How to Hang Christmas Lights Without Ruining Your Roof
If you love decorating your home for the holidays, December is an excellent time of the year to do so.
Nothing says “holiday cheer” quite like a brilliant Christmas light display for you and your neighbors to enjoy. However, if you’re planning on hanging Christmas lights on your own, you should be cautious about damaging your roof in the process.
Before you climb your ladder and string your lights, check out these helpful tips from our team of roofing experts. This way, you can enjoy your light show without having to pay for expensive repairs in 2021.
- Walk Carefully on Your Roof
If you have to climb on your roof to hang your Christmas lights, it is imperative that you use caution when doing so.
First, be sure that you take your time once you have made it onto your roof. Rushing to get the job done might cause you to slip and hurt yourself. Next, be absolutely sure that you can step on your roof without harming it. If you have a pitched residential roof, for instance, you can do serious damage just from walking too heavily. Finally, if you’re unsure if you can walk on your roof, err on the side of caution. Find a different way to string your lights! Paying for hospital bills and roof repairs is never fun, especially during the holidays.
- Practice Ladder Safety
It might sound like common sense, but take extra care to ensure that your is tall enough for you to hang your lights properly. Using a ladder that is too short is a big safety risk that might cause you to overextend yourself. This is never a good situation, especially if you have to grab your roof or gutters to regain your balance, which can damage your roof’s integrity. If your ladder is the proper height, ask a family member or friend to hold your ladder before climbing.
- Hang Your Lights From Secure Spots
One of the easiest ways to damage your roof is by hanging Christmas lights in spots that aren’t meant to hold any weight. As a general rule, never hang lights on tiling or shingles. If you’re hanging your lights from wooden trim, ditch the hammer and nail and use a staple gun for a less forceful way to hang your lights. When in doubt, contact your builder or a professional roofing company like Storm Guard Roofing and Construction to double-check that you’re hanging lights from a secure point.
- Christmas Light Removal
Once Santa has come and gone, you might be tempted to take down your Christmas lights quickly without a second thought. We get it – Christmas is over, and you want to get on with a new month and new year. However, it’s a good idea to have a plan in place before removing your lights. Try to take them down as carefully as you put them up. Resist the urge to yank down your lights from a loose end, which might rip out your roof’s tiles or shingles.
- Keep an Eye Out for Damage
Since this might be the only time you get a good look at your roof this year, keep a sharp eye out for any roof and drainage system damage. Here are a few signs to look for:
- Curled, cupped, or missing shingles
- Decaying or cracking around fascia or soffits
- Damage from fallen branches
- Roof sagging
- Improper drainage or standing water in gutters
If you discover any of the above signs, it’s time to dig a little deeper into the problem. The best way to do this is with a FREE inspection and estimate from Storm Guard Roofing and Construction. Our team of experts will diagnose your problem and provide affordable remediation suggestions, giving you peace of mind all year long.
Happy Holidays from Storm Guard
From all of us here at Storm Guard Roofing and Construction of Madison WI, we would like to wish you and your family delightful holiday season! We are incredibly thankful for our valued customers. As 2020 ends and 2021 begins, we look forward to providing our community with the highest quality residential and commercial roofing services in North Carolina.