YOU to our 2017 Sponsors!

2018 Industry Leader Sponsors
A to Z RoofingGAF Materials
ABC Supply Co.
GCP Applied Technologies
Academy Roofing, Inc.
Gulfeagle Supply
Advanced Roofing TechnologiesInterstate Roofing
Johns Manville
Arapahoe Roofing & Sheet MetalK & P Roofing LLC
Architectural Sheet Metal & PanelsMalarkey Roofing Products
B & M Roofing of ColoradoMoody Insurance Agency
Beacon Roofing Supply
Owens Corning
Black Roofing, Inc.Pinnacol Assurance
Daly & Black P.C.Premium Panels
CertainTeedRoofLine Supply
Elite RoofingSPEC Building Materials
Elite Roofing Supply - CO, LLCTamko Building Products
Flatiron SteelTecta America - Colorado
Flynn Southwest LPThe Roofing Company
Front Range Roofing Systems
2018 Silver Sponsors
Alpine Roofing Co., Inc.GBS Enterprises Roofing
American Roofing SupplyRTP Roofing Co.
Boral RoofingSchafer and Company
Boulder Roofing, Inc.Sheffield Metals
C3 Group Public AdjustersSuperoofs
Cleasby Manufacturing


CRA FALL SPORTING CLAY TOURNAMENT – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2017. –  We are lucky to have once again sold out our Sporting Clay tournament a month early!  Awards will be given for the top shooters (men and women), 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. | Member CIU’s = 1 per person | Click here for tournament information, shooter fees, online registration, sponsor information, etc.

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TOP GOLF FUNDRAISER | THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2017 – November offers members another opportunity to get together for some networking and fundraising.  Please join us on Thursday, Nov 9 at the “Drive for the Stars Golf Tournament!”  Bring your co-workers, industry associates or even friends and family to TopGolf for a state-of the art golfing experience for a good cause. Your participation will help us raise money for our legislative efforts in 2018 – funding a lobbyist, legislator and industry communication and participation in industry coalitions and organizations.  Join CRA and others in the Colorado Construction Industry for food, fun and prizes for the top three teams and individual high score.  Your team will have their own playing station, private yet open allowing for networking and fun with the ‘competition.’  A whole new way to play!  No golf experience necessary; this venue promises to deliver big fun for the golfer and non-golfer alike. | Member CIU’s = 1 per person Register Today by clicking here.

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COLORADO’S BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT NOW AND IN THE FUTURE | MEMBERSHIP LUNCH | THURSDAY, NOV 16, 2017 – Greg Lopez, the former mayor of Parker, is running for governor of Colorado in the 2018 primary.  A U.S. Air Force veteran, Lopez served as the Colorado state director of the Small Business Administration from 2008 to 2014, and was a longtime member of the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  He will speak to the membership about Colorado’s business environment now and in the future, where he sees Colorado going and how it might affect our members; good or bad. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

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:

Two Gold Lunch Sponsorships still available.  Please contact Debbie if interested.


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Click here to view the full 2017 Event Calendar – calendar includes additional event dates, member luncheons, pinpoint seminars, Training Center courses, etc.

As Election Day draws near (Tuesday November 7), there are no Statewide issues on the ballot, but we encourage you to get informed on all your local issues/candidates, and to exercise your right to VOTE!


DENVER | I-300 Green Roof Initiative on Nov Ballot – The Colorado Roofing Association is going on record opposing the measure based on the argument that we want roofing contractors to be able to advise building owners or facility mangers on the roof system that works best for their building; keeping the decision with the owner rather than mandated by Denver voters.  The initiative would require all new commercial buildings over 25,000-square-feet and all existing commercial buildings over 25,000-square-feet that replace a roof, to have at least 20 percent green space or solar panels. The larger the building, the greater the percentage — all the way up to 60 percent for buildings 200,000-square-feet and larger.  CRA will continue to monitor the initiative and will be contributing and educating the public from a “grass roots” effort.   Vote NO on I-300 information can be found at http://responsibledenver.com/.

LAKEWOOD | Growth Initiative –  After clearing its first legal challenge on Sept. 18, it appears the initiative to limit residential growth will not appear on Lakewood’s November ballot.  The delay is the result of a challenge in Jefferson County District Court by Steve Dorman, vice chairman of the Jefferson County Republican Party, against City Clerk Margy Greer’s decision that the initiative to put a 1 percent annual limit on residential growth and return decisions on large multifamily projects to city council received sufficient signatures in the proper way.  Lakewood’s Municipal Code does not allow for council to take action on an initiative petition while it is under protest or appeal, therefore council cannot vote to approve the petition nor vote to send it to an election.

FUNDRAISING EVENT: Join CRA, ASAC and NUCA for our “Drive for the Stars Golf Tournament” to be held on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at TopGolf – Centennial.  Your participation will help us raise money for our legislative efforts in 2018 including funding a lobbyist, legislator and industry communication and participation in industry coalitions and organizations. Click here to register. 

Feel free to reach out to us if you have questions or hear of other legislation you are concerned about and would like us to follow!

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



We have NO updates to report this month but want to encourage you to let us know if you 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.

ItemsofNoteWELCOME 2 New Members(s). Aftermath Restoration, 12080 Barberry Pl, Denver CO 80104, Ph: 720-501-3440 (Roofing Contractor – Comm/Res) and  American Roofing & Construction LLC, 200 S Wilcox St. #434, Castle Rock, CO 80104, Ph: 303-681-9199 (Roofing Contractor – Comm/Res). 

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John Lewis Quante IV Passes Away (1957-2017) – It is with great sadness that we report the loss of a good friend and longtime member of CRA and the roofing industry.

John Lewis Quante IV, 60, of Aurora, passed away October 2, 2017 peacefully in his sleep at home.  He was born July 6, 1957 in Denver, Colorado and was the son of John Lewis III and Beverly Quante. He married Kim Purnell on August 30, 1980 in Lakewood, Colorado surrounded by friends and family.

John contributed over 40 years to the roofing industry which included ownership, distribution, sales, installation, for Brady & Son Roofing, C.J. Roofing, Gulfeagle Supply and his most current role at Interstate Roofing as Production Manager. Throughout his career, John was always mentoring to improve individuals and the industry.

His most cherished time was spent enjoying weekends in the mountains and small vacations with the ones he loved. A meal with the family was his ultimate time spent.

He is survived by his wife Kim; daughter Crystal (Andrew); sons John Lewis V “Johnny” (Danielle), and Mike (Kristin); Grandson’s, Trenton and Cameron; Mother, Beverly; Siblings, Debbie, Cheri, Chuck, Curtis; and many extended family members. He is preceded in death by Father, John Lewis Quante III.

Thanks for the memories John, you will be missed.  In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to:  Make A Wish

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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, 2018. 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 16 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.

2018 Board of Directors Nomination Form.


SafetySpotlightCRA Sponsored OSHA 10-Hour Construction Safety and Health Training (English) | Nov 30-Dec 1, 2017 – CRA in partnership with Pinnacol Assurance, CRA has scheduled an OSHA 10-Hour Training on Nov 30-Dec 1, 2017.  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 bases. Class will hold 40 – limit 4 per company. | Member CIU’s = 4 per person |     REGISTER NOW!

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Confined Space in Residential Construction | NEW RESOURCE: OSHA has issued a fact sheet on how its confined spaces in construction standard affects common spaces in residential construction, such as attics, basements, and crawl spaces. Click here to read factsheet.

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Roofing Manufacturer Achieves Safety Excellence with Help from Oregon OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Program – Before contacting Oregon OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Program, roofing system manufacturer Duro-Last Inc. had a serious injury rate at its Grants Pass facility that was approximately twice the industry’s national average. Through the program, Duro-Last reduced its serious injury rate to nearly one quarter of the industry average. The company not only improved worker health and safety, but also bolstered its production and profitability. The company’s safety successes first led to its acceptance into Oregon OSHA’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program. Recently, it became the state’s newest Voluntary Protection Programs Star Site. VPP certification is designed for exemplary worksites with comprehensive, successful safety and health programs. For more information, read Dura-Last’s success story.


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!

  • November  9-10, 2017 – 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. | Member CIU’s = 8 per person REGISTER NOW FOR METAL CLASS.
  • November 16-17, 2017 – 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. | Member CIU’s = 8 per person | REGISTER NOW FOR SPANISH TPO/EPDM CLASS.
  • Starting Nov 29th – INTRODUCTION TO ROOFING: Our Nov/Dec class will be held in a different format than in the past.  Three consecutive days, one week off, then the final 3 consecutive days.  November 29 – December 1 and December 13 to December 15.  Our Introduction to Roofing class 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-day course. | Member CIU’s = 8 per person | REGISTER NOW INTRO CLASS.

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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.



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

Pragmatic immigration reform continues to stall in Congress. President Trump may have managed to kick start the needed debate with his recent actions regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). He was right to send the issue back to Congress, and President Trump actually may get a bit of a legislative win if he can negotiate some type of compromise with Democrats related to DACA recipients in exchange for more border security. Congressional Democrats have been staunchly opposed to building a border wall; however, not all are opposed to a more secure border. Many Republicans are opposed to any form of so-called amnesty even for those brought here at a young age by their parents. By putting a time limit on ending DACA, the White House is squeezing both parties to negotiate. If Congress can reach a compromise, each side will be able to claim a win. Democrats get a win on DACA, and Republicans get a win on strengthened border security. Soon we will find out whether the parties can negotiate in good faith or they simply want to play political football for the 2018 midterm election. Only time will tell.

The reason this matters is most people recognize the first step toward thoughtful immigration reform must start with some assurance the border is secure. Once that happens, real debate can begin about what a reformed legal immigration system may look like. If a single piece of legislation results in border security and a resolution for the “dreamers,” the way will be cleared for more thorough reforms. This is where you come in.

During my time in Congress, I was dismayed by the little regard some members have for those who work in roofing and other construction industries. All too frequently, I heard congressional members say contractors just want cheap labor they can pay under the table. It’s insulting. The best way to change that perception is to let them know that’s not accurate. To that end, NRCA and many of our affiliate organizations are working together to have a national roofing industry fly-in to Washington, D.C., in mid-March 2018, and NRCA wants you to be a part of this transformative event. NRCA has have a lofty goal of having at least 1,000 people from all segments of the roofing industry participate. Please contact Duane Musser (dmusser@nrca.net) in the NRCA D.C. office and let him know of your interest. Change will happen only when you get involved.

Other work at NRCA continues. The NRCA Insurance Board of Governors recently met in Chicago with our insurance partner CNA. The trends are mostly good. Catastrophic falls and fires are dramatically down during the past 15 years. General liability claims also are down. This is all good news. Even though rates may rise a bit each year, dramatic increases in insurance pricing are mitigated when the entire industry performs well. Keep up the good work!

But there was one area where the news was not good: accidents caused by distracted driving. It seems as society gets more attached to smart phones, so do drivers. This is especially dangerous and costly when employees are driving heavy trucks loaded with roofing materials and, in some cases, workers, or when drivers are pulling trailers. Some of the most expensive losses in terms of human lives and property were the result of drivers distracted by cell phones. I know it’s easy for some to rationalize why they need to read emails or text right away, but it’s not worth it. Tell your employees (and yourself!) to put the cell phone in the glove box and set it to silent so the temptation is not there. The life you save may be your own.

After many months of hard work, NRCA is pleased to announce they have developed tools for contractors to use to comply with provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) new rule regarding worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica, which became effective and enforceable Sept. 23. The OSHA regulation establishes new protocols for minimizing worker exposure to silica that are more comprehensive than the previous rule and will require greater compliance efforts on the part of contractors.

Resources include a PowerPoint presentation that contractors can use to facilitate training sessions regarding respirable crystalline silica as required by the rule; links to outside resources that may be useful for compliance assistance with equipment options; objective data compilations; industrial hygiene and laboratory needs and plan development; the regulatory text of the rule at 29 CFR §1153; and Appendices A and B. To access the documents, click here.


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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