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    Do I need lead flashing on my roof?


    Hello, I have no lead flashing on my artificial slate roof, but have been told there are lead soakers. My local roofer says lead flashing isn’t a requirement for this roof type. Does anyone know if I should have lead flashing on my roof? I have some concern that some leaks on a ceiling-adjacent wall could be related to this, or perhaps the soakers aren’t effective enough. Any info would be appreciated – thanks Gordon

    Asked by Adam on 28th Feb 2019
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    Berry Roofing

    "Generally, lead flashing would be the recommended choice, but in either case, lead flashing or lead soakers need to be completely sealed. Without correct sealing this can cause issues like damp, leaks or possibly the likes of your wall leak. (Sealing can be done slightly cheaper with cement, but this is less recommended as cement will not last as long.) It is very important to have the roof flashing/soakers fitted correctly to be watertight.
    I would recommend seeking a roofer, as soon as possible, to fully survey your roofing and make sure that the soakers or flashing is sealed correctly. Additionally, for them to test that your wall-based issue is not related. The longer you wait, the more issues that can be caused if there are leaks or ineffective sealing."

    Answered on 28th Feb 2019 - Member since Mar 2019 - report
    Dpl roofing & property services ltd

    "Most roofs do have a lead flashing connected to the wall ground into the brickwork but some slate roofs are okay with lead speakers so if it's not leaking its probably ok if its peace off mind then yes put a lead flashing in it won't hurt thanks hope that's okay"

    Answered on 20th May 2019 - Member since Feb 2019 - report
    leigh&sons roofing

    "Hi there, yes you do need lead flashing on any type of roof i.e chimneys is a must. Years ago, they used cement fillet and lead soakers under the cement fillet. But I would advise you, as a roofer that a lead flashing is required or water will get behind."

    Answered on 21st May 2019 - Member since May 2019 - report
    Able roofing & Building

    "Having correct under soakers and lead flashing in place will stop water running in to the home"

    Answered on 16th Sep 2019 - Member since Sep 2018 - report

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