Lead coated copper roofs are more popular than people realize. Those who have some knowledge realize that this can have some benefits that may even surprise you. Many people are put off by the term ‘lead’ and may not even consider it, but it actually does not cause a problem environmentally speaking. Combining lead and copper can actually offer a superior option when compared to other kinds of metal roof options.
Copper roofing and metal roofing have been used for centuries, and they are still used now. They are light, won’t corrode, flexible and can stand up to harsh weather. Let’s take a closer look at using lead coated copper roofing and the benefits it will offer.
Lead coated copper when compared to lead-only panels are much lighter. This will reduce the roof load, an especially important factor when it comes to older buildings. At the same time, it won’t get blown off or go through damage as a result of powerful winds as it is still heavy enough to withstand such risks.
Lead coated copper is quite adaptable and versatile. It can easily be used on roofs that are steep or low pitched. Painting it often yields excellent results especially when compared to other metal roofs. The natural patina (a thin layer that grows more attractive over time) gives it a visually pleasing appearance regardless of whether it is a newer or older building.
3. Leak Resistant
Lead-copper panels can be installed in such a way that will make it very watertight, thus preventing leaks. The seams can be formed by bending up the lead edges and placing a special cap on it, which is then soldered securely in place. This method allows for some movement so that buckling does not occur. Despite allowing for some movement, the special cap that is soldered in place will remain secure. This will keep the roof resistant to leaks.
4. Stain Resistant
As you may know, lead coated copper can avoid corrosion but it is also not something that causes any staining, especially in other parts of the structure; neither does it get easily stained. The gray patina created by the lead coating is not water-soluble. Plain copper does not get rid of water as quickly as lead does, so it won’t cause any staining of your stone or brick when deposited elsewhere.
5. It Won’t Harm The Environment
When it comes to lead paint, many are put off because they feel it is not safe for the environment. While it is natural to think that it can cause harm to humans and pollute groundwater nearby, in reality, lead coated roofs do not do this, making it environmentally safe. Due to the lack of solubility of the paint used as well as the stain resistance mentioned earlier, it is not going to act as a contaminant in any way and will not be a health hazard to the immediate environment.
The combination of lead and copper makes it easy to work with and it is also very durable. It can be used to wrap around a chimney or as protection for a roof from all kinds of elements and it will last for a very long time.