When the holidays come around, the decorations come out! In the last couple of years, we’ve seen the yard decorations go above and beyond. Whether you’re putting out Christmas lights and big red bows, or you’re going all out and placing inflatables in your yard and mounting decorations on your roof, it’s essential that you know what is and isn’t good for your roof. We’re not here to rain on your holiday parade, but we do want to make sure that when you go to install these decorations on your roof, that you know what is going to ensure the decorations are safely installed while also prioritizing the wellbeing of your roof. Keep reading to learn more about the dos and don'ts of roof decorations.

Don’t Use Staples

Making sure that your lights or decorations don’t move throughout the season is a must. Far too often we hear about people that choose to use staples to keep their decorations up. This is one of the biggest mistakes that people make when it comes to their decorations, especially when on their roof. Not only are staples not the best option when it comes to your decorations, but they can actually create some serious damage. This is the case for both your roof and your siding. The good news is, there is something that was created specifically for roof decorations. Rather than turn to staples as your main option, opt for clips. These are reusable and they keep your roof in prime condition.

Avoid Nails

We just finished talking about staples and the damage that they can do, so can you imagine the damage that nails would do to your roof? Nails are another thing that people use to hold their holiday decorations in place. Unfortunately, this is another bad choice to make. Your shingles are already going to be dealing with enough when the Colorado winters start. From the cold temperatures and snowfall to any storms that may pass through, you want to keep your shingles from doing too much work. More importantly, putting nails in your shingles could lead to leaks in your roof and ultimately, water damage. Again, stick to materials that are safer for your roof. We suggest using clips for lights and for decorations that you’ll be placing.

Weigh Down Inflatables

If you’re going to put inflatables on your roof, then you need to be prepared for the high winds that winter can bring. Given that your roof is going to have very little blocking the wind from it, you will also have to account for a little more force than you would if the inflatables were simply going to be placed in your yard. The best way to ensure that your inflatable decorations look great and don’t blow away is by weighing them down. We suggest using rope and clips to tie them down to the roof so that they don’t move, and so that you don’t do any damage to your roof.

Consider Placement

Where you place your decorations is going to make a big difference in how well they hold up and the efforts that you’ll need to take in order for them to stay up throughout the season. For starters, you need to make sure that you don’t place your decorations on a slant of your roof. While many roofs do have a high slant that you need to work with, anything above a 45-degree angle is going to make it tough to have a solid foundation for your decorations. We also suggest looking for decorations that were designed to be placed on roofs. Usually, these decorations have a frame that makes it easier for them to sit on rooftops and are a little bit lighter in regards to their composition. Investing in these types of decorations is a great way to ensure that your roof is safe and that the decorations still look great.  

Call Endeavor Exteriors

If you have a roof that has been victimized by holiday decorations, contact Endeavor Exteriors. We can help take care of any damage that may have happened to your roof from prior years or previous owners. Reach out to us today with any inquiries that you have or to schedule a consultation for your roofing needs.