With so many different types of roofing solutions available, it can be hard to know which are right for you. Lead roofing is a popular choice, thanks to its versatility and range of uses, but it’s not the only option. Whether you’re considering lead work on your roof or would like to know more about the lead roofing alternatives on the market, follow our useful tips.
What Is Lead Roofing Used for?
Lead roofing is an easy choice for many residential and commercial property owners, whether you’re a homeowner, landlord or business. It can be used for a new structure or even incorporated with existing roofing, from pitched and flat roofing to unique designs such as domes or slates. While it’s extremely durable, it can also be moulded into different shapes, making it one of the more versatile materials used for roofs.
Lead work is also one of the primary choices for roof flashing, used around windows, porches, chimney stacks, gutter linings and any other features. The lead flashings help to seal the gap where two features or structures meet, ensuring your roof remains waterproof.
What Are the Drawbacks of Lead Roofs?
Lead is often chosen as its one of the more traditional roofing materials on the market, but there are other options available.
For the eco-conscience among us, lead isn’t the most environmentally friendly roofing material, so as it deteriorates over the years, it may even get into rainwater running off your roofing, polluting the environment. It’s also heavy in weight which may add further pressure to an older roofing structure and isn’t always the most cost-effective roofing option.
Your roofer should always explain the pros and cons of each material offered, giving you an overview of the best options in every situation. Lead is still a hugely beneficial roofing solution, but there are alternatives on offer.
What Are the Lead Roof Alternatives?
There are lots of modern roofing materials to consider, from GRP fibreglass and liquid roofing to EPDM rubber roofs. You can also use alternative materials for flashing installations, including copper, uPVC, rubber, aluminium and steel.
When talking through the different solutions, qualities to check include its strength, durability and how weathertight it will be. You should also consider how long the guarantee is to give you a better idea about each material’s quality and longevity.
If you were planning on using lead due to its flexibility and ability to mould into different shapes, you’ll also need to check that any alternative roofing material has this quality too. Otherwise, investing a little more in lead solutions may be the better option if it means you won’t need to replace or repair it for many years to come.
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At South Thames Roofing, we’re happy to talk through all the options available to you, providing free, no-obligation estimates. We operate throughout South London and Surrey, including Claygate, Earlsfield and Leatherhead. To get in touch, call now on 0208 397 2900.