‘Tis the season for twinkling lights and glowing reindeer roof displays. While feeling merry and bright – pun intended – many of us this time of year get the seasonal urge to bust out the holiday boxes brimming with tangled lights just waiting to be unraveled. But first, let’s explore the critical steps prior to and during your holiday light installation, to avoid damage to the roof, keeping you and your housetop safe this Christmas.
Step 1: Gather essentials
Step 2: Measure thoroughly
Step 3: Evaluate structure
Step 4: Install cautiously
Step 5: Store properly
THE 3 DO’S BEFORE YOU BEGIN:
DO: Detangle Christmas lights before climbing onto the roof. It’s a simple step to avoid injury and save you unnecessary time spent on your roof.
DO: Use only outdoor rated extension cords. Outdoor cords have tough covers made from rubber, plastic or vinyl. Using indoor extension cords outside can lead to overheating.
DO: Test bulbs annually to check for outages before installing. It’s a much easier fix to locate the bad bulb while on the ground and before you spend hours putting them up.
HOW TO HANG HOLIDAY LIGHTS TO AVOID DAMAGE TO THE ROOF:
The best and safest way to hang your exterior illumination display this Christmas is to use light clips found at your local hardware or home improvement store. Designed for easy install and removal, these fixtures are affordable and professionally recommended to minimize damage to the roof – unlike other methods, such as nails or staples. When in doubt, never trust Clark Griswold when hanging your holiday lights!
While it may seem like the easy way to install your 25,000 imported Italian twinkle lights, it can cause moisture leaks, leading to long-term damage reducing the lifespan of your roof. Tip: During installation, wear safe shoes, be sure each clip is sufficiently supported, and spend a limited amount of time walking on your shingles to avoid unnecessary damage to the roof. Attach string lights to clips on the ground, while carefully climbing the ladder, using one strand at a time. Remember, most lights are glass so avoid rough handling during install to prevent broken bulbs.
TIPS FOR REMOVAL
Once it’s time to put away the holiday cheer… until next year, carefully remove the lights and their clips, instead of pulling. If not done properly, it can cause major damage to the roof or attached structure. When storing, eliminate the headache and avoid untangling next year by wrapping each strand around a sturdy piece of cardboard, large power cord holder, or organizing with plastic zip ties. Until next time, be safe and have a happy holidays from your Chattanooga roofing company, Tennessee Roofing & Construction.
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