As specialist roofing contractors covering Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Jersey and Guernsey, we have a good understanding of the nature and uses of lead in roofing. This knowledge has been gained by investment in training, but also most importantly by our extensive experience.
When dealing with Heritage roofing and listed buildings, we are able install traditionally produced lead, made by casting molten lead on a bed of sand. Such leadwork is largely used for replacement work on Churches, Cathedrals and other historic buildings, where the authenticity is important. Generally though modern milled lead sheet is used and made to BS 1178.
When undertaking any leadworking projects, we ensure that appropriate investigation is carried out before starting work to assess the condition of the timber base, the existing leadwork, such as the existence of serious rippling or splits, poorly placed fixings that interfere with the movement of the lead as temperatures change, inadequate fixings and the use of unsuitable existing underlays. As leadworking experts, we have the ability and experience to undertake the most difficult of jobs from complicated detailing to very ornate decorative finials.
All of our work is in line with the recommendations of the Lead Sheet Association and BS 6915 (2, 5 and 6). Care is taken to ensure that the leadwork is best installed to combat the prevailing weather conditions across the areas we cover including Devon, Somerset, Cornwall, Jersey and Guernsey. Factors such as wind lift, which can loosen fittings and cause leaks are taken into account and combated by wedging cover flashings into brick or stone walls at maximums of 500mm between wedges.
You can be sure that any leadwork performed by Kilbride Roofing will be carried out by skilled workers and will be of the highest standards possible, and we are proud to have worked on many historic and listed buildings.