Most of us love being festive for the holidays and we want our homes to stand out. String lights are the most popular outdoor decorations, but how do you get them to look good and stay attached to those hard to reach areas? If you’re planning on hanging Christmas lights on your roof, the experts at PJ Fitzpatrick have some helpful tips to do it safely for you and your home.
Safely Decorate Your Roof for the Holidays
Whether you are lining your roof with Christmas lights or you’re staging some reindeer, you should take the proper precautions to not injure yourself and create potential problems for your home. Check all of the light bulbs and fixtures before installing them each year and be sure to use an outdoor-rated extension cord to power your Christmas lights and other features. You should also make sure you are plugging them into a GFCI outlet so your home is protected from any surges. What else can you do?
Use Plastic Clips
Plastic light clips were designed to easily attach to your gutters so that you don’t have to put additional holes in your home’s exterior. They’re easy to install and remove and can even be left up year round as they typically blend in and aren’t very noticeable. Also, be mindful of the added weight on your gutters, and be sure you don’t overdo it. If you must affix clips to your home, be sure to only do so on the fascia board. When hanging Christmas lights on your roof, you should always avoid the roof surface.
Do Not Hang Christmas Lights from Your Shingles
It seems like it should be obvious, but every year people make the mistake of putting holes in their shingles to hang Christmas lights on their roof. The purpose of your shingles and underlayment are to keep the elements out, so be sure not to create any unnecessary openings. Stick to gutters and eaves when hanging your Christmas decorations.
Avoid Walking on Your Roof While Decorating For The Holidays
Not only is walking on your roof dangerous because you can easily slip and fall to the ground below, but you are adding unneeded stress to your roofing system. Roofs and shingles are designed for specific purposes and foot traffic is not one of them. Stick to a sturdy ladder and use the proper tools or hire a professional to help if possible.