Slating and Leadwork

Slating and Leadwork

Lead sheet is one of the oldest and most durable of roofing materials, with many roofs across Scotland having some form of leadwork on their roof structure.

Unfortunately, the qualities of leadwork were not always taken into account when it was fitted to the roof originally, which can cause expensive problems for unwitting property owners.

DMG are qualified and experienced in dealing with a wide variety of roofing materials  – from traditional materials such as lead through the more modern technologies involved in single ply roofing membranes.

Problems with leadwork can be a number of things but the most common are:

Movement – leadwork needs to be able to move; there can considerable change in the size of the leadwork from what it will measure in the warmer summer months to the harsh cold of winter. Frequently, lead work is ‘over fixed’ meaning it cannot fully expand or contract with the change in temperatures. This can lead to curling and lifting which can lead to damage and water seepage.

Fixings – fixings also need to be correct when it comes to leadwork on the roof. Lead is heavy and so fixings that are placed too near the edge of the material causes it to be ‘torn’ from what is known as wind lift. This is when wind is able to work its way under the lead material, lifting it, causing tears and rips. This again can cause water seepage and damage internal to your property.

Moisture – modern day buildings are becoming increasingly better insulated. Whilst this is essential for maintaining heat, reducing energy bills etc. if a building is not adequately ventilated, moisture can ‘gather’ in roof space internal to the property; over prolonged periods of time, this can have a corrosive effect on the leadwork. This can appear as a white powder on the underside of the lead.

DMG is a company with many years experience in all type of roofing maintenance, repairs and materials. Not only does leadwork need to be correctly installed in the first palce, it also needs expert repair and replacing.

Roof Slating

Roof slating – in other words using natural slate or stone to form the outer protective layer that is your roof – is a tradition that is becoming rarer in the modern world as technology allows for cheaper alternatives to slate.

Traditional and Elegant Roof Slating

Slate can offer elegance and a natural beauty to any property. If you decide to opt for a slate roof, you will be investing in a beautiful slate roof, as well as robust interior structure that mean your slated roof will last for years to come.

Not all roofing contractors are familiar with local slating traditions – Scotland, for example, has a specific heritage to its slate roofs. If you live in an older property with a slate roof or desire the look and style of a slate roof, then DMG is the slating company for you.

A high quality slated roof will have a distinctive look to it, characterised by …

  • the slates being laid evenly and sit well across the entire roof
  • any edges looking neat and tidy
  • any margins and edges looking  symmetrical and equal
  • following local, traditional ‘patterns’

Roofing and repairs we include:

  • Lead dormers
  • Lead guttering and flashing
  • Leadwork for period buildings
  • Lead repair and replacement
  • Lead porches and bays
  • Custom leadwork
  • Slate roof repair
  • Slating for period buildings
  • Custom slate roofs
  • Dilapidated slate roofs replaced