Beyond your roof’s size, tile style, and material, here are some other factors to consider when budgeting for tile roof installation.
You’ll want a professional roofer to handle tile roof installation. Roofers charge anywhere from $45 to $75 per hour. Labor costs increase if you have a steep slope or unusual roof style because installation is more dangerous and takes longer to complete correctly.
Installation costs are higher in areas with a higher cost of living. Local weather can also affect your price, as you may need certain roofing materials to deal with specific climate trends. For example, a roofing job will cost more in an area that experiences severe weather because it requires better materials and more precision. Similarly, places that experience heavy rain or snowfall will require heavy-duty waterproof roofing.
Roof Removal or Repair
Tile roof installation often requires removing your existing roof, whether it’s tile or another material. Roof removal costs around $1 to $5 per square foot. The price varies among roofing contractors, so ask about removal costs when you receive a quote.
In some cases, you can save money by repairing an existing tile roof instead of installing a new one. Tile roof repair costs $4 to $9 per square foot for minimal damage. Again, costs vary among contractors, so ask your roofer how they calculate their pricing.
Certain tile types, such as concrete and clay, are heavy and may require reinforcement, increasing your total cost. Hiring a structural engineer to ensure your roof can handle a heavy tile roof can cost $1,000 to $10,000. Where your price falls within this range depends on your home’s current structural integrity.
Underlayment is a waterproof barrier placed beneath the tiles to help seal the roof. This layer protects your home from severe weather and potential water damage, such as mold. Roofers replace the old underlayment when installing a new tile roof. The installer will determine the underlayment needed based on your roof’s slope and selected tile material. According to our research, underlayment costs 50 cents to $2 per square foot.