If you are one of those people who go all out when decorating their houses for the holiday season, then you should be careful when it comes to decorating the roof. This is because your roof is one of the most delicate parts of your house, even though it doesn't look that way. Here are some tips to use so that you don't damage the roof in the name of decorating it:
Don't Hang Lights on the Shingles
Hanging lights (or anything else) from the shingles is one of the worst things you can do for them. The shingles weren't designed to hold additional weights so look for another (safer) way of hanging things on the roof.
Don't Create Holes on the Roof
If you want to hang a decoration on your roof, one of the first things you are likely to think of is to punch a hole on the roof, pass strings through the holes and use them to hang things. Some people actually use staples on their shingles. Unfortunately, even the tiniest hole is bad for your roof because it can let moisture into the roof and lead to roof leaks or even cause rusting.
Be Careful When Walking On the Roof
Walking on the roof is dangerous for two main reasons; there is a risk of falling, and there is also a risk of damaging the roof. In fact, before climbing up on the roof to decorate it, ensure it is safe for you to do so (for example, you should have a good ladder, shoes with good grips, and the roof should not be wet and slippery). Carelessly walking on the shingles can easily lead to their breakage.
Be Careful During the Removal
The same care used in the installation of the roof decorations is needed during their removal. In particular, don't rip off the decorations because they may come off with some parts of the roof, such as the gutters. This will be easier if you had hanged them carefully, to begin with.
Don't Overload the Circuits
Each circuit has a maximum electrical load it can carry; anything more than that may overload the circuit and cause an electrical fire. Therefore, if you are planning lots of electrical decorations, make sure you don't overload any circuit. Know how much load each circuit can carry and spread the lights; don't plug all of them in a single circuit.
All isn't lost, however, if you have already caused some damage while hanging things on the roof. Consult a roofing contractor like RLHayes Roofing & Repairs to help you fix the damage before it spreads to other parts of the roof.