As the holidays approach, you’re probably already bringing your boxes of decorations out of the attic or garage. In fact, an estimated 72 percent of Americans decorate their homes for the holidays. Of those, well over half will hang lights and other decorations on the outside of their houses. If you are among them, use the right tools and techniques as you decorate so you don’t risk damaging your roof or endangering your personal safety. Here are a few tips.
1. Recruit a Helper
It’s easier (and much safer) to have a partner help you hang lights and adorn your home’s exterior for the holidays. From holding ladders to handing you necessary items once you’re on the roof, a trusted friend or family member can offer all kinds of help to simplify the outdoor holiday decorating process.
2. Practice Fire Safety
One key holiday decorating concern is protecting your home from a potential fire caused by lights or decorations. Consider these guidelines:
Only use electrical cords that are marked specifically for outdoor use
Make sure to leave plenty of space around any spotlights, allowing for adequate airflow to prevent heat buildup
Don’t overload your electrical outlets by plugging in too many things at once
Don’t mount electrical cords in a way that could damage the insulation around them
Inspect all electrical cords for damage before using them for your holiday decoration tasks
If you’re anxious about fire danger, you could call your local fire department to ask questions about whether your holiday decorations are in compliance with the latest fire safety best practices. The Marietta Fire Department even offers fire education courses. Consider scheduling one for your neighborhood, church, school or other group.
3. Don’t Fasten Anything Directly to Your Shingles
Hang lights from gutters or eaves using special clips designed for this precise purpose. Never nail, staple or otherwise attach anything to your actual shingles. Even a tiny hole could allow water to seep through, potentially causing damage to your roof.
4. Hire Expert Help
If you’re strapped for time, have difficulty with heights or just aren’t feeling excited about scaling your roof for this year’s holiday decorating, consider bringing in a professional. Make sure to use someone who is licensed and insured. A professional service can make your home look its festive best while being careful not to damage your roof or any other part of your home or property.
Decorating your home for the holidays can be a lot of work, but the memories of cheery ornaments and twinkling lights will be worth the trouble. If you have questions about how to protect your roof, get in touch with the experts at Findlay Roofing today.