How to Hang Christmas Decorations Without Damaging Your Roof
That time of the year is fast approaching – when the twinkling of Christmas lights can be seen in neighbourhoods across the UK! If you’re eager to join in with the festive spirit, you might have been thinking about decorating your house, specifically hanging decorations from the roof with minimal damage and maximum effect. Whilst decorating the home is exciting, it should also be done with both your roof’s health and your own at the forefront of your plans, and most importantly, as safe as you can be. Below we’ve spoken to Total Roofing Solutions, a Preston roofing firm, about how to hang Christmas decorations without damaging your roof.
Plan and prepare
Preparation is the most important thing to start with. You will need to make a plan of where your decorations will be hung and what sort of effect you’d like to produce. This means you can check all your lights for any unsafe elements such as loose wiring, faulty plugs or broken bulbs. It also has the added bonus of not being a wasted effort should the lights not work! Anything that could potentially be a fire hazard should be avoided, for example having too many lights connected to one power source. An important tip is to always ensure that your chosen lights are suitable for the outdoors. Also make a note of any overhead power lines above your house; these will need to be avoided during decoration.
Don’t damage your roof
Don’t drill or make holes in fascias or shingles. These materials are brittle and even more so in winter, leading them to crack easily. Try not to attach the decorations to your exterior with staples or nails, as these holes will allow water to enter your roof structure, wreaking havoc and causing water damage and rot. Instead the use of clips is advised, as these will cause no damage to your roof. These handy items will clip your decorations onto gutters, shingles and eaves, and are easy to attach and remove.
If you have any inflatables or figures such as Santas and reindeers, beware that strong winds may blow them from the roof if they are not secured properly. Once again, avoid roof damaging nails and staples, and instead experiment with more gentle attachments such as duct tape, ropes or cords.
Keep safety in mind
Hospital is the last place anyone wants to spend Christmas, so make sure to consider roof and ladder safety during the wintry weather. Avoid walking on your roof or using a ladder in the middle of icy spells, as they can become slippery and hazardous to walk on. In general, walking on your roof should be avoided as it can cause damage to the roofing material and potentially reduce its lifespan. If you must walk on the roof, try and step on the middle of shingles rather than the overlapping edges, as this reduces damage.
Hire a professional
If you struggle with vertigo, or if you just don’t fancy braving your rooftop in winter, another alternative is to call in a roofing professional to install your decorations safely – we would definitely recommend Total Roofing Solutions who specialise in roofing in Preston.