Your trusted roofer can’t believe it’s almost Christmas! What’s that you mumbled: Not at your home, not yet? Many homeowners understand that the time to deck the halls is now, so what are you waiting for?
Of course, if you are planning to outshine the rest of the neighborhood, you will likely be getting up on your roofing system – and we’d like to focus your attention on some safety measures before you hop on the ladder and start spreading Christmas cheer.
Is There a Safe Way to Hang Christmas Lights?
In a word: YES!
Your Columbus Ohio roofer knows that nobody wants to spend their Christmas hunkered down in bed after falling from the rooftop (even if Tim Allen’s fall from the rooftop resulted in him becoming Santa Claus). How can you keep from falling as you string lights from your rooftop? As newly designated DIY roofers, consider these options:
- A full body harness
- Sturdy shoes
- A ladder that attaches to your home – this will prevent it from falling when you get on
- The buddy system
Hanging The Lights: A Brief “How To”
Now that we have gotten safety out of the way, let your reputable roofing contractor talk briefly about how you can go about actually hanging those lights on the roof. How are you going to do that?
- A quality roofer in Columbus Ohio always has a plan: Decide which type of lights you are going to use and make an action plan. How many lights will you need?
- Set up your ladder and safety precautions.
- Place all of the materials (the lights, staple gun, etc.) you will need in a backpack that you can easily put on your back as you climb up onto the roof.
- Attach your first strand and then apply all of your additional strands in a pattern. Be sure you are checking for damages to the bulbs BEFORE you attach them. This will minimize the time you spend going back to fix the problem later.
Remember, you will need a power source and likely need an extension cord run through an open window in your home’s garage.
While You’re Up There: Check Out the Roof
Many homeowners do not get the opportunity to climb up onto their rooftop often. This means that now is as good of a time as ever to make the necessary roof inspections for any damages. Winter can mean a lot of snow, and you will want to know if your roof needs any repairs before the next big storm hits and you have more extensive damages. Check for damages to shingles, seams and even tree branches hanging on the rooftop.
If you do find damages, do you know whom to call? Your reliable roofer is Able Roofing, helping homeowners with their roofing needs since 1986. Call for a free estimate today.