Tile Roof Cost
Do you have a tile roof or would like one but are concerned about the price?
We’re going to talk about tile roof prices below. We’ll offer you some estimated figures for how much it might cost to install a 2,500 square foot roof with various types of tiles. Clay, concrete, and terracotta are the three most popular tiled roof materials.
Again, this is a rough estimate, and the cost of a roof replacement can vary greatly depending on a variety of circumstances. For a more detailed quote depending on your property and needs, you should contact a local contractor.
The Cost of a Tile Roof Replacement is Determined by Several Factors
Homeowners typically inquire about price before asking about anything else. How much will this set me back? What will it require, and how long will it take? Contractors can offer you an estimate of how much it will cost and an estimated timetable based on years of experience, but the final cost of your roof will be determined by a number of factors. The following are some of these factors, however they are not exhaustive:
- The size of your roof.
Obviously, smaller roofs will cost less than bigger roofs, and if you can come to us with your roof’s square footage, we can give you a more accurate estimate of what it may cost based on the average cost of materials and labor.
2. The type or style of roof you have.
Simple gable roofs are going to be easy to remove an old roof and install a new one. It’s a simple design with just two slopes—easy enough. However, some more complicated roofing types or styles can mean more slopes, steeper slopes, more valleys to seal, and other factors that lengthen the amount of time it takes to install. Plus, more cutting of materials to fit more customized areas.
3. How many boots or vents your roof has.
Chances are your roof has any number of plumbing boots, roof vents, skylights, a chimney, and other structures that require flashing, sealant, caulk, and extra care to ensure those seams are leakproof. These will mostly affect labor costs as we are adding extra diligent work to install these areas.
4. If there is any damage.
Whether we know there is damage before or find it while we work, this can definitely increase both time and cost of materials for your project. This is especially true if we get up and start removing old shingles to find water damage underneath. This requires a much more extensive repair and installation that can halt progress by days to weeks. Getting a thorough inspection beforehand can help avoid these things and homeowners being honest about any potential damage we may find.
5. The area you live in.
Where you live can actually change how different permits and codes are obtained and met, which can affect project timelines and costs. It can also affect the cost of materials if you live in a rural area where it can be more difficult to find or ship certain materials. Cities, where roofing materials are easy to come by and ship very easily, can make all the difference.
6. The materials used.
And last but definitely not least, the materials used on your roof can make costs vary quite drastically. From basic materials and brands to more custom and premium brands and materials, you can expect a change in price from hundreds of dollars well into the thousands.
How Much Does a Tile Roof Replacement Cost?
Without considering all of the above reasons why your tile roof might cost more or less, we have put together some ballpark estimates of much it could cost. These estimates are based on national averages and have been tallied up based on a standard 2,500 square foot roof.
Clay Tile Roof Cost
Clay is one of, if not the, oldest type of roofing materials. It’s hard, heavy, and water-resistant. These tiles can last longer than your home as long as they are installed appropriately with the proper supports to hold their heavyweight.
Materials: $3 to $7 per sq. ft.
Cost Per Sq. Ft. Including Labor: $8 to $25 per sq. ft.
Total Estimated Cost @ 2,500 Sq. Ft.: $20,000 to $62,500
Concrete Tile Roof Cost
Concrete tiles are a little less costly than clay tiles as they are easy to come by, less heavy, and less water-resistant than clay tiles. They will also not last as long at closer to 30 to 50 years, which is still 2 to 3 times longer than a standard asphalt shingle roof.
Materials: $2 to $4 per sq. ft.
Cost Per Sq. Ft. Including Labor: $9 to $18
Total Estimated Cost @ 2,500 Sq. Ft.: $22,500 to $45,000
Terracotta Tile Roof Cost
Terracotta is by far the most costly tile roof of the three materials. They are carefully molded, and then the color is baked into them so they’ll never fade. These tiles are especially great for desert climates in the southern states because they will reflect the sun’s heat, keeping homes cooler overall.
Materials: $5 to $10
Cost Per Sq. Ft. Including Labor: $10 to $25
Total Estimated Cost @ 2,500 Sq. Ft.: $25,000 to $62,500
Is a Tile Roof Worth the Cost?
We hope this gives homeowners a good idea of what they might be looking at as far as cost when replacing a tile roof. These roofs may be more costly upfront, but they are highly durable and can last for decades upon decades. All in all, a tile roof is definitely worth the upfront cost