Lead Roofs

Lead roofing was once a fairly common material for flat roofs. Today it is rarely used as a primary material, although it is used for certain flashing, as a protective coating for sandstone or copper (especially in preservation work) due to the fact that it doesn’t corrode nearly as quickly and does not create stains from water run offs as many other materials do.

Basics Of Lead Roofing

Lead is a soft metal that is malleable or easily changeable at low temperatures. It could be pounded into sheets with hand tools and was thus a desirable roofing material years ago.
It is used in flahsing because of these properties and because water runoff won’t cause stains to form on stone or brick building. It can also be used to cover copper due to it corrosive resistance. It isn’t often used anymore because of the perceived health risks associated with lead, its high cost and rather unattractive appearance.

Cost Of Lead Roofing

We currently do not have any data on lead roofing prices. We would love to provide this information to our users. Email us at info@roofingcontractorsconnect.com with any info on cost of lead roofing.

Advantages Of Lead Roofing

Durable Finish
Lead provides a durable finish which can either be painted or left exposed. When used to coat copper it provides a lightweight material which reduces the weight load of a building. Over time, it becomes a dull gray that is like a lubricant that won’t stain the buildings underneath it like many other metal roofs.

Long Lasting
Lead roofing lasts as long as copper roofs, without the oxidation and corrosion. It can last 100 years or more. Over time, this type of roof takes on a dull gray look actually forms a protection layer.

Can Take On Many Shapes
Because it is so malleable, it can cover any odd roof shape. It can be shaped on site without complicated tools, making it a versatile material for certain builders and roofers.


It Is Heavy
The material is very heavy if used as the primary roofing material. That is why it is more often used as a flashing or in very thin sheets as a covering for copper etc. To use it as a primary material would require added structural support that often isn’t worth it due to other options.

The Public Fears It
Most people assumer that lead poisons drinking water, which it can in high enough concentration. However, lead roofing produces such a tiny amount of lead runoff that it isn’t a factor. Nonetheless, it just isn’t a material that most people want to deal with because of the public perception.

Not Very Attractive
Lead roofing simple doesn’t have the same appeal as say copper or aluminum roofs – although it does have many similar attributes.