Every homeowner knows the joy of hanging Christmas lights on their roof. However, what goes up must come down, and so is the case for Christmas lights. In fact, after the holiday season is over, you’ll have to take them down, and, in all honesty, nobody likes doing that. But even if you don’t enjoy taking down your Christmas lights, you’ll still have to be extremely careful not to damage your roof while doing so.
To that end, we’ve come up with a list of things you can do to safely take care of your Christmas decorations. Let’s check it out!
Before you even attempt to climb up, you’ll need to disconnect your Christmas lights safely. Otherwise, you risk damaging your installation and your roofing, or even electrocuting yourself. The same applies to any other electrical decorations, so make sure to check and see if they are disconnected.
Placing your ladder directly against the shingles is a sure way to tear them off. Instead, you should use a ladder bracket to temporarily secure it to the gutters or the side of the house. And while ladder placement can be quite tricky, a bit of care is all you need to prevent any damage to your roof.
It’s true that it might be tempting to just pull your Christmas lights and see what happens. However, doing so will damage the lights and can have catastrophic effects on your roof as well. As a result, you need to take the time to open and remove each of the clips that hold your decoration in place. Additionally, be gentle when you are pulling off any tape and avoid any sudden, strong movements.
No matter how many times you’ve climbed up your roof, accidents can happen. As a matter of fact, after so many days of ice and storms, things might be more slippery than you could ever imagine. Therefore, having a spotter on the ground ensures that your ladder stays in place while you are up on the roof.
It’s important to remember that the proper equipment can mean the difference between life and death. As such, you should always wear non-slip boots, warm and comfortable work clothes, work gloves, and even a helmet. Not only that but you might want to wear a harness, especially if your roof is even more slippery than usual.
At the end of the day, taking care of your decorations should be a fast and safe process. However, if you somehow damage your roof, you can always rely on a professional roofing contractor, such as Tadlock Roofing. Our expert team is more than happy to assist you with your roof. And, thanks to our vast experience, we are able to fix any roof, no matter how badly it is damaged. But best of all, we do it at some of the most affordable prices in the area!
So why stress yourself over your damaged roof when you could let us handle it?