Impact of Weather on Roofs
Unpredictable weather is part of daily life in Ireland & the UK and it’s up to our roofs to hold out against the elements, even in the toughest of conditions. The start of 2018 has proven to be no different with some of the most extreme weather on record.
However, even the most durable of roofs are finding it difficult sustain recent weather conditions, with water and wind damage being common issues.
It’s no surprise that lead is the only viable material for a number of key roof repairs. Its durable properties combined with timeless aesthetics make it the ideal solution for successful repairs and renovations.
Lead is not only well-known for its sustainability as a product – more than 95 percent of scrap lead sheet is collected and recycled in the UK & Ireland, whereas lead alternatives have a recovery rate of less than 10 percent – but also its longevity. Lead has been proven to survive even the most adverse weather conditions. And, with claims of some lead roofs having had a lifespan of 500 years, it is a product that has demonstrated its worth.
At the same time, lead is incredibly easy to use. As well as being non-corrosive and flexible, lead sheet doesn’t lift in high winds and can withstand all weathers making it suitable to be fitted all year round.
While there are many – and a growing number of – alternative lead products available on the market, they do not carry the same weighted history of survival or the robust and aesthetically pleasing solution for roof repairs. Most non-lead manufacturers don’t know how long their products will last, therefore are not prepared to guarantee a lifespan of longer than 10 to 20 years.
By choosing lead sheet or flash fittings on a building you are investing in a long-term solution. Our machine cast lead sheet here at Midland Lead is approved by the British Board of Agrément (BAA) and comes with a 60-year guarantee. Our rolled (or milled) lead sheet confirms to BS EN 12588 and has a 50-year guarantee. But the working life expectancy of all types of lead sheet is much longer.