Tile Roofing: How Much Does It Cost to Install a Tile Roof?

Kenneth Wilson

Are you planning to install a tile roof at home for a while now? If you're still uncertain as to how much it'll cost you, we've got you covered.

On average, most 2,500 square foot tile roof projects range between $12,000 and $38,250. This covers the ballpark estimate for three common tiled roofing materials: clay, concrete, and terracotta. However, many factors may influence your tile roof project's total cost, including the type, style, and local labor costs.

Tile Roofing Installation Average Costs

Generally, tile roofs start from $14 to $42 per square foot, including materials and labor costs. Most local contractors charge by the square (100 square feet), which you may want to keep in mind as you form your budget and compare multiple estimates.

Tile Roof Cost by Type

Let's discuss the different types of tile roofs and their associated costs so you can prepare your budget accordingly. (Related: Types of Roof Tiles and Expected Prices (From Lowest to Highest))

Clay Tile Roof

Clay is among the oldest roofing materials, and it is famous for being durable and water-resistant. Clay tiles can last longer than your property given proper installation– with adequate support to hold their weight.

Price starts from $14 to $43 per square foot installed (including labor). Clay can be easily modified into different shapes and styles to suit your preferences. Additionally, this material also has relatively easy maintenance.

Concrete Tile Roof

Concrete tiles are considerably cheaper than clay tiles at $15 to $30 per square foot. They are easily accessible and highly durable as well. Homeowners on a tight budget can consider concrete tiles for their tile roof project.

Terracotta Tile Roof

Considerably the costliest tile roof among the three options, terracotta tile roofs range between $17 and $40 including labor.

Terracotta tiles have an intricate molding process. In fact, the color in these tiles is baked to avoid fading. The tiles are an excellent addition for properties in the south, as they tend to reflect away the sun’s heat and keep your home cooler in the process.

Tile Roof Cost By Style

Aside from the tile roof material, it would help to consider the style you want for your tile roofing project.

  • Flat Shakes – If you're looking for the most cost-effective choice, consider flat shakes (the price starts from $13 to $17 per square foot). This is regarded as a standard style that fits just about any home aesthetic.
  • Spanish-style Tile – Spanish-style tile roofs have a distinct wave-like pattern, ranging from $14 to $20 per square foot. Several professionals recommend these tiles for properties located in heavy rainfall areas.
  • Pantile – Pantile tiles cost about $14 to $21 per square foot, taking on a flattened "S" shape. This offers a rippling look as you place together multiple tiles on your roof.
  • Mission/Double Roman – Mission tiles cost $15 to $19 per square foot. These tiles perfectly fit homes with a Mediterranean design– as the pronounced ribs add flair.
  • French Tiles – Also known as “profile,” French tiles are designed with indents to increase the material’s water runoff efficiency. Installation costs $15 to $22 per square foot.
  • Riviera Tiles – Homeowners looking for stunning, dramatic shading patterns can benefit from Riviera tiles. These beautiful tiles leave a strong statement. It costs about $10 to $14 per square foot.
  • Barrel Tiles – The most expensive material to install is barrel tiles that start from $17 to $21 per square foot. It has a timeless design that's similar to a semi-cylinder.

Factors Affecting the Cost of Tile Roof Installation

More often than not, most homeowners often ask the price/total cost of a tile roof installation first before giving the project the green light. As such, here are several cost factors to look out for– as these may affect the total costs of your project.

  • Roofing Materials – On average, tile roofing materials range between $8 and $21 per square foot. You can opt for concrete tiles if you're working with a relatively tight budget. But if you have enough budget to splurge, terracotta tiles are a premium investment you won't regret! The price of the roofing materials will also depend on basic or premium brands, which can change the total expenses from hundreds to thousands of dollars. 
  • Labor Costs  A tile roof installation costs $14 to $30 per square foot in professional labor. If there are accessibility issues or ridges on the roof, you may need to pay your contractor a bit more. In some cases, they may also need to do additional cutting to seamlessly fit the tile roof pieces on your roof. This will only increase the total labor costs.
  • Roof Size Naturally, smaller roofs will have a cheaper tile roof installation cost than more extensive ones. That said, determine your roof’s total square footage so you can ask for estimates from different contractors. Doing so will help you find the best deal in your area.
  • Roof type or style  If you have simple gable roofs– this will be easier for your contractor to remove the existing roof and install the new tile roof. But, some complicated roofing types or styles may hike the professional labor costs. This will require more slopes to work with and more time on your contractor's end.
  • Number of boots or vents on the roof Your roof may have several plumbing boots, vents, chimneys, and other structures that may require extra caution from your contractor. They will need to ensure all seams are leakproof. That said, it may only hike the costs further.
  • Roof damage If there's any damage to your roof, your contractor may need to fix it before completing the tile roof installation. This may extend the duration of the work, along with the cost of materials. Commonly, water damage on the roof is typical once your contractor removes old shingles. It will only add a few days or weeks to your project. If you want to avoid any expensive and extensive repair, you may want to consider having a thorough inspection before pushing forward with the installation.
  • Location of your property Depending on where you live, you may need to secure different permits and meet specific codes. Rural areas may also have more expensive shipping fees for your required material.
  • Old Roof Removal Removing your existing roof costs about $5 to $10 per square foot. Some homeowners may have no choice but to remove old roofing materials before the new tile roof can be installed in place.
  • Tile Roof Underlayment Underlayment replacement starts from $5 to $8 per square foot. You'll find this as a common expense consideration in tile roof installation projects– even if your existing underlayment is in prime condition. Costs may vary depending on your roof's steepness.
  • Roof Reinforcement Most homes in the country need proper roof reinforcements to support the weight of clay and concrete tiles. This means you may spend anywhere between $1,200 and $10,000 for a structural engineer to work on reinforcing your roof.
  • Color Choices Homeowners who want unique colored tile roofs may spend an additional $3 to $10 per square foot, depending on the complexity of the design. Several style options are available in the market to complement just about any home. Patterns with waves and swirls will cost you more than the other styles.
  • Roof Inspection As previously mentioned, a professional roof inspection can save you from having to pay surprise fees and costs in the long run. You may want to look for a local roof inspector to assess the condition of your roof before starting the tile roof installation.
Kenneth Wilson
March 13, 2022
Cost Guides, Roofing

Kenneth Wilson

Retired contractor. Currently residing in Southwest Florida. Now in semi-retirement, I write and manage this blog focused on helping home owners make savvy decisions when it comes to finding contractors and getting their projects done. I also operate remodeling design service for homeowners.

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