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Metal Tile Roofing Installation & Cost Guide

When looking to tile a roof with metal tiles, it is important to look at all of the costs associated with the project before going forward with final plans. There are a myriad of materials that can be used as roofing, with metal tiles being one of the easiest materials to install. See all the costs and advantages that come with installing metal roof tiles.

The Costs 

  • Minimum cost of metal tile roofing: $3 per square foot

  • Maximum cost of metal tile roofing: $10 per square foot 

Metal tiles can range in cost from $3 to $10 per square foot. The majority of time, higher prices will correlate with higher-quality tiles, though this isn't always the case. Some companies can charge more than others, and homeowners should always be on the lookout for tiles that aren't of good enough quality as well as store employees that sell the tiles at too high of a cost relative to the quality. On average, it's possible to find good quality tiles for $4 to $6 per square foot. No matter what quality of tile is decided upon, it's extremely important to measure the area in which the tiles will be laid down on before purchasing the tile as the exact square footage is important to ascertain how much tile will be needed.

Although the actual tiles are the main cost associated with this project, there are a myriad of others that need to be taken into account when deciding on an overall budget. Aside from the tiles, the main area of concern is whether or not to hire a contractor. If hiring a contractor, the costs of the installation will undoubtedly increase by a significant amount, but a contractor is also likely to install the tiles perfectly and without substantial errors. Contractors work should be guaranteed, so any ensuing complications would be their responsibility. This is a great option for those that need the project done in a timely manner or for those that simply don't have the know-how to install the tiles themselves. When considering the possibility of hiring a contractor, it's essential that the homeowner in question receive quotes from at least a few different contractors, to ensure the best deal possible as well as the highest-quality craftsmanship during the installation. Estimates are generally free. On average, a good contractor can cost anywhere from $50 to $75 per hour.

When completing the installation without the use of a contractor, there are different costs that should factor into the overall budget. For instance, all of the required tools will need to be bought before the project is started. These extra supplies and tools can run upwards of $400 to $600, depending on what's needed. One of the primary aspects of installing without a contractor that needs to be considered is that if the project is done by a novice, it can take nearly twice the amount of time to complete.


As with every home improvement project, there are a bevy of materials that need to be purchased in order for the tiling to be completed without any major mistakes. When doing the installation without a contractor on hand, it's highly important to be thorough and cautious when using these materials and applying the tiles to the roof. The two primary materials that are needed, aside from the common tools which can be found at any local hardware store, are the underlayment and flashing.

Underlayment is one of the most essential aspects of a roofing project as it is the portion of the roofing that lies directly beneath the tiles. In essence, underlayment is designed to keep a home safe from water damage and leaks that could get through the outer portion of the roof, which, in this case, is the metal tile. The most common and also one of the most effective materials used as underlayment is that of asphalt-saturated felt paper. Thankfully, asphalt-saturated felt is rather cheap and shouldn't add too much to the overall project costs as it only runs around $15 to $20 per 400 square feet, depending on where it's bought. 

Flashing is merely a weatherproofing material that simply adds to the overall quality of a roof. They are used to pass water from one point of a roof to the next when storms or other hazardous weather hits. Flashing are thin strips of material that are generally made of lead, aluminum or copper. Although aluminum is likely the cheapest, it is a high-quality option that can be bought from $10 to $40, depending on size of the roll. Both the aforementioned underlayment and flashing are necessary to support the design of the metal tiles when being installed.

Advantages of Metal Roof Tiles

Metal is one of the most lightweight roofing materials available, which makes it particularly easy to install without the use of a contractor. Metal tiles can also be bought in a myriad of different colors and designs, which can add greatly to the look of the home in general. If coated with a stone granular coating, they can look like clay. Metal tiles are highly energy efficient, saving a homeowner a large amount on their air conditioning costs. Metal roof tiles are extremely weather resistant, able to withstand much more than other materials.

Disadvantages of Metal Roof Tiles

Cost is one of the primary disadvantages that comes with choosing metal tiles. Although there are a few materials that are even higher in cost, metal tiles may be a bit too pricey for someone on a budget. Due to the nature of metal, any bad weather such as rain and sleet can become very noisy when hitting off the tiles.

The advantages of metal tile roofing are rather substantial, culminating in a material that no homeowner should feel guilty about choosing. The durability of the material along with the general ease of installment that comes with it, make for a very compelling product.

Last updated on Aug 26, 2014

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