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About Lead

A Wilson roofing work predominantly with rolled lead sheet and sandcast lead sheet, and our lead roofing services include: general leadwork for dormers, lead flashings, smaller flat roofs, new construction work, as well as building and monument refurbishment.

Lead is one of the oldest and most reliable of materials to be used in the history of roofing

More durable – Lead lasts three times longer than other man-made products.

More carbon friendly – Lead has the lowest carbon footprint of all hard metals and is up to 100% recyclable.

More economical than any man-made alternative – Lead is 100% more cost effective over 65 years*

Durable building material and has been known to last for more than 500 years.

There is an established scrap Lead recovery network in the UK that ensures constant recycling. When compared to other products used as a substitute, Lead's recovery rates are dramatically higher.

  • More than 95% of Lead used in building is recycled.

  • Lead is 100% recyclable time after time after time – and it never deteriorates, no matter how many times it is recycled, retaining all the natural qualities that attract architects and designers to it in the first place.

  • Recycling Lead uses less energy than the original smelting process that created it - a low melting point during the recycling process delivers impressive energy efficiencies making reclamation cost effective as well as environmentally desirable.

Did you know?

Lead has stood the test of time and is endorsed by heritage groups responsible for the nation’s historic buildings. It is environmentally-friendly, recyclable and straightforward to install. The list of reasons to use lead instead of any alternatives goes on and on… so here are just a few of the proven facts:

Cost – the initial installation cost of lead is generally comparable with man-made flashings as the alternatives often require the additional expense of adhesives and sealants. Moreover, with drying times of up to six hours for some adhesives, this can seriously increase labour cost. Lifecycle cost analysis has projected that lead will be almost 50 per cent cheaper over 40 years, and almost 100 per cent cheaper over 60 years, than man-made products.

Installation – lead is quick and easy to install in most weather conditions and requires no adhesive or other fixing materials. Man-made products generally require dry conditions above 5°C when being installed, and their performance can also be suspect if the adhesives used are overexposed to UV light, and which may not adhere to porous brickwork without the use of additional sealants.

Appearance – alternatives are very limited in the types of applications that they can be used for, and would not be suitable for more decorative flashings for which lead sheet is renowned.

Security – when bossed or dressed correctly, lead has very few laps and joints which results in a high degree of weather tightness. The cutting and shaping of man-made products give rise to more laps and joints where adhesives are needed, increasing possible risks of leakage and additional internal damage.

Lifecycle – lead is proven to last up to 100 years and when used for flashings, will last about three times longer than most man-made products. As a result, very few post-installation inspections and maintenance are required. Lead is generally trouble-free once installed.