Roof Safety Tips For Holiday Decorating

The holidays are here, and for many homeowners, that means installing strings of lights and other decorations on your home. This may be the most wonderful time of the year, but for many homeowners, holiday decorating can lead to accidents. That’s why it’s important to keep these basic decorating safety tips in mind before you head up to your roof.


Prep your materials

There’s nothing more frustrating than getting all the way up to the roof and finding out that your lights aren’t working, or even worse, getting zapped from a short in the cord. It’s worth the extra few minutes to check your outlets and power sources, as well as your lights and cords while you are on the ground. Be sure to use extension cords rated specifically for outdoor use.


Pick a light/clear time of day

It may be tempting to wait until dusk so you can see the lights all lit up as you go, but don’t. Set aside a good chunk of daytime so you don’t feel rushed and check the weather forecast to make sure there’s no rain, snow, or wind expected. You don’t want to wrestle with an inflatable snowman on a windy day or try to secure a plastic sleigh on an icy rooftop.


Clear the roof

A clear and clean roof is important for many reasons, including preventing accidents. No matter how many decorations you want to put on your roof, you should always start by making sure your roof and gutter system is clear of dirt, debris, leaves, and other materials that could present a tripping or slipping hazard.


Stay safe on the ladder

Make sure you have a sturdy ladder designed to support your weight. Set up your ladder on a flat, level surface, such as a driveway or walkway, and away from power lines, electrical equipment, and doors that could be opened. Your ladder should be set at a 75-degree angle, extended at least three feet over the roofline or working surface, and you should not stand on the top three rungs of the ladder. Also, consider getting a spotter or helper.


Gear up for safety

Wear shoes with a soft rubber sole for extra traction and keep the bottom of your shoes free of mud and dirt. Use a tool belt to carry your tools and decorating essentials. You should never use staples, nails, screws or other penetrating fasteners to attach holiday decorations to your roof. Instead, use removable plastic clips and hooks that won’t put holes in your roof or gutters. There are even magnetic clips and lights that can easily attach and detach from metal gutters and roof eaves.


Know your limits

Don’t get on the roof unless you’ve done it before, you’re in great shape, and you have excellent balance. You can always hire someone to do the outdoor decorating for you.


Ready to replace your roof?

If you make the trek up to your roof and notice signs of damage, it might be time for a complete replacement. When you are ready for a new roof, contact Absolute Exteriors to get a free estimate on a new roof for your home in Ellisville, Chesterfield, Ballwin, and surrounding areas.

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How To Prepare For A Home Roof Replacement

Getting a brand new roof can be an exciting experience. It also turns your house into a work zone, and work zones are potentially dangerous. However, there are safety precautions and preparations you can make to be ready.


Here are some ways you can help make your home roof replacement go as smoothly as possible.


Think about kids and pets

Loud noises may increase anxiety or disturb sleep habits. While it may be exciting to watch from a safe distance, work zones are extremely unsafe for children and pets. Talk with your kids to explain that certain areas of the home or yard will be off-limits until the project is complete.


Remove wall decorations

The vibrations from hammers and machinery on your roof may travel through some walls of your home, especially if repairs to the roof deck are needed. This could cause knick-knacks to fall off shelves, and pictures, mirrors, or other items hanging on the walls or from the ceiling to fall. Also, as a precaution, you may want to remove decorative light fixtures like chandeliers to play it safe.


Cover belongings in the attic

During a roof replacement, numerous installers will be walking on your roof and pounding it with hammers. Dust and small debris will fall in attic spaces during a new roof installation. You can keep personal items cleaner by covering them with old sheets or drop cloths until the roofer is finished. Be prepared to do some light vacuuming in these areas after construction is complete.


Relocate your vehicles

Contractors need quick access to their tools and trucks throughout the day. They need a place to load shingles and debris. You’ll want to keep your vehicles a safe distance from this area until work is complete. You should also keep your garage doors closed during construction to keep out dust and debris.


Move grills and patio furniture away from the work zone

A shed or garage is the best place to store outside items like grills, patio furniture, lawn ornaments, and potted plants while your new roof is installed. If you don’t have on-site storage, you may want to put these items together in an area of the yard that is a safe distance from the work zone.


Prune trees and cut grass before construction begins

Any tree branches that hang low near your roof will need to be trimmed before your contractor can begin work. Your contractor should use drop cloths to protect plants and grass in the immediate perimeter of your home, but you need to cut the grass a day before construction begins. Short grass will help keep fallen debris from hiding in your lawn, making cleanup faster and more thorough.


Remove antennas or satellite dishes

If you have any antennas or satellite dishes located on or very near your roof, you’ll want to have them removed. Call your cable or satellite provider to make arrangements before roof work begins.


Identify several accessible power outlets

Your roofer will need access to electrical outlets. Exterior outlets are preferred, but if your home does not have any, a garage outlet is the next, best choice. If you don’t have an outlet outside or in a garage, keep in mind that extension cords may need to run through a window or door to get power outside. Extension cords can be a tripping hazard, so choose an outlet in an area that doesn’t get much foot traffic.


Talk to your neighbors

Let your neighbors know about the planned work. Give them an anticipated timeframe for the duration. This will give them an opportunity to adjust their schedules and situations so that they can be most comfortable.


Be aware of your surroundings during construction

Construction at your home can create unexpected obstacles, like extension cords or other construction equipment that isn’t normally there. Stay extra alert during this time to prevent avoidable injuries. Most importantly, remember that construction is temporary.


Ready to replace your roof?

At the end of the day, we want you and your family to stay safe while we replace your roof. When you are ready for a new roof, contact Absolute Exteriors to get a free estimate on a new roof for your home in Ellisville, Chesterfield, Ballwin, and surrounding areas.