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Lead Flashing Tips

Lead flashing is a type of roofing material that is used to seal joints and seams on roofs. It is made from lead, which is a soft, malleable metal that is resistant to corrosion. Lead flashing is often used in areas where water is likely to collect, such as around chimneys, valleys, and skylights.

Lead flashing is a durable and long-lasting roofing material. It can last for many years without needing to be replaced. However, it is important to inspect lead flashing regularly for signs of damage. If lead flashing is damaged, it can allow water to leak into your home, which can cause water damage and mold growth.

Here are some things to check for when inspecting lead flashing:


Lead flashing can crack over time due to weathering and exposure to the elements. If you see any cracks in your lead flashing, it should be repaired or replaced as soon as possible.


Holes: Lead flashing can also develop holes over time. Holes can be caused by nails, screws, or other sharp objects. If you see any holes in your lead flashing, they should be patched or replaced.


Delamination is a condition in which the layers of lead flashing separate from each other. This can be caused by moisture damage or thermal expansion and contraction. If you see any signs of delamination, your lead flashing should be repaired or replaced.

If you have any concerns about the condition of your lead flashing, you should contact a qualified roofing contractor. They will be able to inspect your lead flashing and recommend the best course of action for repair or replacement.

Here are some additional tips for maintaining lead flashing:

Clean your lead flashing regularly with a soft brush and soapy water. This will help to remove dirt, debris, and algae, which can damage the flashing over time.

Inspect your lead flashing for damage at least once a year. If you see any damage, have it repaired or replaced as soon as possible.

Have your lead flashing professionally inspected every five years. This will help to catch any potential problems early on, before they cause major damage.

By following these tips, you can help to ensure that your lead flashing lasts for many years to come.

Of course, safety is always paramount, especially when working at height. If you would like some support with making good your ledge flashing drop us a message or call on 01299 827333.