Estimating the Cost of a Clay Tile Roof

The installation of a clay tile roof can bring the look of historic charm and beauty to any style home. However, although these roofs are extremely attractive they can also cost substantially more than traditional roofing materials such as asphalt shingles. If you’re considering installing a clay tile roof there are certain factors to consider in order to properly estimate the cost.

Cost of Material

Clay tile roofing is much more durable than traditional roofing with manufacturers offering warranties in excess of 50 years. However this durability comes at a price that is often more than twice the cost of alternative roofing materials. Depending on the type of clay tile roof the difference could be upwards of fifty dollars a square foot.

Cost of Installation

Another factor to consider when estimating are the higher labor rates for installing a clay tile roof. This roofing’s weight and composition make it very difficult to work with. Due to the skill required to work with clay tile roofing the installation costs are often double that of other roofing materials. The cost can increase if the pitch of your roof is steep enough to prevent walking the roof. The extra time to install scaffolding and roof brackets will also have to be accounted for in the estimate.