Decorating your roof for the holidays


Thanksgiving is over and you’re getting ready to decorate the outside of your house for Christmas. Whether it’s a sleigh and reindeer, Santa on the chimney or just a simple string of lights, Williams Roofing Company would like you to follow these tips to ensure your holidays stay merry and bright.

Before stringing Christmas lights, climbing on the roof, or putting any pressure on your roof system, make sure that it is able to withstand the activity.

Minimize the time spent walking around on your roof. Do not move or lift shingles when installing lights or decorations. This can break the seal on your shingles and make them prone to leaks.

If you are framing your home with strings of lights, make sure the lights have the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) label. This will keep you and your home safe from a potential fire hazard.

Inspect light strings and discard any that are damaged. Frayed or cracked electrical cords or broken sockets are fire hazards.

Fasten outdoor lights securely to trees, house, walls or other firm support to protect from wind damage.

Use light holders to easily attach the lights to your gutters or shingles. They come in a variety of sizes, are cost effective and won’t damage your roof.  Stapling lights is never recommended. Make sure you test the lights before climbing up that ladder!

For ornate rooftop Christmas displays, consider magnetic Christmas lights. They easily clip onto the shingles and can be removed. Velcro clips are also another temporary attachment.

If you have to get on your roof to attach your decorations, make sure the shingles are free of debris and most importantly, you are not doing this work alone. Also, wear proper footwear, which means non-skid soles and definitely no sandals.

When decorating your roof be sure to use appropriate tools specific for electrical wiring and roofing.

To help prevent a dangerous situation, keep these important outdoor safety tips in mind, and before you know it your home will be filled with holiday cheer!

Our best wishes to our clients, colleagues and friends for a spectacular Thanksgiving filled with good food, laughter and those you love!