Concrete vs. Clay Roof Tile Cost 2020: Pros & Cons of Tile Roofs

Do you love the distinctive and attractive look of roof tiles? If the answer is yes, then you are among a growing number of homeowners who pick tiles as the roofing material of choice for their homes.

Clay Roof Tiles installed on a traditional roof hip roof

A tile roof is a costly upfront investment, especially if you opt for clay tiles rather than concrete ones. However, tiles offer many great benefits including durability, longevity, energy-efficiency, great curb appeal, low maintenance, hurricane-grade wind mitigation (with proper installation and maintenance), fire safety, and more.

Traditional (non-metal made) tiles are most commonly available in either concrete or clay, and come in a multitude of shapes, profiles and colors.

The Difference in Cost Between Concrete vs. Clay Tiles

For all the reasons mentioned above it should come as no surprise that clay tiles cost about 30% more than concrete tiles, with an average cost of clay tiles hoovering around $10.50 to $18.50 per square foot installed.

Ludowici tile roof – Flat slab Georgian. Source: Ludowici.com

More exotic tiles can easily cost as much as $20 to $30 per square foot installed, though. Thus, there is a lot of variation in price to be expected, depending on how fancy a tile you want to pick.

In terms of total costs installed, a basic tile roof could cost anywhere from $20,000 to $40,000, depending on the size of your house, tile choice, and location of your property.

New Shingle Roof

$7,500
Average price
New Metal Roof

$14,500
Average price
New Flat Roof

$8,225
Average price

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Since both, clay and concrete tiles are expensive in comparison to most other roofing choices, you’ll need to consider whether all the added benefits that real tiles have to offer are worth the extra expense.

Keep in mind that the total life-cycle cost of tiles is actually quite low compared to composition shingles, since clay tiles can last for as long as 100 years, while concrete tiles should protect your roof for 50 years plus.

Verdict: if unique style and authenticity is what you are looking for, then tiles can be a sound choice for your home, provided that you are also willing to invest in the structural reinforcement of your roof truss structure.

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Concrete Tile Roof Cost in 2020: Boral & Eagle Roofing Tiles

Concrete tiles are a viable alternative to clay tiles – classic, contemporary and even rustic styles are combined with durability and resistance to the elements.

Boral Saxony 900 Hartford Slate concrete tile – Toffee

via Boral America

For many home owners, the bottom line is cost, and while many sources seem to pull their concrete tile pricing numbers right out of thin air, this guide provides real figures based on extensive research.

Cost

You can expect to pay between $8.50 and $17.50 per sq. ft. to install a concrete tile roof on your home. — This gives you an average cost of $10.50 to $14.50 per sq. ft. installed.

That being said, the tile quality and thickness, installation difficulty, and your home’s location will impact costs.

The table below offers more detail on the low-end, mid-range, and high-end product pricing breakdown:

Concrete Tile Roof Cost per Sq. Ft. Installed
Low Average High
$8.50 to $10.50 $10.50 to $13.50 $13.50 to $17.50
*Add $0.80-$1.35/sq. ft. to remove and dispose of asphalt shingles
*Add $1.00-$1.50/sq. ft. to remove and dispose of tile roofing

New Shingle Roof

$7,500
Average price
New Metal Roof

$14,500
Average price
New Flat Roof

$8,225
Average price

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Total Cost of a Typical Project

A larger home and garage will need about 3,600 square feet of tiles. That accounts for the slope of the roof and for waste. In the industry, enough material to cover 100 square feet is known as a square.

Thus, a larger home with a garage — a type of house that is stylistically suitable for a tile roof would require roughly 36 squares of roofing material. Here are the low, average, and high total project costs to expect:

Total Project Cost:
Low  Average High
$34,200 $43,200 $55,800

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Stone-Coated Steel Roof Cost, Plus Pros & Cons in 2020

If you are looking for a roofing system that offers a classic beauty of slate, clay tiles, or stylish shingles, but without the premium cost, then a stone-coated steel roof could be a sensible option for your home.

Gerard stone-coated steel-tile roof – Barrel Vault Profile

Cost

Materials: Stone-coated steel tiles, trim, and nails cost about $3.50 to $5.50 per square foot, depending on a particular profile and order size.

In the US, the top manufacturers of stone-coated metal roofing products are Gerard Usa and DECRA.

Note that Boral Roofing has recently acquired a few top stone-coated steel roofing manufacturers including Gerard and Metro. As a result Gerard and Metro stone-coated steel tiles are now marketed under the Boral Steel brand.

Installation: On average, you can expect to pay between $7.50 to $12.50 per sq. ft. to install a stone-coated metal roof on your property. — This total cost installed includes all the materials, permitting, labor, and warranty.

Larger Context

For just a fraction of the cost slate or clay tiles, you can have a beautiful, long lasting roofing system that will provide superior protection for your home, with none of the structural disadvantages of other roofing materials.

To decide whether a stone-coated steel roof is right for you, consider the following features, benefits, and advantages:

Distinct Looks & Versatile Styles Stone coated steel roof on a custom home One of the reasons for the growing popularity of stone-coated steel roofs, is the wide variety of styles and designs available to homeowners who are looking to add some curb appeal to their home.

Advanced technology makes it possible to imitate the premium look of clay, slate or architectural shingle so closely, that it is nearly impossible to discern that the stone-coated tile is actually made of metal.

Panels of stone-coated steel roofs are formed into three profiles: shake, tile and shingle. In recent years, new tile designs that mirror the highly desirable look of Mediterranean clay tile have also become available to homeowners.

One very important advantage of a stone-coated steel roof is that it will continue looking fresh and new for many years to come without requiring any additional maintenance.

New Shingle Roof

$7,500
Average price
New Metal Roof

$14,500
Average price
New Flat Roof

$8,225
Average price

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Durable & Built to Last

Unlike other roofing materials, a stone – coated steel roof offers superior durability: it will not break, curl, split, crack, warp, or absorb water.

The interlocking design of the roof panels, makes it resistant to heavy rain, freeze/thaw cycles, snow and wind uplift.

A stone-coated steel roofing systems have been successfully tested against wind speeds of over 120 MPH, and 8.8 inches of rain per hour.

The durability of a stone-coated steel roof will remain consistent overtime, offering superior protection for many decades to come.

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