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Asphalt roof.jpg
Outer material for the building roof. Edit or translate this description.
Group: Buildings
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: de facto


roof:material=* – the outermost material of the roof of a building or building part.

This information can be used to model 3D buildings.
Some 3D renderers set the colour of a building based on this tag[1].


Value Short description Example image
roof_tiles Roof covered with tiles, usually of ceramic origin (e.g. terracota). See  Roof tiles. Roof-Tile-3149.jpg
Syke Baugebiet Sulinger Straße 04.JPG
metal Roof covered with metal, flat or waved (corrugated).
Similar values: metal_sheet, tin, copper
(see metal roof and corrugated galvanised iron on Wikipedia)
Acquinton Church post-restoration.jpg
concrete Roof covered with exposed concrete. Grey in grey.JPG
Auditório Simón Bolívar 02.jpg
Garching Forschungszentrum, U-Bahnhof, Zugang, 2.jpeg
tar_paper Roof covered with tar paper. Rooftar.png
asbestos Roof covered with asbestos cement corrugated sheeting.
This is an inaccurate term, better to use eternit. The coverings are not built with asbestos itself, but with eternit, which is composed of 90% cement and 10% asbestos.
Asbest leien - Asbestos Roof Shingles.jpg
Wellasbestdach-233-3354 IMG.JPG
eternit eternit – the trade name for asbestos‑cement panels Eternit 5.jpg
Wellasbestdach-233-3354 IMG.JPG
glass Roof covered with glass. Otara Town Centre Arched Roofing.jpg
LUX Esch-Alzette Belval 006 2016.jpg
Exconvent de la Mercé, Burriana 18.JPG
metal_sheet metal sheet, flat or corrugated Corrugated rusty roof 1.jpg
Centro Warwick roof equipment.jpg
slate Roof covered with slate, a kind of thin stone plates. St Fagans Tannery 7.jpg
Slate roof at St Beuno's Church, Trefdraeth, nr Bodorgan, Ynys Mon, Wales. 12.jpg
tin tin Tin Roof (261069163).jpg
grass Roof covered with living grass (or similar plants), sealed below. See  Green roof. Is03071-Tjornuvik.jpg
copper Copper-plated roof.
When it comes in contact with air, it becomes covered with patina and takes on a celadon or patina color.
(see Copper in architecture on Wikipedia)
Minneapolis City Hall.jpg
thatch Thatched roof made from dry grasses, sedges or reeds. Nawojowa Gora.JPG
gravel Roof covered with gravel. Garde corps autoportant aluminium versirail 2.jpg
stone Roof covered with stone.
See also: slate
Beynac-et-Cazenac (247).jpg
Stone Roofing House - Palchan - Kullu 2014-05-10 2507.JPG
wood Roof covered with wood. Skansen Kolbuszowa kuźnia ze Staniszewskiego 03.09.2010 p.jpg
plastic Roof covered with plastic, corrugated or not. Dolní Břežany, autobusová zastávka.JPG
Piscine Moulin-Haut.jpg
asphalt Roof covered with asphalt, but not tar_paper.
See also tar_paper. Asphalt is the ingredient used to make tar paper.
Flat roof roofing.JPG
zinc zinc Fameux toits en zinc de Paris.jpg
sandstone sandstone Vaaker Kirche 5.jpg
bamboo Roof covered with bamboo, usually plaited. Konstruksi bambu.jpg
palm_leaves Roof covered with dry palm leaves. Palm roof over chariots.jpg
banana_leaves banana leaves Njem house in Cameroon.jpg
solar_panels Roof fully covered with solar panels.

Rooftop solar panels are more commonly mapped as a generator with location=roof, see Tag:generator:source=solar#Rooftop Solar Panels. If the roof is only mostly covered with solar panels (some other material is still visible underneath), use that other material as roof:material=* and map the panels as a generator.

SoSie+SoSchiff Ansicht.jpg
user defined See Taginfo for all common values.
In some cases values from building:material=* can be also used, because roof:material is used also with building parts.

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