Many families all over the United States enjoy decorating their homes, including their roofs, every holiday season. It is, however, important to understand that there are some risks associated with roof decorations. In some cases, these seemingly harmless pieces of ornamentation can cause damage. If you like to put decor on your Carolina residence’s roof, you will benefit from reading this guide. Over the next few paragraphs, you will see helpful tips that will make it easy for you to safely put holiday decorations on your roof in the future.
Do not use staples – As enjoyable as decorating is, it can be frustrating when a particular item won’t stay in place properly. You would not be the first homeowner who found himself or herself tempted to use staples to secure holiday decor to your roof. This is not, however, a wise course of action. Staples inevitably leave small holes in asphalt shingles. Although this might not seem like a big deal initially, even the tiniest openings in shingles can allow water to seep through, resulting in mold growth and other forms of water damage.
Invest in plastic clips – In lieu of staples, purchase plastic clips to help secure light strands and other decorations to your roof. Plastic clips are available at almost all big box stores and at most party supply retailers. If you have an item that can’t be attached to hooks, sandbags are a great option for holding inflatable items in position.
Consider the weight of your decorations – Too much weight is one of the main issues homeowners run into when they decorate their roofs for the holidays. Take this into consideration when you select decor. A full-scale Santa sleigh, for instance, will probably weigh too much for your roof to safely support. Putting extremely heavy items on your roof is likely to lead to shingle damage or, at worst, collapsed areas that have to be repaired right away.
Your yard is an alternative option – If you become concerned about the weight of the lights and decorations you intend to put on your roof during the upcoming Christmas season, remember that your yard is an alternative option. Although certain decorations won’t be as visible from a distance, removing lawn decor is much easier than getting things off your roof when the holidays end. Furthermore, you won’t have to worry about roof damage at all.
If you are still planning to install at least a few holiday decorations on your roof this year, give the team at Hatch Homes a call first. Our skilled crew looks forward to inspecting your roof to make sure it is in excellent condition. If we notice any problems, we will provide you with reasonable solutions that can be implemented before you are ready to decorate your Carolina home for Christmas. You can also discuss the possibility of our team installing your roof decor for you. Because we have roofing expertise, our team will make sure that the structure of your house is not at risk, and you can rest easily all season long!