• Unit B, Bingley Rd, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, EN11 0NX
  • 01992 444100

Certified Lead

BS EN 12588


Distributor of Lead

Leading Provider

Of Hard Metals

Lead Ancillary

ALM stock and supply
ancillary lead products...


Premium Underlays for lead roofing, cladding and weathering applications:

  • Reduce drag arising from thermal movement of lead sheet over substrate.
  • Assist in the protection of lead against condensation corrosion, or chemical attack from stone, concrete or timber.
  • Protect lead from damage due to any uneven nature of substrate and provide support against downward pressure.

There are two categories of Premium Underlay:

Building Papers

  • Conform to BS 1521 / AIF.
  • Are suitable for smooth plywood decking (underside of decking must be ventilated).
  • Can prevent chemical attack from smooth concrete, stone or oak surfaces.Must be fitted over whole substrate area.


  • Are needle punched, non-woven, geotextile polyester materials in two unit weights – 200 and 220g.m-2
  • Are suitable for more uneven surfaces, e.g. traditional timber boards.
  • Do not rot or cause adhesion.
  • Allow space for air flow between lead sheet and substrate.


  1. When using wood rolls, fit them over the underlay.
  2. Lay underlay in strips across the fall of the roof, lapping the upper layer over the lower and stapling the lengths in position (nails may damage underside of lead sheet).
  3. Create an upturn at abutments. Avoid draping underlays downwards at edges, as moisture may be drawn up by wick effect.
  4. Take care when lead welding etc, as flames will ignite paper and melt textile.
  5. Ensure that the lead sheet is laid on dry substrate and underlay.


Building Papers:

Standard AIF – 1000mm x 25m

Polybit Moistop – 1000mm x 25m

Geotextiles: Geotec – 1000mm x 25m


  • Premium Underlays may be handled without special precautions.
  • When working with lead, follow standard health and safety procedures as laid out in Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2002. Always wash hands well before eating, drinking or smoking.
  • Remove lead residues from skin after working with lead metal by washing with Premium Metwash – Soap and Bodywash.

Building Papers:

Standard AIF: Waterproof, reinforced building paper for use as underlay, separation, curling layer and vapour check membrane.

Polybit Moistop: Polyethylene coated, building paper for use as a damp proof membrane.

Geotextiles: Geotec

Unit weight: 220g.m-2

Colour: Green

Tensile strength: 16.5 kN.m-2

Pore size: 0.09mm

Puncture resistance: 2500 N


Water permeability: 220 I.m-2 .s-1

Flame test: Satisfactory according to BS479:Part 12:1991

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All products can be delivered by ALM direct using our own fleet of vehicles which consist of crane offload facility and small vehicles for site restrictive access, all of which are available upon request. Our transport Service has been assessed and awarded FORS Accreditation by Transport For London

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