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Why Do We Use Lead on Roofs?

Lead has been used on roofs for hundreds of years, making it one of the oldest materials used in roofing. Lead roofing has been proven to be extremely durable and reliable, which is why it's so loved by the nation.

Here at Greg Baughan Roofing Repairs, we strive to provide only the best for our customers and clients, we only use high-quality materials such as lead flashing. This material requires little to no maintenance, perfect for those who have busy lives. Lead roofing is one of the pricier roofing materials, however, when you way up the advantages and disadvantages you may want to spend that little bit more.

The Benefits to Lead Roofing

We’ve already touched on a couple of benefits but there are so many more advantages to lead roofing. Lead is an extremely flexible material, its ability to be stretched and pulled taut around those more difficult shapes is very handy. This allows the lead to give full coverage, very useful when it comes to the unpredictable British weather. Especially on those tight corners where lead flashing will give you the ultimate cover.

old lead roofing

Why Should I Use Lead?

With one of the highest recycling rates in the world, there is no need to worry about damaging our planet while using lead roofing. Lead has recently topped the recycling rates of other materials; zinc, copper and aluminium. This will reduce carbon emissions. Another benefit of lead is that temperature is no match for this fantastic roofing material. The lead roofing expands and contracts at certain temperatures. Being 100% waterproof is extremely important, lead provides excellent sealing properties if used with the right sealants.

Lead is a very strong metal and resistance to corrosion, making it the perfect materials for all environments. UV rays and pollution have no effect on lead.  A lead roof can live up to three times longer than other roofing materials, making it very cost-effective in the long run.

Lead roof in Northampton with chimney

What are the Different Types of Lead Roofing?

There are three main types of lead roofing; Milled Lead, Sand Cast Lead and Machine Cast Lead. All three types of lead roofing have their own advantages and ways in which they’re used. Machine Cast Lead is the cheapest option of the three, it’s a very thin layer of lead which allows a smaller amount of lead to be used. Reducing costs. Sand Cast Lead was first created and used by the Romans, it is still made today the same way in which they did so. It’s traditionally made by hand, this material is more commonly seen on older buildings; English Heritage, Churches. Finally, Milled Lead is the most popular method out of the three, used on; houses, extensions and public buildings.

What is a Lead Code?

All lead is purchased in rolls, also known as lead rolls. These rolls of lead are available in different lead codes. Each code has a variant in weight and thickness, helping your decision on which one that little bit easier. The scale is from Code 3 to Code 8, each one has their preferred use. This guarantees that you have a lead sheet fit for purpose and the right measurements for the chosen job.



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