October 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,

Well I have to apologize to Debbie and all of you for getting my newsletter out so late. But as all of you know, it is a zoo out there and the hyenas have taken control. We can’t get materials delivered, it is snowing every day, and we have about 4 million dollars’ worth of work to get done by Christmas. But I am preaching to the choir because all of you, large or small, are in the same boat out there.

So on to roofing items. The first is getting to be a serious issue, which is roofing material thefts. This problem is becoming wide spread across the Front Range. A majority of these thefts are groups stealing the materials off of stocked roofs. There have also been thefts at about every single vendor in Denver. Some of these thefts have been done blatantly in the middle of the day. Because this is becoming such a huge issue, CRA is getting involved in how we can stop it. We are looking at tracking devices and finding who is buying the materials. This is all I want to discuss at this time, but I assure you we are on this problem.

The next issue I want you to be aware of is the cool roof mandate is coming down to a decision this month by the City of Denver. The CRA has made a strong statement to the task force and city council members that we do not support the cool roof mandate and that building owners should have that option to choose their roofing system. I would like to thank Ellen Thorp with the ERA (EPDM Roofing Association) with her lobbying efforts to try to stop this mandate. Stay tuned as this is coming to a decision.

Friday, October 12, was the annual Clay shoot. It was good to see many of you there!  What a fun day.  Thank you to all the shooters and especially our event sponsors!!

Last, please plan on joining us at the Nov 11 Top Golf Fundraiser and our Nov 15 Membership lunch!

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

CRA_FriendlyReminderContinuing Involvement Requirement for Members (CIUs ) – The CRA Board continually looks for ways to strengthen the value and benefits of being a part of the CRA. Education is one of our core values and the Board feels education is highly important to advancing and improving our profession. That is why we implemented the CIU program at the beginning of 2017. We would like to see our entire membership get more involved and to participate in the many association activities provided throughout each year.

We have made it very simple to earn the 8 required CIU credits. The requirement is per company not per person. Please click the link below for our informational CIU flyer and learn how to earn your CIUs.  Note:  Contractor members must earn 8 CIUs for renewal in 2019.

Click here for a copy of the Continuing Involvement Requirement for Members and see Event Announcements section below for a list of upcoming opportunities to educate yourselves and earn CIUs.

Click here to view the full the 2018 Event Calendar.



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

Jefferson County – Effective January 1, 2019, Jefferson County has adopted the 2018 IRC/IBC building code.  Click here for details.  There will also be a contractor meeting covering the 2018 Jefferson County Amendments to the Code on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at the Jefferson County Administration Building Lookout Mountain Room Lower Level from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm – please RSVP to buildingsafety@jeffco.us  if you plan on attending.

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DENVER | Green Roof Ordinance Modification Update – On Thursday, October 11, the City and County of Denver Special Issues Committee: Green Roof Initiative met before a packed house at the Denver City and County Building to discuss and decide whether to move the revised green-roof ordinance to the full council.  The seven council representatives on the special committee task force unanimously voted (7-0) to pass the proposed ordinance to the full council; no date has been set for the final vote. The proposal is still a ‘moving object’ and there is still time to voice your opinions to City Council members.  Video footage of the 10-11-18 meeting can be viewed here.

The draft ordinance and supporting documents are available on Denver City Council’s online committee calendar.

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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.


CRA FALL SPORTING CLAY TOURNAMENT – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2018. –  Luck was on our side and we ended up with a beautiful sunny Colorado day for our event after a long week of rain/snow and cold temps.  We were also lucky to have once again sold out our 5th Annual Sporting Clay tournament!  Awards were given for the top shooters (men and women), the top three teams and a grand prize raffle went to one lucky winner!  New this year, we added a Silent Auction for several bird hunts. We thank all our sponsors who supported the event.  Look for a full recap and photos in the November issue of this newsletter. | Member CIU’s = 1 per person  Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors!

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PINPOINT SEMINAR | OCT 17, 2018 | AIR AND VAPOR BARRIERS IN ROOFING & UPDATE ON DENVER GREEN ROOF ORDINANCE – We will be holding a joint meeting and info session between CRA and RCI (Institute of Roofing, Waterproofing, & Building Envelope Professionals) to provide an educational seminar regarding air and vapor barrier design for roofing, including a discussion of condensation concerns and an update on the proposed amendments to the Green Roof Initiative.  The purpose of the seminar is to familiarize attendees with the proposed amendments to the Denver Green Roof Initiative, particularly the proposed cool roof requirement, followed by an in-depth presentation regarding air/vapor barriers in roofing systems to manage condensation and provide a high-functioning roofing system.  Click here for more details/program agenda, or register below.

You WILL NOT want to miss this low-cost opportunity to gain valuable knowledge for you and your business!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
The Denver Mart – Forum Meeting Room #3
451 E. 58th Ave (I-25 & 58th Ave)
9:00 am – Noon
(Member CIU’s = 4 per person)

Cost:  $25/per person


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TOP GOLF FUNDRAISER | TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2018 – November offers members another opportunity to get together for some networking and fundraising.  Please join us on Tuesday, Nov 13 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 2019 – 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 of 6 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 NOW!

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MEMBERSHIP LUNCH | INSURANCE ACORD FORMS: Pitfalls and Misunderstanding & BOARD ELECTION | THURSDAY, NOV 15, 2018 – Mark your calendar to attend. 

Thursday, November 15, 2015

The Denver Mart – Forum Meeting Room #1

451 E. 58th Ave (I-25 & 58th Ave)

11:30 a.m.

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

Sponsored by:

  Steve Kane Sales & Consulting

Seminar registration and full details are coming soon!

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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.

ItemsofNoteWELCOME 2 New Members(s)…  Big Creek Roofing & Restoration, 6145 Broadway, Ste 2, Denver CO 80216, Ph: 720-309-9722 (Roofing Contractor – Comm/Res) and ESC Consultants Inc., P.O. Box 691447, San Antonio TX 78269, Ph: 210-695-8707 (Consultant).

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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, 2019. 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 15 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.

2019 Board of Directors Nomination Form.

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Ice-Damming on Cold/Ventilated Water Shedding Steep-Slope Roofs – Informational Bulletin from Western States Roofing Contractors Association:

During the past few winters, WSRCA Member Contractors in varying areas of the western U.S. have reported an increasing number and intensity of winter-time ice-dam formation and resultant damage at various buildings in the western states.

This Bulletin’s discussion of ice-dams, along with guidelines and suggestions for mitigation of ice dams, is focused on steep-slope roof systems in general and primarily on ventilated (i.e., theoretically vented, so “cold-in winter”) watershedding steep-slope roof systems. These ventilated/cold watershedding steep-slope roofs are frequently, though not exclusively, found on single-family and multi-family residential construction. These ventilated steep-slope roofs are also found on light commercial (e.g., dental and medical clinics, etc.) and some institutional buildings (e.g., schools, community centers, etc.). This document also considers ice-damming on warm (i.e., non-vented, but compact insulated) watershedding steep-slope roofs, which are frequently found with cathedral-ceiling or vaulted-ceiling construction on multi-story townhouses, other split-level residential, smaller scale commercial, and on many churches, and some other institutional projects.

Ice-dams are the naturally occurring eave edge refreezing of snow-melt water, typically at or upslope from the exterior wall line of a building. The subsequent repetitive back-up and refreezing of snow-melt along downslope roof perimeters and eaves is typically the initiator of melt-water (i.e., snow and/or ice melt) intrusion through layer(s) of watershedding roofing systems.



CRA Sponsored OSHA 10-Hour Construction Safety and Health Training (English) | Nov 29-30, 2018 – In partnership with Pinnacol Assurance, CRA has scheduled an OSHA 10-Hour Training on Nov 29-30, 2018.  The Member cost is only $50.00.  You can’t beat this price for a day and ½ course with food!!  Topics Include:  Occupational Safety and Health Act Overview, Materials Handling, Personal Protective Equipment, Fall Protection, Electrical Safety, Health and hazard communication, Hand and power tools, Stair and ladder safety, Scaffold safety and Excavation and trenching safety.  Upon successful completion of this course participants will receive an OSHA Construction Safety Health 10-Hour Card.  Class registrations will be taken on a first come first serve basis. Class will hold 40 – limit 4 per company. | Member CIU’s = 4 per person REGISTER NOW!

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OSHA steadily increases enforcement of silica rule at construction sites – About six months into the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fully enforcing a rule that aims to protect construction workers from breathable silica, building industry safety professionals say compliance is a work in progress, according to www.bna.com. Steps are being taken to reduce silica dust, and the construction industry continues to seek practical ways to meet OSHA’s standards and educate workers and supervisors regarding the requirements. OSHA’s enforcement of the rule (29 C.F.R. 1926.1153) is slowly gaining momentum since compliance requirements took effect Sept. 23, 2017. The agency and states using the federal rule cited 116 alleged silica violations throughout the U.S. as of April 17.

The number of violations during the initial six months is likely to increase because OSHA can take up to six months after an inspection to issue citations.  Raising awareness regarding compliance information is a priority—especially raising awareness among small subcontractors. General contractors must ensure their subcontractors comply with the rule because if OSHA finds silica problems at a job site, general contractors could face citations if OSHA believes they were responsible. Click here for full article.


Online Enrollment now open for the following training courses.  Space is limited; be sure to sign up now!

  • November 1-2, 2018 | METAL ROOFING: 2-day course will to expose students to working with different types of metal, issues to consider and learning proper techniques. Class is intended for students who have background in roofing and/or for installers who have not yet worked with sheet metal. | Member CIU’s = 8 per person REGISTER NOW FOR METAL CLASS.
  • November 8-9, 2018 | TPO/EPDM:  2-day course intended for installers who are newer to the industry who are seeking in depth knowledge of TPO and EPDM systems as well as learning proper installation methods for membranes and flashings. | Member CIU’s = 8 per person | REGISTER NOW FOR TPO/EPDM CLASS. 

As Election Day draws near (Tuesday November 6), we wanted to share with you a few issues that may be of interest to you and/or impact the construction industry.

Colorado Amendment 73 | Establish Income Tax Brackets and Raise Taxes for Education Initiative – Amendment 73 was designed to do the following:

  • Increase income taxes for individuals with income above $150,000 per year according to a bracket system rather than a flat tax rate;
  • Increase the corporate tax rate from 4.63 percent to 6 percent;
  • Reduce residential and nonresidential property tax rates,
  • Create a fund (called the Quality Public Education Fund) dedicated to public education from revenue generated by tax increases, and
  • Mandate certain actions by the legislature regarding the fund and implementation.
  • Click here for more information.

Proposition 110 | “Let’s Go Colorado” Transportation Bond and Sales Tax Increase Initiative – This initiative would increase the state sales and use tax rate by 0.62 percent from 2.9 percent (2018) to 3.52 percent for 20 years starting on January 1, 2019, through January 1, 2039. The initiative would also authorize the Colorado Department of Transportation to issue bonds up to $6 billion to fund transportation to be repaid through the sales tax increase with a maximum repayment cost of $9.4 billion. The revenue from the increased sales tax would be placed in the following accounts and spent as follows:

  • 45 percent to the State Highway Fund for bond repayment and state transportation funding including highway construction and maintenance;
  • 40 percent to the Local Transportation Priorities Fund for municipal and county transportation projects; and
  • 15 percent to the Multimodal Transportation Options Fund for multimodal transportation such as mass transit and paths for walking and biking to reduce vehicle usage. To receive funds from this account, counties and municipalities would need to match 50 percent of the funds.
  • Click here for full details.

Colorado Proposition 112 | Minimum Distance Requirements for New Oil, Gas, and Fracking Projects Initiative This initiative was designed to mandate that new oil and gas development, including fracking, be a minimum distance of 2,500 feet from occupied buildings such as homes, schools, hospitals, and other areas designated as vulnerable. Vulnerable areas are defined by the initiative as “playgrounds, permanent sports fields, amphitheaters, public parks, public open space, public and community drinking water sources, irrigation canals, reservoirs, lakes, rivers, perennial or intermittent streams, and creeks, and any additional vulnerable areas designated by the state or a local government.”  The setback requirements would not apply to oil and gas development on federal lands. The setback requirements would apply to any new oil and gas development permitted on or after the effective date of the measure. Reentering old oil and gas wells that were abandoned would be considered new development under the measure and the setback requirements would still apply. The measure was designed to take effect upon the declaration of the governor. The current restrictions as of 2018 specified that wells must be 1,000 feet from high-occupancy buildings such as schools and hospitals, 500 feet from occupied buildings such as homes, and 350 feet from outdoor areas like playgrounds.  Click her for full details.

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FUNDRAISING EVENT | Join CRA, ASAC, NUCA and RMSCA for our “Drive for the Stars Golf Tournament” to be held on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at TopGolf – Centennial.  Your participation will help us raise money for our legislative efforts in 2019 including funding a lobbyist, legislator and industry communication and participation in industry coalitions and organizations. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. 

CRA encourages you to get informed on all your local & statewide issues/candidates, and to exercise your right to VOTE! 

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



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

Did you know there are roughly 12,000 pieces of legislation introduced during each congressional term? That’s a lot of competing ideas fighting for relevance and jockeying for a hearing or a vote. But an astonishingly low percentage of those ideas become law. In fact, scarcely 2 percent of bills introduced move on from Congress to be signed into law by the president.

In the current congressional term, only 239 bills have been enacted into law out of 12,334 introduced. And one of those scarce bills to go all the way to the president’s desk happened to be one of NRCA’s top three legislative priorities!

NRCA has been working to address industry workforce issues and had supported the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act as part of that effort (for four years!). But during Roofing Day in D.C. 2018, we made it part of our agenda to draw additional attention to the issue with key stakeholders in Congress.

One of those leaders was Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. I joined the Tennessee delegation of roofing professionals who visited his office. Alexander’s staff was cordial and met with us for about 45 minutes. This was not a simple meeting, and about five members of his staff questioned us about our concerns. They were interested in learning about the roofing industry and its work force issues. Not long after our meeting, Alexander, who had had some concerns with the legislation, allowed it to move forward.

After Roofing Day in D.C. 2018, the legislation was passed through both chambers of Congress and signed into law by President Trump, and you helped earn the victory.

I encourage you to join us April 3-4, 2019, for Roofing Day in D.C. 2019 when we head back to Washington, D.C., to speak with one voice about top roofing industry legislative policies. Registration information will be available in the coming weeks.

For the 2019 event, I urge you to bring a field worker (or two!) with you. Although company owners, executives and management personnel have dynamic stories to tell, having legislators and their staff visit with members of your crew brings congressmen closer to their constituents and helps them better understand the roofing industry’s needs.

I am pleased to announce the first phase of NRCA ProCertification™ has launched! NRCA ProCertification is the first industry-wide effort to certify installers’ skills and knowledge in specific roof systems. Installers will have to sit for two exams to test their knowledge and skills. The first is a computer-based exam that will cover what an experienced installer should know. The second test is a field exam during which an installer performs installation tasks for an on-site Qualified Assessor to evaluate. The field exam will certify whether the installer can perform the tasks well.

NRCA is accepting applications for those interested in becoming Qualified Assessors. You can learn more and start the application process by clicking here.

The benefits of being a Qualified Assessor include:

  • Expanding your current business offerings by assessing NRCA ProCertification candidates
  • Generating additional revenue by charging NRCA ProCertification candidates an appropriate fee for conducting their performance exams
  • Gaining access to NRCA ProCertification materials for specific roof system disciplines
  • Earning a digital badge and professional recognition as being one of the leaders in the industry

Reid Ribble


This month’s highlighted member benefits and tools. 

ADVISORY NOTICE: Roofing Contractors Must Not Act as Public Adjusters – Check Your Contract Language  -The CRA Board of Directors has issued an advisory with additional information and details about these public adjuster clauses we have seen being used in Colorado that basically state that the roofing contractor may negotiate or act as a public adjuster on behalf of the owner. This is against Colorado’s Residential Roofing Law (SB38) and it is required that you must be a licensed public adjuster before you take on this role. Click here to view the advisory.

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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