Uses & Benefits

Lead Sheet

An infographic summarising the benefits of lead sheet can be found here.

A more detailed description can be found at Lead Sheet – A Sustainable, Essential Product for the 21st Century.

Lead sheet is used as a roofing material, around windows and in gutters, in soaring cathedrals and in domestic homes, simply because no other product can protect buildings from the weather as effectively. It is heavy, malleable, attractive, and when properly installed, will outlast the building to which it is fitted. This exceptional longevity is one reason why lead sheet is a truly environmentally friendly product and, unlike other materials which lay claim to the description “green”, lead can be endlessly recycled, leading to a metal recovery and recycling rate in excess of 95%. Today, the two main uses of lead sheet are in construction, where it remains the product of choice for architects and engineers in many building applications, and in radiation shielding where lead has an essential use in healthcare, nuclear power, security, defence and other industries.

The lead sheet industry takes a responsible approach towards its customers, its employees and the environment. The industry has invested in research and development to ensure that its products are fit for purpose, are guaranteed to have a long and trouble-free life, and are sustainable, safe to use and resource efficient.

Globally more than 100,000 tonnes of lead sheet is used each year, principally in Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK, where an extensive skill base exists to take advantage of lead’s outstanding properties.

Lead sheet – Key Facts

Lead sheet is used in a number of important applications that make it an essential resource in a modern and sustainable society.

  • Lead sheet is an attractive, effective and affordable roofing material that offers decades of guaranteed long-term protection against the weather.
  • Lead sheet is essential in healthcare and offers effective protection against radiation for thousands of workers and patients in the medical, dental and veterinary sectors.
  • More than 95% of scrap lead sheet is collected and recycled in a closed-loop – no lead sheet is incinerated or sent to landfill.
  • Its high end-of-life recycling rate and low melting point contribute to the low environmental impact of lead sheet.
  • Installed correctly, lead sheet poses no risk to the environment and people.