Veteran-owned home repair company Roof Monkey provides extensive services

Air Force veteran Eddie Youmans started Round Rock-based Roof Monkey in mid-September. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Air Force veteran Eddie Youmans started Round Rock-based Roof Monkey in mid-September. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)

Air Force veteran Eddie Youmans started Round Rock-based Roof Monkey in mid-September. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)

Eddie Youmans officially opened his home repair company Roof Monkey in mid-September, and he’s already been amassing a decent number of clients.

The secret, the 21-year Air Force veteran said, is networking and being there for your community. In this case, the community comprises Round Rock and surrounding cities.

“Me and my wife are very involved in our community,” he said. “I’m not a fan of Facebook, social media ... when all you have to do is, if you take care of the community, the community will take care of you. Basically, customers vote with their dollar.”

Youmans is no stranger to business ownership, and his resume is diverse.

He enlisted in the Air Force for active duty in 2000. In that time, he was stationed in North Carolina, South Korea and Florida, among other locales.


As an active duty airman, he held a number of titles, including as an air traffic controller.

After eight years in active duty, he transitioned to civil service and the Air Force Reserves for seven years.

“Then I got a promotion to be a drill instructor ... and be in charge of all the reserves that served in basic training,” he said. “I had 50 drill instructors that worked for me, and they had 50 kids in each class.”

Throughout much of the duration of his military career, he also built his standing locally in the private sector, including a stint on the board of directors of the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce and a current term as a Round Rock city commissioner.

This summer, he sold Pizza Delight, a Round Rock restaurant he had owned since 2006.

Amid the many reasons he wanted to move on from restaurant ownership, Youmans felt he had taken Pizza Delight as far as he could and didn’t want to expand it to more locations.

For his transition to Roof Monkey, Youmans simplified in a few ways.

Instead of a traditional brick and mortar location, he has a month-to-month lease on an executive suite at 1000 Heritage Center Circle in Round Rock, a situation he describes as several levels above a post office box.

There, he can book the facility’s conference room if he needs, and they collect his mail for him, but for his business, he said a traditional brick and mortar shop is not necessary.

Roof Monkey is primarily focused on asphalt roofs, which account for the vast majority of single-family residential structures, he said, and added that his company works with clients to bring their roofs to top quality for almost no more than what an insurance company would pay for repair claims.

“Most homeowners have never been through an insurance claim, let alone a roof [repair] claim,” he said. “And roof [repair] is a scary thing. You really have to know what you’re doing and trust the companies that come out.”

Roof Monkey

1000 Heritage Center Circle, Round Rock

512-866-6231.

www.roofmonkeytx.com

Hours: by appointment
By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018. From there he became a dual-market editor for Community Impact's New Braunfels and San Marcos-Buda-Kyle editions. Brian is now a senior editor for the company's flagship papers, the Round Rock and Pflugerville-Hutto editions.