Tips for Hanging Holiday Lights Without Damaging Your Roof

It’s once again the most festive time of the year, and if you’re a homeowner who likes to make your property light up like a rave concert, you’re already itching to break out the boxes of lights and decorations. Holiday decorations are actually one of the most common causes of roof damage. A Houston roofing contractor can resolve any roofing issues if necessary but following a few easy steps this holiday season can minimize extensive damage to your roof.

Don’t Puncture the Roof

Your roof is an impenetrable shield against the elements, but it doesn’t work so well if you start poking holes in it. Some homeowners attach lights and other decorations to their roof using staples. They may find water stains growing on their interior ceilings months later. What could possibly be the harm in using staples, which are very thin and lightweight? Unfortunately, even pinprick holes will let water infiltrate your roof membrane and deck. A tiny trickle of water spread out over time can cause serious damage, thus requiring a Houston roofing contractor for extensive repairs or replacement.

Avoid Walking on the Roof Whenever Possible

Even the act of walking on your roof can damage it. This probably won’t cause leaks immediately if your roof is brand new, but this can still shorten the lifespan of shingles and tiles or slightly loosen them. Clay tiles in particular are prone to cracking — especially if you’re packing a little extra weight from Thanksgiving. If you must walk on tiles, be sure to distribute weight evenly over multiple tiles at the same time. Also try to avoid walking on valleys, which are the depressed grooves between tiles and especially weak.

Use Plastic Clips

The single best tip for protecting your roof and dodging an emergency call to a Houston roofing contractor is to avoid the roof altogether. Buy a pack of inexpensive plastic clips, which can be purchased from local home improvement stores or online. The plastic clips attach to your gutter or flashing. At the end of the holiday season, they detach just as easily. If you must staple decorations, staple them to your roof’s fascia boards or to the underside of your eaves, which are protected from water intrusion.

Safety First

Last but not least, be safe when hanging up lights. A fall from even a few feet up can cause sprains or even broken bones. It’s always a good idea to have a partner help steady the ladder. That individual can also hand up lights and other decorating supplies, which will make decorating a breeze!

Did your holiday decorations end up requiring a Katy roof repair last year? Give Paramount Roofing a call at (713) 748-4000 to inquire about a Katy roof replacement or repair today!