Slate Roof Repair Costs

Slate roof repair cost will certainly vary by cost of materials and hourly rate of the contractor or service professional. Residential roof repair is sometimes a necessary step to avoid a leak or water damage, which can cause lots of damage and cost considerably more to fix. Discover more on what a slate roof cost.

“Slate roofs, properly installed and well cared for, may last over 100 years. Much of this depends on the quality or grade of the tiles, as well as the experience and expertise of the roofer. Paying for quality materials and labor today will save on repairs down the road.”

Slate Roof Repair Cost (Materials Only)

The 3 grades of tiles are S-1, S-2 and S-3. According to the manufacturers, S-1 tiles last more than 70 years, S-2 tiles last from 70 to 40 years and S-3 last somewhere around 40 years. Each grade can certainly be effective longer than this but this is their minimum shelf lives.

Entry To Mid Range Price: $20.00 to $25.00 psf
Lower to mid range tiles will run $2,000 to $2,500 per square. The repair costs will be based on how many tiles you need to replace.

Mid To High End Price: $25.00 to $30.00 psf
Mid to high end tiles will run $2,500 to $3,000 per square. The repair costs will be based on how many tiles you need to replace.


Slate Roof Repair Cost – Labor

Labor Costs: $50 to $110 per hour

Expect labor to be billed out hourly. Most roofers will come out and inspect the home for free to give you a repair estimate. Then they will charge an hourly rate, often in the ballpark of $50 to $110 per hour. Because slate is an expensive material, most roofers will charge more for the work; the steepness of the roofing, the extent of the damage and what part of the roof is affected will all influence price.

Total Costs

Expect to pay $300 to $600 for a section of cracked or chipped tiles. If you have extra tiles from the install, the roofer obviously won’t charge you for materials but will charge for coming out and making sure the roof is water tight and correctly repaired.

Preventing Repairs Through Proper Maintenance
Good maintenance is the best way to avoid costly repairs. Inspect your roof once a year and hire a professional roofer every 3 to 4 years to come out and take a look. Slate roofs are typically best left to the pros (they are a specialty surface unlike an composite or asphalt shingle roof).