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Concrete Tile Roof Cost

Concrete Tile Roof Cost

National average
$27,000
(1,500 sq.ft. roof with a moderate pitch using decorative flat tiles)
Low: $20,000

(1,500 sq.ft. roof with a low pitch using plain flat tiles)

High: $42,000

(1,500 sq.ft. roof with a high pitch and multiple peaks using curved tiles)

Cost to install a concrete tile roof varies greatly by region (and even by zip code).
Get free estimates from local contractors in your city.

The average cost of installing concrete tile roof is $27,000.

In this guide

Pros and cons of concrete tile roofing
Flat vs curved concrete tiles
Weight
Insulation
Installation process
Labor costs
Maintenance
Concrete vs clay vs terracotta roofing tiles
Enhancements and improvements
Additional costs and considerations
FAQs

How much does it cost to install concrete tile roof?

Tile roofs have been around for centuries and produce a wide range of looks and styles. Concrete tile roofs have advantages over other types of tile, including better durability. They come in many shapes and also offer different finishes that impact the project cost. For a 1,500 sq.ft. roof, concrete tiles have an average cost range from $22,500 to $30,700, with most homeowners spending around $27,000 on a 1,500 sq.ft roof with a moderate pitch using decorative flat tiles.

Concrete tile roof installation

Concrete tile roof installation costs
National average cost$27,000
Average range$22,500 - $30,700
Minimum cost$20,000
Maximum cost$42,000


Pros and cons of concrete tile roofing

Concrete tiles have been around for centuries. They are made from a mixture of sand 1 and Portland cement, often with added binders, resins, and pigments. They are tested in numerous conditions and have good durability in most weather conditions. They can last 50 years or more and are not as fragile as clay tiles. They are also low-maintenance and do not require much care. They resist insects and most moisture and rot problems, and they also have a Class A fire rating, making them a good choice for homes in areas prone to wildfires.

Concrete tiles are heavy, however, especially when compared to other tiles like composites and asphalt 2 shingles 3. Your roof may need reinforcing prior to installation. They can also be expensive when compared to other roofing materials, both to purchase and install.

Flat vs curved concrete tiles

One benefit of concrete tiles is that they come in different styles to suit a variety of homes. This includes the shape the tiles are available in.

Concrete tiles can be flat tiles, which make them good for modern and transitional-style homes. Depending on the color and appearance, they can also have the appearance of slate 4 shingles 3 or cedar shakes 5, which help them fit in with some older home styles. Flat concrete tiles have costs starting around $8 - $10 a square foot, or $800 to $1,000 a square. This cost increases when with designer tiles that mimic other materials like stone or wood.

If you want the traditional look of a tile roof, however, concrete tiles are available in the standard “S” shape, which gives the roof a more undulating or waved appearance typical for homes in the South and Southwest. These tiles have a higher starting cost of around $14 a square foot or $1,400 a square. Many styles and color blends start closer to $20 a square foot, making them one of the more expensive options.


Flat concrete tiles ($8 - $10 per square foot)

Flat concrete tiles


Curved concrete tiles ($14 - $20 per square foot)

Curved concrete tiles


Weight

Concrete tiles are among the heaviest forms of roofing material available. They weigh more than twice asphalt 2 shingles 3, so unless you replace a tile or slate 4 roof with concrete tiles, you need to have your roof evaluated to determine if it can handle the additional load. This is usually carried out by a structural engineer, a person who can look at your roof construction and calculate the load it can handle. This can add $1,500 - $2,000 to the project, although this cost may be lower if your roofer has a structural engineer on staff.

Insulation

Concrete tiles have good thermal resistance when compared to other tile types, which means they reduce the heat most homes gain from sun exposure without the need for additional insulation. Install the concrete tiles with a batten system beneath them or a series of strips that elevate the concrete off the roof slightly. This combination reduces the thermal load by as much as 45% when compared to asphalt 2 shingles 3, reducing the need for attic insulation and ventilation.

Installation process

Concrete tiles are installed like other tile roofing materials. Because they come in different shapes and styles, however, the installation process varies, depending on the tile. For example, flat tiles are designed to interlock in a way that is different than an S tile.

All installations start with the removal of the old roof, followed by the installation of an underlayment 6 and waterproof membrane. If the installation is in a hot climate, battens are nailed down to the roof deck to elevate the tiles.

Any penetrations in the roof, such as skylights or chimneys, are flashed 7 to protect them from water infiltration. Then, the tile is installed, usually beginning at the edge of the roof, and working backward, with each tile course nailed to the battens, and overlapping the course below it to create a watertight installation. Ridge caps and end pieces are installed last to complete the job.

Labor costs

Concrete tile roofs can be difficult and time-consuming to install, particularly when battens are required or when using a complex pattern or shape. This, combined with the slope of the roof, can lead 8 to a wide range of installation costs. Roofs with higher pitches or those that need additional work on sealing edges or with multiple skylights or chimneys have higher labor costs than roofs with a more moderate pitch and fewer penetrations. Roofers typically charge between $4 and $8 a square foot, or $400 to $800 per square, depending on the tile and pitch. It is not uncommon for installation costs to range from $7,000 to $13,000 for a concrete tile roof out of the $27,000 total.

Maintenance

Concrete tile roofs are fairly low-maintenance. Like all roofs, they should be inspected yearly to look for signs of wear, broken tiles, or water leaks. Concrete tiles are susceptible to algae growth and may collect dirt and debris, so you may need to clean them periodically to remove the algae using a mixture of bleach and water.

If you notice a cracked or broken tile, replace it as soon as possible to help prevent future problems like water leaks.

Concrete vs clay vs terracotta roofing tiles

Concrete is only one option for tile roofing, but clay and terracotta tiles are also available. Clay is a more versatile material with different additives, and terracotta is a specific type of clay in a limited range of colors.

Of the three, terracotta is the most fragile and most expensive, starting at about $20 a square foot. It also has a more limited range of colors and requires more maintenance, with the removal of the tiles every few years to make repairs.

Clay tiles also require more maintenance but last the longest - up to 100 years when maintained properly. Clay tiles come in more colors and a vast range of styles, with the most options for style versatility. They cost approximately $15 a square foot on average but are easily broken if stepped on.

Concrete is the most durable and versatile in style, meaning that concrete tiles can appear like wood shakes 5 or slate 4 tiles as well as clay or terracotta tiles. They are less-maintenance and less easily broken but do not last as long as clay tiles.

Enhancements and improvements

Roof Inspection

It is always a good idea to have a roof inspection done regularly and before you install a new roof. A roof inspection documents any issues with your current roof and roof deck and what steps to take to fix them. Inspections run from $400 to $700, depending on the level 9.

Additional costs and considerations

  • While concrete roofs can last 50 years or more, the underlayment 6 below may need replacement before then. This may require the tiles to be removed every 20 years for underlayment 6 replacement.
  • Concrete tiles can remain waterproof for up to 30 years, with most manufacturers offering warranties of at least this long.
  • While it is possible to roof over a single-layer asphalt 2 roof with another layer of asphalt 2, you need to remove any old roofing prior to installing a concrete tile roof. This adds $0.85 to $1 a square foot to the project.
  • In some areas, a new roof requires a permit as well as additional fees for disposing of the old roofing. Consult your roofer or town or city hall for more information.
  • Your homeowner’s insurance may cover some roof damage, such as hail. Call your agent before proceeding.
  • Roofers may charge different rates by region, so your costs may be higher or lower than the national average, depending on your location.
  • Your roof must be replaced during good weather with no rain, so it is usually best to wait until the summer months to avoid weather-related delays.
  • While you can walk on a tile roof and concrete holds up better than clay, you may still risk breaking any rounded or non-flat tiles. Use caution and avoid hopping or spending excessive time on the roof.

FAQs

  • How long do concrete tile roofs last?

Concrete tile roofs can last 50 years or more with proper maintenance and care.

  • How much does a concrete roof cost?

A 1,500sq.ft. concrete roof has an average cost of around $27,000.

  • How thick does a concrete roof need to be?

Tile thickness is usually correlated to the style, with flat tiles being thicker than curved. Always check with the manufacturer.

  • Is a concrete roof waterproof?

Yes, most concrete roofs are warrantied for at least 30 years with guarantees of waterproofing.

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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
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glossary term picture Sanding 1 Sand: Process of removing the top surface of a material, such as wood, using sandpaper and/or a specialized sanding machine (for large surface areas)
glossary term picture Bitumen 2 Asphalt: A viscous, black mixture of hydrocarbons often used for roofing and waterproofing. It is also used in asphalt for paving roads
glossary term picture Shingle 3 Shingles: A smooth, uniform, flat piece of construction material, available in a wide variety of materials and laid in a series of overlapping rows, used to cover the outside of roofs or walls to protect against weather damage and leaks.
glossary term picture Slate 4 Slate: A fine-grained rock, typically bluish-gray in color, that can easily be split into thin layers and is commonly used as a roofing material
glossary term picture Shake 5 Shakes: A rugged flat piece of wooden construction material with at least one grain-split face, generally made of either redwood or cedar, laid in a series of overlapping rows and used to cover the outside of roofs and walls to protect against weather damage and leaks
6 Underlayment: Roofing material laid underneath roofing tiles to seal the roof, preventing leaks
glossary term picture Flashing 7 Flashed: Pieces of sheet metal used on roofs to cover joints, such as where the roof meets the wall, or around a chimney or skylight, to protect them and prevent water leaking through
glossary term picture Lead 8 Lead: A naturally occurring heavy metal that is highly toxic to humans, and has been used in paint, gasoline, piping, and other applications
9 Level: The process of evening out the ground's surface, making it either flat or sloped.

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Grey concrete tile roof installed in a house
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