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Lead Roofs

Lead was one of the earliest metals discovered by the human race and was in use by 3000 B.C. The ancient Romans used lead for making water pipes and lining baths, and the plumber who joins and mends pipes takes his name from the Latin word plumbum, meaning lead. Plumbum is also the origin of the terms 'plumb bob' and 'plumb line,' used in surveying and also the chemical symbol for lead, Pb. In medieval times, lead came to be used for roofing, coffins, cisterns, tanks, and gutters, and for statues and ornaments. Another early use of lead was for the strips joining the pieces of coloured glass in church windows.

The dull grey colour of lead is caused by the oxygen of the air combining with the metal so as to form a very thin film or skin composed of an oxide of lead. Lead is not at all easily corroded, or eaten away. Unlike iron and steel, it does not need protection by painting. Underneath the film, lead is a bright, shiny bluish-white metal. When you scrape it you notice how soft lead is. It is this softness that makes it easy to form and dress into different shapes.

Roswell’s have fully trained operatives to enable all types of lead works and coverings to be carried out , works are carried out to BS EN 12588 and as per the Lead Sheet Association Guide (LSA). 



Excellent work on a complicated roof involving removing foam insulation and being flexible and accommodating with Solar Panel fitting delays. Great team led by Rocky, while job efficiently managed by Steve Gray.

Farber, Poyntington
July 2022

So impressed with the team at Rowsell roofing. We’ve now had 3 separate roofing replacement jobs carried out by the team and all have been faultless. From the initial quote and brilliant communications with Steve through to the awesome...

Thomas, Chilthorne Domer
June 2022

I found the service very good from the initial visit by your Contracts Manager, Neil Mason, who came when he said he would, through to the removal of the scaffolding. Everything was well organised and everyone I came into contact with was...

Handley, Sherborne
February 2022

Like usual you and your guys have excelled themselves with the roofing works. The Cedar shingles look great and I was super impressed with how they have finished the ridge. The clients are really pleased and complemented how the guys took great...

Stonewood Builders, Cranmore
February 2022

Very good, workers arrived promptly and got on with the job.

Harris, Crewkerne
January 2022

Thank you very much for your prompt attention. Also, thanks to the two chaps - they were really polite and a pleasure to have on my property.

Good, Sherborne
November 2021

An extremely professional and competitively priced job which was managed expertly by Neil Mason. We are so pleased with the quality of the workmanship and the job was completed within the quoted timeframe. Would highly recommend.

Hudson, Martock
November 2021

An excellent job in every respect. We are both extremely pleased with the work.

Hewlett, Blandford Forum
June 2021

As always - Excellent, professional job done.

Jutting, Sherborne
May 2021

Just wanted to let you know how impressed my wife and I are with Mike and Sean. They were so good and considerate ... I found them to be most professional and rightfully proud of their work.

Hudson, Galhampton
February 2021

We would like to compliment your company on the high quality of the workmanship, and the excellence of your staff in coming together to provide us with a lovely porch canopy.

Rogers, Sherborne
January 2021

Thanks to you all for all your help. The roof looks good. Very many thanks to Neil Mason for all his work and support at our property, which was very much appreciated.

Chard, Yeovil
December 2020

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