Lead sheet is an easy and straightforward building product to work with. If it’s stored, treated and fitted correctly, it doesn’t need any work to it, once installed. You can literally ‘fit it and forget it’! However, there are some tips we’d like to share with you to make sure that’s the case…
Before installation: Lead sheet rolls can react when exposed to wet weather conditions or when stored in a damp area. Therefore we recommend lead sheet rolls to be stored in a clean and dry area – preferably off the floor, on pallets.
After installation: Newly laid lead can ‘go white’ or leave white stains on the surface next to the lead, as a reaction to wet weather conditions. This effect gradually diminishes over a period of time. To prevent this from happening in the first place, we recommend the use of patination oil. Simply apply patination oil soon after the lead work is completed – preferably by the end of the day’s job.
Stain removal: Below we’ve outlined some lead staining that’s most likely to occur, once the lead sheet is not stored, fitted or treated correctly. Although we know these stains can be prevented, if they do occur, this is the way to treat them: