Leadwork is a bespoke service, often carried out as part of remedial work or as a preventative measure to ensure a roof becomes as weatherproof as possible. However, many homeowners are unaware of the benefits of this service and how it can help to reduce common roofing issues. That’s why we’ve put together this simple guide to help you understand what’s involved and how it can help to protect your property from weather damage.
What Is Roofing Leadwork?
One of the worst problems a property owner can experience with their roof is leaks which often occur when weathering or damage causes water to enter the home. Leaks can cause major issues such as damp, mould and damage to your property such as the decay of roofing timbers. It can affect any part of your roof where there are joints, including chimney stacks, parapet walls and skylights. Directing the flow of water away from a property, lead flashings are the ideal solution for preventing any moisture from entering your home. Lead’s strength, quality and style mean it’s the perfect option for creating a long term, weather resistant barrier for your roof.
Other Benefits of Lead Flashing
Being such a solid and reliable material, lead is a bonus layer of resilient insulation for your roof. Not only does this offer waterproofing benefits but can provide extra thermal and sound insulation too. This is particularly advantageous if you’ve had a loft conversion and want your roof to be as robust as possible for protecting the new room in your home. Lead flashing also creates an attractive finish around the structures on your roof, enhancing the overall look of your property.
Common Problems with Lead Flashing
The function of leadwork is to provide a waterproof roof, but it’s still part of the overall structure. While incredibly durable and corrosion-resistant, lead flashing is exposed to the same extreme weather conditions which can affect the health of a roof. If lead flashing experiences any deterioration, over time, it will become less effective. One of the best ways to prevent this occurring is to always use a professional roofer when undergoing leadwork on your roof and also choose materials of the highest quality from top manufacturers.
Leadwork Services – What’s Involved?
When looking for leadwork services, there’s a variety of options available. This includes repairing damaged lead flashings or installing it from scratch. As well as areas on pitched roofing which may be prone to water ingress occurring, it’s also possible to fit leading on flat roofs. Flat roofs have a reputation for letting in water due to their lack of prominent sloping, so leadwork can provide property owners with peace of mind their roof is completely sealed. You may also find services for lead coping which involves the installation of flashing around the edge of the roof, capping free-standing walls.
Want help with your roof?
If you think leadwork services could be beneficial to you, get in touch with the team at Collier Roofing. As expert roofers, we offer a range of services which we’ll tailor to your individual requirements. So, if looking for a leadwork roofer in Sutton, Merstham or surrounding areas of London, Surrey, Kent and further afield, contact us for a chat and free quotation today.