4 Safety Tips for Christmas Decorations on Your Roof

Posted on December 9th, 2015 by Applied Roofing Services

Christmas is a time when many homeowners go crazy trying to decorate their roofs, lawns, and patios. Whether you’re trying to outdo the neighbors or not, you probably still want to put something up to show your holiday spirit.

While putting decorations on your roof really isn’t that difficult, there are some basic safety tips you can use to make sure you don’t take a spill this season. After all, there might be ice, snow, or even rain on the roof.

Read on to learn more about some safe Christmas roof decoration ideas.

Christmas Decorations on Roof

Decorate Your Roof Without Damaging It

Installing a holiday decoration on your existing rooftop can be taxing, but at the same time, it will be an extremely rewarding experience to look up and catch the sight of Santa and his reindeer or a waving snowman. Be very careful with your rooftop decoration because some extra measures and caution such as the ones given here will guarantee you a sound and more beautiful roof this holiday season.

  • Ensure to use wires to protect the decorations and keep them from overturning and leading to damage which could require a roofing repair professional.

  • Instead of attempting to carry the decoration pieces up the ladder along with you, lift it up using a rope after you are safely positioned on the roof yourself to avoid roof damage.

  • Use safe eye bolts and review the functioning of all wires thoroughly to ensure your Christmas display remains sturdy and secure on your roof through probable strong winds and heavy rain.

  • Decorative lights, when suspended from their shingles, can attract moisture and other elements. It is advisable to install the Christmas lights up using clips attached to the gutters.

  • Do not rush in to remove the decorations from your rooftop so as to avoid ripping them down and in turn cause damage to the gutters and shingles. Try to remove each clip patiently by holding decorations, separately because patience now will prevent repair costs later on.

If you are not confident about how to decorate your roof without damaging it then hire a professional Christmas decoration installation provider to make sure your roof does not get damaged during the installation of Christmas lights and displays.

You can relax and enjoy the reward of your hard work, once you have placed your lights and displays over and along your roof.

Christmas Decoration Safety Tips

Prior to installing Christmas decorations on your roof, go through these safety tips to ensure you get the decorating efficiently done without hurting yourself or causing any damage to your roof.

Christmas Roof Decoration Safety Tips

  • Select the correct ladder for climbing up to your rooftop for your roof decoration job and also wear an appropriate outfit, including footwear to avoid any mishap.

  • Inspect your roof ahead of decoration job to rule out any type of damage including loose or broken tiles, unfastened shingles, or torn roofing material. Also, make sure the roof is clean of debris and signs of ice-damming.

  • Plan ahead before you get on the roof to ensure having proper tools & supplies handy during roof decoration.

  • Ensure to have a dependable assistant on the ground to provide guidance on the decorations as well as to watch over you.

  • Use only quality electrical equipment in case of your rooftop decorations, if you don’t want any sort of electrical problem or a fire hazards due to a cheap item.

  • Make sure to move cautiously while installing bulky decorations on your rooftop as they pose a huge challenge for installation.

  • Never nail or staple lights for fastening to your roof but string them instead using plastic clips, fixed to your shingles or gutters.

Unsafe Christmas Decorations for Roofs

  • Any inflatables or figures like Santas and reindeers are prone to be blown away by strong winds from the rooftop if they are inappropriately set.

  • Mounting these seasonal figures can over-burden your roof so consider your roof’s load-bearing capacity beforehand.

  • Avoid nails and staples that can puncture the wires of your lights, or cause damage to their insulating cover, increasing the chances of electrical problems.

  • Ensure to use the expert recommended gutter clips, because the excessive weight of the gutter can tear them down.

  • Christmas lights can be amazing and fun, but be cautious not to overburden your circuits to avoid fire hazards.

Holiday Lights and Decorations Tips for Your Roof

Here a few tips for holiday lights and decorations for your roof:

  • If you’re a beginner with Christmas light decorations on the roof, restrict your light decorations to eaves, gables, and the border of the roof catering to the main spots.

  • Make sure to only use lights intended for outdoor use. A sturdy ladder to climb up the roof, appropriate tools for placing light decorations on your roof, and a steady helper, are some essential prerequisites for effective roof decoration.

  • Test light strings and substitute any burned-out lights prior to decorating the rooftop. Damaged lights will consume power from the whole light string, and the remaining bulbs will turn dimmer.

  • Avoid conventional nails, staples, screws for mounting your display. Make use of electrical tape and clips because they are a quick and easy alternative for protecting electrical connections and preventing overburdening of your roof.

You can relax and enjoy the reward of your hard work, once you have placed your lights and displays over and along your roof. If you want more extensive light display arrangement on your roof, hire a professional lighting company.

Christmas Decorations on Roof

About Applied Roofing Services

Applied Roofing Services is a full service roofing company located in CA. We offer durable and high quality residential and commercial flat roofing. We provide roof installation as well as roof repair services, roof maintenance and inspection services. We specialize in low slope roofs, energy efficient, zero maintenance, and green roofing. We have 20+ years of experience in the roofing industry.


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