A tile roof has a lot of advantages. Especially in storm-prone areas and hurricane zones, they offer ample protection from wind and rain. Tile is longer-lasting than most other roof materials, and it’s also quite attractive. Despite these advantages though, some homeowners are hesitant to consider a tile roof for their home. Maybe they’ve heard tile roofs are too expensive, or perhaps they’re just unsure what they cost.
It’s difficult to say exactly how much a tile roof costs. Every roof is different, and a roofer will need to come look over your home to provide a specific, accurate estimate. According to the Cost vs. Value report, the average cost for this roof is roughly $22,636. This is only the average, so it’s oftentimes it’s more helpful to look at the factors that affect the cost of a tile roof than the national average to get a more accurate idea.
Size is probably the most obvious factor that determines tile roof cost. The bigger the roof, the more tile you’ll have to purchase. Plus, larger roofs take longer to replace, which adds to the labor cost. If you have a larger roof, then it will take your roofers more days to complete the job, which adds to the time and money spent on transportation and fuel.
If you want to get a rough cost estimate from a roofing company, it’s helpful to know your roof size. The size of a roof is measured in “squares.” One square is equal to 100 square feet, or in other words, a 10′ x 10′ section of roofing. Most roofs are between 30 and 40 squares, but there are, of course, exceptions.
Roof Style and Slope
The style and shape of your roof will also affect the cost of your tile roof. It’s a lot easier for roofers to work on a low-slope roof. They can install the roofing faster, and they don’t have to be as worried about injuries. As such, some roofers charge less to tile low-slope roofs.
More complicated roof designs with several peaks and valleys are also harder to tile. Your roofers will need to make sure the tiles on either slope meet up properly. They’ll also have to use more flashing to protect the valleys, which adds to material costs.
Roof Deck Condition
The roof deck is the wood or composite surface that lies beneath your tiles – or shingles, metal panels, or other roofing material. Generally, when you have the roof replaced, your roofers leave the roof deck in place unless it shows signs of wear or damage. If part of your roof deck is cracked or deteriorated, it will need to be replaced or repaired as a part of the re-roofing process. This will add to the cost of the job.
Sometimes roofers can tell whether a roof deck needs work just by looking at the roof. Other times, they don’t discover roof deck damage until the existing roof materials are stripped away. So, when you get an estimate for your tile roof, your roofer may warn you that the actual cost may be higher if they discover roof deck damage that requires repairs.
Tile roofing is also heavier than most other roof materials. As such, you need a strong roof deck to support it. If your deck is in any way weak or compromised, it’s well worth paying your roofer to improve it. Doing so will increase the longevity of your tile roof.
Top Flashing is a critical element of your roof and is necessary in order for the water to run over your shingles as opposed to penetrating to the underlayment and resulting in excessive wear and tear. This is a key component to the longevity of your tile roof and worth a smaller investment initially to sustain the overall health of your roof in the long run. This doesn’t impact your roofing cost nearly as much as other components, and yet it is a major necessity. For just a few hundred dollars extra on your initial costs, you can save yourself thousands of dollars in the long run.
If your roofer needs to make improvements to bring your roof up to code, or to satisfy insurance requirements, then this will also add to the cost of your tile roof replacement. For example, if your roof does not currently have hurricane straps, then they will need to be added when the roof is replaced. Upgrades like this are always worth making since they reduce your risk of costly storm damage – and help ensure your insurance claims are approved.
Type of Tile
Finally, the cost of your tile roof will depend on the type of tile you choose. These days, there are many, many options.
Terra cotta tiles are quite popular and have a classic appeal, but they’re on the higher end when it comes to cost. Concrete tiles are more budget-friendly. They come in many different colors and styles, but they do require periodic maintenance. Then, there are composite tiles. They’re also cost-effective, but they’re not the most durable option in regions with harsh weather. Your roofer can show you examples of tiles at multiple price points and help you choose the very best material to suit your budget.
The best way to know how much a tile roof will cost is to get an estimate! If you’re in Florida, contact Kelly Roofing. Our experienced roofers can take a look at your roof and guide you in the right direction.