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Photo of multi-colored Christmas lights hung up on the roof of a house at night.

By putting Christmas lights on your home, you can add a lot of cheer to your yard this holiday season. If you are putting lights on your roof, you need to be careful that you don’t inadvertently damage it or have some sort of accident. Before heading outside to hang up those lights, you should check out the following tips for hanging Christmas lights on your roof.

Don’t Use Nails or Screws

A lot of people make the mistake of using nails or screws to hang their Christmas lights on their roofs. This is because they don’t realize how much damage can be done despite the fact that the holes are so tiny. Once moisture gets in, you will find that these areas start to rot. If your area sees a lot of snow in the winter, like it does in Rochester, MN, rot can occur fairly quickly. You are better off using plastic clips to hang your Christmas lights. There are clips available for most roof types, and they can easily be used to hang a variety of different types of Christmas lights without damaging your roof.

Be Extra Careful When You Are on the Roof

Even if your roof doesn’t look slick in the winter, it probably is. This is why you need to take extra precautions when you are on your roof. Always wear sneakers, and don’t walk on your roof when it is raining or snowing. If you notice that there’s damage to any areas of your roof, avoid these areas, and seek professional assistance. A roofing contractor will come out to inspect your roof so that they can determine how best to fix the issue before you put your Christmas lights up.

Have Someone Help You

Don’t try to hang Christmas lights on your roof by yourself. It’s a good idea to have someone nearby who can hold the ladder for you or hand you supplies when you are on the roof. If an accident does occur, they will be available to assist you or get help.

Choose the Right Lights

Not all Christmas lights should be hung on your roof. Make sure you choose lights that are meant to be outdoors for extended periods of time. You also shouldn’t use lights that are extremely heavy or could damage your roof. While certain lights may look pretty, they won’t be worth the damage that they could cause. Opt to put them on a tree or in another area of your yard.

Heyn Brothers Roofing can take care of a variety of roofing needs in and around Rochester, MN. Give us a call today so that we can make sure your roof is in good shape this holiday season.

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