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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). 



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

May I say how hard Dave and Mark worked... They remaining cheerful, positive and polite throughout. Many thanks to you all.

Hurford, West Coker
August 2020

Overall the service was 5-star.

Hancock, Compton Dundon
August 2020

I was impressed with your workmen and the scaffolders, all of whom were very efficient. I thank you for your efforts on my behalf.

Rampling, Sherborne
July 2020

We would like to thank you for your support... Neil's visit was short and very successful and we are grateful to him for his positive and relaxed approach to our situation. Something that had increased our current anxiety levels to new heights...

Fellows, Street
May 2020

I really would like to take this opportunity to thank you, Rich and Dave together with their respective crews for carrying out a very professional contract. I'm very, very impressed and I’d recommend your company anytime. Again, many...

Atkinson, Yeovil
April 2020

The job looks really well done and your roofers worked hard to get the job done so well. The weather was against them, but they fitted the work in.

Dyer, Hardington Mandeville
February 2020

Roofers = Perfect.

Hancock, Combe St. Nicholas
December 2019

Excellent overall service, completed to good time schedule as agreed ...no fuss, considerate of removing materials and waste." Rated Excellent overall.

Ridler, High Littleton
December 2019

The whole job went smoothly and efficiently and your staff were polite and friendly for which we thank you.

Lawrence, Lyme Regis
October 2019

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