Leadwork in Period Houses

Leadwork is a common way of waterproofing in period houses. This section covers the use of lead in roofing. Topics are:


Most houses of this period used lead to waterproof the junction between tiles and brickwork, or tile-to-tile junctions which are vulnerable to penetration by water, such as gullies.

Lead was also used for flat roofs.


A lead 'soaker' is a sheet of lead placed under the tiles at a join, for example in a valley or on a hip:

diagram of lead 'soaker'

Hip Roll

Where terracotta ridge tiles are inappropriate, for example on a small porch roof, a hip may be sealed with a 'hip roll', lead flashing wrapped round a wooden pole to give a ridge:

hip roll diagram