Monday, November 27, 2017

How to Properly Hang Christmas Decorations

It's that time of year again! Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, it's time to start preparing for Christmas. That means getting out the Christmas boxes (or heading to the store) and decorating the house, from inside out. Today's blog from your Lake of the Ozarks roofer discusses how to properly hang Christmas decorations without damaging your roof. Before you start attempting to make your home seen from outer space, follow these precautions for your safety and the safety of your roof.

Protecting Your Roof 


When securing your outdoor holiday lights, never use tacks or nails. These can damage your roofing material, and compromise the integrity of your roof. Forget staples, clothespins or any other contraption you’ve used in the past for mounting lights to your house. Instead, you should use light clips to secure holiday decorations. Be sure not to put too much weight on your gutters when hanging Christmas decorations from your roof. It's very important that your gutters work properly throughout the winter season. When snow melts off your roof, it need an effective way to run off the roof. If your gutters aren't working properly, ice dams can form, causing bigger problems for your roof.

Safety When Decorating 


For your own safety, make sure to use a good ladder when installing lights. Before hanging any lights, make sure that you have the proper type lights that are made for outdoor use. When plugging in the lights, be sure to use a GFCI outlet for your power source. In the event of overcurrent, this type of outlet will shut the circuit down. Make sure to turn the lights off any time you leave home and when you go to bed. While they may look pretty to passersby, they can also be a fire hazard that you don't want to leave unattended. Make sure that any extension cords used are rated for outdoor use and that the connections are above ground, snow and water.

Your premier Lake of the Ozarks roofing company is here to help you ensure your roof is prepared to withstand the challenges that come with winter weather. From offering advice to giving free roof inspections at the Lake of the Ozarks, we're here for all your roofing needs. When it comes to roofing, there's no one better for the job than Above & Beyond Roofing! Happy Holidays!

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