How much does a tile roof cost to replace?
Ashburn, VA

How much does a tile roof cost to replace?

Ashburn, VA

How much does a tile roof cost to replace?

$7 – $25installed cost per square foot
$10,500 – $62,500total cost installed (1,500-2,500 SF roof)

Get free estimates for your project or view our cost guide below:

$7 – $25 installed cost per square foot

$10,500 – $62,500 total cost installed (1,500-2,500 SF roof)


Get free estimates for your project or view our cost guide below:
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Tile roof cost

A tile roof costs $7 to $25 per square foot installed or $10,500 to $62,500 on average. Roof tile prices are $2.10 to $14.50 per square foot, depending on the type and material. Roof tiles may be concrete, clay, terracotta, or slate. Popular tile roof styles include Spanish and barrel.

Tile roof cost
Roof square footage Average cost installed
1,000 $7,000 – $25,000
1,500 $10,500 – $37,500
2,000 $14,000 – $50,000
2,500 $17,500 – $62,500
3,000 $21,000 – $75,000

New tile roof cost calculator

The following table shows the average installation cost for tile roof.

Tile roof cost - chart
Tile roof cost - chart
Average tile roof cost calculator
National average cost $28,900
Minimum cost $7,000
Maximum cost $75,000
Average range $10,500 to $62,500

Tile roof cost per square foot

A tile roof costs $7 to $30 per square foot installed, depending on the material and installation complexity. Tile roof material prices are or $3 to $16 per square foot. Concrete tile is budget-friendly but may require sealing due. Slate tile roofs cost the most but last the longest.

Tile roof cost per square foot
Material Material prices per square foot Installed cost per square foot
Concrete $3 – $5 $7 – $19
Clay $3 – $11 $8 – $25
Terracotta $4 – $13 $9 – $26
Slate $6 – $16 $10 – $30

Clay tile roof cost

A clay tile roof costs $8 to $25 per square foot installed or $20,000 to $55,000 on average. Clay tile roofs are long-lasting, low maintenance, fireproof, and impact and wind resistant. Clay tile is best for warm climates as cold temperatures and the freeze-thaw cycle cause cracking.

Clay tile roof installed
Clay tile roof installed

Concrete tile roof cost

A concrete tile roof costs $7 to $19 per square foot installed or $10,500 to $47,500. Concrete roof tiles are durable, energy-efficient, eco-friendly, and easier to install than other tiles. Concrete is more budget-friendly than clay but is also more prone to mildew staining due to its higher porosity.

Terracotta roof cost

A terracotta roof costs $9 to $26 per square foot installed or $21,000 to $60,000 on average. Terracotta tile comes in many shapes and styles and has a fade-proof reddish-brown or orange color. Installation requires a skilled contractor to ensure correct overlap and angles.

Like other clay roof tiles, terracotta roof tiles are durable, long-lasting, and best for warm climates.

Terracotta roof tiles installation on modern home
Terracotta roof tiles installation on modern home

Roof tiles prices by type

Roof tiles prices by type
Type Cost per square foot installed
Spanish / Roman tile $7.00 – $21.00
Flat / plain tile $7.00 – $21.50
Pan tile $7.50 – $23.50
Barrel / mission tile $7.50 – $23.50
French tile $7.50 – $23.50
Double Roman tile $7.25 – $23.00
Riviera tile $7.00 – $22.00
Ridge $8.00 – $36.00
Japanese $14.50 – $67.00

Spanish tile roof cost

A Spanish tile roof costs $10,500 to $52,500 installed on average or $7 to $21 per square foot, depending on the material. Most Spanish roof tiles are terracotta clay or concrete. Other options include metal, copper, steel, and composite, which are lighter weight, more durable, and offer more color variety.

Spanish roof tiles are interlocking barrel or S-shaped and create a wavy pattern. Scandia roof tiles cost about the same as Spanish tiles and have a convex barrel shape like an inverted Spanish roof tile.

Flat clay roof tiles prices

Flat clay roof tile prices are $7.00 to $21.50 per square foot installed or $2.00 to $4.50 per square foot for the tile alone. Other flat roof tile materials include concrete, slate, and solar cells. Flat roof tiles are interlocking and have smooth or rough-textured surfaces resembling wood shake shingles.

Pan roof tiles prices

Pantile prices are $7.50 to $23.50 per square foot with installation or $2.50 to $6.50 per square foot for the material alone. Pantiles are lightweight, S-shaped, overlapping clay tiles with a ripple-like appearance, used mainly in England and Scotland.

Roof ridge tiles cost

Installing or replacing roof ridge tiles costs $3 to $19 per tile for non-decorative tiles. Most clay ridge tiles are about 16" to 20" long. Decorative ridge ends, apex, or corner tiles cost $20 to $90+ per tile and vary in size and shape.

Barrel or mission tile roof cost

A barrel tile roof costs $2.50 to $6.50 per square foot for the tile alone or $7.50 to $23.50 per square foot installed. Barrel tiles are semi-cylindrical, slightly tapered at one end, and installed with an overlapping method to create a wave-like pattern. True barrel tiles are called mission tiles.

French roof tiles cost

French roof tiles cost $3 to $5 per square foot for materials or $8 to $22 per square foot installed. French roof tiles—also called profile or Marseille tiles—interlock and have a raised rib center with a deep flute on each side, creating a dramatic appearance and superior drainage.

Mediterranean or Riviera roofing tiles prices

Mediterranean or Riviera roofing tile prices are $3 to $5 per square foot on average for the material alone or $8 to $22 per square foot installed. Riviera tiles have flat raised ribs that create dramatic shadow lines instead of the rounded ribs of mission tiles.

Tile roof replacement costs

Tile roof replacement cost
Factor Cost per square foot
Old roof removal and disposal $1.00 – $3.00
New tile materials $2.00 – $12.00
Installation labor $5.00 – $17.00
Roof underlayment $0.10 – $0.90
Roof trusses $5.00 – $14.00
Roof decking $2.00 – $5.00

Factors affecting tile roof installation or replacement cost include:

  • Tile type – Tile prices vary by material. Concrete is the most budget friendly. Terracotta, slate, and solar tiles fall at the higher end of the price range.

  • Tile style – Flat shingle tiles take more time to install than interlocking roof tiles.

  • Customization – Custom roof tiles and elaborate roof designs may cost $30+ per square foot. Tile roof painting costs $2 to $10 per square foot.

  • Roof size – Large roofs require more materials and labor, increasing costs.

  • Roof complexity and slope – Roofs on single-story homes with a roof pitch of less than 6:12 are the cheapest to replace. Multiple stories, steep slopes, additional corners, and extra fixtures increase the cost.

  • Installation method – Installing tiles on roof battens costs more than installing them directly on the roof deck. Tiling a steep-sloped roof typically requires roof batten installation.

  • Number of boots or vents – Each roof penetration requires additional labor and flashing materials.

  • Roof reinforcementStructural engineers charge $100 to $220 per hour to determine if the roof needs support due to the tile weight. Reinforcing a roof costs $1,000 to $10,000. Most building codes require reinforcement for tiles heavier than 6 lbs. per square foot.

  • Delivery – Shipping or delivery costs $600 to $1,500 on average if not included.

  • Geographical location – Cold, wet climates may require an additional water shield or ice dam barrier, costing $2 to $5 per square foot installed.

  • Old roof removal – Removing and disposing of an old roof costs $1 to $3+ per square foot, depending on the roof size and shingle type. Many roof replacement estimates include removing up to 2 old shingle layers. Installing tile over asphalt shingles adds weight and reduces the tile roof's lifespan.

  • Drip edgeInstalling a drip edge costs $1.50 to $3.00 per linear foot and directs water away from the fascia and roof.

  • Sealing – Tile roof sealing costs $500 to $2,000 and protects against leaks, extreme weather, and UV rays. Not all tile requires sealing.

  • Repairs – Tile roof repairs cost $500 to $2,500.

  • Inspection fees – A roof inspection costs $100 to $400 on average.

  • Permit fees – Roofing permits cost $150 to $500. Most contractors include permit fees in the roof replacement estimate.

Tile roof installation labor cost

Tile roof installation costs $5 to $17 per square foot on average for labor alone, depending on the location and job complexity. Multi-story homes, steep-sloped roofs, and ornate designs or color patterns cost more. Most tile roofs install in 3 to 5 days.

Roofing contractors charge $50 to $100 per hour to install a tile roof, depending on the location.

Tile roof material prices by brand

Tile roof material prices by brand
Brand Price per square foot*
Auburn $4.00 – $9.00
Bartile $1.20 – $2.50
Boral / Westlake Royal Roofing Solutions $3.00 – $16.00
Eagle $4.00 – $8.00
Ludowici $9.00 – $20.00
Monier $12.00 – $22.00
Redland $10.00 – $20.00

*Material prices only. Shipping and installation not included.

Roof tiles prices per pallet

A pallet of roof tiles costs $1,100 to $1,400 on average. One pallet of roof tiles covers about 250 to 350 square feet.

Cost to replace tile roof underlayment

Replacing a tile roof underlayment costs $0.75 to $4.00 per square foot on average for labor and materials, depending on the type and project size. Tile roofs typically have 1 to 2 moisture-resistant underlayment layers that provide a temporary weather barrier if tiles break or shift.

  • Some roofing companies refer to replacing the underlayment alone as "lift and relay" as it involves removing the roof tiles, installing the underlayment, and re-laying the original tiles.

  • Roof tiles typically last longer than roof underlayment. Inspect the roof every 3 to 5 years or if damage occurs.

Cost of tile roof vs. asphalt shingles

A tile roof costs $10,500 to $62,500 installed on average, while an asphalt shingle roof costs $5,700 to $12,000. Though tile roofs cost double or more than an asphalt roof, they last longer and provide more color and style versatility. Still, tile roofs are heavy and not suitable for every home.

Tile roof pros and cons

The following table shows the benefits and drawbacks of installing a tile roof.

Tile roof pros and cons
Pros Cons
  • Made of recycled materials
  • Circulates hot air (clay)
  • Lasts 50+ years
  • Low maintenance
  • May reduce energy bills
  • May increase home value
  • Many style options
  • Fire resistant
  • Expensive initial cost
  • Heavy; may require structural reinforcement
  • Fragile when walked on
  • Requires a professional for installation and repair
  • Lengthy installation process
  • Needs cleaning every 3 to 7 years (concrete)
  • Deteriorates if not sealed correctly (concrete)
  • Color may fade over time (concrete)

Tile roof FAQs

How long do roof tiles last?

Roof tiles last 30 to 200 years, depending on the type, material, geographical location, and site conditions. Routine maintenance and inspection, underlayment quality, and installation process also impact a roof's lifespan. Most manufacturers warranty roof tiles for at least 50 years.

  • Concrete roof tiles last 30 to 50+ years on average.

  • Clay roof tiles last 50 to 100+ years, depending on location. The tile color typically begins fading at 50 to 70 years.

  • Hard slate roof tiles last 75 to 200 years. Soft slate roof tile lasts 50 to 125 years.

When does a tile roof need to be replaced?

Consider replacing a tile roof if:

  • The cost of repairs is more than 20% to 30% of the cost of a new roof.

  • The home is experiencing multiple roof leaks.

  • More than 50% of the tile is damaged.

  • The roof is more than 20 years old.

How many roof tiles are on an average house?

An average house has 1,200 to 2,500+ roof tiles, or 80 to 100+ tiles per square (100 square feet), depending on the tile type and size.

Can you tile a flat roof?

Most flat roofs cannot be tiled because they do not have the slope needed for proper water drainage with an overlapping tile roof system. Most roofing tiles require a 2.5:12 minimum slope.

How much does it cost to repair a tile roof?

Tile roof repair costs $500 to $2,500 on average or $5 to $25 per square foot, depending on the material and the damage extent and location.

How much does it cost to paint roof tiles?

Painting roof tiles costs $2 to $10 per square foot on average for labor and materials, or up to $30 per square foot for custom colors or glazes. Clay, concrete, and slate tiles are paintable. Most terracotta tiles contain a glaze that hinders paint adherence and leads to premature flaking.

Finding and hiring a tile roof contractor

Before hiring nearby roofing contractors for tile roof installation, be sure to:

  • Have a structural engineer inspect and determine if the roof needs reinforcement before tiling.

  • Know your approximate roof square footage so you can confirm the estimate details.

  • Get at least three estimates to compare.

  • Look for licensed roofing contractors with experience in tile roof installation.

  • Look for members of the Tile Roofing Industry Alliance (TRI) and the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA).

  • Ask for references or a portfolio of past projects going back at least five years to see how their work holds up.

  • Browse their reviews on HomeGuide and Google.

  • Select companies that are insured and bonded.

  • Avoid selecting the lowest quote as quality may suffer.

  • Get a detailed contract and warranty in writing before the work begins.

  • Never pay in full before the project starts. Use a payment plan instead for work completed.

Questions to ask

  • Are you licensed, bonded, and insured?

  • What experience do you have with tile roof installation?

  • Are you a member of the TRI or NRCA?

  • What tile do you recommend for my roof, and why?

  • Do you have a portfolio of your previous jobs?

  • Will you use subcontractors?

  • How long will the project take?

  • Will you install new flashings?

  • How will the crew leave the site at the end of each day?

  • How will you protect my yard and driveway during the installation?

  • What type of underlayment do you use, and how many layers do you install?

  • Is underlayment included in the estimate?

  • How long should the tile last?

  • Is there a warranty, and if so, what does it include?

  • What is and is not included in the estimate?

  • What additional costs should I expect?

  • Do you need a permit to install the tile roof?