Monster monsoon means big business for Tucson roofers

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — This year’s incredible monsoon has wreaked havoc on rooftops in southern Arizona.

The seemingly relentless rain meant relentless work for roofing companies in Tucson.

“The amount of rain and the amount of hail and the wind, I probably haven’t seen it like that in my life in Tucson, and I’ve been here for 45 years,” said Dominic Glaser, sales manager at America’s Best Roofing Company.

Waiting times just for an inspection can range from one week to three months. Some roofers in the city had to stop taking on new customers.

Glaser explains that the combination of hail, wind-driven rain and the massive amount of water that has fallen over the area has resulted in more frequent and severe roof damage.

Segio Jimenez, co-owner of America’s Best Roofing Company, says the summer’s workload has tripled from last year.

He has about 15 crews working on 15 to 30 roofs each week. He even hired crews from Texas to meet the rising demand here.

“Just this monsoon, and we’re talking about the last 60 days, probably between 2,000 and 3,000 leads… people who need some form of work,” Jimenez said.

After a few dry monsoons recently and industry discussions about a possible rainy monsoon this year, Jimenez says his team was ready for the storm of new business.

“We prepared for it in advance,” he says. “We piled up our crew. We made sure that all the materials we regularly order were all stocked with our supplies. And we made sure our planner was on her ‘A-game’.”

Jimenez believes this has helped him cope better with what has been a stressful summer for many others in the company.

“Grateful. I’m really glad I got the chance to help,” he said.

America’s Best Roofing Company donates a roof to a family in need every year. Jimenez says the company plans to donate two rooftops sometime this fall this year, after its crews make up for the jobs piled up because of the monsoon.

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