Will Holiday Decorations Damage Your Roof?

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Up on the housetop, click, click, click, down through the chimney with good St. Nick!  In the truest tradition of this holiday favorite, many people put Santa and his reindeer up on their roofs during the Christmas season.  But, does this type of decorating damage your roof?  Seal Tight Roofing Experts is here to answer that question for you.  So, before you pull out your tubs of tangled lights, your inflatable Santa, and your plastic nativity scene, let’s look at what the experts have to say.

Holiday decorations on the exterior of your house help bring the holiday spirit to your neighborhood.  Should those decorations extend to your roof?  While some lightweight decorations may be safe for your roof, others can cause damage.  To fully protect your roof, limiting or eliminating decorations from the roof is the safest action.

Who doesn’t love seeing beautifully decorated houses as you drive through town at night during the holiday season?  There is something about the glow of Christmas lights that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside.  During the day, driving past yards full of deflated inflatables looks a little strange, but at night, they make everyone passing by smile and point them out to their kids.  Decorations in your yard and lights on the trim of the house, the bushes, and the trees are harmless if done properly, but what about decorations on your roof?  This article will discuss the damage that roof decorations can cause and what decorations are safe to put on your roof.  

What Holiday Decorations Are Safe for Your Roof?

First, let’s discuss what holiday decorations are safe for your roof.  We don’t want you to think we are the Grinch of holiday decorations!  We do want your roof to survive the holidays, however!  “Going Griswold” is fine, but your roof should have the least amount of decorations to protect its wellbeing.  We doubt you asked Santa for a roof leak this year, so do yourself a favor and heed our advice.  Your house will still look amazing, and your roof will stay intact.

It’s important to know that your roof shingles are covered in granules like small pebbles.  These granules protect your shingles from damage.  If too many granules are knocked off the shingles, the shingles become compromised and vulnerable to damage.  Damaged shingles can lead to leaks – the mother of all roof issues!

So, you need to choose roof decor that won’t cause you to lose those important granules.  Light inflatables are generally a safe holiday roof decoration.  You will need to secure them so they don’t blow into your neighbor’s pool.  Perhaps you can tether them to a tree in your yard.  But, good news, puffy Santa and his blow-up reindeer can make their appearance this year!  Lightweight decorations are the way to go on the roof.

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Tips for Avoiding Roof Damage When Decorating for the Holidays

Don’t Get On the Roof – We mentioned that knocking the granules off your shingles is causing roof damage.  If you think decorations can do that, imagine what your 200-pound body can do!  Don’t go traipsing around on the roof any more than necessary.  Securing lightweight decorations from a safe position, such as a ladder, is ideal.  If you are determined to get on the roof to accomplish your holiday decorating dreams, then walk around as little as possible while you are up there.  Besides damaging your roof, it is simply not safe to be on the roof!  
Don’t Place Heavy Decorations on the Roof – Save your heavier decorations for the yard.  Not only can heavy decorations damage your roof, but they are more difficult to get up on the roof, increasing your chances of getting hurt or falling while trying to decorate.
Don’t Put Holes in Your Shingles – Do not use staples or nails to secure rooftop decorations.  We know staple guns and nail guns are pretty cool tools, but putting holes in your shingles is damage you will regret.  Any hole is a place for water to enter.  Once water gets under a shingle, it is only a matter of time before you have a full-blown roof leak.  Use twine or plastic clips to secure decorations.  No holes!

What Should You Do if You Damaged Your Roof?

Maybe your heart dropped to your stomach as you read this article.  Maybe years of traipsing around on your roof, wielding your staple gun are flashing before your eyes.  If this is you, don’t panic.  A simple phone call to Seal Tight Roofing Experts is all you need.  We are located in Merritt Island, FL, and have been serving Brevard County for over 25 years.  If you suspect you have a roof leak, then look no further than the roofing experts at Seal Tight Roofing Experts.  From small repairs to reroofs to new roofs, we have got you and your house covered, quite literally!  

We encourage you to have a blast decorating this holiday season.  Just follow our tips for rooftop decorating to preserve and extend the life of your roof.  If it’s too late and years of rooftop decorating have taken their toll, then give us a call!  We’ll be happy to inspect your roof for damage and give you an estimate for necessary repairs or a new roof.  Most of all, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, and Blessed New Year!

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