It’s that time of year when twinkling lights appear in neighborhoods and at businesses across the land. But when you’re hanging those lights, it’s important to do so safely and without causing damage to your roof. How do you accomplish this?

Here’s a quick look at some of the best Christmas and holiday light hanging tips for Buffalo residents.

How to Safely Hang Lights Without Roof Damage

  1. Stay off the roof. Not only are slip-and-fall accidents a real possibility, but your shingles can be damaged by too much activity on your roof. 
  2. Use a solid ladder that is leaned against the side of the house or the roof itself, not the gutters. Gutters aren’t meant to take a lot of weight and can collapse in these situations.
  3. Check your lights and cords while on the ground. Check for fraying or damage, and remove these cords from your inventory. Make sure you’re not connecting too many light strings together.
  4. Consider moving to energy-efficient LED lights. Because they use less energy, they also heat up less, lowering your risk of overheating and fire.
  5. Clean your gutters first. By cleaning out your gutters, you can keep debris that may dry up in the gutters out of the way and can prevent a possible fire hazard.
  6. Hang lights using light clips on your gutters, siding, or eaves. Hanging lights with screws, nails, or staple guns on your shingles or other roofing material can cause leaks and damage to your roof.
  7. Attach light clips before ascending. By having the light clips in place before you climb the ladder, you’ll be able to better handle the task safely. Work with short lengths of lights to prevent accidents.

By following these Christmas and holiday light hanging tips, Buffalo residents will have enough time to prepare, and work carefully and safely. Your home or business can look great this holiday season, and you can remove the possibility of causing roof damage in the process. If you do have roof damage, whether from hanging lights or otherwise, contact the experienced professionals at AVA Roofing for a free estimate on your repairs.