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What Is The Cost Of Tiles For A Spanish Roof?

Spanish roof tiles are not cheap with a US average of between $12-$25 per square foot which is more than double the amount of asphalt shingles. The origin of Spanish tiles goes way back to the 17th century in mainland Spain. Spanish tiles consist of various tile designs and colors with both Mexican and Spanish influences and were originally made from clay or ceramic although there are materials available now.

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The cost of Spanish roof tiles

Spanish tiles are a popular roofing choice in both North and South America. They offer a timeless style that is beautiful and graceful and are a durable choice for longevity and value for money.
New composite materials have produced synthetic or faux Spanish tiles which can really shave a lot from the cost at $8-$10 per square foot on average but they do lack the quality and character of the real deal as well as the weatherproofing attributes.
Here are some guide prices, there are lots of variables but this should give you an idea for your roof size. Remember, a roof square is one hundred square feet

Type of Spanish Tile Cost per square foot Cost per roof square
Entry to middle range including synthetic or faux $6.00 - $8.75 $650 - $875
Middle to higher range $8.75 - $11.00 $875 - $1,100

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What can Spanish roof tiles be made out of?

Much of the cost of Spanish roof tiles will depend upon what they are made from, there are several different types of material available:

  • Ceramic or clay tiles – popular due to their originality and uniqueness with a richness and texture that will really add curb appeal to your home. Ceramic and clay tiles are long-lasting and durable due to modern manufacturing processes certainly compared to their ancestors on which these designs are based
  • Terracotta tiles – terracotta tiles fall within the range of ceramic and clay options and are a smooth tile with a choice of patterns, shapes and colors. Terracotta tiles are a more cost-effective choice within this range but they are not very robust and are prone to chipping and breaking
  • Concrete tiles – designed to look like the real deal, concrete Spanish tiles are supremely strong and withstand extreme weather so are a good choice for homes in areas which experience extreme hot weather events. Concrete tiles are also fire resistant. Not as resilient to very cold conditions as they can crack, concrete tiles are also heavy so the roof deck may need to be reinforced. Concrete tiles have the distinct benefit of always looking good and being almost maintenance free
  • Metal tiles – manufactured to look like a Spanish roof tile, metal is extremely durable with a long lifespan. Aluminium, copper and galvanized steel are the most popular choices. Metal Spanish roof tiles are also good from an energy saving perspective as the metal reflects the heat during the summer keeping the house cool. Metal Spanish tiles are lightweight but they are one of the more expensive options
  • Synthetic Spanish tiles – a third of the weight of clay or concrete, if you want to convert from asphalt shingles then a synthetic Spanish tile sometimes also referred to as a composite tile, can avoid the modifications needed to strengthen the roof deck for a heavier version. Synthetic Spanish tiles also have a lifespan of 50+ years and are maintenance free. Price wise they fall towards the entry to middle range of Spanish tile roof costs

What are the other influencers on the cost of Spanish roof tiles?

The most significant factors which contribute to cost are the choice of material and the level of design and color.

What are Spanish roof slates?

The term ‘Spanish roof tiles’ is often used interchangeably and can refer to a product which is actually made from Spanish slate and is equally popular.

Spanish slate can be sourced from a variety of regions throughout Spain although most exports come from the north of the country. The slate has a range of beautiful and natural colours but commonly has a gray/blue profile.

The region will dictate the type of slate, for instance, the La Baña region offers roof slates which have a contemporary matte finish whereas the region of Carballeda de Valdeorras offers irregular roof slates that provide a unique and rustic look to a property.

Slate is known to be one of the most aesthetically pleasing and durable of all roofing materials but is expensive and less resilient than a heavier more substantial alternative.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are they worth the cost, will Spanish tiles improve my roof?

Spanish tiles provide a unique and very pleasing aesthetic and mean your roof will not have a match anywhere else in the neighbourhood. Spanish tiles give a high-end and colonial feel and to most homeowners are a design statement promoting luxury. There are plenty of Spanish tile choices for lots of different types of property so it is always possible to find a design which will suit your home and made from a material which comes within your budget.

What are the advantages of Spanish tiles?

One of the biggest advantages of Spanish tiles apart from their look and finish, is the color choices and patterning that are available. Choose plain or patterned tiles to make your home unique, with abstract or geometric designs. There is also plenty of choice in material with the most popular being clay but there are also ceramic and synthetic options. Their Mediterranean history means that these tiles were designed to keep houses cool so they are perfect for the hot temperatures of California and Florida.

What are the disadvantages of Spanish roof tiles?

Spanish roof tiles don’t do well in colder climates particularly if they are made of concrete as the tiles can freeze and then become prone to chipping and cracking. Spanish tiles are not always the best options for flat roofs either as their waterproofing properties are not as strong as some other types of tile.

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