Lead soakers are an integral part of virtually any tiled roof. Not only do they prevent any water ingress at the abutment to a wall, but also provide a professional aesthetic. Using standard lead rolls to form soakers can be time-consuming. You'll al...
Lead soakers are an integral part of virtually any tiled roof. Not only do they prevent any water ingress at the abutment to a wall, but also provide a professional aesthetic. Using standard lead rolls to form soakers can be time-consuming. You'll also require additional tools in most cases.
Our range of soakers are pre-formed at 90 degrees and crafted from aluminum. This makes them lightweight and therefore wonderfully easy to fix into place. For added convenience, we also offer lead soakers in a selection of common lengths from 150mm to 335mm.
These lead soakers are crafted by British Lead, the UK’s leading manufacturer of rolled lead sheets. This provides you with confidence in their suitability and durability, with the assurance that they will not warp or discolour over time.
Benefits of Lead Soakers
Lead soakers offer a variety of benefits when compared to those formed from lead rolls. These include:
- Pre-formed at a 90° angle to significantly reduce installation time
- Suitable for virtually any concrete, slate or clay tiled roof
- Crafted from lightweight and durable aluminium
- Available in a range of lengths between 150mm and 335mm
Have More Questions About Our Aluminium Lead Soakers?
If you have more questions about our soakers, speak to our team online or by telephone. With over 40 years of experience in roofing, we’ll help answer your questions about our range of leadwork materials. We will also help you pick the necessary lead rolls and tools for your project.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Are Lead Soakers?
At the abutment of a wall, chimney etc. you will need to create a weatherproof seal. The easiest way to achieve this is by using pre-formed lead soakers such as those produced by British Lead.
Lead soakers are placed beneath each tile and sit into a groove in the masonry of the wall. Due to the individual soakers being overlapped they prevent any water ingress at the abutment.
By using purposely designed lead soakers you will not only extend the lifespan of your roof but also achieve a professional finish. Whilst you can craft soakers from lead rolls, this is typically more time-consuming.
How Do You Install Lead Soakers?
Pre-formed lead soakers are purposely designed to speed up the installation process. This is demonstrated in British Lead's video, which can be viewed by clicking here.
Why Are the Soakers Made from Aluminium?
Whilst lead is a superb roofing material, it has the potential to be incredibly heavy. Aluminum is therefore used as a lightweight alternative to traditional lead soakers.
Much like lead, aluminum is very durable. It will not warp, crack or discolour throughout its lifespan. Although, you should not use aluminum on buildings exposed to a marine atmosphere. This is as salt can accelerate the corrosion of aluminum.