Hanging Christmas lights is the perfect way to bring holiday cheer to your home.
If not installed correctly, however, Christmas lights can cause damage to your roof and personal injury. To avoid headaches and start the holiday season off right, follow these 4 tips for hanging Christmas lights on your roof from Muth & Company Roofing.
Use the buddy system
No matter how careful you are, accidents can happen. Climbing up and down ladders on your own is always risky, especially if you’re hanging lights on upper stories. Be sure to have a helper available to stabilize the ladder and provide assistance in case of an emergency. They can also make the process go faster by bringing you items so you don’t have to climb down to get them yourself.
Never hang lights from shingles
Even the smallest hole in your shingles or any part of your roof can lead to leaking and moisture damage. The proper way to hang lights is by securing them to clips that hang from the gutters or eaves.
Avoid electrical shock
There are more than just lights to consider when it comes to decorating with Christmas lights. To prevent shock and potential fire, keep holiday inflatables and other decorations well away from power lines. Plug them into a portable outdoor circuit and avoid overloading the breaker.
What goes up, must come down
When it comes time to take down your Christmas lights and store them for another year, make sure to use care. Don’t pull lights off the roof by the cord. This will cause damage to the gutters, as well as the shingles, if the clips weren’t installed correctly. Instead, be patient and remove each clip individually. While this method is more time-consuming, it also doesn’t necessitate gutter repair or shingle replacement!
For roof-related questions, turn to the pros
If you have some roof repairs that need taken care of before you hang your Christmas lights, call Muth & Company Roofing, an experienced local roofing company. Contact us today at (614) 882-0900 for your FREE estimate.