Tips For Safely Decorating Your Roof This Holiday Season

Holiday season is knocking on our doors. It is that time of the year when we gather with friends and family to celebrate joy and happiness. Here at Priority Roofing, we love the holiday season! Not just because of all the parties, meals, and vacations, but also because we find homeowners becoming more observant when it comes to potential roof repairs.

Have you taken that ladder and placed it up against your home to climb up and staple on the holiday decorations yet? If not, please remember the safety tips when decorating your home so that you can spend your holidays with your family instead of making a trip to the hospital.

When dealing with lights and electrical equipment:

  • Shops for lights and other electrical decorations only from reputable retailers.
  • Prior to use, carefully inspect the lights and decorations for cracks, loose or bare wires and damaged sockets – these defects can cause serious shock or fire.
  • Do not exceed the maximum number of strings that should be connected together. Carefully read the specific instructions on the packaging.
  • Avoid overloading electrical outlets.
  • Before replacing the bulbs, or attempting repairs, make sure to unplug electric lights, decorations and devices.

When climbing up on the roof and decorating:

  • Properly secure lights, cords and decorations to prevent damage from wind, snow and ice.
  • Never staple or nail through electrical wires in any way that might cause damage to the wire or insulation. This could cause shock or fire.
  • Keep yourself and your decorations at least 10 feet away from power lines.
  • Use fiberglass or wooden ladders when putting up lights and electrical decoration on your roof as these ladders are poor conductors of electricity.
  • Always have someone with you to help you in case of a fall or an injury.
  • While on your roof, carefully inspect the surface for damaged, chipped or missing shingles and other problem areas.
  • Make sure your decorations are protected from weather and are at a safe distance from flammable items.

Keep these tips in mind when decorating your home this holiday season.

If you have questions about your roof, feel free to give us a call at 519-489-2032. Priority Roofing is proudly serving residential areas across Guelph, Cambridge, Waterloo and Kitchener.

We are home to some of the most skilled and most experienced roofing contractors. Our services include but are not limited to roofing shingles, roof repair, residential roofing, sun tunnels and skylights. We also offer free roof estimates or job estimates.

Get Your Roof Ready For The Holiday Season

Winter has decided to show its face in Guelph & Waterloo. You may be enjoying this winter chill, but your roof – not so much.

With holiday season knocking on our doors, you need to ask yourself “is your roof in a good condition to hang Christmas decorations and most importantly, sustain the harsh winter snow?” Well, if you have a damaged roof, you should consider calling the professionals at roofing repairs. No one wants to end up with cold drafts or water leaks during the holiday season.

With that in mind, make sure to inspect your entire roofing system to look for the following signs:

Sagging Attic Ceiling

Roofing inspections do not always have to begin on the roof itself. Take a flashlight and have a look at your attic’s ceiling for any signs of sagging. A sagging attic ceiling indicates a depleted roof foundation. Heavy snow accumulation on the roof can also cause the entire roof to cave in and it must be repaired right away.

Damaged Shingles

Needless to say, chipped or cracked shingles must be sealed as soon as possible. Letting a crack to stay open during wintertime can cause the holes to gap due to the snow frequently thawing and freezing. Additionally, damaged shingles accelerate the development of ice dams that divert melted snow into your home.

Call the Professionals

While you might be tempted to carry out the roof repairs yourself, repairs like these during winters are not advisable to be taken as a DIY project since ice and snow can easily cause you to slip and fall off the roof. It is best to leave roof repairs to professionals.

Why Hurry?

No one likes to get home all excited from holiday shopping just to find the pitter-patter of dripping leaks. In the worst case situations, roof leaks may also start electrical fires, so if water starts running near an electrical source, it becomes crucial to call the professionals immediately.

And, if you’re big into holiday decorating, you should know that strong snow storms can really wither an already damaged roof. We don’t mean to scare you, we are only here to protect you and help you enjoy this holiday season to its fullest potential.

Call Priority Roofing services in Guelph, Cambridge, Waterloo and Kitchener to have your roof working in an excellent condition once again. For your roofing needs, we recommend you to call early in order to receive an estimate and allow us to schedule your project during the time frame you prefer.

Wishing you and your family a very happy holiday season!