5 Tips For Hanging Christmas Lights
It’s that time of year again! Before you start draping your home in festive lights, make sure to read these tips from YES Contracting Services, LLC to avoid damaging your roof in the process!
Santa Should Be the Only Thing Landing On Your Roof
Christmas lights need to be secured to something, but even the tiniest nail holes in a shingle or roof component can create the potential for leaks and roof rot. The best way to hang lights is with clips on the gutter or eaves.
Don’t Let Christmas Go Up In Flames
It goes without saying that setting your roof on fire is a pretty big no-no. Make sure that all your decorations (including inflatable items) are at a safe distance from power lines and plugged into a portable outdoor circuit. Also, be aware of how many items you have running off of a single breaker; overloading it can be a potential fire risk.
Ask For Help, Clark
Seriously, you don’t have to prove that you can do it yourself. We take safety very seriously at YES Contracting Services, LLC (roof falls are a main risk factor in our industry), and we ask that you do, too. Recruit the help of a buddy to help secure the ladder, carry items, and to be available in case of an emergency.
Know When to Step Aside
We get it. You’d rather spend the extra money on presents. However, if you want elaborate decorations, or you aren’t comfortable on a ladder/have areas that are hard to reach, it’s worth it to leave it to a professional. They will get your lights installed properly without damaging your roof, and you can enjoy your Christmas injury-free.
Take Your Time Saying Goodbye
Once its all said and done, it’s no surprise if you are in a “get it gone” kind of mood. Don’t get hasty about the disassembly, though! Pulling lights off the roof by the cord can potentially cause damage to your gutters (or even your shingles, if you didn’t clip them right to begin with). Time is money, but taking your lights down in a slower and more careful manner is cheaper than replacing gutters or shingles.
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