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Question DetailsAsked on 9/25/2016

How much does it cost to retile a roof in arizona?

How long do tile roofs last in arizona?

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Ballpark numbers - around $4-9/SF for concrete tiles, $7-10 for clay, $10-15 for fired ceramic or terra cotta. And of course shape of tiles makes a difference too - flat or basically flat wavy tiles are cheaper than barrel tiles (the half-rounds alternatively stacked upside down and right side up) - both because there is less overlap with flat tiles (barrel tiles have basically 120-150% overlap, counting the inverted and right side up tiles and the end overlaps) versus the 50% or so with "shingled" tiles.

However - those cost ballparks are for total replacement. If just replacing the underlayment (every 30-40 years maybe if a good one is used) and reusing as many of the tiles as possible, more like $3-7/SF depending on contractor and on whether the tiles are just gravity laid (older homes) or cemented down (required in most areas since about 1980's).

The tiles themselves - there are many homes in Arizona and California with tiles over 100 years old going fine - some in the Southwest states and Mexico have 200-300 year old tile roofs with only sporadic repaired spots where tiles broke or got blown of. That is for fully fired tiles - there have been a lot of reports in the news recently about Arizona tile roofs in the Phoenix area lasting 20-30 years - because there are a lot of shoddy concrete or unfired or only short-fired clay tiles being sold. If you go with good quality reputable brand tiles they should last at least 50 and generally 100 or so years - not counting occasional broken ones needing replacement due to physical strikes by flying debris, high wind liftoff, or occasional ones breaking free of their nails or cement and sliding off the roof.

Here are some other similar questions about refurbishing tile roofs FYI too -

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