Tile roofs cost approximately $477 to $872 per square, depending on the tile type you choose. Clay tiles can cost as little as $180 per square and as much as $1,800 per square, and slate tiles cost $1,000-$2,000 per square. On average, clay and concrete tile roofs cost $9,408 total to install, but prices can reach as high as $20,000.
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 rates in your area. Continue reading to find out how to get price quotes from roofing contractors and estimate the cost of installing your new roof.
What’s in this cost guide?
You can estimate your tile roof installation costs by doing a few calculations beforehand. Roofing tiles are calculated and measured by squares, which equal 100 square feet. To calculate your cost by the square foot, multiply your roof's square footage by your tile's per-square-foot price.
For example, using the range of $4.77 to $8.72 per square foot, you get an average of $6.74 per square foot of tile. You can then use this number to estimate the total cost for a variety of roof sizes.
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The average cost per square for clay and concrete tile roofs is $477-$872, or $4.77-$8.72 per square foot. Compared to shingle roofs (particularly, asphalt shingle roofs), concrete and clay tile roofs are more expensive.
Clay and concrete tiles are popular roofing choices because of their durability and the large variety of styles you can choose from. For example, you can purchase them glazed or unglazed or in a color that matches your home.
Besides looking great, these types of tiles can last more than 100 years and stand up well to fire, pests, rot and extreme weather. Concrete and clay tile roofs may also save you money by reducing your energy usage. That’s because they provide thermal resistance and they’re naturally reflective, according to the Tile Roofing Industry Alliance. So you may not have to turn on the air conditioning as often.
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:
- Concrete tiles are typically more affordable than clay tiles.
- Clay tiles often weigh slightly more than concrete tiles.
- Concrete tile roofs may experience temporary discoloration called efflorescence.
A Spanish tile roof costs $555-$642 per square ($5.55-$6.42 per square foot). Spanish tiles are made from various materials — including clay, terra cotta and concrete — and give your home a unique and beautiful look. These tiles are available in a wide range of colors and designs, and they can handle bad weather. And if they get damaged, replacing Spanish clay tiles is relatively simple.
The average per square cost of mission tiles is $477-$552 ($4.77-$5.52 per square foot). Mission tile is lightweight made into a barrel or Spanish-style tile. It’s made from recycled materials and boasts a beautiful, natural look. It’s easy to install and incredibly durable.
Slate tile roofs cost approximately $1,000 to $2,000 per square ($10-$20 per square foot) to install. However, some estimate the cost can be as high as $4,000 per square. Although prices are steep, slate roofs are known for their durability and long lifespans, ranging from 60 to 150 years. They can also withstand fire, insects, rot and water (if installed properly).
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 house varies in size, style and design, so keep these factors top of mind when planning your budget:
- 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 and, therefore, more affordable. 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.
- Solar panels require more work to install with tile roofs due to the delicate nature of tiles. The roofer may need to install extra material to keep your roof sealed beneath and around the solar panels.
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To calculate how much your new tile roof will cost, decide what type of material you want and find the cost per square (or per square foot).
Then, take your roof’s square footage and multiply it by your material’s cost per square foot to get a rough estimate for your material costs. For example, if it costs $5 per square foot (or $500 per square) for your material and your roof is 1,000 square feet, your total material cost is $5,000.
Next, you need to figure out the labor costs in your area. The best way to do this is to get free cost estimates from roofers in your area. Add in additional costs, such as permitting fees, roof prep work and possible extra labor for the complexity of your particular roof.
Is a tile roof worth the cost and time? The short answer — yes, if you value quality, energy savings and the styles they offer.
Tile roofs are an excellent choice for their wide range of architectural designs and long-lasting durability. They’re available in numerous colors, designs and shapes to give your home a beautiful aesthetic.
Roof tiles are extremely resistant to damage that other roofing materials cannot withstand. For example, tiles hold up against water, fire, wind and insects. They can also work as a barrier between your home and the outdoor temperatures. The tiles have a high thermal mass that can keep your energy bills 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 range from 60 years (for slate) to 100-plus years (for concrete and clay).
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 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 every one to two years.
- Have a professional clean your gutters and roof.
- If you have moss, mildew or algae on your roof, hire a roof cleaning professional.
Always keep an eye out for roof damage. A roof inspector can identify damage to your tiles, flashing, vents, solar panels and more. If your inspector recommends repairs, address them as soon as you can.
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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.
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. Roof tiles are eco-friendly, energy-efficient and come in different styles to match your home. Use Thumbtack to locate a roofer in your area and start getting free estimates.
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 — and therefore make it more attractive (or valuable) to potential homebuyers.
Is a tile roof better than shingles?
Tile will last much longer and are eco-friendly, but they also come with a higher upfront cost. Asphalt shingles are low-cost and have many colors, but they don’t have the same durability as clay, concrete and slate tile roofs.
How long is a tile roof good for?
Tile roofs can last 60 to over 100 years.
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. A roofer typically will install an additional barrier of sealed underlayment under the tile to give you extra roof protection.
Do tile roofs need maintenance?
Tile roofs need little maintenance compared with other roofing materials, but you still need to care for them by setting up a roof inspection. You should also hire a licensed professional to clean your roof and gutters and perform repairs.
Are tile roofs energy-efficient?
Yes, they contain natural thermal resistance. When installed, there is airspace that creates a thermal barrier between the outside temperature and your home.
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 durable and environmentally friendly.
- 2020 National Repair & Remodeling Estimator
- Bob Villa
- Tile Roofing Industry Alliance