Replacing Broken Roof Tiles – A Price Guide

Most roof tiles in the UK are made from concrete, some are clay based and fewer still are manufactured from slate.

Concrete and clay tiles can cost as little as 40p each, while slates are a little more expensive, depending on the type of slate.

While the cost of the tiles may seem quite low, the cost of replacing broken tiles is often expensive.

This is because gaining safe access to a roof takes time and often involves access equipment such as towers or even scaffold.

If you’ve discovered broken tiles on your roof and would like an idea of how much it will cost to replace them, explore our price guide below.

Photos of a Standard Roof Tile Being Replaced

Cost to replace broken tile

Broken Roof Tile

Price to replace tile on roof

Push up tiles above broken one

Guide for replacing tiles on roof

De-nail(if there are any) tile and remove

Price and cost to replace roof tile

Lay tile on timber batten, nail and pull down tiles above

As you can see from the photos above, replacing a single broken tile is quite simple.

Below you can see other types of tile that are little more tricky to replace:

Tiles underneath cement work will cost more to replace

Tiles underneath cement work will cost more to replace

A tile located in a valley could be difficult to remove. The new tile will need to be cut and cemented in place.

A tile located in a valley could be difficult to remove. The new tile will need to be cut and cemented in place.

Cemented tiles to an apex/gable can be very difficult to remove, often they need to be cut out.

Cemented tiles to an apex/gable can be very difficult to remove, often they need to be cut out.

Prices – Examples

The price a roofing contractor will charge to go up on a roof and replace broken roof tiles will depend on:

  1. How difficult is it to access the roof?
  2. How easy is it remove the tile? (Is it cemented in place? See costs to replace roof cement)
  3. Are new tiles easy to source or are they no longer being manufactured?
  4. The general condition of the roof (if it’s “knackered” then it may cost more than just a repair!)

Below you’ll see some example prices for the most common roof tile replacement projects.

tiles with damage

Example 1 – Replace One to Five Broken Tiles | Easy Access | No Problems Sourcing Tiles

If you have less than five broken tiles on the roof and new tiles can be easily sourced from a local supplier, there are no access issues and scaffold is not required. We assume the work should take no longer than one hour.

LocationSmall Business /TraderLarge Business
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London Area£200.00£275.00
South, SW and Midlands£200.00£275.00
Outer Region and North£150.00£N/A

Example 2 – Broken Tiles | Minor Access Issues | Difficult to Remove Tiles

If you have less than five broken tiles but they are not easily accessible from a ladder, a roof ladder and access tower are required to gain access to the roof. Some of the tiles may be bedded onto cement. The work is going to take a couple of hours.

LocationSmall Business /TraderLarge Business
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London Area£225.00£350.00
South, SW and Midlands£225.00£300.00
Outer Region and North£200.00£N/A

Example 3 – Broken Tiles | Scaffold Required | Very Difficult to Remove Tiles | Tiles Need to be Pre-Ordered

Assuming there are less than five broken tiles, but access is difficult, perhaps over a conservatory or up three storeys, a small amount of scaffold is required. The tiles are located in an area where there is cement, and this cement will have to be removed and replaced (valley ridge or verge etc.) The tiles are no longer manufactured, and your supplier will need to source from reclaim yards, which will take time and affect the price.

LocationSmall Business /TraderLarge Business
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London Area£700.00£950.00
South, SW and Midlands£650.00£800.00
Outer Region and North£550.00£N/A

What Can Increase/Decrease the Cost?

As you can see from our example prices, access and tile location affect the price more than then type of tile that’s broken.

Here is a list of all the variables a roofing contractor will take into consideration when preparing a quote to replace broken roof tiles:

  • More than five tiles are broken
  • Heavy duty scaffold is required
  • If the tiles can be reached from gutter height
  • Will the scaffold be blocking a public right of way, will a scaffold licence be needed?
  • If the tiles can be easily sourced from local suppliers
  • Does any cement need to to be removed and replaced
  • The overall condition of roof – will removing a few tiles result in more breakages elsewhere that will cost more?
  • Is the trader/contractor VAT registered? (some small firms are exempt)

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2 Responses to “Replacing Broken Roof Tiles – A Price Guide”

  1. Samuel GarnetFebruary 18, 2018 at 11:43 pm #

    Glad to see you update prices, means people to trust this site.

  2. jeanette pescodJune 27, 2018 at 2:23 pm #

    to replace 40 tiels on a roof how much would it cost and removely of small chimmly

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