In our last blog we hope we helped you understand a bit more about clay tile and concrete tile roofing for your home. Today we’re covering the money side of tile. There are three elements influencing the cost of a tile roof – materials, installation, and maintenance. All of these should be considered when you are looking for a roof replacement.
Which to Choose; Clay or Concrete?
Much like shingles, there is a wide variety of cost for the materials depending upon the type, style, and color you are considering for your roof replacement. Both types of roofing tiles require a durable roofing deck and quality underlayment so there is no advantage to choosing one over the other when it comes to preparing the roofing surface. If your professional roofing company deems the current structure of your roof is insufficient for the weight of the tile, you will need to budget for additional structural support.
Because of the manufacturing process, the cost of the clay tiles is between 30% and 50% more than concrete tiles. On the low end you can find that clay tile starts around $6 per square foot while concrete can start about $4 per square foot.
The installation of tile roofing is more than that of asphalt but the difference in cost between installing a clay and concrete roof is negligible. If you are changing from asphalt to tile, the current asphalt should be removed as not doing so may reduce the life of your new roof.
All roofing requires regular maintenance. Because of their fragile nature, clay tiles will almost always need to be maintained by a professional roofer so you will likely spend more maintaining clay tile over cement tile roofing.
The Bottom Line
On average tile roofing costs from $10 – $30 a square foot installed, depending upon the type, style and brand you choose. If you have a large roof surface, the cost difference between concrete tile and clay tile could be in the tens of thousands of dollars.
Because clay and cement tile is so durable and offers many benefits, you’ll find that the investment in tile roofing for your home pays for itself over time. If your tile fades or you simply want a different color, Suncoast Roofing Solutions offers a proprietary tile roof coating that can change the look of your tiles and ad energy efficiency. Call us today at 813-283-2544 to learn more about the tile roofing options available for your home.