Leadwork refers to the application or repair of lead flashing, an essential part of roofs which keeps the system watertight and weather proof. When compromised, lead flashing can let in moisture and lead to leaks that can quickly worsen and put your property at risk of serious water damage.
But how can leadwork be compromised? Often general wear and tear over a long span of time; other times damage can be due to an external factor like a falling branch or someone working on your roof, or it might simply be that the original installation was not handled to a respectable quality standard.
Our approach to leadwork can be both proactive or reactive. We can quickly ascertain whether remedial leadwork could extend the lifespan of a roof by shoring it up, and if flashing fails, quickly diagnose the extent of the damage and recommend the required repairs. Our quotes are distinctly affordable – you’ll struggle to find more cost effective roofing solutions.
The installation of lead flashing isn’t a simple, “one size fits all” service; it’s distinctly bespoke, governed by what are referred to as lead codes. These dictate the weight and thickness of lead sheet and their suitability for particular tasks. Ensuring that the correct lead code is used makes it so the flashing will last a very long time. In fact, when correctly installed by skilled roofers like our own, flashing will often outlast the life of a property. But when the wrong lead code is employed, or the installation itself is botched, rapid deterioration can set in and cause major problems.
Lead codes range from Code 3 (1.32mm, and 3 lbs per square foot), to Code 8 (3.55mm, 8 lbs per square foot). To give some examples, cover flashings used where flat roofing turns up against a wall calls for Code 4 sheets, while Code 3 is typically suitable for soakers, and Code 5-8 flashing is often employed for chimney flashings, ridges, hips, roll ends and drips. But flashing is also employed for pitched valley gutters, box and tapered gutters, flat roof coverings and windows; whatever the task, our team will employ the right coded sheets and proven techniques to ensure workmanship is of the highest possible standard.
Established in 1998, D Hunt Roofing Ltd is a small, independent company with more than 40 years of combined experience. Based in Crawley, domestic and commercial clients in the surrounding areas of Horsham and Reigate can benefit from the expertise of our fully-trained roofers.