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Roofing Costs: How Much Should You Pay A Roofer?

Date: July 14, 2020

It Depends on the Roof Type

It Depends on the Roof Type. Roofing Costs vary because there are many different roof types in Arizona that will affect how much should pay a roofer to do your roof.

Each type of roof has a different price tag attached to it. In this blog, we will explore the prices of each type of roof available in Arizona to figure out how much you should pay a roofer.

Factors that determine roofing costs and how much you should pay a roofer to do the job

  1. Roof material and quality
  2. Size and complexity of your roof
  3. The roofing company that you choose

The roof types covered

  1. Concrete Tile Roof/ Clay Tiles
  2. Shingle Roof
  3. Foam Roof
  4. Flat Roof systems

1. Replacing your Tile Roof: Cost and Factor Breakdown on Roofing Costs:

Let’s look at how much you should pay a roofer for a concrete tile roof. A Concrete Tile roof per square (or per 100 square feet) costs  $400 to $700 per square for an “R and R” (to remove the tile and replace the existing tile underlayment and reuse the same roof tiles).

'Reusing the same tile is a cost-effective way to replace your roof. 

On average, a tile “R and R” for a whole roof costs $7,000 to $15,000 it heavily depending on the size of your roof in Arizona.

Note: this is just an average of how much you should pay a roofer to do your tile roof.

However, some tile brands are brittle and all the tiles need to be replaced which means you will have to pay your roofer more.

Cost to pay a roofer for new tile.

In the event that all of the tiles needs to be replaced on your roof the cost per square generally costs:

  1. Concrete: Generally costs $500 to $1000 per square
  2. Clay: Generally costs $800 to $1200 per square

These prices are supposed to be used as a general guide only on how much you should pay a roofer. Each tile roof varies in size and complexity.

For example, a roof with a larger square area is generally cheaper per square because you get “economies of scale”.

Complexity plays a part in the cost of a new tile roof as well. A roof that is is considered complex has many valleys, different slopes, or angled ridges.


Another price factor is the roofing company you choose. This can make up to a 50% difference in how much you should expect to pay a roofer.

There are many unlicensed “companies” that have rock bottom prices. But should never be an option because they end up usually costing the customer more money when they have to hire a reputable company to fix their roof.

The price range among the roofing companies can vary greatly. For example, our salesman has placed a bid on a job for $15,000.00 and another company had placed a bid for $30,000.00!


The last factor that affects concrete tile roof prices is the quality of the material.

Usually only affects the price by a few hundred to thousands on how much you should pay a roofer (depending on the size of the job). We strongly recommend the best materials to our customers since the ROI is what we focus on.

Using “better” material makes the tile roof last up to 5 to 10 years longer and is worth the extra money!

2. Replacing your Shingle Roof: Cost and Factor Breakdown on Roofing Costs

Let’s look at how much you should pay a roofer for a shingle roof. Shingle roofs are known as the “economical” roof in Arizona.

They are the cheapest roof systems available and last up to 20 to 30 years. They are a great option for “getting the most bang for your buck”.

On an average roof to tear off the existing shingles and install new ones one could expect to pay $7,000 to $15,000.

Note: this is just an average price on how much you should pay a roofer to do your shingle roof.

There are different types of shingles and qualities. The main types in Arizona are Three-tab and Architectural.

Three-tab shingles are a cheaper option than Architectural shingles yet do not last as long (5-7 years less) Usually the price difference between the two is a few hundred for the whole roof.



Size and complexity play a part in the price as well on how how much you should pay a roofer on a shingle roof.

If the slope of the roof is steeper than 6/12 (6 inches drop over a 12-inch section) then the price will be higher since there is more labor involved. If there are many roof vents that affect the price as well.

Beware of the companies that charge rock bottom prices the shingle market has a low price barrier to enter so there are more unskilled companies that cut corners.

3. Replacing your Foam Roof: Cost and Factor Breakdown on Roofing Costs

Let’s look at how much you should pay a roofer for a foam roof. Foam roofs are one of the most expensive roofing systems in Arizona but are considered the best option for flat roofs. It has the best insulating properties of any other roof system available on the market.

It is generally $400 to $700 a square. So on average roof size, a new foam roof is around $10,000 to $15,000. Note: this is a general rule of thumb on how much you should pay a roofer to foam your roof.

However, this is not factoring in tearing off the original roof which will vary in cost. Also, a foam roof needs to be re-coated every 5 to 10 years but will last a lifetime if this is done.

So it is important to keep this in mind when thinking about how much you should pay a roofer to install a foam roof.

About Mikku & Sons
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Our roofing company was founded in 2001 by Michael Riutta, who is still part of the ownership and management team. Between Michael, his two sons and co-owners, Devin and Joshua, and our crew members, we have many years of experience to handle any type of roof repair or roof installation solutions you may need.