The holidays are here. It's time to start decorating your home. Whether you're going hog-wild, or only planning a few strands of lights, safety should be your number one concern. Before you climb up on your asphalt roofing, here are three tips that will help keep you and your roof safe.
Think Ladder Safety
Before you start hauling boxes of decorations up to the roof, you need to make sure that you're going to have a solid foundation. That begins with the proper ladder. The first thing you need to do is make sure that you're using the right ladder for the job. For instance, if you only have a ladder that reaches 6 feet, but the edge of your roof stands 10 feet high, you're asking for trouble. The top of your ladder should reach the edge of your roof. If it doesn't, you'll need a new ladder.
It's also important that your ladder be firmly planted on the ground. If the soil is soft, place a piece of plywood on the ground and set your ladder on top of that. Finally, if you have a two-story home, you should rent a scaffold from your local equipment rental company, instead of using a ladder. A scaffold will allow you reach the lower edge of your roof, and will provide you with a work area to place your supplies.
Keep it Clean and Dry
Now that you know you have the proper ladder, or scaffold for the job, it's time to make sure that the work area is clean. Your roof should be clean and dry before you begin setting up the decorations. Use a broom to remove any dirt and debris. If your roof is wet, wait until it dries out to begin decorating. A wet roof can lead to slip and fall accidents. It can also lead to electrical hazards, especially if you're going to be plugging your holiday decorations in while you're on the roof.
Avoid the Gutters
When it comes to decorating your roof, you might think that your rain gutters are a good place to start. Unfortunately, that would be incorrect. Using your gutters for decorations could lead to serious roof damage. This is particularly true if the decorations are too heavy for the gutters to hold. Once the gutters pull away from your home, they'll take a portion of your roofing material with them. That means you'll be replacing your roof and your gutters after the holidays. Protect your roof. Keep the decorations
Now that the holidays are here, make sure you take proper safety precautions when decorating your roof. Use the tips provided here to avoid injuring yourself, or damaging your roof.