September 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, here it is September and Fall is in the air. The mornings are crisp and the days are warm. I watch the extended Weather forecasts from several different Meteorologist groups. Most are stating we will be above average for the mountains and dry on the Front Range. I am fine with that as long as it doesn’t start snowing until December 20th. We may have a shot of getting a majority of our work under control. It has always amazed me, for the last 42 years, how everyone waits until Fall to get their projects in the ground, or start re-roofs and repairs. This is something that will never change!

A topic was brought up by one of our CRA members. He requested that we find, or pay to find, documentation that shows how much a hail storm brings to the Colorado economy. He felt that this information would help put a positive twist for the companies that pursue this work. I agree that this information would be interesting to have and share with the public, however, the CRA Board of Directors, and myself, feel that the collection of negative issues that come from hail storms would not offset the isolated positive contribution. When you factor everything negative that comes with a hail storm, such as property loss, dealing with insurance companies, dealing with unethical storm chasers and having your residence torn up, the negatives far surpass a potential positive outcome. Regardless, we are still researching how we may come up with this information so we can give you one positive item that comes out of a storm. Stand by.

Last, please plan on joining us at our Sept 27 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




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

Boulder County – Regarding inspections for roofing permits.  As of September 6, 2018, all roofing inspections will be limited to TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS.  The automated inspection scheduling system (303-441-3925) will not allow roofing inspection requests on any other days.  For more information, click here.

Grand County – Effective June 30, 2018, Grand County has adopted the 2015 IRC/IBC building code.  Click here for details.

City of Lakewood –  Effective September 1, 2018, Lakewood has adopted the 2015 IRC/IBC building code with the applicable amendments as noted in Title 14 of the Lakewood Municipal Code.” Click here for details.

City of Louisville – Louisville’s Building Safety Division is adopting the 2018 ICC Buildings Codes effective October 10, 2018. All permits submitted on or after October 10th must adhere to the 2018 codes. If you would like free access to these codes, please click here.”  Or, click here for City of Louisville Building Department Webpage link.

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DENVER | Green Roof Ordinance Modification Update – The Denver City Council Special Issues Committee on the Green Roofs Initiative will meet on October 11th from 1:30-3pm to consider an ordinance that is based on the Green Roofs Review Task Force consensus recommendations. The City Council committee meeting will take place in Room 391 of the City and County Building at 1437 Bannock St., Denver, CO 80202. The meeting will be open to the public and will have time for public comment.  Check the online committee calendar the week before the meeting for copies of the proposed ordinance and background documents. In the meantime, here is a link to Denver’s Green Ordinance website page.

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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.

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.


LEGAL ISSUES AFFECTING MILLENNIALS IN CONSTRUCTION | MEMBERSHIP LUNCH | THURSDAY, SEPT 27, 2018 – Presented by Trent Cotney, Cotney Construction Law. In a joint seminar with WSRCA, we are bringing Trent Cotney to Denver on Sept 27 to tap into his valuable expertise. His name is well known in the construction industry and he has spoken to and advised members of WSRCA, NRCA, NRLRC and many other roofing contractor associations across the country.

Millennials are currently the largest generational group in the workforce. Previous lunches have discussed the “changing” face of the roofing and construction industries and the importance of embracing what is valuable to the new workforce. The law, if properly recognized, understood and applied, can be an ally to our industry and your operations. This seminar discusses a variety of human resources and safety-related issues surrounding millennials working in the construction industry. In this 45-minute seminar, attendees will learn about employment manual changes, contracts & benefits, changes to safety, and the implementation of technology at the job site.

Join us at the Colorado Roofing Association September meeting where speaker, Trent Cotney will be sharing knowledge that will affect your business.

Thursday, September 27, 2018
The Denver Mart – Forum Meeting Room #1
451 E. 58th Ave (I-25 & 58th Ave)
11:30 a.m.

Sponsored by: Western States Roofing Contractors Assoc.

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

Register, click here

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CRA FALL SPORTING CLAY TOURNAMENT | FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2018. – We are planning a fun day of shooting and fundraising for a worthy cause. The tournament directly benefits the association and will allow us to do a better job of educating Colorado consumers on getting a new roof and how to select a professional roofing contractor.

For the 2nd year in a row, we have sold out our shooter spots for the Sporting Clay tournament a month early!  For those of you signed up to shoot, this tournament will be a 100-target clay shoot presented along a cottonwood creek bottom. The course features 15 stations that are fully automated – including a 60′ tower and 20′ elevated platform that is sure to challenge all shooters. 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!  New this year… we are adding a Silent Auction for several guided bird hunts here in Colorado.


  • Station Sign Sponsor: $150/member $250/non-member
  • Man-Your-Station Sponsor: $350/member, $450/non-member – 3 still available
  • Lunch Sponsor: $250/member, $350/non-member – 2 still available
  • Breakfast Sponsor: $250/member, $350/non-member – 1 still available
  • Door Prizes: $50 or more (gift cards preferred from Cabela’s, Bass Pro, Sportsman’s Warehouse, etc.)

All sponsors will be acknowledged prior to and throughout the event, in the CRA newsletter, all emails, on-site and the online registration page. I want to sponsor (click here) or contact Debbie if you are interested in any of these.

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

Cost:  $25/per person


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CRA GOLF TOURNAMENT | FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2018 – CRA’s 36th Annual Golf Tournament was a great success with 216 members and their guests taking a day to relax and have a little fun while raising money for a good cause. Held at West Woods Golf Course in Arvada, we raised over $12,500 for the CRA Training Center and our training programs.   Congratulations and thank you to everyone who participated.

Tournament Highlights in less than 150 words…A beautiful, sunny Colorado day for a fun 18-holes of golf. The newly renovated clubhouse was awesome. Just for fun, the lucky winners of the dice roll on hole #16 got to shoot the golf cannon! Several contests where held on the course including our ball-in-the-circle, chipping and hole-in one contest. Kudos to all these winners along with our 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place teams and our individual longest drive, longest putt and closest to the pin winners. We had tremendous support from our tournament sponsors. All players received a jam-packed goody bag with over a dozen items and at least 60% of our players went home with a raffle price. Speaking of the new clubhouse, players and volunteers enjoyed a scrumptious BBQ lunch followed by an awards/live raffle ceremony that ended with the grand finale presentation of a mountain golf get-a-way to Pole Creek.

Thank you to all our players, volunteers and sponsors for another successful tournament.  Our tournament would not have been a success without the hard work of our 36th Annual Golf Committee. Please join us in thanking Rick Rosendahl, B&M Roofing; Jeff Patch, Premium Panels; Julie Boyle, Allied Building Products/Beacon Roof Supply; Cooper Robbins, Malarkey Roofing and Kim Burkhardt, Moody Insurance Agency.

For the expanded version of the Aug 17 tournament recap, click the link below to see the list of winners, sponsors, volunteers and photos of all the teams.

2018 Tournament Highlights, Sponsors and Photo Gallery.

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November 13, 2018

TOP GOLF FUNDRAISER | SAVE THE DATE | 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”  – a joint fundraising event by the Colorado Contractors Coalition (ASAC, CRA, NUCA and RMSC).  SAVE THE DATE and plan on bringing 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.

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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 4 New Members(s)…  All Angles Covered, 600 Canosa Ct #200, Denver CO 80204, Ph: 303-759-0505 (Roofing Contractor –  Comm/Res), CRI, Inc. dba Robison Roof Service, 2598 Jay Ct., Grand Junction, CO 81505 Ph: 970-260-0444 (Contractor – Commercial),  Drury Brothers Roofing, Inc., 2201 N 1-25, Pueblo, CO 81008, Ph: 719-543-0600 (Roofing Contractor –  Comm/Res); Energy Star Exteriors, 8120 Sheridan Blvd #B311, Westminster CO 80003, Ph: 303-913-6397 (Contractor – Comm/Res); Paramount Loss Consulting, Inc., 430 W. Erie St. Ste 601, Chicago, IL 60654, Ph: 800-635-1395 (Trade Service -Claims Adjuster/Loss Consulting Services) and Southeast Personnel Leasing, Inc., 2739 U.S. Hwy 19 N, Holiday, FL 34691 Ph: 727-682-0210 (Trade Service – Insurance).

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Atlas Roofing Corp. acquires ACH Foam Technologies – August 28, 2018.  Atlas Roofing Corporation is pleased to announce its acquisition of ACH Foam Technologies with headquarters in Westminster, Colorado. ACH Foam Technologies is a leading manufacturer of molded polystyrene solutions with manufacturing facilities across North America.

“We are excited to combine the exceptional expertise, extensive manufacturing footprint and growth vision of ACH Foam Technologies with the outstanding Atlas portfolio.” commented Mike Huempfner, President and CEO of ACH Foam Technologies.

The addition of ACH Foam Technologies brings decades of experience, diverse product offerings and a wide range of advanced technology to Atlas’ expanded polystyrene foam business and establishes the largest manufacturer of molded polystyrene in North America. The combination of these two premier molded foam manufacturers in the United States will accelerate growth opportunities for Atlas and ACH as well as their customers, partners and team members.


Worker Shortage and Opioids Endanger Construction Safety


The labor shortage in the construction industry is projected to last another three years, requiring increased emphasis on safety training and supervision, according to a recent industry report.  The third quarter USG Corp. and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index 6 reveals that 88% of contractors surveyed expect to feel at least a moderate impact from the workforce shortages in the next three years, with more than half (57%) expecting the impact will be high to very high. The USG and U.S. Chamber quarterly report draws on surveys conducted of a contractor panel consisting of more than 2,700 commercial construction decision-makers. They are polled each quarter for USG and the Chamber by Dodge Data & Analytics, offering their views on the strength of the industry and its prospects.

Worker Shortage – Although the skilled labor shortage has been consistently identified as a major challenge facing the industry, it is now reported by 80% of contractors to be having an impact on worker and jobsite safety. In fact, the Q3 report found that a lack of skilled workers was cited as the No. 1 factor impacting increased jobsite safety risks by 58% of the contractors.

Opioids – The quarterly report also found that addiction and substance abuse issues have become a factor in decreasing worker and jobsite safety. Almost 40% of contractors say they are highly concerned about the safety impacts of worker use/addiction to opioids, followed by alcohol (27%) and marijuana (22%).  Notably, the report showed that while nearly two-thirds of contractors have strategies in place to reduce the safety risks presented by alcohol (62%) and marijuana (61%), only half have strategies to address their top substance of concern: opioids. The opioid epidemic cost the U.S. economy $95 billion in 2016 and could account for approximately 20% of the observed decline in men’s workforce participation, the researchers assert. Efforts at all levels have been mounted to attack the problem, ranging from individual employer initiatives to a number of legislative proposals.  Read full article here.  

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Two Colorado Construction Companies Cited After Worker’s Fatal Fall – OSHA cited Hammers Construction, Inc., and Montes Construction, LLC, after a worker fell while installing metal roofing panels. Inspectors determined the companies failed to use adequate fall protection and restrict workers from standing on the mid-rails of scissor lifts. Montes Construction was previously cited for failing to provide fall protection, and now faces a willful citation. OSHA proposed penalties totaling $177,893. Read the news release for more information.

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.

In a few weeks, NRCA will begin accepting applications for Qualified Assessors, the first critical component of NRCA ProCertification. NRCA ProCertification will certify a worker has the knowledge and skills required to install a specific roof system, and a Qualified Assessor determines a roof technician’s ability to perform the required tasks. The first three certifications will focus on asphalt shingle roof system installers, thermoplastic roof system installers and roofing foremen. Information about how to apply to be a Qualified Assessor will be released soon. Becoming a Qualified Assessor will require completing an online training program and passing a proctored online exam. For more information, email

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act has recently been signed into law thanks to the push our members made during Roofing Day in D.C.conversations earlier this Spring. The bill will reform career and technical education programs operated under the federal Perkins Act, which has not been reauthorized by Congress since 2006.

This law includes reforms and improvements designed to make career and technical education programs more responsive to employers’ workforce development needs, such as:

  • Expanding opportunities for work-based learning programs
  • Strengthening incentives for the development of industry-recognized credentials
  • Providing new opportunities for collaboration between employers and educational institutions to meet local workforce needs

Additionally, the bill increases authorized funding levels for these vital programs for the next five years.

NRCA’s efforts during Roofing Day in D.C. 2018 helped send a message to congress that this issue needed to be addressed during 2018. Thank you to all who participated in Roofing Day in D.C. 2018 and contributed to the bill’s success!  Plan to join NRCA for Roofing Day in D.C. 2019, which will be held April 3-4.

Frye Roofing Inc., Bluefield, W.Va., recently was featured on the Mike Rowe Facebook Watch show “Returning the Favor.” The company, along with Carlisle Construction Materials and ABC Supply Co., donated materials and labor to reroof a food pantry in Welch, W. Va. This generous act of kindness should make all of us proud. To watch the episode, go to Facebook and search “Returning the Favor” and find the episode titled “Standing with Coal Country.”

NRCA’s Repair Manual for Low-slope Membrane Roof Systems, 2nd Edition, is now available for purchase at This comprehensive reference guide details industry best practices for the repair of low-slope membrane roof systems. As always, your membership entitles you to download the publication free!

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. 

Delivery of the E-Newsletter to Your Inbox

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