Various materials from tile to concrete are used in roofing construction, providing excellent weather-proof protection for buildings. A well-constructed roof also protects a property from all elements, including sun and weather damage. The choice of material can depend on the size of the building, the location and the shape of the roof. Durability will also be considered, to ensure your roof remains standing for a long time. 

Whilst lead isn’t the most common choice of material for roofing, it does have many perks and is a relatively popular option. Lead has also developed a dangerous reputation in previous centuries, given the negative side effects of lead paint and lead particles. But with modern construction and increased safety standards, lead is now handled correctly and in a secure manner. Considering all this, you may wonder why lead is used in roofing and what benefits it has. 

Why is it used? 

Using lead in construction isn’t a modern development and has been used for roofing for centuries. It has strong weatherproofing abilities, as well as a low melting point which allows it to be moulded into any shape. Lead is extremely durable, protecting a building from all types of weather without damaging the roof. 

It isn’t just its durability that makes lead a strong contender for roofing. Lead has been known to last up to 100 years and is 100% recyclable, an extremely eco-friendly choice. In fact, over 95% of lead used in construction today comes from recycled materials, making it a sustainable choice for any roofing project. By using recycled lead you are decreasing the need for newly mined materials, which can contaminate soil, groundwater and increase levels of deforestation. 

Lead doesn’t just have structural benefits, it has visual ones too. The aesthetic of lead is very appealing to modern architects, and lead can often be found in new build houses. This aesthetic also suits period buildings, which were often constructed with lead lined parapet roofs and turrets. For those looking to restore an old or listed building, using lead in the construction will help bring the property back to its original state. The flexibility of lead is another reason why it’s often found in historic buildings, as it can easily shape to awkward structures such as church spires. 

Why does Silk Leadwork use it? 

At Silk Leadwork, we are experts on the use of lead for construction and roofing purposes. We use it because lead is a very cost-effective yet high-quality material, ideal for any roofing project and lowering prices for our clients. Whilst other materials wear and tear over time, lead stays strong and durable, lasting an average of 60+ years when installed with our Lead Roofing Contractors. 

Whilst lead can be a cause for concern, is not dangerous when used in roofing and poses no threats to the property owner, or anyone living inside the building. We aren’t the first to recognise the positive traits of lead, with the material one of the oldest used in construction and still used today. It has proven to be a perfect resource for roofing, complimenting both the structure and the aesthetics. 

Silk Leadwork is an industry-leading roofing company, specialising in the construction of lead roofing, lead welding and box gutters. If you are curious about any of our services and would like to find out more, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Alternatively, visit our Lead Roofing Contractors page for further information on why lead is used in roofing construction. 

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