Lead expertly fixed by A1MAZING Roofing Services Ltd can be used as a gutter or flashing or a bridge at awkward junctions between walls and roofs especially as a decorative feature. Its failure rate is negligible and its resistance to corrosion by the atmosphere means that lead sheet will outlast many hard metal substitutes. Newly installed lead sheet forms a surface film of protective oxides in the form of a patina that is both strongly adhering and highly insoluble. The combination of a correctly designed roof with gutters and drainage points and the virtually undetectable discharge levels means that bio-availability within the eco-system is extremely limited. Lead may at first appear marginally more expensive, but in terms of longevity and ecology, it still offers best value, and also has a far greater aesthetic value.
Lead is also resistant to atmospheric corrosion which means it will last longer than any other types of roof flashing. It’s sound resistant which in turn will help make your property quieter, radiation resistant, enabling better structural integrity. Another benefit of lead is that it is a form of insulation preventing heat escaping through the roof.
Look on any roof and you will usually see some lead on it particularly around the chimney stack and in roof gutters. Lead is one of the most versatile materials A1Mazing Roofing Services Ltd.’s experienced lead tradesmen work with, due to its incredible durability and the beautiful decorative touches it can add to any property especially period dwellings, churches and old historic buildings of ages past. One word of caution, thieves also know it is one of the most valuable materials in the construction industry, making it a common target. Luckily, there are ways to gain most of the benefits of a lead roof with far fewer risks.
Make it harder for vandals and thieves to steal the lead from your property. Have A1MAZING Roofing Services Ltd paint your lead with anti vandal paint, also known as anti burglar or anti-intruder paint. The paint is a sticky adhesive substance with the appearance of smooth gloss paint. The magical use of the product is that it does not dry. By applying this paint to lead flashing you are preventing would be thieves from gaining a foothold on your property, making it practically impossible for them to steal. The paint also makes the lead less attractive to scrap metal dealers reducing the incentive for intruders. It’s also extremely difficult to remove from clothing, acting as a further deterrent.
Another product widely used today is SelectaDNA grease paint which once painted onto lead windows, pipes, flashings and all lead roof fixings deters thieves and vandals by transferring the paint onto hands and clothing. The grease has a secret DNA tracing agent and the police then can scan suspects with UV detection equipment to locate traces of the substance and link suspects to the stolen lead.
Note: Manufacturers recommend that anti-climb paint/grease be applied two metres above normal access height and a coloured warning sign to warn thieves and vandals to stay away from the roof needs to be placed near lead roofs indicating that the DNA of people can be traced.
Lead Gutter Repairs to Lead Sheet Roofing and Flashings
Lead Sheet roofing repairs – Small patches of lead sheet may be carefully welded over any splits to form permanent repairs. The lap joints should be used to strengthen and to prevent penetration of the flame through the lead. Roll ends are a common point of failure and the whole section may be cut out so that a new pre-fabricated roll end can be welded into position