LEADWORK by our own CRAFTSMEN
Lead has been an essential part of building construction for hundreds of years. Its’ durability and adaptability means that nothing has successfully replaced it. However after many years lead can fail, at which time it must be replaced.
Patching with mastics, sealants etc. is never a long-term fix, and invariably any money spent on patching failed leadwork is wasted.
We pride ourselves on the very high professional standard we achieve with our leadwork. ‘Professional’ is the keyword! We know just how many cowboys there are out there, and what a mess they can make of what should be a straightforward job. The vast majority have no proper training which means that when they replace leadwork they use the ‘beat-it-down’ method to form it around angles etc. This of course results in the lead being stretched and ending up at least half of its’ original thickness which means that it is vulnerable to splitting from the moment it is installed. We use lead welding to avoid this, and wherever possible create the new section at ground level prior to installation. That way our customers can see exactly what is being done and they are often fascinated to watch this time-honoured skill being practised expertly by one of our tradesmen.
Lead Flat Roofing:
Repairs and renewals using new or reclaimed materials. We specialise in sympathetic roof refurbishment on character properties.
Pitched Roof Leadwork:
Flashings, valleys, abutment weatherings etc.
Lead Chimney Weatherings:
Trays, aprons, gutters, flashings etc.
Lead sheet cladding to dormers, facades, gables etc.
All our leadwork is carried-out in accordance with The Lead Sheet Association specifications and BS1178
We provide this information to assist you in deciding who you will be most confident in entrusting with your work. You will of course hear all kinds of bluster if you ask a contractor whether their staff are City & Guilds trained, and whether they are qualified to undertake leadwork / welding – but always remember that unqualified staff can never do the job properly, and lead welding carried out by an amateur can have disastrous results.