It’s getting to be that time of year where we start to put up our Christmas tree and twinkling lights. While some of us are entirely content with a stocking by the fireplace, others like to go the whole nine yards and add inflatable santas and reindeer to their roofs. Here at Planet Roofing, we fully support the efforts put into showcasing your holiday spirit, but we do want to make sure that you’re safe when doing so. That is why, in today’s blog post, we are going to go over a few safety tips to ensure that your house is full of holiday cheer without the chance of any injuries. Let’s get started.
Right Sized Ladder
For starters, you’re going to want to make sure that you have the right sized ladder to reach your roof. This is going to make all the difference in just how safe your decorating is. While it may be tempting to try and use a shorter ladder to try and get the job done, the reality is that you’re going to end up frustrated and, more than likely, hurt. With that in mind, you absolutely want to make sure that you have the right sized ladder for the project. Whether that means heading to the store to purchase a new one or asking your Grinch of a neighbor to borrow theirs, you won’t regret having the right sized ladder for this project.
Clear the Roof
Whenever you’re going to be putting up holiday decorations, regardless of how many or how few, you want to make sure that your roof is clean and clear. This is not only necessary for the safety of those that are on or near the roof, but it helps to ensure all decorations are placed safely and securely on the roof. This might be a bit more time-consuming than you first thought decorating your roof would be, but taking the time to clear any debris off your roof and to clean your gutters will be entirely worth it when your decorations are safely put on your roof.
Use Roof-Approved Decorations
Another important factor that affects your safety while decorating for the holidays are the decorations that you’ll be using. Your roof is incredibly important to the well-being of your house, so the last thing that you want is for it to wind up damaged because of the decorations that you used. For that reason, we strongly suggest only using decorations that have been approved for roofs. Aside from the peace of mind that you’ll get knowing that the decorations you’ve put up won’t do any damage to your roof, roof-approved decorations are sure to deliver the beautiful holiday scene that you’ve envisioned in your mind with little to no hassle.
Stay Away From Staples & Nails
This point goes hand in hand with using roof-approved decorations, but is equally important in terms of things that you should avoid while putting decorations up. Something that we see all too often is the use of nails and staples to ensure decorations are in place and that they won’t be moving anytime soon. While the idea may seem like a sound one, the reality is that nails and staples can do some serious damage to your shingles. These tiny holes, as small as they may be, can lead to extreme water damage. With as much snow as we get here in Colorado, you can only imagine the amount of snowmelt that these holes will let in over time. So, to best avoid the chances of water damage or broken shingles, stick to roof-approved lights and decorations,and utilize clips or adhesives that have also been approved.
Avoid Power Lines
Something that most homeowners will need to be cautious of will be any power lines that come close to the roof. Depending on where you live in the Denver area, power lines may come extremely close to your house, in which case, you’re going to want to avoid them at all costs. It doesn’t matter if the power lines affect the vision that you had for your holiday roof decorations, coming in contact with power lines could be fatal. To avoid some serious injuries, stay as far away from power lines as you can — trust us, you’ll thank us later.
Have Your Roof Inspected
While it may seem tedious and less than ideal with the holidays coming up so quickly, having your roof inspected regularly is actually one of the best things that you can do. Not only is a roof inspection a part of routine maintenance that you should be keeping up on, it’s also a fantastic way to catch any large problems early on. So, if you know that you’re going to be going all out with your holiday decorations this year, it’s good to get a head start and schedule your roof inspection today.
Planet Roofing in Denver has provided quality roof repair and maintenance services to the Denver and surrounding areas for years. If you can’t remember the last time you had your roof inspected, contact our team today. We would be more than happy to get a roof inspection scheduled for you.