Why Is Tile Roof So Expensive and Is It Worth the Price?

While a number of roofing options exist on the market today, tile roofing may be the best option for you. However, there are a couple of questions that must be answered first: Why is tile roof so expensive, and is it worth the price? 

For any of you who have a foundational understanding of tile roofs or roofs in general, you may already know that when it comes to tile roofs, the price tag is much higher than other roofing material. This can often scare people away from the investment. 

Hopefully this article eliminates some fears and answers some questions. 

Why is tile roof so expensive?

Primarily, tile roof is expensive for these 3 reasons:


The labor involved is tedious, strenuous, and requires an expertise that is not often found, even in the roofing industry. The material itself is very heavy, and the buyer must bear the costs of the added work load. 

• Manpower

A close relative of labor is that of manpower. Unlike the relatively simplistic approach and workload of installing asphalt shingles, which would not necessarily require a team, it is possible that tile roofing may require more men for the job.

• Material

The material itself that is used in tile roofing is more expensive (although it does vary some). However, across the board, it will be more expensive than asphalt shingles. Material such as metal, concrete, clay, slate, and synthetic are among the popular categories.  

Is tile roof worth the price?

Next, it is important to weigh some of the pros and cons of installing a tile roof. Whether it is worth the cost will vary from person to person. As a result, I will lay out some of the advantages and disadvantages and let you decide if it is worth it for you.  

• Repairs

One of the great benefits of having a tile roof installed is that it will be the only time that you will ever need to install a roof on your home. For a number of other roofing options, repairs and replacements will be a must. 

However, when it comes to tile roofs, a concrete tile roof will last up to 50 years, a clay tile roof will last up to 100 years, and a slate tile roof will last for over 100 years. The benefits here are clear. 

For those of you who want to say goodbye to roof repairs and replacements, investing in a tile roof could be a good choice.  

• Budget

While the benefit of not needing to repair your roof may be tempting, the matter of what you can afford is also important to consider. The various tile choices will, in the end, cost you around 3 times or more than asphalt shingles would cost. 

The reasons for this have been laid out above. This one point is a deterrent for many, as often times low-income households, or even those who find themselves in the middle, cannot afford the added amount.  

• Time

While some of you may find it difficult to afford tile, some may find that the time and money it will save in the future, as a result, are well worth the price. The time factor is closely connected to the matter of repairs. 

For the person who is dealing with a roof that is constantly a problem, it will take a lot of time and money to deal with it all. For the man who has invested in a tile roof, these problems are often problems of the past rather than the present. 

• Residence

Finally, it is essential to ask yourself how long you will be at your home. A tile roof may increase your home’s value on the open market. However, if you will be moving soon at the end of the day, it may not be a good investment.


Choose wisely, think intelligently, and plan accordingly. The cost may be worth it for you. For some, it may not. Either way, a good roof is essential for a good home.