Leadwork is an essential part of most roofing systems in both the UK and the USA. It has been used for centuries in construction and in roofing materials. The use of lead for roofs and roofing materials goes back to the early Romans and Normans who discovered that using it for roof coverings made their roofs both weatherproof, and highly corrosion resistant. In the UK you can see lead roofs on many historical buildings including cathedrals and churches – a testament to the durability of the metal.
Where lead is used?
Leadwork is used for weatherproofing around chimneys in cladding, mouldings, gutters, fittings, downspouts, flashing, and even as a roofing material. It is an extremely durable since it lasts approximately 500 years, and a malleable metal making it perfect for moulding around the contours of different types of roofs.
Skill in working with lead
It is important that you trust your leadwork for your roofing system to highly skilled experts who are trained to work with lead. One of the reasons for this is that lead is highly toxic which is why it has been banned for use with water pipes and in paint.
Skilled workers such as those at Roof Control, who are trained in working with lead roofing materials, follow all safety precautions when working with the material. The application of lead roofing materials has changed over the years and there are now safer and more technologically advanced methods for its application.
All safety and construction standards set forth by the British Standards, the Lead Sheet Association and all Building Regulations are followed to the letter by the professionals who install the leadwork at Roof Control. You as the owner of a building or home with leadwork should never have to come in contact with the lead. You can leave that all up to the experts at Roof Control.
It is important to only hire companies such as Roof Control to install your leadwork. The experts at Roof Control are very experienced in the application of lead roofing materials. They understand its qualities, stability, and malleability of lead. Working with lead is a craft. Those who work with lead use specialist tools to make the best use of the material. Lead can be stretched and fashioned for use on a roof or around the roofing material and it generally does not tear. Lead is available in sheeting material which can be secured with either stainless steel or copper nails.
Lead has a long history of use in construction and in roofing. It is durable and effective as either a roofing material or for use as a gutter, around chimneys and all the other places it works to keep water out and provide a strong and flexible material for roof construction. If you use lead in your home or building construction or for restoration or repair, it is essential that you use a trained craftsman to do your leadwork.
The roofing experts at Roof Control can answer your questions about leadwork and provide you with an estimate for your roofing needs.