Christmas lights light up the neighborhood, and our spirits. They're a great way to increase holiday cheer, but after the holidays they can be a pain. While putting up the lights can be fun, taking them back down is far less than fun. It's even more difficult if you've never done it before. Luckily, Hennessey Roofing has some tips and tricks so you'll know how to safely remove Christmas lights from your roofing.
Turn Off the Christmas Lights
It seems pretty obvious, and yet it's important to be said, but make sure to turn off your Christmas lights. If your lights are on when you try to take them down you can easily electrocute yourself. You can also do damage to the lights themselves, which means you'll have to go get new ones. In fact, it may be a good idea to turn off the breaker your lights are connected to, just in case.
Have a Spotter
One of the most important things to have is another person nearby just in case something happens. It doesn't matter if it's your first time on the roof or your one-hundredth time, accidents happen. With the snow and ice falling down, it's highly likely that you could slip or your ladder could slip. You can end up stuck or hurt, and if you're alone it can be disastrous. Make sure to have someone close by, watching over you just in case.
Be Careful Around Your Roofing
If you can manage to not hurt yourself, you'll also need to try not to hurt your roof. Don't out your ladder directly against your shingles, as that can tear the shingles right off. Instead, get a ladder bracket and temporarily attach it to your roof. Also, make sure not to lift your shingles. You can break down the shingles and cause them to fly off the next time there are high winds! Try not to walk on your roof either, as untrained professionals can easily damage roofing by walking on it.
Avoid Slippery Situations
When you're taking down your Christmas lights it's probably still winter. That means ice and snow are highly relevant. If possible, wait until the ice and snow have melted to take down your lights. However, if you can't wait then make sure to break or thaw any ice that you may be standing on. Don't break the ice that's on your roof! You may puncture your roofing accidentally and you'll need to repair it. Using proper equipment and avoiding ice and snow should make it as safe as possible to remove your Christmas lights.
Summary - How to Safely Remove Christmas Lights
To safely take down your Christmas lights you have to prepare. Attempt to take them down when it's warm, so you can avoid ice and snow. Make sure there's someone watching you so if there is an accident you aren't alone. Use proper equipment to keep you and your roofing safe. However, the safest way to remove your Christmas lights is to call your local roofer so they can get them down for you.
If you need someone to take down your Christmas lights or repair your roofing contact us. We believe that Colorado Springs roofing contractors should offer a professional and stress-free service. Hennessey Roofing is an expert at inspecting and installing roofing and will start right away. We have intimate knowledge of all the permits required for roofing projects. Call us today to schedule your free estimate or fill out our contact form and we'll be in contact shortly!