Lead Work

Why use Lead?


Lead is one of the oldest building materials around today. It is widely used due to its extreme durability and reliability factors; it is 100% recyclable, making it one of the most environmentally friendly choices you can make when considering a roof covering. More than 95% of lead used in the building industry today is made from recycled materials.

Lead is integral to keeping your roof and other parts of your building waterproof; it ranges from covering those awkward joins in your roof where Tiles, Slates can't protect (known as Flashings), Joining 'Roof folds' (known as Valleys), and full coverings of Box Gutters, Dormers and Bay Tops. Cestria Roofings Lead Specialists understand how important it is to get lead work right, as one tiny tear in the material or not enough coverage in a certain area can cause an abundance of problems. Lead has an average life expectancy of around 75 - 100 years, Unfortunately,  due to certain factors it doesn't always last that long, such as; poor original installation, to our UK weather system constantly punishing the material going from hot to cold too frequently. Rest assured, once you have your lead replaced with Cestria Roofing, you'll have many worry free years until you have to think about it again.



Effective measure to ensure no water ingress filters into them awkward corners and bends on your roof. Most commonly used on chimney stacks but can be used against abutment walls and to redirect water flow in vulnerable areas. Roofing is an art and topping it off with perfect Lead Work is the cherry on the cake.


Lead Dormer

Lead use for dormers can be used as cladding to protect your timber work and internal structure from water damage. Lead also has a natural insulation qualities however additional insulation is normally fitted into the 'cheeks' of your Dormers as standard.


Lead Bay Top

Lead roofs have been around for hundreds of years and very rarely need to be maintained. They are installed using a thicker code of lead than your typical flashing and can last you around 100 years, if maintained correctly. Lead can also be easily manipulated into those awkward areas of your roof where the birds and the bees enjoy nesting in, allowing you a pest free property. 


Lead Valley

The most common way to join two separate faces of your roof together. This area of your roof is most prone to leaking due to your tiles/slates funneling in its direction. Lead is a very reliable way of making sure no water can make its way into your living space. Depending on the pitch and the installation of the lead, cement work is not always required; but it is often used as a secondary measure to ensure no water can sneak through.


Lead Box Gutter

A dated, yet effective way of keeping separate roof faces immune to water ingress.