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How Much Does it Cost to Replace Broken Roof Tiles?

Roof tiles often break or come loose, often as a result of the freeze/thaw cycle, from damage by falling tree branches or due to strong winds lifting them.

Sometimes a tile can crack yet stay in the same place for years, the damage being difficult or impossible to see from the ground.

How much it costs to replace broken roof tiles will depend on these factors:

  • How many broken tiles there are.
  • Where on the roof they’re located.
  • Whether the tiles need to be bedded onto mortar or just laid in place.
  • Crucially, if the roofer can access them easily or if a full scaffold setup is required.

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Our Broken Roof Tile Cost Guides are Below

Project 1 – Cost to Replace Up to 5 Broken Tiles (Easy Access)

If the broken tiles are located at the lowest part of the roof, near the guttering, then they should be easy to replace.

A ladder is usually sufficient to reach the lower part of a roof; alternatively, the roofing firm may erect an access tower which would be safer and only takes 15 minutes to put up.

This is a straightforward roof repair project, the photo below shows several broken tiles at the bottom of the roof:

Broken roof tiles

Broken roof tiles at the eaves – the lowest part of the roof

London Area£175£225
South, SW and Midlands£150£200
Outer Region and North£100£150
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Project 2 – Up to 5 Broken Tiles (Somewhat Difficult Access)

For this example, we assume up to five broken tiles that are slightly more difficult to reach; perhaps further up the roof, next to a chimney or several tiles at different locations on the roof.

This project will require an access tower to safely reach the roof edge and protect the roofers from falls. A roof ladder is then laid on the tiles so the worker can go up the roof and replace the broken tiles.

One broken roof tile

Broken roof tile in the middle of a roof

London Area£250£300
South, SW and Midlands£200£250
Outer Region and North£150£175
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Project 3 – Up to 5 Broken Tiles (Very Difficult Access)

For broken roof tiles on 3-storey buildings, above large conservatories or above other obstacles such as extensions etc, some scaffold may be required.

The figures below are for up to 5 tiles in locations on a roof that are more difficult to access.

One broken roof tile

Broken tiles on a roof above a large conservatory like this are difficult to reach safely, scaffold will be required

London Area£750£1000
South, SW and Midlands£750£1000
Outer Region and North£600£800
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Project 4 – Replace Up to 5 Cemented Ridge Tiles

Some roof tiles, typically those found at the very top of the roof, are held in place with a mix of sand and cement – mortar.

To remove any broken tiles here, the roofer first needs to remove the old mortar which could be easy or very challenging, depending on how hard the mortar is.

The new tiles are then bedded onto fresh mortar and should also be secured with a fixing such as a nailed clip.

Cemented tiles are usually more difficult to reach than tiles at the bottom of a roof.

Ridge tiles

Image shows ridge tiles being bedded onto fresh mortar

London Area£400£600
South, SW and Midlands£350£500
Outer Region and North£300£400
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Project 5 – Replace Up to 5 Cemented Verge or Valley Tiles

Verge tiles are found on gable ends and are usually bedded into the mortar.

To remove and replace broken tiles here, the roofer will probably need to erect an access tower and cut out the damaged tiles.

The first photo below shows a typical roof verge. The second image is of a roof valley.

The cost to replace tiles in these locations is similar.

Roof verge

Broken roof tiles here can be difficult to remove

Roof valley

Due to the way tiles overlap, bedded tiles are difficult to remove

London Area£450£650
South, SW and Midlands£400£550
Outer Region and North£300£350
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Where Did These Prices Come From?

We contacted dozens of roofing firms and tradespeople from various locations around the UK and asked them how much it costs to replace roof tiles.

The figures above are an average of the prices given to us.

Please bear in mind that every project is different and how easy or difficult it is to reach the roof is a key factor in determining the price.

Where you live in the UK is also important, London and the Home Counties are expensive areas.

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When Were These Roof Repair Prices published?

We sourced these roof repair prices in late 2020 and published this page on January 2021. We’ve included VAT when it was charged.

Which Companies Supplied You With These Prices?

A total of 32 firms and tradespeople from around the UK gave us prices. 

Why Can't The Roofer Just Put Up a Ladder?

Health and safety regulations state that the use of ladders should be minimised and where possible, a safer alternative should be used.

Also, anyone who works on a roof should construct a suitable “edge protection” system to protect the workers from falls. This is usually a scaffold or access tower.

Of course, this equipment adds time and cost to the project.

How Long Does it Take to Replace a Broken Roof Tile?

Once the access equipment is set up, it doesn’t take long to remove a broken tile, often just a matter of minutes.

Tiles bedded in mortar can be tricky to remove and a small project replacing ~5 tiles, can take several hours, plus the time to erect and dismantle the access equipment.

I've Been Told The Roofer Needs to Use a Cherry Picker, is This Necessary?

Some tiles are almost impossible to reach without a scaffold, so hiring a cherry picker could work our cheaper.

Also, some tiles are very fragile and rather than climbing over the roof and potentially breaking more tiles; the roofer may decide a cherry picker is a more appropriate option.

If you’ve been told you need to pay for cherry picker hire, we suggest you get a second option and at the least, a couple more quotes from different firms.

How Much Do The Roof Tiles Cost?

Most roof tiles cost less than £2 with significant discounts offered for bulk purchases. The price of the materials doesn’t determine the cost to replace a few broken tiles; it’s the scaffold/access equipment and labour that makes up the bulk of the cost.

Are Slates More Difficult to Replace?

Slates are no more difficult to replace than concrete or clay tiles; however, access can sometimes be troublesome as slate roofs are steep and slippery.

Are There Any Trade Associations Where I Can Find Reputable Installers?

The National Federation of Roofing Contractors is a popular roofing association as is the Confederation of Roofing Contractors.

You can also use our network of tradespeople and of course, there’s also Checkatrade, Which?, Trustmark and other associations.

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