Everyone loves the festive nature of the holiday season, and part of the fun of getting in the holiday spirit is hanging lights on the house. Stringing lights on the roof is fun and festive, as long as you pay close attention to a few basic safety rules.
For example, it’s important to inspect each string of lights to ensure none have damage, such as broken bulbs or exposed wires since this could create a fire hazard. It’s also important to make sure that you only use lights and extension cords with an outdoor-use approved rating. Here are a few more tips to help you protect your roof while decorating this Christmas.
This tip is simple and easy to remember! Always secure lights from gutters or eaves.
Protect your shingles! Make sure not to use nails for hanging Christmas lights or other décor. Using a nail gun to put up your holiday lights can damage your roof. Not to mention, you will also have to go through the hassle of removing them at the end of the season. Plastic, temporary clips that are specifically made for hanging lights are a better, more roof friendly idea, as long as you stick to the recommended weight load. Another pro tip: Make sure that you don’t overload or weigh down your gutters with heavy lights or garland. A typical strand of Christmas lights is fine, but make sure you never try to hang large or heavy objects from your gutters!
The Santa sleigh and reindeer decorations are a cute addition to your light display, but they’re best saved for the yard. Weight on the roof can potentially damage your shingles, so avoid putting anything heavy directly on top of your roof. Just because you have to avoid those heavy decorations doesn’t mean you can’t have an enchanting display! Try the lighter plastic decorations.
Slipping or tripping while walking on your roof can cause severe injury or death (it can also cause significant damage to your roof). Stay on the precautious side and use a stable ladder and the proper tools to hang your lights safely. Contact a professional to help you put up your decorations to avoid injury or damaging your roof.
Whether you are looking for holiday lighting tips or are in need of roof repair, Premiere Roofing is available to help. Contact us today to discuss all your roofing and home improvement needs.
Just want to thank you and your crew for the excellent job you did on my “sad” roof. It looks great & best of all, no leaks around the chimney. Bill was impressed with the post roof clean-up.