Flat Seam Lead Coated Copper

Guest User
6/25/2004
These roofs are not cheap. However as with all other things you get what you pay for, 50 to 100 years life expectancy. I have a question about damage to the roof. If a soldered seam is cracked by someone on the roof, can it be repaired. Same of a small hole can that be repaired? If so how? I like to think I am reasonably handy. While I might be able to afford the roof now, in later years if employment or other things happened I want to make sure that a small amount of damage does not lead to replacing the entire roof. Thanks for any light you can shed on the reparability of this type of roofing.
Guest User
6/26/2004
Gosh, I have never worked with soldered roofs but, based upon a little plumbing experience, I would think that new solder oculd be worked in as necessary. Is there something perhaps I am not aware of that would prevent that?
Guest User
6/27/2004
I was told by a freind that it cannot be repaired. That does not make sence to me. What about the other experts. Do any of them have an answer?
Guest User
6/27/2004
I assume you have investigated all types of metal roofing and are awrae of all of the options available other than soldered flat seam copper? After doing some investigation, there appears to be no issue with repairing soldered joints. Of course, any time you are dealing with interlocking panels, if a panel has to be removed and replaced, then some or all surrounding panels may also need to be removed. Perhaps that is what your friend was talking about.
gary calhoon
1/10/2006
A quality seam should not crack from normal roof traffic. The cracked seam probably was not properly filled with solder and could not withstand normal expansion and contraction movement. Damaged seams are difficult to repair since the interior of the seam cannot be properly cleaned. One option would be to rivet and solder a "cap" over the existing seam .
Todd Miller
Isaiah Industries, Inc.
1/10/2006
Thanks Gary
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