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Energy Efficient
Long Lifespan
Very Durable
100+ yrs
$11–$18 per sq ft
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Which Type of Roofing Tile is Best? 

Roofing tiles come in all types of styles, materials, and overall design. Tile roofs are built to last a lifetime, they are non-combustible, and safer against fires. Tile roofs give you a change from the basic asphalt roof and can pair with many modern home styles. Combining tile with more modern materials like glass, metal roofing, or cedar wood shake shingles make for a unique, beautiful architectural juxtaposition that will make your home design really stand out. Here is a roundup of the 5 different roof tiles homeowners have to choose from:

  • Clay Roof Tiles
  • Concrete Roof Tiles
  • Interlocking Roof Tiles
  • Large Format Roof Tiles
  • Low Pitch Roofing Tiles
  • Pantiles Roof Tiles
  • Slate Roofing Tiles
  • Solar Roofing Tiles
  • Traditional Roof Tiles

Tile roofs are built to last a lifetime. They are non-combustible so they are safe against fires. They are also resistant to rotting and insects. Tile roofing can work with virtually any home design.

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Tile Roofing Costs

The average installation price for a tile roof costs anywhere between $20,000 to $40,000 depending on the size of the roof and the type of tile roof you are wanting to install on your home. You can expect to pay $4.00 to $10.00 per square foot or $400 to $1,000 per square installed on a standard sized single story home. Costs will also vary by local installation costs. Use our roof replacement cost calculator below to get an estimate and connect with contractors in your area.

Clay Roof Tiles

Clay roofing tiles are very popular on modern homes looking for a Spanish villa style aesthetic. Clay tiles are relatively affordable compared to other tile roofing options, very easy to maintain, and are very durable lasting up to 100 years when well maintained. Clay tiles are more expensive to install than other more common roofing types such as a new asphalt shingle roof. Clay roofing tiles cost from $10 to $18 per square foot. Clay tile roofs come in quite a few styles such as terracotta, spanisy styles, mission style, and frenh styles. Like most tile roofs, you will need to consider the weight of clay tiles and be sure your home’s current roofing frame and structure can handle a heavier roofing material.


Concrete Roof Tiles

Concrete tile roofs are more affordable than clay roofing and boast a comparable lifespan at 100 years. Concrete roof tiles are less heavy than clay roof tiles which can make installation easier and your home safer in the long-run if the roof structure was to lose it’s durability over time. Concrete tiles cost around $3 to $5 per square foot. Concrete roof tiles also have an interlocking installation feature that has been developed which can make installation costs less as far as labor time billed.

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Slate Roofing Tiles

Slate roofing tiles are a very eco-friendly, beautiful, and a very durable roof installation option. Slate roofs can become expensive at $3.85 to $8 per square foot, with high labor costs to install due to their weight and installation process. Since slate roofing is made of stone, it is impervious to weather, sun, heat, and cold so you can expect a slate roof to last up to 150 years or more.

Solar Roofing Tiles

Solar roofing tiles are still a relatively new roof installation choice that more homeowners are considering when building out their home’s roof. Solar roof tiles have the look of a new asphalt shingle roof. Solar roofing tiles of course come with a higher price tag at $21 to $25 per square foot. They are comparable to asphalt roofs as far as protecting your home from the weather and being pretty durable. However, as with a traditional solar panel system these solar tiles have the ability to produce energy for your home directly powered by the sun. A solar roofing tile can produce anywhere from 13 to 63 watts of energy depending on how many tiles you have installed on your home.

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Energy Efficiency of Tile Roofs

Investing in a tile roof can significantly reduce your monthly energy bill. Roofing tiles are the only materials currently in use that possess two inherent qualities necessary for energy reduction: Investing in a tile roof can also make you eligible for federal and state tax credits and increase the resale value of your home as more and more homebuyers are looking for homes with energy efficient features.

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Tile Roof Maintenance

Tile roofs are able to stand up to the elements, so maintenance is minimal. Still, inspect your roof regularly and replace any cracked or chipped tiles immediately to prevent the damage from spreading. To keep your roof clean, consider hiring a professional who is well-versed in how to move around on a tile roof and will be able to quickly and easily apply primers and paints to keep your roof cool and looking great.

Other Things to Consider with Roofing Tiles

Tile roofs can be very heavy. Clay is heavier than concrete roof types, but both still put considerable strain on the structure of your home. Before you invest in a tile roof, you should consult with a structural engineer to determine if additional reinforcement should be made to support the weight of the roof.

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