If you want to get into the holiday spirit by decorating your home, one of the most common places to decorate is the roof. While those lights and decorations may look great and win you the neighborhood decorating contest, you do not want to damage your roof in the process. Specialty Roofers has some good tips to master Christmas decorating without damaging your roof:
Skip the staples. Every time you put a staple into the shingles or other parts of your roof, you are making holes and gaps in the seals that keep out water. This means that moisture will be able to seep in and while it might not be enough to cause water damage it can lead to mold and mildew growth and can allow for air transfer to occur, thus increasing your heating bills during the winter months.
Use anchors and clips for decorations. When you need to secure Christmas lights on the edges of your roof, use plastic clips and ties instead of staples. It may be difficult to find ways to secure the blow-ups and holiday displays on the roof but it is better to go without if need be than to risk damage to you roof!
Don’t add too much weight on the roof. Before loading up your roof with a lot of displays and decorations pay attention to how heavy those items are- and remember to calculate total weight. A small piece here and there and then a few more over there can quickly add up to too much weight for your roof to hold and you can begin to stress the shingles, supports, and other structures of your roof!
Pay attention to the available area in your lawn. If you do not think your roof can support the displays you had in mind or you re second-guessing how wise it is to be decorating the roof at all, consider decorating the lawn instead. It is flat and easier to decorate, safer to navigate, and poses minimal risk to your home’s physical structure.