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LEAD Action News Volume 17 Number 3, May 2017, ISSN 1324-6011
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DEKS easy to work with - lead free flashing

By Grant Brown, DEKS Industries Pty. Ltd. www.deks.com.au

DEKS was established in 1947 by George Cupit, since then Deks has provided the Australian plumbing and construction markets with high quality, innovative products ranging from roof flashing to civil pipe fittings. In 2003 Deks became part of the Skellerup Group of companies. Established in 1910 and based in Christchurch New Zealand, Skellerup Holdings has forged a strong reputation in the agricultural industry, distributing their products across the globe.

For many years DEKS have led the way in innovative solutions to roof penetrations. We have now focused our development efforts to assist the building industry in delivering lead free solutions for roof flashings.

The negative health impacts of lead have been well documented. Over the years its use has declined, no longer is it legal to use lead in paint, fuel or piping, so why do we still use lead to flash our roofs?


In 2002 the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognised the dangers posed by lead roof flashings and banned its use entirely in December 2002. In the years prior to 2002 the Danish government collaborated with a number of companies to develop a safe, high quality replacement for lead. That replacement was Perform. Perform and the next generation product Fast Flash carry all of the positive characteristics of lead (workable and durable) without any of the negative (100% non-toxic). Fast Flash and Perform are manufactured from the highest quality polymer rubber, incorporating a fully infused aluminium mesh, thus making them the strongest lead replacement flashings on the market. Fast Flash additionally has a fully adhesive backing, protecting you even further from driving rain. Both products come with a 20 year warranty.


Despite the availability of lead replacements products, Australia has been slow to follow suit. One study has revealed that 5 out of 11 homes in Sydney with water harvesting facilities have harmful levels of lead in their potable water supply.  The recent availability of lead replacement flashings on the market has prompted the Department of Health to recommend the use of these alternative materials in the construction of new dwellings and the renovation of roofs. Although this falls well short of a total ban, these recommendations are a good starting point for key bodies in the Australian building and construction industry.

Deks Industries is passionate about providing Australia with a lead free alternative for your flashing needs. Deks range of lead free flashings are 100% non-toxic, giving you the peace of mind that your family is safe from the harms posed by lead. With a collaborative approach, Deks is confident that we can eventually ban the use of lead, stemming the harm caused to future generations.

DEKS head office is based in Melbourne Australia, we also have offices in the UK and USA. With an extensive range of distributors across the globe we can definitely provide a lead free solution for your roof flashing.

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