For centuries lead has been used in waterproofing buildings. Lead is a proven, long-life building material and is continued to be used because it can be dressed to fit multi-curved contours due to its extremely malleable characteristics.
When fitted correctly, leadwork should last a lifetime. However, to ensure the longevity of lead each sheet should not exceed 1.5m in length, fixings should be carefully fitted to hold the lead securely in position without restricting thermal movement. The fixings should really be of a high quality, such as copper, brass or stainless steel, and have a similar life expectancy as the lead itself.
Roofing lead comes in various thicknesses, known as codes they can range from code 3 to code 8 with 3 being the thinnest and 8 being the thickest, each code is marked by a colour:- Green = code 3, Blue = code 4, Red = code 5, Black = code 6, white = code 7 and Orange = code 8.
Commonly code 3 or 4 lead would be used for soakers, code 4 or 5 for flashings, Pitched Gutters, cladding and weatherings, and code 5 or above for parapet gutters and roofing.
Leadwork is an artform.
At Proctor Roofing we consider leadwork to be a real artform, a traditional trade requiring experience, knowledge of materials and tools and a passion for “getting it right”. From roof gulleys to chimney dressing, we take pride in our leadwork to ensure a roof looks beautifully dressed.
What’s your lead project?
Proctor Roofing work on all types of roofs and therefore we’re comfortable carrying out work on all types of projects – domestic and commercial, new installations, replacements and repairs.