Our History

In 1920 Clement Aloysius O’Donnell started off doing small repairs and installing new roofs with a roofing and sheet metal company in Philadelphia. His ambition led him to become a skilled roofing mechanic and entrepreneur. In 1924, he established C.A O’Donnell Roofing, along with a sheet metal fabrication shop at 56th and Lansdowne Ave. in West Philadelphia.

Clement passed the business to his son Clement Jr. in 1953. Clement Jr. had worked for his father growing up and inherited his father’s talent, as well as his entrepreneurial spirit. While keeping up with traditional roofing techniques, Clement Jr. explored newer options in roofing and siding as more cost-effective way to meet client’s needs. Asphalt shingles, aluminum siding, and hot asphalt were installed daily amongst his crews. Through his superior workmanship and honesty, Clement Jr. expanded the company’s service to the Philadelphia suburbs.

In 1980, Clement Jr.’s son, Laurence (Larry), took over and re-branded the family business to O’Donnell Roofing Company and expanded our services to include commercial roofing and historic restoration. Several of Larry’s restoration projects garnered attention, including projects at Longwood Gardens, Merion Train Station, Pomona Hall in Camden, among others. In the early 2000’s, Larry saw a future in photovoltaic solar power. He began studying and learning the intricacies of completing a solar project and sold his first job months later. Since stepping down from being President in early 2017, Larry has continued working as a project manager, focus on quality control and troubleshooting leaks.

As history repeated itself, Laurence’s son Kevin also entrenched himself in the roofing and siding industry. In addition to working side-by-side with his father, Kevin focused on learning and applying the newest roof-related technology. O’Donnell Roofing became a certified and licensed installer of the top brands of exterior products, and continues to showcase their superiority in workmanship and industry knowledge.

Kevin is currently the company’s President who has committed to maintain the company legacy. He had always worked with his father as an apprentice/laborer, and has advanced his expertise to handle complicated slate and tile repairs, new cedar roofing, and metalwork. His in-depth knowledge of roofing, carpentry and electrical allowed the company to take on more construction projects and broaden the services we offer to framing and complex architectural exterior trim-work.

He continues to provide high quality craftsmanship, honesty, and fair prices as did the three generations before him. Kevin takes great pride in the company’s almost 100 years of continuous service, and strives to give his clients the most professional experience possible.