Warmer weather trend welcomed by outdoor workers, consumers

Posted at 5:57 PM, Dec 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-08 17:57:42-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Warmer weather means better business for many who rely on outdoor conditions to do their jobs. Workers in the construction, excavating, roofing, landscaping, and other outdoor industries say completing work in a safe and effective manner is much easier when they don't have to battle inclement weather.

And they’re in luck. Recently West Michigan has been experiencing unseasonably warm temperatures and snowfall not on par with years past.

“It’s just easier when there’s no snow,” said Ron Koroleski of Professional Property Maintenance Service. “It’s good for me because then I can take care of projects that I promised people I would do in the winter or in the off-season. Thankfully we don’t have to trudge through the snow, because then it’d take me twice as long with the snow. So I’m very appreciative.”

Michael Megna, owner of West Michigan Roofing would agree, with one caveat.

“It is a double-edged sword, too,” he said. “When the weather’s bad, it makes people need us that much more, so it’s a little bit of a Catch-22.”

But ask either business owner and they’ll tell you, warmer weather is better when it comes to conducting their business.

“I think we’d rather have a longer working season, no doubt about it,” said Megna. “It’s a lot safer doing projects in this type of weather than in when we get into inclement weather.”