At Ploughcroft we have a lead specialist on our team allowing us to provide the high-quality work that you expect.
Lead Roofing is environmentally friendly when installed properly. Most lead today is recycled so again reduces the environmental impact. While the initial investment in lead work may be high, it will last for up to 100 years.
Lead is renowned for its longevity and can last up to three times longer than other materials, making it perfect for use on listed and protecting buildings in conversation projects.
Lead boasts remarkable flexibility qualities making lead sheeting perfect for stretching around challenging shapes and areas to provide complete coverage. The material’s flexibility means it lends itself to acting as a sealant when used in conjunction with neutral cure sealants. Lead can also be used as an exceptional covering for a roof’s guttering making a roof completely waterproof.
Lead can also be used as an exceptional covering for a roof’s guttering making a roof completely waterproof. Being able to expand and shrink due to temperature changes also makes lead the perfect material to use for rooftops facing the unpredictable British weather.
Lead Flashings keep a roof watertight. If a roof were to lack lead flashings, water would simply run down the side of the chimney or down the tiles located higher on the roof. Worst still, roofs without lead flashings, often have moisture that runs into a house’s interior.
Lead Turrets are small towers at the corner of a building or wall — in this case, a tower made of lead. Being so flexible means lead can cover and protect turrets in lead roofing.
Chimney Aprons are strips of lead used for flashing (the process of stopping water entering a building via a joint) a chimney edge, or where a chimney base meets/joins to a roof.
Lead Dormer Windows are windows that project vertically from a roof’s slope. A pitched roof is one that has two sloping sides with the top of each sloping side meeting in the centre. This centre section is called the roof ridge and is the highest horizontal point of a roof. A house that has a pitched roof can contain a dormer window within that pitched roof. The points where the roof on the dormer window joins the main pitched roof on both sides are called valleys. Without a lead flashing being installed into these valleys rain water will run down both the roof of the dormer window and down the main roof, causing damp within the house.
Parapets are low walls running along the edge of a roof used for protective purposes.
Hoppers and Downpipes: Hoppers are containers that can release their contents, such as rainwater, at the bottom when they become narrower towards the base. Downpipes transport rainwater from a roof to a drain or safely to ground level.