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How Much Does Roof Tiling Cost?

Last Updated Jun 15, 2015 · Written by Rob Schneider

Your roof is your home's "crowning glory" and makes a big difference to the appearance and value of your home. Roof tiling is often considered an expensive option, but this is not necessarily the case. Read on to find out more about the cost of roof tiling.

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How to Calculate the Cost* of Roof Tiling

If you have some time and a fresh cup of coffee, you can figure out the cost of your roof tiles yourself. First you'll have to find out how many square metres of roof you have. Then, to get a more accurate number, multiply the total by 1.1 to compensate for the roof pitch.

The next step is to find out how much different types of roofing materials cost. As a rule:
  • Concrete roof tiling is generally the least expensive option.
  • Terracotta tiling can cost 25 to 100 percent more than concrete, depending on the quality.
  • Slate tiling is the most expensive.
It's worth taking a closer look at concrete before you make your final decision. Today's concrete roof tiling can be indistinguishable from terracotta or slate and comes in a variety of colours and profiles. Standard curved profiles are less expensive than any other type of roofing material. If you prefer shingle style tiles, they start at about the same price as basic terracotta tiles.

Roof Tiles versus Metal Roofing

Colorbond and similar products have become extremely popular, partly because they are sometimes believed to be less expensive than tiles. This is not the case, though. Concrete tiles are as much as 20% cheaper and you can find terracotta tiles that are competitively priced with Colorbond or Zincalume.

Aside from their cost advantages, concrete and terracotta roof tiles provide better acoustic and thermal insulation than metal roofing. If you live in a high bushfire danger area, though, metal sheet roofing such as Colorbond or Zincalume might be a better choice because the flat metal sheeting can be sealed against falling embers more effectively than tiles.

Roof Tiling Installation Costs*

It is more expensive to have roof tiles installed than metal roofing because of the labour involved. In general, roof tiles cost between $80 and $120 per square metre, depending on the roofing material you choose. Slate and more expensive terracotta tiles will cost more. The price should include removing and disposing of the old roofing material, but not unforeseen repairs, if needed. Some other factors that affect the cost include the:
  • Roof pitch;
  • Height of the roof;
  • Roof design
  • Incidental labour costs
If you have a more complex roof design, with valleys and hips, the installation cost will be on the high end of the scale.

Have a look at our Roof Design Ideas. When you see the perfect roofing material for you, don't tell yourself it's too expensive and move on to one you think will be more affordable. Get quotes from reputable roofing experts in your area and you'll probably find your perfect roof also comes at an affordable price.

*Cost and prices in this article are indicative and should only be used as a guide. They also vary locally and are subject to market forces. This article was updated 12 June 2015 to reflect current market pricing.

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