The weather is kind of like the economy: whether it is “good” or “bad” strongly depends on your point of view. With the economy, the housing bubble has left many homeowners with lower home values, which is bad — but that’s good if you’re a person looking to buy a home. The weather is the same way.
Sure, sunny and temperate weather is awesome for amusement parks, outdoor shopping venues, and families who like to visit the park or playground. But when rain, wind, and thunder hit, there are plenty of businesses that profit from it.
The most recent example of this phenomenon is Florida, where Tropical Storm Debby wreaked havoc. Flooding was rampant, homes were destroyed, and roads were rendered impassable. However, there were several types of businesses that benefited from the conditions caused by Debby. Some of them include:
- Roof repair companies. There’s nothing like a huge rainstorm to identify weak spots in a roof. Add that to high winds which may have caused shingles to rip or separate, and you’ve got an uptick in calls to roofing companies to send out repair crews.
- Gutter repair and replacement companies. The large amount on rainfall in a short timeframe was apparently too much for many homeowners’ gutters (and the high winds probably didn’t help). So contractors who repair and replace gutters are scrambling to handle all of the new inquiries.
- Tree removal companies. Of course, when you combine high winds with a state that’s home to millions of beautiful trees, you’re going to get fallen limbs and uprooted trunks. So companies are being called by both homeowners and municipalities to remove the remnants of trees battered by the tropical storm.
- Roadside assistance providers. During and after the storm, calls to the AAA auto club rose dramatically. And since the organization contracts with local tow truck operators and repair shops, these businesses were busy fixing flat tires, towing water-stalled cars, and even rescuing vehicles that were washed away by flooding.
- Pizza delivery services. If you’re cleaning up after a storm or just homebound because many of the area’s roads are still flooded, you probably don’t want to cook (or perhaps are unable to if you’ve lost power). So pizza merchants who were able to cook and deliver food made a killing in the days following the storm.
While no business owner would wish injury or harm to their fellow man, these types of companies still welcome inclement weather and the issues that follow in its wake. So for many businesses serving the people who were affected by Tropical Storm Debby, it was time to start “singin’ in the rain!”