Loft Conversion - use of zinc or lead?
Zinc is slowly becoming more acceptable as weatherings and flashings for loft conversions
simply due to the escalating price of lead and how it has become a commodity for stealing by certain members of the
visiting European community and UK low life’s alike.
I still prefer the use of lead simply for its longer life an ease of working malleability. Some dormer windows
including the rood and vertical wall cladding of the dormer are also sometimes clad in lead and again alternative
materials are becoming more popular for the same reasons of theft and cost.
Zinc sheet is just one. Powder coated steel or aluminium sheeting with standing seams is another variant for
cladding the external surfaces of a dormer window for a loft conversion. More natural materials are still used for
the dormer walls such as tiles, slates, timber boarding and upvc boarding.
Zinc is a good all round material for cladding and weatherings for a loft conversion provided they are of the
required minimum thickness.