In general, tile roof cost ranges from $2,000 and $25,000, although most homeowners spend between $4,000 and $8,000. Many factors contribute to overall tile roof cost, so it's important to familiarize yourself with the world of tile roofing before beginning your project. When estimating your tile roof cost, you’ll need to consider several factors.
The type of tile you select affects your tile roof cost. Concrete tile runs $4–9 per square foot for installation. Clay is a little more expensive at $5–10 per square foot – and terra cotta and custom clay tiles cost up to $15 and $30 per square foot, respectively. Don’t forget there will could be a charge of $600–1000 for delivery of your tiles, depending on how far the product needs to travel.
Roofers measure the size of a project in roofing squares. A single square is 10 feet by 10 feet, or 100 square feet. The average roof measures between 22–26 squares, and installation costs for tile roofs range from $400–$1,000 per square. All in all, roof size is an important factor in determining your tile roof cost.
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Tile can last up to 50 years, but the material underneath the tile (which actually waterproofs your roof) can decay much faster. When estimating your tile roof cost, consider how much it will cost to replace the underlayment. Typically, underlayment replacement costs $2–3 per square foot.
Because tile roofs are very heavy, a roofer needs to evaluate the house’s roof structure before installation. Added roof support might be needed before the project can proceed, and this step can add $1,000–10,000 to the tile roof cost.
“Pitch” refers to the steepness of the roof. Steeper roofs cost more, so you’ll need to factor in this element into your total tile roof cost. Tile roofs can only be installed on slopes of 18 degrees or more, however, so be sure that your roof is steep enough.
In addition to all these factors, you’ll need to factor in the cost of permits (generally $150–400) as well as the cost of removing the old roof (price can vary depending on whether you are reusing old tile or buying new).
It's important that a professional installs your tile roof. A professional contractor can ensure your roof is properly weatherproofed and that the fragile tiles aren’t damaged during installation. Be sure the roofer is licensed, insured, and understands all the ins and outs of the project before beginning your roof replacement. Though hiring a professional will increase your tile roof cost, getting it right the first time will save you money later on down the road.
To find a contractor in your area and begin replacing your tile roof, be sure to check out our helpful database of professionals.