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Roofers on Thumbtack cost$50 - $100

Average fixed price

  • Lowest price:$30
  • Most common low price:$50
  • Most common high price:$100
  • Highest price:$550

How much does a tile roof cost?

On average, a tile roof costs $21,914-$31,277 — or $8.77-$12.51 per square foot — to install in the U.S. National low-end costs range from $19,064-$27,211, and high-end costs range from $23,448-$33,467.

Tile roof cost:

National average cost range


Average low-end cost range


Average high-end cost range


*All figures above represent national average costs for a 2,500-square-foot tile roof.

Tile is a strong, durable and attractive option for your roof. The price you’ll pay will fluctuate depending on the tile type you choose, your roof’s size and labor costs in your area. Continue reading to find out how to get price quotes from roofing contractors and estimate the cost of installing your new tile roof. 

Tile roof labor and material costs:

National average labor cost

National average material cost



*All figures above represent costs for a 2,500-square-foot tile roof.

Roof tile cost per square foot.

The national average cost per square foot for a tile roof ranges from $8.77-$12.51

You can estimate your tile roof installation costs by doing a few calculations beforehand. Roofing tiles are calculated and measured by squares, and one square equals 100 square feet. 

Clay tile roof cost.

A clay tile roof costs, on average, $20,000-$60,000 for a 2,000-square-foot roof, according to the Tile Roofing Industry Alliance. Based on this figure, the estimated cost per square foot ranges from around $10-$30 for a clay tile roof.

Concrete tile roof cost.

A concrete tile roof costs, on average, $20,000-$31,000 for a 2,000-square-foot roof, according to the Tile Roofing Industry Alliance. Based on this figure, the estimated cost per square foot ranges from around $10-$16 for a clay tile roof.

Clay vs. concrete tile roof costs and features:




Average installation cost (for 2,000 sq. ft. roof)




60-100 years

40-70 years


600-950 lbs per square

700-950 lbs per square


Available in many styles, colors and profiles

Available in many styles, colors and profiles


Resistant to fire, hail and wind when properly installed

Resistant to fire, hail and wind when properly installed

Source: Tile Roofing Alliance, International Association of Certified Home Inspectors

Although concrete and clay tile roofs have many similarities, there are some notable differences to keep in mind when deciding which roofing tiles to pick. 

For example, keep in mind that:

  • Concrete tiles are typically more affordable than clay tiles.
  • Concrete tiles often weigh slightly more than clay tiles.
  • Clay tiles last longer than concrete tiles.

If you’re unsure whether you should install clay or concrete tiles, consult your roofing contractor.

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Cost of tile roof vs. shingles:



Asphalt shingles

Average installation cost (for 2,500 sq. ft. roof)




40-100 years

20-30 years


600-950 lbs

275-425 lbs


Available in many styles, colors and profiles

Available in many styles, colors and profiles


Resistant to fire, hail, wind, rot and insect damage when properly installed

Less resistant to the elements, rot and insects

Sources: Tile Roofing Alliance, International Association of Certified Home Inspectors

Are you also considering installing an asphalt shingle roof? It can be tough to choose between a tile roof and a shingle roof. Here, we’ll quickly answer common questions about both materials so you can make the best decision for your wallet and home.

Which is more expensive: a tile or shingle roof?

A tile roof is typically more expensive than a shingle roof. The average starting cost for an asphalt roof is $12,129; for a tile roof, it’s $21,914.

What's the difference between shingles and tiles?

Shingles are typically less expensive and more common among homeowners. Shingles come in a variety of styles and materials, but the most popular material is asphalt. 

Meanwhile, clay and concrete tiles are more expensive and durable. Tile roofs also tend to last longer. However, they are also heavier — which means you’ll need to ensure your roof’s structure can support their weight.

Both roofing materials are available in a wide variety of colors and styles, and they can mimic the appearance of different materials (like wood).

Is a tile roof better than shingles?

Determining whether a tile or shingle roof is better ultimately depends on your priorities and preferences. Use this chart to help you decide whether a tile or asphalt shingle roof is best for your home:


Tile roof

Shingle roof

Which is more affordable?



Which lasts longer?



Which is more durable?



Which is more common?



Which has a better variety of colors and styles?

X (tie)

X (tie)

Tile roofing cost factors.

Once you have chosen the tile type you want for your home, there are a few other factors to consider to estimate your overall cost. Every roof varies in size, style and design, so keep these factors top of mind when planning your budget:

  • Roofing material. Concrete and clay tile roofs are well-known options among homeowners. You can also install tile roofs made out of metal and slate, which have different price points.
  • Roof size. Your roof’s size will impact the cost of materials and labor involved in your roofing job. The bigger your roof, the higher the overall cost.
  • Removing the old roof. You may need to pay more depending on the type of roof that needs to be removed from your home.
  • Roof damage. If your roof is damaged, you might need to factor repair costs into your budget.
  • Roof pitch or slope. Your roof’s pitch will require the roofer to adjust their working conditions and installation techniques. A low-slope roof is usually more accessible. Steep-sloped roofs may require extra safety measures and equipment — which add to the cost.
  • Your roof’s design could also influence the amount of labor involved in installing your tiles.

Are tile roofs worth it?

Is a tile roof worth the cost? The short answer — yes, if you value quality, durability, potential energy savings and the styles they offer.

Tile roofs are an excellent choice for their wide range of designs and long-lasting durability. They’re available in numerous colors, designs and shapes to give your home a beautiful aesthetic. 

Roof tiles are also extremely resistant to damage that other roofing materials cannot withstand. For example, tiles hold up well against water, fire, wind and insects. They can also work as a barrier between your home and the outdoor temperatures. Tiles can reflect sunlight to help you maintain a cooler home, which may help keep your energy costs down

But perhaps one of the most appealing factors is how long they can last — which is a lifetime. A tile roof’s lifespan can reach up to 100 years when properly maintained.

Do tile roofs need maintenance?

Installing a tile roof is a big investment. To protect your investment, you need to be proactive and care for your roof. Not only will routine maintenance help keep your roof in beautiful condition, but it can also save you money on future repairs. 

Here are some tasks you should always do to maintain your tile roof:

  • Get your roof examined by a professional roof inspector at least once every five years
  • Have a professional clean your gutters and roof, especially after a storm. 
  • Look for moss, mildew or algae on your roof. If you notice signs of any, book a roof cleaning.
  • Watch for missing or broken tiles. If you can tell your roof is missing some tiles or a tile is cracked, hire a pro to look at it and recommend repairs.

Always keep an eye out for roof damage. A roof inspector can help identify damage to your roof tiles, flashing, vents and more. If your inspector recommends repairs, address them as soon as you can.

How to hire tile roofing contractors.

Hiring a roofer with the appropriate licenses and experience for the job will give you peace of mind. Research roofing contractors online so you can read customer reviews and see pictures of completed jobs. Tile roofs are unique and require expertise, so ensure the contractor you hire has experience installing clay, concrete or slate tiles. 

Have information about your roof on hand when you contact potential contractors for cost estimates. For example, you should know your roof’s size, if you have existing asphalt shingles or if you have a solar roof. This information will give the contractor an idea of the scope of work. If you don’t have details about your existing roof, the roofer might need to visit your home to assess it.

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Tile roofs can give your home a style like no other and have the added benefit of durability that will last you many years to come. Download Thumbtack, and get quotes from roofers near you.

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Does a tile roof add value to your home?

It depends on your home and the real estate market. But, generally speaking, a tile roof’s durability means it can last much longer than traditional roof shingles. This fact might make it more attractive (or valuable) to potential homebuyers.

Do tile roofs keep a house cooler?

A tile roof can help you keep your house cooler during the warmer months. Tile roofs are typically naturally reflective, which means they can reflect sunlight so that your roof absorbs less heat. 

If your tile roof is not naturally reflective, it can be treated. According to the Department of Energy, clay and concrete tile roofs can be “retrofitted with a field-applied light- or cool-colored polymer coating.”

What is the life expectancy of a tile roof?

A clay or concrete tile roof typically has a lifespan of 40-100 years. It’s important to properly install and maintain your tile roof throughout the years to help ensure its longevity.

Can rain get under roof tiles?

Roof tiles are made densely and installed tightly so rainwater and melted snow can flow down and off the roof instead of between the tiles. Typically, a roofer will install an additional barrier of sealed underlayment under the tile to give you extra roof protection.

*The project cost estimates included in this article were provided by Xactware’s pricing data (unless otherwise noted). For more information, visit Xactware’s pricing methodology page.

How do we know these prices?

Millions of people ask Thumbtack for help with their projects every year. We track the estimates they get from local professionals, conduct our own research and then we share those prices with you. The prices reflected in the article above are for informational purposes only and are subject to change at any time. Contact a professional near you to receive a personalized cost estimate for your project.


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