The Holiday season is upon us, and many San Antonio homeowners are busy getting their homes ready for festivities. Cleaning, decorating, and creating dinner menus are on the mind of people from all walks of life as Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah are all fast approaching. Another aspect of preparing for the holidays is hanging lights outside your home. From bushes and trees to doors and windows, lights are one of the most widely enjoyed parts of the holiday season. But, hanging lights from the roof tends to be a difficult task for many. In this post from the Cloud Roofing blog, we’ll discuss some tips for installing Christmas lights on your roof.
Focus on Safety
It’s all too easy for an inexperienced individual to slip and fall from their roof while hanging holiday lights on their home. That’s why it’s so important to make safety your number one priority when it comes to hanging lights from your roof. Being safe while installing holiday lights on the roof means never getting on your roof in wet, windy, or icy conditions. Even in the best weather conditions, you should always have at least one other person assisting you on the roof. It makes it easier to do things like move ladders and pick up equipment when you have a partner hanging holiday lights on the roof. Additionally, if you have medical conditions that make working at heights dangerous for you, you may want to avoid hanging holiday lights from the roof.
There are a few other things you can do to ensure you’re safely installing holiday lights on your roof. Always test your lights before getting on the roof. It’s common for individuals to get to the roof with their lights and for them not to work once plugged in. This is even more frustrating when you’ve already installed and secured all of the lights you plan on using.
Given the potential safety issues with climbing on the roof, we recommend hiring a professional to hang your holiday lights this season. Professionals already know the best ways to navigate your roof while ensuring their safety. The skill required to navigate a roof safely is not something that inexperienced individuals are always capable of.
Avoid Damages To Your Roof
You may have seen people drilling holes into their roofs to secure their holiday lights in TV and movies. This is not a realistic way of hanging Christmas lights from the roof as holes in shingles or any other part of the roof almost always results in damage down the line. Lifting and using shingles to secure lights is another idea that may seem tempting, but it should be noted that lifting shingles almost always results in roof damage as well.
Instead, you should use tile grips or plastic hooks that are sold to hang Christmas lights. There are several versions of these grips or hooks, including ones that clamp onto gutters, ones that form more of a “line” to hang Christmas lights from, and even roof spikes that are installed to the highest point of the roof. An alternative to these hooks is adhesive strips or clamps, which also don’t damage the roof. These adhesive strips allow you to secure cables to walls and are easy to remove once the season is over.
Hire a Professional
One of the best ways to ensure that your Christmas lights look great, that you’re staying safe, and that your roof is avoiding damage is to hire a professional. There are several companies out there that specialize in helping individuals decorate their homes with lights for the holidays. Additionally, there are experienced individuals on websites like Craigslist and Nextdoor that make a few extra bucks helping their neighbors hang Christmas lights during the winter season. Look around, and ask your neighbors with extravagant light setups for advice on how they installed their lights, or if they know of a company that will install your Christmas lights for you. In short; there are plenty of professionals out there, whether a company or an individual, that are willing and more capable than the standard homeowner when it comes to installing Christmas lights on the roof.
For Trusted San Antonio Roofing Services, Trust Cloud Roofing
If you’ve damaged your roof by installing Christmas lights, Cloud Roofing is here to help. We don’t hang Christmas lights, but we can help repair damages caused by the installation of Christmas lights. We’d also be happy to give you some additional tips on the best ways to hang holiday lights based on the type of roof you have. To learn more, give us a call or contact us online today.