What Christmas Decorations Can Do Damage to My Roof?

Halloween is behind us and many of us are looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas season. For a lot of homeowners, that means it’s time to get up on the roof and start hanging those Christmas decorations. But did you know there are some types of decorations that can damage your roof? 

This article will let you know which decorations you might want to avoid putting up this year. 

Anything Too Heavy

A lot of homeowners like to go all out with large decorations that could weigh a lot. However, if your roof does not have the proper weight-bearing structures, damage may occur. If you’re not sure if your roof can take large, heavy decorations, it is best to leave those for the lawn. 

Avoid the Chimney

Some homeowners think it’s cute to put up the decoration of Santa with his legs in the chimney. While this is a fun idea, it can be very dangerous, especially if you light a fireplace. When the fireplace is ignited embers can rise up and light the decoration on fire. 

If you love the idea of the ‘Santa in a chimney’ decoration, try making a fake chimney and putting it on the other side of the roof. 

Anything Too Light

While decorations that are too heavy can be damaging, decorations that are too light can cause hazards as well. 

If a decoration that is too light is fastened to the roof, the wind can blow it away. This can result in considerable damage as anything used to fasten the item can break away taking pieces of the roof with it. 

Roof Decorating Safety Tips

Now that you know which decorations to avoid using, here are some other tips that will ensure you stay safe while decorating. 

  • Don’t Use Staples: Staples will break through the barrier in your roof making it easy for moisture and cold air to seep in. Plastic clips are a better option. 
  • Use the Right Tools: Have a sturdy ladder and a helper present to make sure you stay safe. 
  • Avoid the Center of the Roof: If you are a beginner, it is best to restrict installation to the eaves, gutters, and borders of the roof only. Avoid the center where heavy items can do damage. 
  • Avoid Overburdening Your Circuits: Some homeowners install several Christmas lights to make a festive impression. However, it’s important not to use more than your circuits can handle as this can result in fire damage. 
  • Call a Professional: If you don’t feel confident about putting up the decorations yourself, it is best to call in a professional. They will make sure your ornaments are installed safely and securely and you get the benefit of being able to relax during the holiday season. 

Decorations are a great way to celebrate, but you must make sure you are decorating safely. These tips will help you avoid hazards so you can stay safe this holiday season. Wishing you and yours the best!