Widely used roofing options in these communities are corrugated cement and metal sheets. These options result in unbearably high indoor temperatures and contain toxic substances like asbestos. They also crack and corrode easily, causing water leakage and requiring regular maintenance. Another roofing option is concrete slab, which is highly expensive and therefore unaffordable.
To better understand the issues surrounding roofing, ReMaterials interviewed households in slums and villages across India. This is what we heard:
"My top most priority is to get my house fixed, especially the roof."
"We cannot sleep inside the house. Even at night, it is hot and suffocating."
"We have to fix the roof five to six times a year because of wind, rain, dogs, and monkeys running on the roof."
“We cannot afford concrete slab roof and there are no other options."
"It doesn't feel like a home!"