Lead Work Blackburn

Roofing Lead Work on a Roof

Lead is a soft metal that’s pliable and tough, making it ideal for constructing roofs. It has extensive use in the construction industry because of its ability to resist damage from weather conditions such as heavy rain, extreme heat and low temperatures. Construction leadwork can be used in roofing systems where water could otherwise leak into junctions between roof elements during stormy seasons when there are frequent changes in temperature and humidity levels. The decorative uses aren’t limited either which include using this material on building facades including cornices, window sills among other things. Lead expands and contracts depending upon varying environmental factors so detailing should allow movement without creating any stress points within the piece itself over time due to these changing conditions.

Lead is a fantastic material that can last for multiple decades. Leadwork on roofs has been used for centuries and can be found in countries all around the world. It is a material that provides both protective and ornamental value to buildings of all types, including residential homes, commercial spaces, schools, hospitals, churches and more. Lead’s durability is one of its most attractive features because it lasts much longer than other materials such as wood or slate tiles. While lead does require some maintenance over time (and should never be accessed without wearing proper safety gear), it will last decades if properly maintained with the use of products like anti-Corrosive Coatings that are now available.

Lead roofs are known for their durability and resilience, so it’s possible to expect the roofing material will last a lifetime. To ensure this happens without any problems or future complications, only hire professional help from roofing leadwork specialists like us. This will guarantee your roof stays watertight and safe through those cold and wet winter months.

Leadwork Maintenance
Checking your roofing leadwork regularly is the best way to ensure you catch and fix any problems before those issues turn into horrible, expensive disasters. Though some people only check their roofs in September or October as a result of colder weather setting in sooner than expected, it’s important that we all remember how much damage winter can do to roofs even when temperatures aren’t too low for the year. Regular Inspections are indeed a good idea to prevent costly roof repairs through ingress of water when the leadwork fails to do its job.

Advantages of Lead Roofs

  1. Because it’s a pliable material – lead can be easily shaped and formed to exactly fit the contours of your roof
  2. Resistant to all weathers – Being a heavy metal nothing really affects this all weather material, including rain, UV rays, ice
  3. Easy to recycle – once removed it can be reused over again. This reduces emissions on our planet
  4. Looks great! – Throughout our history lead has adorned our historic buildings as it’s aesthetically pleasing
  5. Multiple uses – Can be used for great effect on most roofing situations, including flat roofs, chimneys and flashings.


Will a lead roof pose a danger to my family?
One of the biggest concerns that people normally have when considering lead roofs is safety. While exposure to lead paint and dust can be harmful, they don’t pose the same hazards inside a building because there’s plenty of distance between them. Having rain hit this roof poses little danger to workers who install it providing that protective equipment is worn while doing so. There’s also very little run-off getting into local drinking water since these are far away from ground waters!

Lead Flashing

A range of techniques were employed to prevent water penetration into buildings before the advent of lead roof flashing. Some examples include angling shingles away from joints, placing chimneys at ridges and using steps in side-walls for drainage purposes. With manufactured lead flashing code available it is possible to use this material when there is possible water joint penetration, such as windows/doors or vents etc., which reduces water ingress significantly compared with conventional methods used previously

The Importance of properly fitted Lead Flashings

A properly fitted roof flashing is crucial because without it your entire house roof will be compromised. Without a good lead flashing system set in place, any amount that you spend on tiles or other materials may not matter if water penetrates into your house and causes severe damage to ceilings and walls.

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