Roofing Blog

Christmas lights adorned on Victorian homes

Remember These Tips When Decorating Your Roof for the Holidays

With the holidays around the corner, you might already be getting excited about the upcoming celebrations. There are many things you can do to make this time of year festive, such as decorating your home. If you plan on adorning your roof with holiday decor, you’ll want to keep several things in mind.

Safety Always Comes First

Getting on your roof can be a difficult task all by itself. Monitor the weather closely and avoid working on days that are too windy, rainy, or snowy. When you’re ready to head up, be sure to wear sturdy footwear with a good grip, and consider wearing gloves if it’s cold. Place your ladder safely on the ground and on a level surface. Have someone there to stabilize it and assist you whenever you need a hand.

Anchor Your Inflatables

Inflatables are fun and interesting, but they’re not the most stable decorations. They require a lot of assistance to stay in one place. If they’re not anchored, they can easily fall over or get blown off the roof. That’s why you have to properly secure your inflatables using various tools. You can use clips, twine, ropes, or other devices that can be attached to a secure part of your roof. Some people go as far as attaching inflatables to wooden frames. This gives them added stability and ensures that they won’t tip over or blow away. You might consider using sandbags, but please be careful when doing so. First, it can be difficult to haul a sandbag onto a roof. Plus, the weight of a sandbag could potentially harm your roofing material if you drop the sandbag or drag it across your roof.

Be Mindful of Your Electrical System

Inflatables require power sources, and if you’re also installing lights on your house, you might be putting a strain on your electrical system. Consider getting the system checked out by a professional if you have any concerns about it handling the load. An electrician might have to make adjustments to your outlets and breaker box if you live in an older house. If you need to use any extension cords, select ones that are designed for the outdoors. Indoor ones can be vulnerable to the elements and pose a safety risk.

Plan Ahead With Timers

When the sun goes down, it’s a perfect opportunity to light everything up. But what if you’re not home at this time? You can use a timer. There are multiple timers available, and any one of them can take on the responsibility of turning your decorations on and off at the right times. Even if you’re usually home in the evening, a timer can still come in handy. If you’d like to save energy and turn your decorations off so they’re not running all night, a timer can prove very useful.

Have Fun and Stay Safe

You can be the center of attention in your neighborhood with holiday rooftop decorations. If you’d rather someone else take care of this task, that’s not a problem. The team at Green Valley Roofing & Construction in Birmingham, AL is ready to help you with your rooftop decorations or with any roof repairs that are necessary before you start decorating, so give us a call today.