24 August 2018

With the rising cost of lead, together with the continued rise in theft of lead and other building materials, Stuart Nicholson, Roof Systems Director explains how its new Lead Replacement Roll, Flexfast is providing contractors with a cost effective alternative, while answering some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to installation.

What are the advantages of lead replacement products?

While lead has traditionally been used as a flashing material by contractors for many years, it is now starting to be seen as a time consuming, labour intensive, highly skilled, costly and potentially hazardous job and lead replacement products are, as a result, growing in popularity. 

Our Lead Replacement Roll has been designed and developed as a time saving solution, that doesn’t require specialist lead fitting skills. With similar aesthetics and rigidity to lead, the new adhesive roll provides contractors with a cost saving alternative, which is also much quicker and easier to install than the traditional solution.

How easy is it to install the Lead Replacement Roll?

Flexfast, Marley Eternit’s Lead Replacement Roll, is easy to install. Featuring an ultra-sticky, UV and age resistant, Butyl adhesive backing it provides a quick and secure fix, with a professional finish that will last for years. 

In addition, as it is manufactured from creped coated aluminium, it is reinforced with metal grid for strength and rigidity, but it can actually stretch up to 60%, so can be moulded to even the deepest profile tiles. 

Are specialist tools or equipment required?

No special tools are required during installation, as the Lead Replacement Roll can be cut easily with a knife or snips and moulded to the contours of the roof and walls with just your hands for a permanent watertight flashing.   

However, it is important to make sure that the roof material and walls are dry and dust free before you start, a quick brush is recommended to remove any dust or loose materials. For unstable surfaces prime first with a masonry stabilising solution or a bituminous primer. 

Is the Lead Replacement Roll a more expensive option?

No, as the Lead Replacement Roll is made from Aluminium it provides contractors with a cheaper option. Our new Lead Replacement Roll is significantly lighter than its lead equivalent, making it easier to handle and reduces health and safety risks.

Can the Lead Replacement Roll be purchased as part of a full roof system?

Yes! Adding to Marley Eternit’s existing comprehensive accessory range, including Universal dry verge, underlays, GRP valleys, JB Red roofing battens and much more, the new Lead Replacement Roll can be purchased individually or as part of a full roof system. 

Marley Eternit’s new aluminium wall and chimney flashing solution is available in two widths 300mm & 450mm. 

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