lead roof

What is lead roofing?

In simple terms lead roofing, sometimes also known as ‘flashing’ refers to thin pieces of materials made from lead and specifically designed to halt the flow of water through them in your roof structure.

 Lead roofing is a process whereby roofers use lead tiles to cover your roof. In this article we will explain how that works, what the benefits are and how we can help you

How Does It Work?

As one of the first metals in the world to be smelted, lead has been used for roofing for centuries. Lead roofers marveled continuously over the years at its attributes. Its durability and malleability allows the metal to be moulded into various simple and complex shapes and still maintain its strength. It is non-combustible and highly resistant to corrosion. These characteristics of lead help make it a superb solution for all roofing applications.

Milled Lead also known as rolled lead is manufactured by having a solid slab of lead pass consistently through two hydraulic rollers to form a sheet with precise consistency and thickness. This type of production method is a highly automated process which ensures that each lead roll is the same thickness along the entire length of the roll.

Sand Cast Lead is a more traditional method of producing lead. This is done by preparing a bed of sand on a casting bench. Then, molten lead is poured over the bed of prepared sand. Casters then use a bar of wood with a handle at each end and move it down the length of the casting bench until they get the required thickness. This is a method done by hand rather than automated equipment like Milled Lead.

Machine Cast Lead or more commonly known as Cast Lead is manufactured by partially submerging a water cooled drum in a bath of molten lead whilst being rotated. The lead sticks to the side of the drum and solidifies as it rotates and after, the lead is peeled of and cut. This type of manufacturing does not give the consistency and thickness of Milled Lead but is much more cost effective.


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Safety is important for our lead roofers at BIM where we employ the very best safety measures in our work with lead materials. Our construction sites are meticulously given round the clock safety procedures to protect our lead roofers, customers and property. We use top grade Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to minimise the hazards of working with lead materials. Masks that prevent the inhalation of lead dust particles, protective clothing with disposable overalls, construction hats, goggles and gloves including construction approved footwear.

We also do not play down with safety measures regarding the Coronavirus. Constant checks on our equipment and employees to ensure a virus free environment are conducted routinely with observable prevention methods relating to the Coronavirus.



Lead roofing has an excellent long lifespan. Known to last for more than 50 years with a natural ability to resist environmental damage such as heavy rain and corrosion. It is 100% recyclable and requires little maintenance, all while being aesthetically pleasing. Simple to manufacture with its cost effective processes makes lead roofing affordable and economical.


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So, if you are someone who wants to get their gutter repaired and cleaned, we are one of the best contractors to consider in the area.

We will make sure you get the best quality commercial and residential gutter repair services at the most reasonable prices. We will do the job with full attention and responsibility because customer satisfaction is our top priority.

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Matt HAuthor: Matt Holder

Matt Holder is our in-house writer. Matt has been working in the construction industry for 10 years. From working on-site to integration himself into our office.


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