It wouldn’t be Christmas without lights on the roof and around the house, would it?
There’s nothing wrong with hanging Christmas lights. But, if you don’t hang them properly, you could end up dealing with some costly problems — leaks, shingle damage, etc. — later on.
If you’ve been wondering how to hang Christmas lights without damaging your roof, keep reading.
Listed below are some great tips that will help you decorate your home and keep it in good condition.
How Christmas Lights Can Damage Your Roof
Did you even know that Christmas lights could damage your roof? If this is news to you, you’re not alone.
There are lots of ways that hanging Christmas lights can cause damage to your roof, including:
- Walking along your roof can damage the shingles and other materials
- Using screws, nails, and/or a staple gun can puncture the roof surface and lead to leaks
- The weight of extra decorations can wear down your roofing material and shorten the lifespan of your roof
- Forceful removal can damage the shingles, tiles, or pieces of wood
- Using too many lights can be a fire hazard
Clearly, there’s a lot that can go wrong when you’re hanging your Christmas lights. But, with the right strategy, you can prevent the need for roof repairs while still lighting up your home for the holiday season.
How to Hang Christmas Lights Without Damaging Your Roof
If you’re getting ready to hang your Christmas lights, keep these tips in mind to avoid damaging the roof:
Don’t Walk on the Roof
Thousands of people experience fall-related injuries during the holidays.
Walking on the roof while putting up Christmas lights is one of the most common causes of these injuries.
Walking on the roof also increases the likelihood that you could damage it. The extra weight and movement can break down the roof and shorten its overall lifespan.
Buy Light Clips
Instead of nailing, screwing, or stapling your lights to the roof, use light clips. These attach to the eaves of your roof and allow you to light up your home without permanently attaching the lights to the roof’s surface.
Keep the Rooftop Clear
Resist the urge to place large, heavy decorations on the rooftop. Limit yourself to lights along the edges instead. These decorations might be fun and festive, but they can also put a lot of pressure on your rooftop. Also remember to clean your home‘s roof from time to time so nothing hits the lights.
Use Care When Removing Them
Nobody wants to spend more time outside than is necessary once January rolls around. But, it’s still important to take your time and use care when you’re removing lights from your roof.
If you yank them out too forcefully, you could end up ripping shingles or tiles or pulling them off altogether.
Need Help Repairing Your Roof?
You now know how to hang Christmas lights without damaging your roof. But, you didn’t always have this information at your fingertips.
If your roof has sustained damage in the past a result of your haphazard light-hanging skills, we can help you fix it.
Contact us at Z Roofing & Waterproofing today for a free estimate.