Deck the Halls, But Carefully!

One of the most exciting parts of the holiday season are the decorations! Over the years, it’s become a popular tradition for families to create the best and the brightest displays to help spread holiday cheer.

However, before you go climb up onto your roof, you should follow these tips to prevent any lasting damage from occurring:

1) Use Secure Hanging Points

One of the easiest way to damage your roof is to attach decor and lights directly to the roof. Roofs are not normally prepared to handle extra weight, so creating secure anchor points by driving strong nails or staples directly into wood, and not into flashing, shingles or other parts of the roof.

2) Be Careful With Ladders

If you’re not comfortable climbing a ladder, and don’t have a spotter, it may not be safe for you to hang your decor by yourself. Proper use of a ladder, and having a ladder of the right height are essential. Overextending yourself or standing on non-standing areas of a ladder can severely increase the risk of a fall or roof damage.

3) Walk Softly

If you do need to get on top of your roof, make sure you feel safe doing so and have a spotter. Don’t rush, and don’t take heavy steps – some rooftops are not boot friendly and could be damaged just by walking on them. If you’re not sure if your roof can handle your weight, talk to your roofer.

4) Gently Remove Decor

When the season is over (or summer comes), you need to safely remove all of those decorations. Don’t just pull the lights by the end and hope they all rip off though – you might damage your roof severely. Take your time, and be as careful as you were when putting them up.

Call The Experts
If you think you may have damaged your roof while taking up or taking down decorations, call the roofing experts at Frank’s Roofing!

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