What is Lead Flashing and Why is it Good For My Roof?

August 7, 2020

One of the main purposes of a roof is to keep the building protected and secure. This means that the roof itself must be able to withstand all weather conditions and the forces that come with this. Rain water and severe weather can cause a lot of damage to roofing which can as a result lead to further problems within the building. Therefore, it is essential to invest in good quality, reliable materials that will help to keep your roof secure. 

One material and feature of a roof that we highly recommend, is lead flashing. Lead flashing is a key component in keeping your roof safe against weather and rainfall. As roofing specialists, this is something we would advise people to have on their roof for the extra protection and security. So, we wanted to tell you a bit more about lead flashing and why it is good for your roof…


What is lead flashing?

Lead is a very durable, hard-wearing and weather resistant material. Therefore, it is ideal for roofing and a really reliable material to use as you know it will do the job in keeping your roof safe and ensuring that no water is able to cause damage. 

Flashing is put in place to really prevent water from being able to enter through any parts of your roof and into your property. It prevents the impact of water penetration and ensures that any parts surrounding your roof are not affected or damaged. The primary purpose of this thin material is to direct and carry water away from delicate or critical areas of your roof. 


Why lead flashing is good for your roof

Lead flashing is an integral part of your roofing structure. Without flashing in place, water can flow through and cause severe damage to critical parts of your roofing structure, which can have a really serious impact and leave lasting damage, potentially requiring roof replacement or extensive repair. 

Flashing can be used on various parts of your roof, and therefore it comes in different forms including step flashing, apron flashing and chimney flashing. Each of these serve a different purpose by protecting different parts of your roof and ensuring that all areas are covered and protected against rainwater and weather damage. 

Lead is such a strong and effective material that it is ideal in being used for the purpose of withstanding weather and directing rainwater away from parts of your roof. It creates the perfect barrier and it is also highly resistant against corrosion, meaning that it will serve its purpose for a long time without need for replacement or repair. Other types of flashing aren’t as effective and don’t have these qualities so they won’t last as long as lead flashing. This is why we highly recommend lead, because of the resistant qualities and the lifespan that it has. 

Furthermore, lead flashing creates a very efficient barrier. Along with sealing all parts of your roof and preventing an ingress of water, it can also help contribute towards insulation and noise reduction. This can positively impact your energy bills, as it will help to retain heat in your home for longer. 


These are just a few of the many reasons why lead flashing is great for your roof. For more information or if you would like to speak to us about lead flashing or any other things that we would recommend for your roof, simply get in touch with us via our contact page and we will be more than happy to help.