After many years chimneys may become weathered, and the pointing and leadwork may start to become useless. We can provide chimney repairs and rebuilding in London and the Home Counties for both residential and commercial roofs.
Lead work has been used in for domestic, industrial and commercial properties in the building industry for many years and still adorns the roofs of a wide variety of properties, such as churches, offices, factories, public buildings and homes throughout the UK, and at Perfect Nest Home Improvements, we have successfully installed leadwork on many of our roofing jobs.
Our lead working skills and roofing services include, lead roofs, wall flashings, chimney flashings and lead valleys.
Because of its reliable durability, longevity and Eco friendly qualities, lead has remained a popular material for roofing and chimney work. It is extremely 'flexible' and can easily be dressed as flashings to fit the sometimes awkward multi-curved contours of many old and modern building materials, particularly brickwork and chimneys, concrete, slate and clay tiled roofs.
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Other common uses include valleys, gulley's, chimney back Gutters, hips, saddles, ridges and wall flashings. However, we always follow a few basic yet essential rules while working with lead:
Our fixings will always hold the lead securely in position without any restrictions to thermal movement. With lead flashings, a regular expansion joint will overcome the restriction caused by lead wedging along one side.
The nails, screws and other subsidiary products we work with alongside lead will always have a similar life expectancy to that of the lead itself, which typically means that copper, brass or stainless steel will be used, but products with a shorter life expectancy like galvanised or aluminium fixings will never be used.
Your roof Joints must allow for thermal movement but also maintain a high level of water tightness for the position where they are to be used. For instance, we would never use welts or laps to join pieces of the Gutters lead lining, whereas the joint would correctly have a drip.
Lead is commonly used for:
- Flat and pitched roof coverings
- Aprons and cover flashings.
- Lead hips and ridges.
- Gulleys and pitched valleys.
- Weatherings to cornices, parapets etc.
- Lead slates and saddles.
- Made to measure chimney aprons & chimney backs
- Dormer & bay window roof coverings
- Rain water goods including Hoppers / Downpipes / Brackets
- Lead Flashings
- On site lead welding for builders / developers etc.
We care about the reputation we have earnt in the roofing industry and have achieved this by always using quality materials that are made to last.
All lead works are carried out to current standards, and when laid to these guidelines using our correct tools and methods lead sheet is proven to last up to 150 years +.
Remember, lead is a fine, long-life material . . . but only when used and installed correctly.