Posted on: 10 October 2018Share
The holiday season is a festive time of year and one of the ways many families choose to join in on the fun is to decorate their house with holiday lights. The roof, in particular, tends to be a favorite place to hang lights and other decorations. But you'll have to use some common sense if you want to get through the holiday season without sustaining any damage to your roof or to yourself. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you head up on your roof this winter.
Safety is Everything
First things first, don't head up on your roof if there is a coating of snow or any wetness at all. Next, make sure you are equipped with the right gear for the job. That includes a ladder with a stabilizer, hard non-slip work boots, safety goggles or glasses, and long sleeves to protect yourself from scrapes if you slip and fall.
Open Your Eyes
When you first get up on the roof, don't just get right to work on the lights. Take a look around and then look again. You want to be sure that you are not going to step on a loose tile somewhere and go flying down to the ground. Look for any potential tripping hazards and take care of them before you begin your lighting project.
Clips Not Nails
One of the biggest mistakes many homeowners make when putting up lights along the roof is when they use nails or staples to secure the lights in place. If you put a nail in the wrong spot, you are going to be creating dozens of tiny little holes in your roof that will be the perfect spot for rain and moisture to start working their way in. Keep your roof tiles intact by sticking with plastic clips or other non-intrusive fastening devices that will not poke holes into your roof.
Take Your Time
Once you are on the roof with the correct safety gear and the right kind of fasteners, the next best thing you can do is to simply slow down and take your time. You might want to rush things if you have hundreds of lights to string up, but the faster you work, the higher the chances are of something going wrong and leading to a slip and fall. Be slow but methodical about your light stringing, and you'll be done before you know it.
If you notice any potential problems while up on your roof this holiday season, don't be afraid to reach out to a local roofing contractor like Cloise & Mike Construction Inc for assistance.