There is a lot to consider when it comes to selecting the right roofing material for your home in Bakersfield. Your roof plays an important role in protecting your home from the natural elements. It also increases the value of your home depending on its insulation quality and appearance. What all started with just banana leaves and haystacks to prepare a shelter from the rain and sun has now emerged as an industry with an extensive range of products. Roofers now offer materials and styles like natural slate and wood to man-made products such as asphalt, sheet metal, and plastic polymers. What type of material is used to roof your home is not solely based on aesthetics, while that is important what climate you are in also has a lot to do with it. So these are the best types of roofs for the climate in Bakersfield. Metal Roofing Metal roofing was generally used for warehouse construction in the past, but with advanced technological changes, many people are choosing metal roofing for their residential homes. They are available in copper, aluminum, and stainless steel with a high percentage of recycled content. The look varies from traditional metal roof panels to simulating wood shakes and shingles, slate, or tile. Metal roofing is lightweight, fire resistant and durable. Apart from its longevity, it is much lighter than most materials and resistant to adverse weather. Wood Shingles and Shakes Wood shingles and shakes are available in different qualities of wood like cedar, redwood, southern pine. Shingles are made with the help of a machine whereas shakes are handmade and have a rougher look. Since this type of roofing is more aesthetically appealing due to its natural appearance, it’s much more expensive than asphalt. However, in recent years, its use has been a concern due to its lack of fire resistance and the potential of mold in heavy rainfall. These shingle and shakes have been categorized underclass ‘A’ and ‘B’ according to the character of the specified. Class ‘B’ products have been pressure treated with fire retardants and are readily available. Asphalt Shingles Studies show that more than 75% of Americans choose this roofing material because of its low cost, easy installation, and resiliency. These are made of fiberglass mat which is saturated with asphalt and coated with colored mineral granules. They have low insulation quality and a shorter lifespan than any other roofing material. Standard shingles are available in a wide variety of colors and are the cheapest option in roofing material. Clay and Concrete Tile Clay tile is made from natural clay which is fired in a kiln whereas concrete tile is made from a mixture of Portland cement and sand. These tiles give comparable benefits to slate but with a greater variety and at a lower cost. Tile is very durable and fire resistant but it’s much more heavy and expensive than other materials like asphalt shingles, fiber cement products, so your roof may require a reinforcement if you are planning to go for tile roofing. Slate Slate is a dense natural material that is non-absorbent. Its color is determined by its chemical and mineral compositions. As we know these factors vary from place to place, slate is available in a variety of colors. These factors also influence the responsiveness of slate towards changing color upon exposure to weather. Those with minimum change in color are known as ‘’permanent’’ slates while those with the most color changes are known as “weathering” slates. Reroofing with slate will require reinforcement of the roof to carry its heavy load. Although it’s non-leaching and lasts for hundreds of years and its natural beauty is unparalleled, it is one of the most expensive of steep slope roofing materials. Its installation is labor intensive and requires considerable skills.