Roll with it

// the building envelope

With the theft of lead and other building materials continuing to rise, Stuart Nicholson, Roof Systems Director from Marley Eternit explains how its new Lead Replacement Roll is saving housing associations both time and money. 

With housing associations increasingly turning to lead replacement products for a cost effective roofing fixtures and fittings, Marley Eternit has launched its new Universal Lead Replacement Roll, which can be used to create a water-tight seal and effective flashing at all abutments, including walls, chimneys and dormers.

With similar aesthetics and rigidity to lead, the new adhesive roll offers housing associations a cost-saving alternative, which is also much quicker and easier to install than the traditional solution. Meaning that not only can housing associations remove the costly risks associated with lead theft, but also reduce the costs associated with its installation.

While lead has traditionally been used as a flashing material by housing associations 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 growing in popularity.

As a result, our new Universal Lead Replacement Roll features an ultra-sticky, UV and age resistant, Butyl adhesive backing to ensure a quick and secure fix.  Manufactured from creped coated aluminium, the new roll is reinforced with metal grid for strength and rigidity, but it can actually stretch up to 60 per cent, so can be moulded to even the deepest profile tiles.

The theft of lead, has already seen some European countries ban the use of lead in construction and although it is not yet banned in the UK, with lead prices increasing year on year and high levels of lead theft, there are clear safety and cost benefits to using lead replacement products.

During the development process for the new dry fix product, Marley Eternit carried out extensive installation tests on a number of different roll materials, before selecting the one with the highest adhesive performance and flexibility. 

As well as being a cheaper option, the new Universal Lead Replacement Roll is significantly lighter than its lead equivalent, making it easier to handle and reduces health and safety risks.  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.

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