Although Thanksgiving is over, there is still some great news. We can finally put out all our favorite Christmas items! From dinner ware and PJ’s, to trees, ornaments, stockings, garland, and more, this time of year is made more festive with these wonderful holiday traditions. However, there is one major Holiday custom that can be dangerous for both you and your home if you are not careful. For this reason, it requires extra precaution before getting started. We are talking about hanging outdoor Christmas lights!
Many homeowners have made the mistake of improperly hanging Christmas lights, which in turn, damages the roof and reduces structural integrity. Since the roof is one of the most important components of your home, it is wise to review some tips that will help you avoid roof damage this year. Below you will find some useful tips for hanging Christmas lighting without harming your roof.
⯌ Focus On Safety and Structural Damage
When it comes to hanging outdoor string lights, safety is the number concern. In fact, it would be quite helpful to read our blog about Critical Safety Tips for Using a Ladder on the Roof. It is important to use a ladder properly to avoid hurting yourself and your roof. Aside from safety, structural damage is also an important consideration.
⯌ Locate Secure Hang Points
You must be sure that you are attaching your lights to areas that can withstand the amount of weight and force they impose. Some lights are heavier than others, and some spots in roof systems are weaker than others. Furthermore, some areas cannot handle the force of a nail and hammer. It is important to identify secure and stable entry points before getting started. Avoid attaching string lights to tiles, shingles, and gutters; and be sure wood surfaces are strong enough for the job.
⯌ Be Careful Walking On Your Roof Top
If you have to walk on top of your roof, you need to be sure to use soft footing. Tread lightly and do not rush; this is especially true for pitched residential roof systems. Heavy footing can risk damaging or breaking roof shingles, as well as, rupturing or crushing roof underlayment. If you are unsure if your roof can support your weight, it is best to not try at all. Instead, find an alternative option for hanging your Christmas lights.
⯌ Remove Lights Carefully
It is important to use the same focused approach to hanging Christmas lights as you do when you remove them at the end of the season. You may be tempted to simply yank them off, but this can cause structural damage. Take your time to remove each individual secured strand to avoid ripping off shingles, gutters, and more.
⯌ If You Find Roof Damage, Call a Pro
During the process of hanging or removing your Christmas lights, you might discover some roof damage. If you do, be sure to act fast. It is easier and more affordable to treat a small problem early on, rather than allowing it to get out of control. Choose a qualified Indianapolis roofing company that provides free estimates and consultations to discuss your roof maintenance needs.