Lead sheet leads the way
It’s easy to see why lead remains the material of choice for roofing, weatherproofing, radiation protection and soundproofing.
Lead is malleable but durable. (And it typically lasts over 100 years.) Lead is an environmentally friendly product too. It is 100% recyclable and has a significantly smaller impact on global warming than the production of synthetic materials.
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Lead sheet is the cleanest, greenest solution
Sustainability is important. As businesses, our environmental concerns aren’t just aspirational; sustainability influences our corporate social responsibility policies and our dealings with clients who look for a complementary green perspective.
So knowing that the products we use are recyclable, is a great step towards a more sustainable future. Knowing that they are not only recyclable, but have already been recycled is even better.
Lead now features in the BRE Green Guide for the first time with a rating of A+ or A.
95% of UK lead is recycled. Compare that with many of the non-lead alternatives to lead sheet which have a recovery rate of less than 10%.
Lead also has a relatively low melting point, thereby reducing carbon emissions, and it has a guaranteed lifespan of at least 50 years for rolled lead or 60 years for machine cast lead. All adding to lead’s green credentials.
Lead sheet represents exceptional value for money
Lead sheet works out cheaper every time, because it is a long-term solution.
Our machine cast lead sheet 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. Even at a conservative estimate, it should last you well over a hundred years. That’s not a short-term solution; it’s an investment.
Non-lead alternatives can’t match that! Most manufacturers don’t know how long their products will last. And they’re not prepared to guarantee them for anything over 10 to 20 years.
And don’t forget, even when your lead does need replacing, there is still a considerable value in the old material, so you can sell it on or recycle.
Lead sheet is adaptable and fit-for purpose
Lead is incredibly easy to use. It works alongside other building products, it is non-corrosive and flexible. Lead sheet doesn’t lift in high winds and it can withstand – and can be fitted in – any sort of weather.
Offering durability, longevity and enduring good looks, it’s very easy to see why lead has stayed so popular. And lead sheet can be used in so many ways, from roofing and cladding to radiation protection to sound-proofing.
Our CE mark EN14783 shows that our machine cast and rolled lead sheet are suitable for all roofing and cladding applications, including flat and pitched roofing, cladding, flashing, guttering and fine detail work.
Lead sheet is always in style
Lead sheet has been popular for hundreds of years because it is such a practical and stylish solution. That isn’t about to change. Architects and designers prize lead for its elegant looks. Even non-lead alternatives are frequently made to resemble lead.
When pre-treated with patination oil, lead will retain its looks over decades – even in the harshest of weather conditions.
Available in codes and sizes to suit you
Midland Lead makes an extensive range of lead sheet products – available in these sizes and EN code weights:
If you’d like to discuss a project or ask us more about our lead sheet production processes, just give us a call on +44 (0) 1283 224 555.