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Lead over Rubber: 3-in-1 Boots

Choosing Lead over Rubber for Roofing Applications

At Davis Roofing Solutions, we are committed to providing our customers with the highest quality roofing solutions. One key aspect of a roofing system is the flashing used to seal roof penetrations, such as plumbing vents and other roof protrusions. There are several types of flashing available. In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits of lead boots over 3 in 1 boots and why Davis Roofing Solutions only uses lead boots on our roofing installations.

What are 3-in-1 Boots?

3-in-1 boots are a type of flashing that is used to seal roof penetrations. They consist of three parts: a rubber boot, a metal base, and a metal collar. The rubber boot is stretched over the roof penetration and attached to the metal base, which is then secured to the roof. The metal collar is then placed over the rubber boot to provide additional protection against water infiltration. They are generally effective for the first couple of years, but with time they will begin to loosen their seal around the pipe and begin to sag down. This can cause minor leaks, but an even greater problem is when they dry rot and deteriorate in the elements. This will eventually cause them to basically fall apart, leaving a large opening in your roof where water, pests, and insects can gain entry into your home.

Benefits of Lead Boots:

Lead boots offer several benefits over 3 in 1 boots, including:

  1. Durability: These are highly durable and can last for many years without deteriorating or breaking down. This ensures that the roof penetration remains sealed and protected against leaks.
  2. Custom-Fit: These are custom-fitted to the specific dimensions of the roof penetration, and tucking in over the top of the pipe ensuring a tight and secure seal. This prevents water from seeping in around the penetration and causing damage to the roof structure.
  3. Thermal Resistance: These are highly resistant to thermal expansion and contraction, which can occur as the roof materials heat up and cool down. This ensures that the seal remains in tact at the base and that the boot remains functional for the lifetime of the roofing system.
  4. Aesthetically Pleasing: These can be painted to match the color of the roofing materials, creating a seamless and aesthetically pleasing appearance. This can enhance the overall look of the roof and increase curb appeal.

In contrast, 3 in 1 boots may not be as aesthetically pleasing as lead boots, as they are typically made of black rubber and may not match the color of the roofing materials. They are also bulky at the bottom of the pipe and will eventually sag down to show a white stripe where the unpainted portion of PVC is exposed.

Why Davis Roofing Solutions Uses Lead Boots:

At Davis Roofing Solutions, we only use these on our roofing installations. We believe that lead boots offer superior performance and durability over 3 in 1 boots.

We also understand the importance of aesthetics in a roofing system, and the role that lead boots can play in enhancing the overall appearance of the roof. By using lead boots, we are providing our customers with a roofing solution that is both functional and visually appealing.

Another key factor in our decision to use this is our commitment to sustainability. Lead is a highly recyclable material, and using lead boots on our roofing installations helps to reduce waste and promote sustainability.

We understand that every roofing project is unique, and we take great care to ensure that our solutions are tailored to meet the specific needs of our customers. By using these, we are providing our customers with a roofing solution that is durable, secure, and visually appealing. We take pride in our work and are dedicated to building lasting relationships with our customers through our commitment to quality, integrity, and superior customer service.