How To Avoid Damaging Your Roof Hanging Holiday Lights

November 16, 2020

The holidays are the most wonderful time of year. With all the struggles we’ve had this year, it is time for a celebration. Those holiday lights are going up early this year. Schick Roofing wants to remind everyone the importance of safely putting up all those decorations. 

“Never hang Christmas lights from your shingles. To properly put up lights, they need to be secured to something (that’s why it’s so easy to wrap them around trees). Making even the tiniest of holes in a shingle or roof component will let moisture or leaks in and potentially rot the roof. The best way to put up lights is with clips that hang from the gutter or eaves. Also, before you even climb up to work, untangle the strands and test them to make sure they all light up,” GAF 

Though a few nails in your roof may seem harmless, it can cause significant damage to your roof. Nails leave behind holes that rain water and moisture will eventually find. Instead, invest in plastic hooks or clips with adhesive on the back, it will be a lot less expensive than repairing your roof.

Before installing decorations, it is a good time to clean your gutters and roof of any debris, leaves or branches. Also, test any lights or electrical decorations first to ensure they are safe to use.

When installing decorations or lights on your roof, never lift or move the shingles, the seal can easily be broken. You will quickly realize how important that seal was when the next time it rains.

When the holidays are over and it's time to take the decorations down, it can be very tempting to just pull it down with a few tugs. Since that can damage the roof, it is worth the time and effort to do it right.

Happy Thanksgiving From Schick Roofing

Thanksgiving is a time of festive spirit, mouth watering meals and renewing ties with family. The perfect time to take a break from the hustle and bustle of life and reflect on what we’re thankful for.

The family at Schick Roofing wants to take this opportunity to thank all of our friends and clients for their support!