Lead Alternative Flashing

Lead alternative flashing refers to a range of roof flashings that are used to replace traditional lead where it may be prone to theft, it may slow down or a job or a cheaper material is needed. Traditional lead is hard to work with and needs specialist tools and knowledge. In comparison, lead alternative flashing is easily cut with sharp scissors or a knife and most brands say their product can be installed in at least half the time of traditional lead. 

Lead alternative flashing is cheaper than traditional lead and has the other benefit of not having any re-sale value once its lifespan is up. That means that with a few choice signs, would-be thieves are deterred from your roof as they can’t sell on the alternative flashing. Signs are necessary though as in anthracite or grey colours, alternative lead flashing looks just like the real thing! 

Brands like Wakaflex, Dektite, Ubiflex and Easy-Trim offer a selection of roll widths, lengths and colours for easy completion of an attractive roof. Traditional lead colour grey is available to achieve an authentic look whilst brands also boast terracotta and black for finishing in line with the colour of roof tiles. It’s totally up to you and your customer. 

Here we've put together a guide to everything you need to know about alternatives to lead flashing

What are the advantages of lead alternative flashing over traditional lead?

When installing lead flashing you need an array of specialist tools and a selection of treatments like patination oil. When you’re installing lead alternative flashing you just need a sharp knife or scissors and either sealant/glue or just the roll. Some lead alternative flashing is self-adhesive so you just peal off the paper back and stick it down! 

Lead alternative flashing can also be found with metal gridwork sandwiched between layers to provide strength and rigidity without needing special treatment or additional products. This is often an aluminium mesh structure. It means the lead alternative is malleable but easily forms to corners and ridges without much negotiation. 

Take the waste out of your project with easy-to-install, easy-to-handle and easy-on-the-wallet lead alternative flashing.  

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