It is that time of year when many people are breaking out their holiday decorations and getting ready to spread plenty of cheer. With the interior of your home decorated and ready to go, perhaps you are now prepared to tackle the exterior of your home Griswold style. However, there are some important tips you should consider before you climb up on the roof to install your holiday decorations.
Check Your Roof
First, check your roof for any signs of damage or instability. If you notice there is anything off with your roof, do not proceed with the decorating process. Instead, you should immediately contact a roof repair specialist for assistance. Installing holiday decorations and lights on a damaged roof can lead to injury and further damages. Roofing contractors will often respond to your request for repairs quickly enough that you can still get your decorations up in time for the holidays.
Inspect Your Lights
Make sure the lights you plan to use are made for exterior use. Interior lights do not hold up well against the elements, which could create problems such as lights malfunctioning. Malfunctioning lights can put a damper on your holiday cheer, and they may also pose a hazard to the safety and integrity of your roof. The package for your lights will indicate whether the lights are safe for exterior use or not.
Make Use of Hooks
You have the correct lights and your roof is in good enough shape to proceed with your holiday installation. You head on up the ladder with your decorations and tools in tow. But wait! Before you consider using a nail gun or stapler to secure your decorations in place, think again. Staples and nails can puncture wires.
Punctured wires could cause your lights to malfunction and may cause injury to you. Keep in mind that staples and nails could also damage your roof. Instead, consider securing your lights and decorations in place with hooks. Hooks are just as secure and do not damage your roofing materials.
Install a Timer
Make sure you install a timer for your lights and decorations. Even if your lights are marked safe for exterior use, it does not mean they can't damage your roof. Lights may eventually get hot if they are left on for too long. Hot lights can pose a hazard to your roof. For instance, leaves in the gutter and roofing materials could catch fire, which could lead to expensive roof replacement. A timer helps you reduce safety issues and it helps you save money on your electric bill.
For additional tips or assistance with roofing repair before you begin with your exterior holiday decorating, contact a roofing professional near you for assistance.