Roofing and Leadwork

This is where the company started over 30 years ago

Lead roofing has repeatedly proved itself an unrivaled roofing and weathering material over years of use.  It remains the most commonly specified material for historic and new buildings because it combines the attractiveness and flexibility wit durability which represents long term value for money.

In addition to lead, we are able to offer other metal solutions as roofing materials such as stainless steel, zinc and copper.  Many of our projects involve replacing or fitting slate tiles to roofs, as slate continues to be a popular alternative with a durable long life span.

Our team can do the following

  • Slating
  • Lead work
  • Stainless Steel
  • Flat roofing
  • Cast Iron
  • Rainwater goods

Lead Roofing

Many people know lead as a traditional material used in historic buildings or conservation projects. However, it is still the product of choice for specifiers looking for great aesthetic qualities as well as peace of mind on a project due to lead’s longevity and reliability.

Lead has been used in construction for hundreds of years, and there are many examples around the country of lead installations continuing to function as was originally intended all those years ago. These are the reasons why:-

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.

Green

Lead also has GREEN benefits, now included in the BRE Green Guide, lead has been proven to be one of the greenest building materials available. In most standard lead roofing and vertical cladding installations, lead has a rating of A or A+, has a significantly lower carbon footprint than comparable external wall and roofing specifications, and its Eco-points – the degree to which a material impacts on the environmental performance of a building – measure very favourably.

Climate Change

Climate change is causing a wider range of weather conditions in the UK, which is making the choice of roofing material ever more important to withstand water ingress and UV degradation.

The research, carried out in conjunction with The Building Research Establishment and Franklin + Andrews is summarised below.

  • Rolled lead sheet used in construction outperforms competing manmade products such as flashings, and hard metals, on many fronts:
  • The carbon footprint of lead, compared with other hard metals, is extremely low making it a very environmentally friendly material.
  • Its lifespan also means it lasts a generation without having to be replaced – on average more than three times longer than other proprietary flashing products.
  • There is an established recycling infrastructure so almost 100% of the waste can be re-used.
  • Lead’s longevity means that architects can safely use it in designs needing to comply with Euro code requirements for a 60 year design life.
  • Lead installation is not impacted by damp or cold weather conditions, thereby minimising project delays.
  • Working with lead is a highly skilled job and will more likely be undertaken by skilled tradesman, thereby minimising the risks of employing unskilled labour using other products.
  • The economic benefits of using lead also came through strongly. Over a 40 year period lead can be up to 50% cheaper than manmade flashing products and over 65 years it is almost 100% cheap

Having a trained team to install lead roofing and gutter products is paramount in order to gain the best aesthetic results.  At Bridgett Conservation we have a proven track record the results of which are here to see!

Lead Roofing Gallery

Examples of roofing

Examples of Lead Work