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SOLVED: How Much Does It Cost To Tile A Roof?

how much does it cost to tile a roof

Having a safe, high quality roof for your home couldn’t be more important for your safety, security, warmth, and comfort. 

While there are many kinds of roof covering out there, the most popular options is still tiling of one sort or another. Of course, there is more than one type of tile, and therefore when answering the question “how much does it cost to tile a roof?” there are a number of factors to keep in mind. 

Firstly, you need to determine what type of tile you’re going to be using. Choosing the right type of tiles for your home can be a challenge but usually, the most popular choices are slates, plain tiles, and interlocking tiles. 

However, the type of tile isn’t the only aspect that will impact on the answer to the question of ‘how much does it cost to tile a roof?’. The size of your property also has a role to play in determining the final price. 

Needless to say, the larger your roof area, the more you can expect to spend on roofing tiles. However, you may still find that a larger roof can be cheaper to tile than a smaller one if you choose a more affordable roofing material. 

Let’s compare some types of tile and their cost so you can calculate your rough roofing costs and make a more informed choice...

What Are Plain Tiles?

Plain tiles are fairly small and rectangular in shape. Measuring around 267 x 165 mm they add a mellow feel to a home and are more commonly seen on country properties. They were traditionally made from clay with a natural camber for a slightly uneven lie. 

There are modern versions available today, of course, made from either concrete or clay. However, if you’d rather opt for the traditional handmade clay version you can expect to pay a lot more.

Of the main roof covering options available these days, plain tiles made either from concrete or clay are more expensive than any other choice. This is primarily because additional labour costs are involved. 

how much does it cost to tile a roof

About 60 tiles are required for every square metre of roof space and it’s a challenging and time-consuming task for the contractor

What About Interlocking Tiles?

Interlocking tiles are regarded to be the most affordable option for tiling your roof, and therefore it’s a common choice for volume. There are both concrete and clay versions available, and they come in several shapes and sizes. 

Some have been designed to mimic the appearance of natural slate tiles, for example, and have an attractive aesthetic that can greatly add to a building’s style without bumping up the costs too high.

While interlocking tiles cost more than double the price of plain tiles, there are only around 11 required for each square metre. This means you’ll need a lot less tiles to complete your roofing project and this reduces the labour cost too. 

Also, since the distance between battens is less, the battening costs are also much reduced.

how much does it cost to tile a roof

The intensive installation process increases labour costs and also increases the cost of buying the roofing material in the first place since more tiles are necessary to complete the job.

How Much Do Slate Tiles Cost?

During the Victoria era, the canals and waterways made transporting slates from Wales a lot simpler. This led to them becoming a popular roofing material across the country. Even today, slate roof tiles are a popular choice, although today only very few are actually from Wales, or even the UK. 

Most natural slate now comes from Spain, Brazil, and China, although their colours are similar to the more traditional Welsh equivalent. Although Welsh tiles can still be found, they are a lot more expensive than these imported alternatives.

Similar to plain tiles, natural slate tiles have no contours or drips. This means they need to be carefully laid to ensure that every single area of your roof has been fully covered. In some points, it’s possible that treble lapping will be required. 

What Other Costs Need to Be Considered?

Not only do you need to consider the cost of the materials and labour costs, there are some other costs to consider when answering how much does it cost to tile a roof? 

For a start, you will need to consider how you’re going to insulate your roof. Since most heat is lost through the roof of your home, having adequate insulation is vital to ensure that heat is retained, and no energy wasted. You shouldn’t forget to add this additional expense into your overall costs.

Now you have a more informed idea of the cost of tiling your roof, visit Home Logic today to find out more about insulation! Simply dial 0800 1700 636, or click the button below to get started today!