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Lead Work

Protech Roofing’s Lead Work

Lead has proved time and time again to be a popular choice for slating and tiling systems. Several of it’s properties lend itself well to roofing, from it’s durability to the minimal impact on the environment. Myths that leadwork has a short life-span are more a reflection of poor craftsmanship rather than the suitability of this material for roofing, so don’t worry if leadwork is what you need – Protech Roofing has you covered.


Protech Roofing’s experts are well versed in the application of leadwork and make sure every step of the installation process is carried out with attention to detail. Their attentive nature ensures there are no problems further on down the line. If leadwork is carried out poorly, it can lead to rusting and breakage, and leaves your property exposed to the harsh effects of weather, damage and pests.

Always a practical solution, especially for flat roofs, our leadwork is always carried out with the utmost care. When sealed properly, lead roofing is watertight adding to it’s long shelf life. When properly installed by our team, your leadwork could last up to 100 years with the correct maintenance. This explains its popularity in centuries-old buildings and churches.


Lead is specified on most listed buildings, Protech Roofing have the experience to work with you to ensure our glorious heritage is preserved, but so is your budget.

Reliable Lead Work

Lead work is great for giving your roof improved water damage prevention, acting as a fantastic barrier between your building and the outside elements. Lead is a very durable material that has been used as a core material in roofing for centuries. Not only is it a durable material with great resistance to the elements, but it’s also resistant to some levels of corrosion. Lead even offers improved heat and sound insulation. 

Lead is a fantastic all-round material for roofing. Not only can it last for hundreds of years before needing to be repaired, making it a hugely cost-effective long-term solution, but it’s also one of the toughest and most durable man-made materials that exists – despite its sustainability and low carbon footprint, it is still incredibly strong and reliable. 

A high quality lead roof can easily last at least three times as long as other commonly used roofing materials. That’s one of the main reasons that you see so much lead roofing on historic buildings such as cathedrals and churches. Lead is an amazing extra layer of protection for any roof, providing water damage prevention and protection, alongside excellent weather resistance in general. 

In fact, leadwork is perfect for the British weather climate, providing year-round protection against all weather types, including rain, snow, ice, and heat. As well as being very strong, lead is a flexible material. Because of this, it is able to expand and contract with the changing temperature here in the UK. This allows it to resist again temperature-related damage with ease, protecting your building from the weather all year.

Recyclable Lead Work

Lead actually has one of the highest recycling rates of any material on the planet. It’s certainly one of the most recycled metals, beating even the likes of aluminium, copper and zinc. If you’re environmentally conscious and would like a sustainable roofing solution you can be proud and guilt-free about, then lead work is a great option for you. Not only can lead reduce carbon emissions, but its natural properties make it an attractive option for roofing of all kinds. 

Once correctly installed on your roof, leadwork is never a threat to the environment, thanks it’s resilience and recyclable properties. Most of the time, old lead sheets used for roofing that need to be replaced end up being recycled – nothing goes to waste and the process is sustainable and green! 

These great properties make lead roofing incredibly popular for a range of different building types. Because leadwork is both attractive, cost-effective and sustainable, it is a fantastic option for replacing old roofing and maintaining the heritage of older buildings. After all, lead has been used on old buildings such as churches and cathedrals for centuries – a testament to lead’s lasting power and efficiency!

Supple and Flexible Lead Work

Another great thing about lead as a roofing material is that it has much better flexibility than most other materials. Lead can be shaped, bent and fashioned into whatever unique form your roofing project requires. This means that lead is never restricted by the shape of the roof. This kind of treatment also doesn’t compromise lead’s toughness and robustness. 

Lead can be played around with, and lead sheeting can be pulled incredibly taut in order to be stretched for certain roofing designs. This allows it to be stretched and pulled to fit around awkward or difficult shapes and corners, making sure that it fully covers as much roofing space as possible for the best total coverage you can get. 

This flexibility also makes lead particularly well matched for the weather conditions here in Britain. Lead is able to very easily expand and contract depending on the temperatures outside. Given that the UK climate is notoriously unpredictable, moving from sweltering heat to freezing cold as the months roll by, having a roofing material that can keep up with the changing weather is very useful. Lead is a brilliant material for dealing with the unpredictable British weather! 

Lead Is A Great Sealant

One of the other great properties and benefits of using lead is its ability as a fantastic sealant. When used correctly with neutral cure sealants, leadwork is fantastic for giving your roofing that extra layer of protection and sealing safety. Lead is most commonly used in roofing to help seal the joints between two different surfaces, a process that’s known as ‘flashing’. This essentially behaves like an extra barrier between your roof and your brickwork. 

This can help to make a roof as water-tight as possible, preventing any rain from getting through and damaging your building. Lead is also sometimes used for guttering for the exact reason as lead flashing – 100% water protection. Lead can either be used for covering joints, guttering, or even as a complete entire roof covering. Because of its flexibility and strength, it can be easily stretched and shaped in order to cover as much of the roof as you need with a waterproof layer, regardless of the sizes, shapes, and dimensions of your roof. 

There’s a good chance that if you look for it, you’ll find lead flashing throughout most buildings. From the walls and doors to vents, roof joints, and skylights, lead is an incredibly flexible and durable sealant that prevents leaks and keeps your roof and building safe throughout any weather conditions. 

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