Why Choose Lead?

Lead is one of the oldest and most durable building materials and has been known to last for more than 500 years.

Today's alternative materials can fail within 20 years - and because of the way they are manufactured and their need for early replacement - they have both a negative cost and environmental impact.

There is an established scrap Lead recovery network in the UK that ensures constant recycling. When compared to other products used as a substitute, Lead's recovery rates are dramatically higher. More than 95% of Lead used in building is recycled

Lead is 100% recyclable time after time after time - and it never deteriorates, no matter how many times it is recycled, retaining all the natural qualities that attract architects and designers to it in the first place.

Recycling Lead uses less energy than the original smelting process that created it - a low melting point during the recycling process delivers impressive energy efficiencies making reclamation cost effective as well as environmentally desirable.

3 million tonnes of Lead are produced each year by recycling scrap Lead from roofing, pipes and batteries, in fact, in the western hemisphere, more Lead is produced by recycling than by mining, thus preserving precious resources.

Specifying Lead will also help keep other materials - some of which are difficult and expensive to recycle - from entering the ecosystem where they could easily end up in landfill.

Studies by European research and development institutes show that synthetic materials developed as a potential alternative to lead have significant impacts on global warming during manufacture - and as we all know, climate change is one of the biggest threats to the world's environment. Detailed scientific papers are fully available to substantiate these claims.