DON’T DO ROOF DECORATING UNTIL YOU READ THESE TIPS
Injuring yourself while doing roof decorating is a surefire way to put a damper on the holidays. The excitement for the holiday season sometimes overshadows the need to make safe decisions. It’s fun to decorate your home, especially if you have kids. Before you do so, consider a few safety tips for roof decorating to minimize some of the most common problems homeowners have.
1. Test Your Ladder
Be sure your ladder is in good shape and is of sufficient height to reach your roof safely. It is never wise to climb on your roof. But if you plan to use a ladder next to your home, be sure the ladder is high quality, durable, and stable. To reduce the risk of ladder accidents – which are unfortunately common – position the ladder on safe, even ground. If you need to position the ladder on an incline, use the leg levelers for support.
2. Install Only Approved Lights and Watch the Power Consumption
A strand of lights not designed to handle the wet conditions outdoors can cause a fire that within minutes will spread across your roof. For this reason, only install outdoor-approved lights tested by the safety certification company UL. Also, do not install lights that are broken, have cracks, or have bare wires.
Know how much power your outlet can take and don’t overload it, as that increases your risks. Before ascending to the roof, test your lights to make sure they are not malfunctioning.
3. Examine Your Cords
Another critical step is to examine your electrical cords. Do not use any that shows evidence of damage or wear.
4. Make Sure You Have the Correct Exterior Lights
Not all lights can hold up to the elements. Ensure that your lights are rated for exterior use.
5. Use Bulbs with the Correct Power Rating
While it may be tempting to go for extremely bright bulbs, 7-volt and higher bulbs are vulnerable to dangerous overheating.
6. Wait for the Right Conditions to Install
If your roof is wet, icy, or snowy, do not attempt to climb onto it. Even East Bay residential roofing professionals are extra cautious in such conditions.
7. Be Wary of Leaves
Leaves can be a fire hazard, especially when they dry out. Clear them from gutters and any other areas that will be near your lights.
8. Use Hooks
To avoid damage to your roof when securing lights, Bay Area roofing experts recommend that you use hooks rather than damaging items like staples or nails.
9. Double-Check the Hooks
Once your hooks are in place, make sure they are holding the light strands snugly to the house.
10. Use a Timer
Using a timer to turn your lights off at a set time—such as bedtime—will both make the lights safer and cut down on your electricity bill.
11. Carefully Remove the Lights
Once the holiday season is over, re-check your ladder and anything else you will be using to remove the lights. Wait for dry, safe roof conditions before attempting to remove your lights.
Additional Roof Decorating Safety Tips
Consider a few more holiday decor tips for roof safety:
- Don’t go near power lines. If you plan to put something on the roof, keep you and your decorations at least 10 feet away from your power lines.
- Don’t place objects on the roof that could cause damage to your roof shingles. Be mindful of the potential damage heavy items can cause.
- Never staple, nail, or otherwise adhere decorations to the shingles on your roof – this creates holes in them that can lead to water risks.
CONTACT ELEVATE ROOFING EXPERTS FOR ROOFING JOBS
Most homeowners don’t realize the kind of damage they have on their roof until it’s time to decorate for the holidays. If you see a lot of damage or think it’s time for a roof inspection, get in touch with our team right away. Elevate Roofing is a Dallas roofing contractor that can detect roofing issues and develop a plan for repair or replacement. Get in touch with us at 214.952.0203 or through our online contact form to get started.
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