Tis the Season! Holidays are always a great time to spend with family and friends, but let’s not ignore the fact that there is a lot of work and prep that goes into making the season special. Baking cookies, decorating gingerbread houses, constant nightly activities, school events and on and on and on, but the most tedious task of all might be decorating your home with exterior lights.
You know what I am referring to; Going up to the attic or stumbling through the storage area of the back of your garage to find the boxes of lights that will most likely have dead bulbs since you decorated last year. Untangling the endless strands of green and white wires and hoping that nothing is too damaged that you need to buy more for this year. It can be a headache, but the end result is worth it, right?
Depending on where you want to decorate exactly, it will take some planning and execute what you or someone else envisions in their head. Trees and railings are one thing, but you can start hitting snags once you get on the ladder and are trying to figure out the best way to place the lights on your roof. It has to look good but at the same time, you need to be mindful of your method to avoid damage that can cause you hundreds or even thousands of dollars’ worth of repairs.
Here are some tips to make sure you avoid hurting your home and your roof this holiday season:
- Plan Ahead! Measure the areas you want to decorate, and make sure you have enough lights to not have to stop half way through the job to run to the store to buy more.
- Avoid using nails at all costs! Especially in your roof, you do not want to cause damage that can be avoided. Opt for using clips or brackets to hold your lights in place.
- Use the shape of your roof and home to your advantage! Run the light strands down the peaks and valleys to create a perfect outline.
- Spread and anchor evenly! You don’t want to have to hang your lights more than once, so make sure the weight is held evenly on both sides. Even if it is on trees or railings, make sure that the lights are balanced.
- Pick your battles! Some things just aren’t meant to be. Decorations can be top heavy and oddly-shaped, and that usually is a good indicator that they are not supposed to be on your roof.
Overall, remember that the holidays are not supposed to be a time for stress and anxiety. Enjoy the little things and celebrate the small wins!
Before booking your next roofing job, be sure to talk with each roofing company you’re considering and get their feedback and advice on what precautions and extra measures need to be taken for your home or business. No roof is the same, so trust a company who has experience under their belt like Absolute Roof Restoration!
Interested in our services? Contact Larry Latimer at (903)477-6138 or Arturo Garcia at (903)879-2039 for a free estimate.