Theft of lead roofing materials is a rising risk for property owners as the value of scrap lead has increased over the years. Traditional roofing uses lead as a malleable, waterproof material for flashing as well as some guttering and pipework on older buildings.
Lead is also a popular choice for an aesthetically pleasing solution for roofing conservatories and for flashing around roof windows. If you are looking for a traditional finish to your roofing project but without the risk of theft that lead carries, our handy guide will walk you through some of the options available.
What are the benefits of lead alternatives?
Alternatives to lead flashing very accurately replicate traditional lead. The products are malleable thanks to an internal metal grid, coated in a type of modified bitumen which is finished to look like regular roofing lead. Different products will have different finishes so it is a good idea to get some samples to see which will best suit your project.
Lead alternatives usually come on a roll and are relatively easy to install, meaning they take less time to install and are often therefore cheaper than real lead. They can often be cut with a knife and are light and easy to work with, meaning less need for skilled lead workers on site. Self adhesive lead alternatives are also available, which can speed the fitting process even further. Usually lead flashing alternatives are around 50% cheaper than the equivalent coverage in traditional lead which can mean a significant reduction in budget for a large roofing project.
At Studley roofing we take pride in our traditional lead working skills but we also know that embracing new materials such as lead alternatives means we are able to offer a wide range of options to our clients, and can advise on how to get the best roofing finish for your budget. Get in touch to find out more!