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Decorate for the Holidays without Causing Roof Damage

Ready to Razzle Dazzle Your Home for Christmas?

Follow these tips!

Try these tips for hanging your holiday lights to avoid roof damage.

If you’re filled with the holiday spirit, and ready to deck your halls and home with holiday lights or decor, just be sure to go about it safely. Not only could you hurt yourself in the process if you’re not careful, but you could also cause roof damage or other damage to your home or business. Try to keep the following things in mind while you do your decorating this holiday season.

1– Test Your Twinkle Lights

Before you do any climbing on ladders or stringing of lights and garland, check your twinkle lights first. These things are notorious for their fickle nature, and one loose bulb can mean your whole strand is out of commission. So work smart.

2– Safety First

Safety must be your top priority. Test your ladder before use to ensure it’s sturdy and tall enough for you to reach desired areas of your home or building. Secondly, never climb on wet roofing materials or roofs with steep pitches. An injury would surely put a damper on your holiday cheer!

3– Secure Your Lights with Hooks

Never use nails, tacks, or staples to hang your Christmas lights and decorations on your house or roof. These methods of securing your decorations can cause permanent and expensive roof damage, and can even damage siding and gutters. Use hooks to protect your roof!

4– Check the Voltage

Make sure you don’t decorate with larger light bulbs that are 7-volt or higher. These bulbs can potentially overheat and result in a fire. Then roof damage would be only one of many concerns.

Avoid roof damage by hanging your Christmas lights with care using these tips from Tennessee Roofing and Construction.

5– Clean Out the Gutters

Not only are overfull gutters unsightly, but they too can become a fire hazard. Dried leaves and debris too close to warm, glowing holiday lights could be a recipe for disaster. So keep it safe, friends. Clear the gutters while your up on that ladder anyway.

6– Use Outdoor Holiday Lights

Some twinkle lights are made specifically for outdoor use. If you’re decorating outdoors, make sure you are using the right style of lights made to withstand the weather and elements.

7– Remove Decorations Carefully

When the holidays are over, and it’s time to de-Christmas your home or business, make sure to exercise care. Don’t haphazardly yank or rip down decorations and strands of lights. This can cause roof damage. Take your time, and do it right/safely. A fancy holiday display isn’t worth causing expensive damage to your home or roofing system!

All that being said, our team at Tennessee Roofing and Construction wants to wish you the warmest and happiest of holiday seasons! Happy decorating. And if you need any roofing help, you know where to find us.

How Weather Conditions Affect Your Residential or Commercial Roof

Extreme weather can affect the life of your residential or commercial roof.

From the roof’s age, regional weather, and amount of continued maintenance, there are all kinds of things that affect the health and life of your residential or commercial roof. Of course, the more attentive you are to routine inspections, minor repairs, and overall maintenance, the longer life you can expect out of your roof. One of the main things that affects your roof is weather conditions, but exactly what effects do the elements have?

Rain

The fact of the matter is that heavy rainfall, and mild to severe storms can take a toll on your roofing system. Any resident in the Tennessee Valley knows to expect this kind of wear during the rainy season. Intense rain naturally gravitates toward any imperfections or weakened areas on your roof, sometimes pooling and leading to moisture damage or leaks that can range in severity. This is why regular roof inspections are key. Catch issues early when they are still minor to avoid more costly repairs.

Heavy rain and hail can adversely affect your residential or commercial roof.

Hail

A step up from rain would be hail. Even though we don’t get a lot of hail in the Chattanooga area, if or when it does come through, it can cause a great deal of damage. The way hail pelts the roofing materials can cause them to wear down, particular if your roof has asphalt shingles. When the shingles are compromised as a result of hail, you might find yourself with a leak when the next rain comes.

Wind

Our area has caught the brunt of some extreme weather from time to time, be it tornadoes or severe storms caused by hurricanes. These strong winds can cause shingles and other roofing materials to loosen, crack, or be blown off completely, leaving the materials beneath further exposed to the elements. Replacing missing and damaged shingles periodically can help extend the lifespan of your roof.

Sun

The roof of your home or building is exposed to the sun every day. Constant exposure to UV rays can, over time, cause shingles to get brittle and crack. By that same token, extreme temperatures– both hot and cold– can cause roofing materials to expand and contract, which can also lead to damage. Proper ventilation can help mitigate these issues.

No matter what the weather, our team at Tennessee Roofing and Construction recommends you stay on top of roof inspections so minor issues don’t get exacerbated. It’s easier and more cost effective to maintain your roofing system the best you can than to have to replace it early due to neglect. Our team can help with any roofing issues you may have, both residential and commercial. Contact us for a quote today!

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