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A Short Guide To Leadwork


Leadwork is a term often used when talking about roofing. We’ve created this short guide to tell you everything you need to know. At Salter Roofing, we have over 25 years of experience with lead roofs. Read on to find out more.

Flat roof guttering

What Is It?

So, what exactly is leadwork? This is a term used to describe the practice of using lead on roofs. Working with lead has been an essential craft to many roofing applications for a very long time. It’s a skill that requires training and experience to get right. Lead can be manipulated and stretched to help complete a roof. This will need to be done by experts as the material can easily overstretch or weaken if not worked with correctly. You may be worried that lead isn’t a very safe to use but whilst it is a dangerous material, it is completely safe on your roof.

Where Can You Find Leadwork?

Leadwork can be found in both large and small areas of a roof. Sometimes it will be used as an alternate to other flat roof materials and cover a whole roof. In most cases, this material is used as flashings. Flashings are the bits of your roof or chimney where 2 edges meet, and the area needs to be covered to protect these exposed points. Lead flashing is used to weatherproof these gaps and spaces and stop water from getting in.

Conservatory with flat roof
Drainage channel on flat roof

Why Is Leadwork Good?

Lead is one of the most durable materials you can use on your roof. If it is installed correctly, it can last for up to 200 years. As well as being excellent at preventing rainwater from entering, it is also resistant to corrosion. It has fireproofing qualities which is why it is also great for chimney flashings. Also, the material can be recycled many times, making it a great choice. It is a timeless choice for many roofers due to its flexibility. It can be used around unique bends as it can be moulded easily by the experts to precisely cover and gaps or joints.  

For Quality Leadwork, Call Salter Roofing

Our expert roofers will ensure that your roof is installed or repaired to the highest standard. We offer our services to both domestic and commercial clients. To discuss your project in further detail, get in touch with one of us today.

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