Our History

Since 1919 Cole Roofing has been focused on solving problems for our customers and providing meaningful employment for our team members.

John H. Cole Sr. founded John H. Cole & Sons in 1919. At the close of WWI, he recognized the need for gutter and spout services as well as the growing opportunity of home heating through internal duct systems. Word of his commitment to superior workmanship and customer service spread quickly and the company rapidly prospered.

By 1948, under the persistent direction of Cole Sr.'s son, Roland H. Cole (aka Bud), the business really began to expand and flourish, developing experience in a multitude of roofing types for both commercial and residential owners. Incorporated in 1950, the company officially changed its name to Cole Roofing Company, Inc. in 1998.

Today, the company is still family owned and operated in Baltimore, MD. Led by Bud's grandson, William Robert Cole, a fourth generation of employees continues to carry out the company's tradition of building and repairing roofs for some of the region's most demanding commercial projects.

From our very first gutter job to the newly developed and installed solar integrated roof systems —and thousands of projects in between—Cole Roofing continues to deliver on Cole Sr.'s original promise. For almost 100 years, the company's commitment to their customers and their employees continue to reinforce its trusted reputation throughout the architectural and construction communities.


In our century of employing Maryland families, Cole Roofing has provided career opportunities to thousands of people. Cole Roofing’s commitment to supporting the community includes affiliations and partnerships with great organizations such as:


Solution Focused, Community Based (Actively involved, committed to quality.)

As a leader in the commercial roofing industry and in our region, Cole Roofing Co, Inc. is actively involved in a number of organizations. We are committed to establishing quality commercial roofing industry and safety standards, collaborating with professional organizations that share similar values and philosophies, supporting and leading community driven organizations that provide opportunities to the people we serve, and those groups that can help enrich the lives of our team members and those around us.
  • American Subcontractors Association, of Baltimore
  • Building Congress & Exchange of Metropolitan Baltimore
  • Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.—Baltimore Metro Chapter
  • National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA)—member since 1968
  • Charter member of the Associated Roofing Contractors of Maryland (ARCOM) which was merged with the like-minded Virginia Roofing Contractors association to create the Mid-Atlantic Roofing Contractors Association (MARCA)
  • Certified installers and approved applicators for all leading materials manufacturers
  • U.S. Green Building Council - Maryland Chapter
  • RCI, Inc. - Region 1, Roofing and Waterproofing Consultants Association
  • CSRP- Certified Solar Roofing Professionals
  • Accelerent of Baltimore

2014 ABC STEP Platinum Award

(Safety Training and Evaluation Process)


Firestone Inner Circle of Quality award

Winner in 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 & 2014