Keeping Growth, Progress Alive and Safe at Garcia Roofing
Since 1992, the Garcia business group has been one of the largest roofing contractors in the state of Louisiana, servicing over 1600 customers a year with 25 employees. Garcia Roofing installs a variety of shingle roofs, slate roofs, Spanish tile roofs, and metal roofs.
Rapid growth and success comes with its share of headaches, and with the availability and temptation of new ‘smartphones’ with text messaging capability, distracted driving became a potential problem for the company. It threatening to erode the hard-won success and profitability of the Garcia enterprises and endanger their valued employees whom the Garcias proudly refer to as their ‘craftsmen’ and hold in high regard.
In the 12 months before the Garcia business group implemented the ORIGOSafe system, there were more than five (5) vehicle crashes, costing the company in excess of $300,000 in property damage, lost time, insurance and medical costs.
“Ours is a very socialized business; we’ve been in business for 23 years, and we have 25 employees, outside salesmen working out of the office almost all the time, often spending their entire day on the road,” says Andrew Goldberg, Residential Team Leader for Garcia. “There’s lots of contact, and consequently lots of potential distractions,” he adds, “So we became alarmed when we began to experience a few accidents, all of which seemed to happen in one year.”
Although the cause of the accidents wasn’t clear, Garcia management wanted to make sure that distracted driving could be eliminated as one possible cause. If employees were being distracted by their cell phones, they reasoned, that source of distraction had to be mitigated. “We wanted to do something to change that behavior right away,” Andrew says. “But it had to be the right solution. Fred and I both realized that education had to be part of it, that we couldn’t just force a solution that would be unacceptable to our employees. That’s when Fred learned about ORIGO online.
Once ORIGOSafe was implemented at the Garcia vehicles, the number of crashes dropped to zero – and stayed there. In the 12 months since implementation, on the first anniversary of using the system, there have been no crashes, and only two (2) employees disciplined for having an additional, and unauthorized, phone in the vehicle; but overall a remarkable turnaround.
Garcia Roofing Makes History with Treehouse Masters
Earlier this year, on the 10th of January, Garcia Roofing was approached by Dustin Pulliam, and invited to participate in an exciting opportunity. Pulliam works as Build Producer for the television program, “Treehouse Masters,” and he offered us the chance to be a part of an upcoming episode.
An Animal Planet original, the show recently filmed “Triple Decker Record Setter,” its very first episode in Louisiana. The show focuses on the creation and construction of remarkable treetop structures. Unlike the simple treehouse forts that many people might be familiar with from their youth, Treehouse Masters builds incredible dwellings complete with electricity and plumbing.
Read the full story here.
Angie's List 2014 Super Service Award
Garcia Roofing was honored to receive the Angie's List 2014 Super Service Award. The award was presented for achieving and maintaining a superior service rating on Angie's List throughout 2014 as determined by Angie's List members in the category of Roofing.
We are proud of this accomplishment, and will continue to put the quality of our work and of our customer service first. Read testimonials from some of our previous customers.
Homeowners hit hard by Feb. hail storm now making repairs
By Cheryl Mercedes | WAFB
Homeowners hit hard by hail in February are having repairs done quickly. State Farm, the state's largest insurer, reports it has received more than 400 claims.
Roofing companies are working a full schedule to keep up with the demand.
On February 23rd, what appeared to be a sheet of ice covered Ascension Parish. Strong gusts and hail, some close to two inches, fell from the sky.
Norma Cardwell said it sounded like rocks were being dumped on her roof.
"We both jumped out of bed at five o'clock in the morning and came out and looked, and there was like golf ball-sized ice, hail covering the yard," Cardwell said.
A different sound has now taken over the Prairie Oaks neighborhood. Contractors are rolling out new roofs to replace the hundreds riddled with hail damage. It is hard to find a rooftop that is not under construction.
"Within the first week we had over one hundred customers call us, just in this specific area," Andrew Garcia said.
Gracia Roof Residential Manager, Andrew Garcia, said insurance adjusters responded quickly to their customers' claims, which has allowed roofers to get to work fast.
"We are doing at least four roof installations a day, and these are pretty decent sized houses," Garcia said.
Christ Brantley, Owner of Premier Construction said his men have been busy too. He expects it won't quiet down anytime soon.
"When people wonder, hey do I have damage? It knocked out divots in shingles, but the time the water hits those divots and expand rapidly, your 30 year shingles are down to a ten year roof," Brantley said.
Cardwell said her roof was just three years old when Mother Nature picked it apart.
"We had not seen anything like that before, nor had our neighbors," Cardwell said.
The hail storm ago damaged vehicles on at least two major car lots in Gonzales, including 75 percent of the vehicles at Price Leblanc Nissan. They are advertising a 'hail sale." The manager told 9News most of the vehicle damage is minor, amounting to about $300.
American Cancer Society Sponsor
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Historical Considerations are Made in Replacing a Slate Roof on Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA
Garcia Roofing & Sheet Metal had the honor of completing a roof repair and replacement on the historic Lapeyre House on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. This house was built in 1892, and has endured many hot New Orleans summers, tropical storms, and hurricanes. The roof was in need of several repairs to the decking and copper flashing, as well as a full slate tile replacement.
In order to maintain the historic look of the home, we used a slate gray/green tile in varying sizes for the roof. Because of the stately oaks and impeccable landscaping at the Lapeyre House, we were unable to use a manlift/forklift to reach the steep, majestic three story roof…
Angie's List 2013 Super Service Award
Garcia Roofing was honored to receive the Angie's List 2013 Super Service Award. The award was presented for achieving and maintaining a superior service rating on Angie's List throughout 2013 as determined by Angie's List members in the category of Roofing.
We are proud of this accomplishment, and will continue to put the quality of our work and of our customer service first. Click here to read testimonials from some of our previous customers.
Roofing for St. Jude Dream Home
Garcia Roofing is a proud supporter of the New Orleans St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway, a fundraiser that benefits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. In 2012 and 2013, we partnered up with one of our leading material vendors, Advanced Building Products, to construct the roofs of the Dream Homes.
Advance Building Products provided the architectural shingles & roofing accessories. To ensure the best quality for the winner of the home, Garcia Roofing installed the Tru Def Duration shingle made by Owens corning. We chose this type of roofing shingle because it has a superior nailing strip compared to most other shingles. We carefully hand-nailed the shingles down, as we always do with asphalt shingle applications.
But not all the roof was asphalt. In order to give the home a unique look, we added a metal roof at the front of the home. We fabricated this metal using our own machines from our shop in Baton Rouge. The metal roof is a standing seam snap lock panel, and was installed by our metal experts.
About St. Jude:
Since opening 50 years ago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated here, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries.
The hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent overall, and is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated
Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted to children. It is also a leader in the research and treatment of blood disorders and infectious diseases in children.
St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, who believed that no child should die in the dawn of life.
Join that mission by visiting stjude.org or following them on facebook.com/stjude and twitter.com/stjude.
Amazing Playhouse with a Beautiful Metal Roof to Benefit Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
Garcia Roofing is so very proud to have helped build this amazing playhouse to raise funds for the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Covington.
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Garcia Roofing Proudly Supports the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway
Every year, Garcia Roofing donates to the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway, which benefits the children of St. Jude Research Hospital. For the 2012 Dream Home, we achieved the Silver donor tier, and also contributed by installing the roof of the home. We are proud to be a part of such a worthwhile charity, and look forward to supporting St. Jude for years to come.
Area Resident Wins New Roof From Garcia Roofing
(BATON ROUGE) LA – At 83, Baton Rouge resident Eleanor Belcherhas made it her life’s mission to help others. Giving comes easily to Belcher, but she’s now learning what it’s like to be a recipient of good fortune. Belcher is getting a new roof for her home, thanks to Prairieville/Baton Rouge-based Garcia Roofing & Sheet Metal.
For the last three years, Garcia Roofing & Sheet Metal has sponsored a contest to give away a roof to help a local needy family. Belcher was recently selected as the lucky winner.
“After reviewing all of the entries, we chose Eleanor Belcher as the candidate we most wanted to assist,” says Gabriel Garcia, owner of the roofing contracting company.
Living off of a small social security check that barely covers mortgage, phone, electricity anda few essentials, Belcher was the perfect candidate. Her leaky roof was badly in need of repair and had not been replaced since 1980, in spite of numerous hurricanes that had blown through the area.
But there were other reasons why Belcher was a deserving candidate, according to Mr. Garcia. “Eleanor Belcher has spent her life serving others, so now we have the opportunity to give something to someone who has been so generous with her time and her heart,” he says.
According to the nomination submitted by Belcher’s granddaughter, Rebecca Harrison, Belcher has spent 18 years of her life ministering to inmates and has helped more than 100 prisoners.She also bakes cakes each week and brings them to the Salvation Army for meetings of recently released prisoners.
“It is our honor to give to someone who has shared so much of herself with others and without expecting anything in return. It feels wonderful for us to be the ones to make her life easier for a change,” says Garcia.
Fred Garcia Honored in Business Report's 40 under 40
By Andrea Alexander
Published November 14, 2010
Fred Garcia has come a long way since 1989, the year he first came to the United States as an immigrant from El Salvador.
Now CEO of Garcia Roof and Sheet Metal, Garcia led his company to more than 300% growth in the past five years. He has successfully started three other companies—Roofing Solutions, Louisiana Roofing Supply and RoofCorp.—in that same period of time.
The area’s largest residential roofing company, Garcia Roofing and Sheet Metal ranked No. 320 among Hispanic Business Magazine’s 500 largest Hispanic-owned businesses in 2009 and No. 844 among Inc. magazine’s 5,000 fastest-growing companies in the country that same year.
Garcia, who was named as one of Hispanic Enterprise’s top Latino entrepreneurs in 2008, claims he found success through strenuous effort and strong faith.
Garcia is pastor of Iglesio Centro de Vida [Center of Life Church] in Gonzales, which is one of the largest Hispanic churches in Louisiana. Since 2005, he has served as the United Pentecostal Church’s Hispanic ministries director for the state, planting churches, training ministers and overseeing pastors.
“As an immigrant, you have to work twice as hard because you have to learn the language and culture of a new country,” Garcia says. “You also go to sleep at 2 a.m. every night.”
After graduating from high school in Pearland, Texas, Garcia attended LSU. He initially majored in electrical engineering, but switched to business administration.
Now he spends his time creating new ventures in the roofing industry and watching them grow. He maintains a dynamic daily schedule, engaging in strategic planning, automating processes, and training and meeting with company leaders.
Hispanic Business Magazine Top 500 Hispanic Owned Companies
Garcia Roofing and Sheet Metal was ranked number 320 in the Hispanic Business Top 500 Businesses this year.
INC 5000 List - Ranked 844 overall, 45 in Construction!
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