High quality roofing

for the developing world

Global Challenge

Over one billion people in slums and villages worldwide lack safe, adequate roofing.

Corrugated cement and metal sheets are the most widely used roofing materials in these communities all over the world, but these options are uncomfortable and even dangerous:

  • Unbearably hot in the summer
  • Loud and leaky during monsoon season
  • Break frequently, causing injury
  • Require costly, time-intensive repairs
  • Contain toxic chemicals like asbestos

Corrugated metal and cement roofing lead to adverse health effects and reduced quality of life. The only other option on the market is a concrete roof, which is simply unaffordable for low-income families.

Introducing ModRoof

ModRoof is a modular roofing system for slum and village homes in the developing world.

The main component of the roofing system is panels that are custom manufactured from packaging and agriculture waste. To address the challenges of operating in the developing world, ReMaterials designed the roofing system to be modular allowing easy shipment, installation, and replacement of individual panels. With its fresh and colorful appearance, ModRoof is aesthetically appealing, making it a truly aspirational product.

  • Durable: ModRoof panels are made to be strong, waterproof, fireproof, and long-lasting, which improves safety and decreases maintenance.
  • Comfortable: ModRoof homes are cooler in the summer, dry and quiet in monsoon season, and overall higher-quality living spaces all year round.
  • Affordable: ModRoof is a low-cost and easy-to-install system with attractive payment plans available through top micro-finance companies.
  • Sustainable: Panels are custom manufactured from recycled agricultural and packaging waste, sourced locally in Ahmedabad.

Our Team

We are a team of entrepreneurs, engineers and sales people, with education from the U.S., UK, and IITs in India, working passionately towards the mission of providing high quality shelter to families in slums and villages globally.

We are supported by advisors who are entrepreneurs and scientists based in India and the U.S.

Press and Media

BBC/November 21, 2017

How recycled roofs are transforming homes in slums

Hasit Ganatra saw people in the slums of Ahmedabad in Gujarat, India, and realised that their lives were blighted by the quality of their homes.

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Gizmag/September 4, 2015

ModRoof promises a safer shelter for low-income families

Metal and concrete corrugated roofs are a ubiquitous feature on homes and shelters worldwide due to their low-cost, but they're really not very good at their job.

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Fast Company/August 26, 2015

A Cheap Modular System Will Provide Better Shelter

Made from cardboard waste and coconut fibers, ReMaterials roofs are more affordable than concrete but a whole lot better than corrugated iron.

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Ahmedabad Mirror/March 21, 2016

Putting a roof over their heads

Did you know over 100 million people in India live in slums and nearly 80 per cent of these families cannot afford proper roofing for their homes?

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Inhabitat/June 8, 2016

Modroof: low-budget cardboard roofing that doesn’t leak

In areas where poverty is rampant, sometimes a roof over one’s head simply isn’t enough. Corrugated metal roofs are costly, can be dangerous, and are insufferably hot during summer months.

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Thomson Reuters Foundation/December 16, 2016

FEATURE-Affordable housing ideas: City tents and roofs to dry chillies on by Rina Chandran

Entrepreneurs develop inexpensive shelters and homebuilding materials to improve the quality of life for India's 65 million slum dwellers

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Yourstory/March 2, 2017

This man from Ahmedabad has a roofing solution for the third world

Elon Musk created a mini frenzy in the cleantech world when he announced roofing tiles with embedded solar panels, but India already had an

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The better India/November 29, 2016

Elon Musk Is Not the Only One, This Indian Startup Creates Solar Rooftops – from Waste Materials!

ReMaterials was awarded the Parivartan Award in the Alternative Materials category on Nov. 24 for developing affordable, durable and eco-friendly roof systems.

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Leadership in Alternate Materials

ReMaterials was recognized in the category of Alternate Materials for developing a new wood-like material from cardboard which is used to create a strong, insulating, water and weatherproof roofing solution to replace low quality and toxic metal and cement sheet roofs.

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Abhiyaan Magazine/April 29, 2017
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YouTube/May 27, 2017

ReMaterials ModRoof USISTEF

Made from cardboard waste and coconut fibers, ReMaterials roofs are more affordable than concrete but a whole lot better than corrugated iron.

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Business Today/June 18, 2017

A Green Movement: These start ups in Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai offer innovative solutions

A Green Movement: These start ups in Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai offer innovative solutions

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What our customer say

“Due to the heat [in my home], my husband developed breathing problems... If I wanted a concrete roof, it would be out of my budget, but ModRoof is available through a loan system, and it’s just as good as a concrete roof.”

Meena Soni, ModRoof customer

“The roof looks nice in appearance, it stays cool, and water does not leak. Everyone [at home] likes it, and whoever comes to see it loves it.”

Prabha Brahman, ModRoof customer

“ModRoof is very attractive, and so easy to install. Our customers have shown great interest in this innovative housing product, and we would like to finance it for customers all over India.”

Mahila Housing SEWA Trust microfinance organization, Ahmedabad

"I was able to extend my shop and expand my business due to your better roof"

Dixitbhai Patel ModRoof customer from Vivekanandnagar

"It was my sister's wedding. Usually I would have rented 3 rooms nearby. But now with ModRoof, 20 guests were able to sleep on top and we saved all the rent"

Anandbhai ModRoof customer from Majurgam

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