If you are looking for an ideal material to use on your architectural or heritage roofing project, lead coated copper is one of the most popular roofing materials. Here is a look at why you should consider lead coated copper for your next project:
What Is Lead Coated Copper Roofing?
Lead coated copper sheeting and flashing combine the positive aspects of both copper and lead, yielding a finished product that is superior to other metal roof options in many situations.
Copper has been used as a roofing material since Medieval Times and is still very popular today. This is for good reason, as it is lightweight, flexible, resistant to weather and corrosion, and extremely durable—the typical minimum lifespan is 75 years. When installed correctly so that copper edges are lined and not touching other materials, the lifespan can easily reach to 100 years.
Lead, coated on one or both sides of copper sheeting, helps to further shield the roofing from weathering. Lead is also very malleable, allowing it to be formed into complex shapes at relatively low temperatures. Even on the job site, lead can be easily manipulated by skilled workers using only simple hand tools.
The lead-copper combination creates a material that is highly durable and easy to work with. It is ideal for wrapping complicated facades, flashing around chimneys, and for protecting a roof from the elements for more than a lifetime.
What Are the Benefits of Lead Coated Copper?
There are many benefits to using lead coated copper on your roof. We already mentioned durability and flexibility above, but there are other benefits as well, including:
Contractors and homeowners looking for the best possible roofing material to use on restoration projects in particular, or on construction projects in general, should consider the benefits that lead coated copper brings. It has the ability to conform to intricate patterns, does not harm your stonework nor the environment, and endures for as long as a century. Its silvery grey patina is highly attractive, and yet able to "blend in," in a wide range of situations, and its cost is justified by its performance and longevity.
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