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Father and son, Ken and Jared Mellick, founded the family business of Universal Roof & Contracting in 1993. Ken, at 18, joined the Army and served a tour in Vietnam where he earned a Silver Star for gallantry in action, a Bronze Star, and an Army Commendation medal for Valor. He married his wife, Joan, in 1967 and began building their family of six children, eighteen grandchildren, and two great grandchildren - many of whom have taken their places in the family business.
With over two decade’s experience building custom homes and as a home inspector, Ken raised their oldest son, Jared, to learn all facets of the construction and home improvement business. Helping his dad on jobsites from an early age, Jared acquired many of the valuable industry skills that enabled him to support Ken as they established their own company in Central Florida. Over the years, together they have partnered in business, hosted the syndicated radio show In the House with Ken & Jared, and co-authored the home improvement book, In the House; Answers to Common Home Improvement Problems.
In 2008, the torch was passed from father to son, and Jared assumed the primary leadership role as company President. Currently, they both hold Florida State licenses as Roofing and Building Contractors, and Jared is now a Florida licensed Residential Contractor and a certified Wind Mitigation Inspector.
As family is a big priority, their spouses and relatives hold many key positions at Universal Roof & Contracting in the Administration, Sales and Production departments. From the company founders to each of member of the growing team, personal integrity and high standards are paramount.
With a mission to provide superior construction services to the communities they serve, Universal Roof & Contracting strives to consistently improve the quality of their product and add value for clients through innovation, foresight, integrity and aggressive performance – and to serve with character and purpose that brings honor to God. As a steadily growing and successful business, Universal Roof & Contracting has had an accelerated desire to build up their community and contribute to the improvement of the lives and circumstances of their neighbors in Florida. With the development of the Community Works division in 2013, they regularly support local organizations like Ronald McDonald House Charities and True Life Choice and donate resources and labor to complete local project houses for their neighbors in need.
Family members and associates alike share Jared’s passion for people, quality workmanship and superior customer service. Now serving most of Florida in both Residential and Commercial roofing, construction, and renovation, these high standards have propelled Universal Roof & Contracting to a leading position in the Florida community where they consider it an honor to serve with excellence.