Estimating tile roof installation cost


How much does it cost to install a tile roof?

Cost of tile roof installation will depend on number of factors and total expenses primary determined by roof tile prices per square foot and labor cost to complete the work. While calculating gross expenditures for installing a tile roof number of additional factors should be taken into account. Roofing contractor will calculate the cost of a new roof after on-site inspection, getting detailed measurements and analyzing work complexity. Itemized estimate will reflect all charges and fees associated with installation and materials cost will be added as separate expense.

Calculating tile roof installation cost

Roofing tile prices materials-prices

There are different roofing materials from copper to slate available in the form of tiles, but only clay and concrete tile is what commonly known as tile roofing.

Purchase price of concrete or clay tile roof is much higher comparing to other roofing materials such as asphalt shingles or wood shakes. But because of higher life expectancy and durability a tile roof will save you in a long term of ownership of a house. With proper installation and maintenance quality clay tile will last significantly longer than premium quality architectural shingles and will be less susceptible to damages by strong wind or hail.

Roofing tile comes in variety of colors, shapes and dimensions. Every manufacturer offers its own standard products and price will be set based on technology used for mass production, tile quality and style. Grey concrete roof tiles normally are cheaper than custom shaped colored porcelain roof tile.

Always count additional essential materials which have to be purchased for a roof installation including roof flashing, underlayment, battens, vents, hurricane clips, nails or mortar. While shopping for materials only high quality products with adequate lifespan should be purchased.

Determining labor cost tile roof installation labor-cost

Cost of man power will depend on a roof pitch and style, actual tile dimensions and overall work complexity. Each roofer will price the work based on time spend and hourly rates. But overall cost of labor to get a new tile roof installed will be estimated at significantly higher rate compare to asphalt shingles or vertical seam sheet metal roofing.

Depending on tile thickness, shape and type each square of installed roof typically weight 650 – 950 lbs, but some concrete tile can be even heavier. If the roof structure was designed for lightweight roofing materials and additional reinforcement for rafters has to be build for supporting heavy load of clay tile labor cost will increase.

Shopping for new roofing materials shopping

Concrete or interlocking clay tile in variety of shapes and styles from simple 5” x 14” rectangles to 16” x 17” curve shaped tiles can be purchased from roofing materials distributors, suppliers or ordered from a manufacturer. But before making a purchase always consult with local roofing company about your preferences and possible options. Clay and concrete tile should be chosen according to building codes, roof slope, geographic location and climate zone.

Estimating installation time estimating-time

Time required for completing roof installation will depend on work difficulty, labor availability and the project urgency. Roofing company should be able to finish 45 squares of clay or concrete 7” x 18” curved tile installation on a standard gable roof with 8/12 pitch in about 4 – 5 days. By involving more labor installation time can be reduced, but bigger and more complicated projects might take much longer than a week to complete. Number of man-hours will vary greatly and cannot be estimated before analyzing all details.

Work complexity work-complexity

Tile roof installation is a complex procedure and most homeowners with little construction skills shouldn’t consider reducing overall roof expenses by cutting labor cost. Unprofessionalism while completing installation of such roof is unacceptable. Quality ceramic clay tile is not a cheap roofing material and can last for more than 100 years with proper installation. For such matter only professional roofers can ensure work quality and adequate roof performance.