Lead sheeting has been used as a roof covering for centuries and is one of the oldest building materials, traditionally covering the roofs of cathedrals, churches and public buildings.
All lead is manufactured to BSEN:12588 and has a minimum design life of 60 years – with many examples of installations in good condition after 100 years. Lead sheeting is suitable for pitched and flat roofing and wall cladding, it has exceptional dependability with proven performance, providing a waterproof covering resistant to severe weather and environmental conditions. Lead is 100% recyclable and one of the most sustainable roofing and cladding products in the building industry due to its longevity and low carbon footprint, making it ideal for traditional and modern architecture.
Lead is one of the softest of the hard metals making it extremely malleable and ideal for domes, turrets, spires, curved roofs, with the ability to shape and dress complex designs. The technique for installing lead sheet roofs and cladding is still very traditional and requires highly trained craftsmen who construct the roof on site with traditional hand tools. There are several finishes including hollow roll, standing seam and welt depending on the roof pitch but the most common finish is wood cored roll giving an aesthetically pleasing result. The spacing of the joints is primarily governed by the thickness of the lead to be use, the thinner the lead the smaller the piece.
Western Counties Roofing work in accordance with the Lead Sheet Association and only use leading manufactures and suppliers.