The Benefits of Lead Work Roofing

Why would you choose lead roofing?

In this post we’re going to be talking about the benefits of lead work roofing in West Lothian and why it’s worth consideration as a potential choice for your roof.

Lead is a material that yields easily as it’s both soft and malleable. This means it can be bossed into a multitude of different shapes and as well as that rolled lead sheeting is extremely durable, potentially lasting for up to 100 years. It’s resistant to corrosion and this means that your roof is safe regardless of the various weather conditions over the years.

You can recycle lead too and this is good for the environment, helping to conserve energy resources while providing durable roofing.


Leadwork will contract or expand with a change in temperature which means that lead will work with your roof, not against it. It’s flexibility in this regard gives you peace of mind, especially if you consider the type of weather we have here in Scotland.

Lead Flashing Explained

As well as being flexible, leadwork acts as a sealant where there are joins between two surfaces. This is known as lead flashing and acts as a barrier between the brickwork and the roof itself. It can keep your roof safe and resistant to leaking.

Guttering and Joints

Leadwork also covers guttering and joints, and it can also act as a complete roof covering. Its malleability is so useful, that sometimes it is used as part of a roof repair because it can act as a dressing on any part of a damaged roof.

What else do we know about lead?

Here are some interesting facts about lead which may help you to understand how useful a material it is:

  • Lead roofing provides no threat to the environment once it’s been installed correctly

  • Most lead sheets are recycled which means they have minimal impact on the environment

  • Leadwork gives your roof stability and protection against all weather conditions, making your roof stable

  • It’s the most durable man-made material

  • It has the least carbon footprint of all the hard metals and it is 100% recyclable

  • It’s more economical because it’s a breathtakingly 100% more cost effective over 65 years according to the Lead Sheet Association UK.

Because of the changes that climate change have wrought on the environment it is easy to see that this is a real problem. The choice of roofing material is important if you care about the environment, so if you choose lead, you not only provide your roof with a material that will withstand bad weather, you also choose something that will have the least impact on the environment.

As your building gets older, a lead roof will move with the building due to its malleability and flexibility. Because lead needs little maintenance over time, it’s clear that it not only provides an effective alternative to other man-made products, it also saves you money.

Lead Work Roofing With J Gordon Roofing & Roughcasting

If you have more questions about lead roofing, then please get in touch and we’re happy to answer all your queries or arrange a consultation and quote at a time that suits you.

We have a great deal of experience in this area and other aspects of roofing and roughcasting, so if there’s anything you need to know then we’re here to help.