Our story begins in 1973. After serving with the United States Marine Corps, Ken (K.L.) Smith returned to his Florida home from Vietnam. He immediately decided that he wanted to give back to his community meaningfully by pursuing an interest he enjoyed. Ken quickly earned a contractor’s license and established a construction business in Lakeland, FL, his hometown.

As his business expanded (and eventually flourished), Ken wholeheartedly committed to delivering high-quality roofing work at a fair price. This vision enabled K.L. Smith, Inc. to achieve a hard-earned reputation for being the most regarded roofing company in Central Florida. Daily, homeowners depend on us to provide exceptional workmanship at an affordable price.

To this day, K.L. Smith, Inc. is still family-owned and operated by Ryan and James (J.R.). Through their extensive experience, Ryan and J.R. have identified common mistakes made by other roofing contractors routinely. As a result, they have developed a set of standards and practices to help K.L. Smith, Inc. avoid frequent pitfalls that trap other competitors.

Ken, Ryan, and James, posing with the KL Smith Roofing Expert Lawn Sign.

Manny is an experienced Roofing Contractor and Roofing Production Manager.


At K.L. Smith, we believe the key to a quality roofing job is a combination of high grade materials & well trained professionals. Quality is NOT something we are ever willing to sacrifice on any roofing job, therefore our in-house crews complete routine training to further their education & ensure we are providing you with a roof you can rely on. Whether it’s for a full roof replacement or a roof repair we want our work to last. Manny is a Production Manager here at K.L. Smith Inc. and he has been with our company for over 10 years. Manny’s team is composed of hard working individuals who work tirelessly to provide homeowners with new stunning roofs, all while keeping a safe work environment. We are very proud of our team and wouldn’t be where we are today without them.


Headquartered in Lakeland, Florida, K.L. Smith, Inc. faithfully serves the roofing needs of residents in Polk County and surrounding communities, including Auburndale, Bartow, Kathleen, Mulberry, and Winter Haven. Our reputation has been forged by relentlessly acquiring new roofing knowledge and continuously utilizing what we have learned to improve our processes.

As an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor, we exceed stringent benchmarks for craftsmanship, reliability, and professionalism. We are among the top 1% of roofing contractors nationwide. Our elite status demonstrates that we fulfill all local and state requirements for licensing and insurance (including workers’ compensation and general liability).

Among other prestigious credentials, K.L. Smith, Inc. is a Better Business Bureau (BBB) accredited business (since 2005) with an A+ rating. We are also a GuildQuality Member with a 5-star rating for unsurpassed customer satisfaction. Google Reviews, Facebook (Meta) Business Reviews, and Yelp each rank us with at least a 4.8 rating, reflecting our stellar reputation.

KL Smith Team with the KL Smith Business Sign
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