Prepare your Roof for the Winter

By Netanel Buta from Element

In honor of the winter, arriving in all its glory, the demand for roof tiles rises, which serve as a solution for secure and warm days at home. Besides integrating well architecturally, a tiled roof makes extra space in the home possible. It is worthwhile to install a quality insulation system too; insulation is a solution suited to all seasons of the year. It is excellent for the cold winter days, and will allow your roof to maintain a pleasant temperature in your living space and save money over the long term.

What are the common problems with tiled roofs in winter?

● Dirt in the tracks of the tiles themselves. Each tile has a channel, and as soon as dirt collects in it, it creates a blockage and prevents water from sliding towards the ground.

● Dirt collected in the sheets around the roof, dirt in the gutters and drains that causes flooding, leaks and general discomfort.

● Cracked areas and broken or missing tiles that have fallen; if a tile moves and water gets inside, sometimes a long time can pass before the dampness is discovered in the ceiling or walls of the house. In the case of plaster walls, they are simply destroyed.

● There will commonly be sealing problems due to poor installation, such as incorrect placement of sheeting. Occasionally problems are caused by workmen who install solar boilers, for example. In such a case, if tiles get broken or cracked, it can be discovered only when it rains.

On no account must one climb on a tiled roof without certification. It is clearly dangerous. Particularly when it rains there is sometimes greenery, or damp fallen leaves; they are extremely slippery and dangerous to tread on. Even professionals qualified for this, and licensed to work at heights, sometimes refrain from climbing on tiled roofs on rainy days themselves. Therefore, it is not only wise not to climb onto a tiled roof, but is also important not to employ a worker who does not have a license to work at height, to avoid a situation of insurance liability in case of damage.


High water prices and difficulty in long-term maintenance of a large garden push many people to look for logical, high quality alternatives for certain areas of the garden. The area most difficult to create and maintain is the lawn, as it requires a lot of water and has a tendency towards various diseases that kill off sections, leaving the garden bare and neglected. In recent years a simple solution has taken off, easy and logical, which serves as an almost perfect alternative to the traditional grass pitch – synthetic lawn.

Synthetic lawn

Synthetic lawn is simply a grass pitch to all intents and purposes, but made of artificial material planned and designed specifically to imitate the characteristics of the regular lawn we all know. Synthetic lawn is installed by professionals who specialize in laying it, and is stuck to the garden floor permanently. Synthetic lawn is soft and pleasant to the touch, and mimics quite accurately the feel of real grass – so much so, that many people don’t feel the difference when walking on it.

Synthetic lawn has a number of clear and unambiguous advantages over regular grass. Here are some of the principal ones:

Water – in contrast to regular grass, which requires heavy watering every week, synthetic grass naturally does not need watering at all. Water is a valuable commodity these days in Israel, and high water rates are a heavy expense for those who still maintain real lawn in their homes. With the transition to synthetic lawn you will save a lot both financially (on your water bill) and on wastage of Israel’s limited quantity of water – an important subject near to all our hearts.

Diseases – One of the major failings of real lawn is the number of diseases to which it is prone. After all, we are talking about a plant that spreads over a relatively large area, so the likelihood of getting one or other disease in some section of the area is relatively high. When installing synthetic lawn, of course this problem disappears altogether, so your grass pitch looks fresh and healthy all year round – not a simple task, even almost impossible, for anyone maintaining regular grass.

Perfect personal compatibility – When you lay synthetic lawn in your garden you can choose exactly the type of grass you prefer. This means full control over parameters such as lawn density, exact color, feel, and so on. As with regular grass there are different strains, so too in the world of synthetic lawn a large number of grass types were planned and designed, even more than with the existing kinds of regular grass. There is therefore no need to be concerned about specially suiting the type of grass laid to the stormy climate in the area. Every type of synthetic lawn is suited to every place, without any special adjustment.

May you have a warm and pleasant winter. Behatzlacha!

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