Iko has launched Ikoflash, a lead-free flashing product for use in areas where traditional lead flashings would normally be installed, such as chimneys and abutments, around rooflights and pitched valley linings. According to the company, the product is a faster, more cost-effective alternative to traditional lead flashing and is less likely to be stolen by thieves as it has no resale value

The flashing is made from non-toxic, modified polyethylene with an integral aluminium mesh reinforcement, which enables it to be worked and formed in the same way as lead, but is significantly lighter. The product is faced with a fine grey mineral and is available in 12m lengths with widths of 150mm, 250mm, 300mm and 400mm and a thickness of 3.5mm.