Tips For Avoiding Roof Damage When You Hang Your Christmas Lights

Posted on: 26 April 2016

If you're the type of homeowner who enjoys going all out with Christmas decorations, you might find yourself ascending to your roof in the late fall to hang several streams of lights that will make the exterior of your home merry over the holidays. While the visual appeal of the lights will be your focus, it's important that you're careful about avoiding damage to your roof. The last thing you need during the holiday season -- or at any time, really -- is damage to your roof that causes water to leak into your attic. If you keep these tips in mind, you won't have to worry about damaging your roof.

Install Supports On Your Ladder

You should never place your ladder against the edge of your roof or directly against your gutters. Once you begin to climb, your weight can press the ladder into the roofing shingles or the gutters and damage them both. This can especially be a concern during the fall when your shingles can be brittle. Make sure your ascent to the roof is gentle on the roof itself by installing supports onto the ladder. You can buy these devices at your local home improvement store. They clip to the top of the ladder to allow the weight of the ladder to rest on the surface of the roof, rather than on its edge.

Walk Carefully

Walking carefully sounds overly simplistic, but when people move around their roof, they can adopt habits that can be detrimental to the health of the shingles. The key to walking on your roof is to pick up your feet properly, rather than shuffle. While shuffling might seem tempting if you feel it gives you better balance to combat your fear of heights, it's not good for your roofing shingles. Dragging your feet can prematurely wear the asphalt on the tops of the shingles, as well as even break off the bottom edge of the shingles -- again, remember that they're brittle at this time of the year. 

Don't Affix The Lights To Your Roof

If you have an elaborate lighting display that involves lights stuck to the surface of your roof, it's time to change your approach a little. Stapling strings of lights directly to the shingles can leave small holes when you remove the lights after the holidays. Over time, rainwater can soak into these holes and cause damage, requiring a professional like those from East Texas Roof Works & Sheet Metal LLC. to redo your roof. It's better to clip the strings of lights to the edges of your gutters.