Fernandez, president of Roof Decks of Puerto
Rico Inc., San Juan, with his family. Pictured from left to right:
son Alberto; Fernandez; son Luis; daughter Mariana; wife Ana; and
Professional Roofing: What is the most unusual roofing
project you've performed?
Fernandez: The waterproofing and refurbishing of the Minillas
Tunnel located on a section of highway PR-22 in the center of the
San Juan metropolitan area. The $5 million project consisted of
waterproofing the inside and outside of the tunnel structure,
installing a cathodic protection system to control the corrosion of
the rebar, manufacturing and installing skylights, and installing a
porcelain enamel-composite panel cladding system for the tunnel's
interior walls. The work was performed from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
without altering the traffic patterns of one of the most transited
highways in Puerto Rico.
Why did you become a roofing contractor?
Our family has been involved in the roofing business since 1971
when my father founded Roof Decks of Puerto Rico. When my brother
Matias and I graduated from college, my father was ready to sell
the company. Matias and I decided we should continue to expand the
services provided by Roof Decks of Puerto Rico and bought the
What was your first roofing experience?
The first time I was on a roofing job was with my father when I was
about 9 years old. I thought it was the greatest thing in the
world! I got to ride on trucks, climb tall ladders and be around
hazardous conditions; in other words, I could do all the things my