We can finally say it: Christmas is just around the corner! Yes, it’s time to get the decorations out – and this means Christmas trees, fairy lights, ‘Santa Stop Here’ signs and inflatable Father Christmases hanging from the roof. If Jim Carrey’s The Grinch has taught us anything, it’s that having the best outdoor Christmas lights is a big deal. In fact, in a suburb of Bristol, one family home’s £10,000 Christmas light display (consisting of 50,000 lights) attracts hundreds of people each year. The best lights mean the biggest Christmas spirit to some.
The roof is a popular spot for Christmas decorations – whether you’re balancing Santa’s sleigh and his reindeer on the ridge, sticking him upside down in your chimney stack, or suspending pretty LED fairy lights from the guttering. Now, as long as you take care when hanging your decorations, and are conscious of the condition of your roof, then there’s no reason why you should not hang Christmas decorations from your guttering. Here are some tips to help ensure your Christmas lights are the talk of the town.
Check your guttering before you start
We know that doing safety checks can dull the excitement of hanging your Christmas decorations, but it could save you a lot of stress (and money) in the long run. Before you attach anything to your roof, check that your guttering is in good condition (i.e. it’s not cracked, leaking, blocked or coming away from the fascia). To spare the magic, you can always do this step while the kids are at school or, better yet, hire a roofing expert to give your roof the once-over. That way, you can all enjoy the lights with peace of mind.
Choose light-weight decorations
Your gutters are strong, but they’re not designed to bear much weight. Just keep this in mind when you’re choosing your decorations: light-weight options that disperse the weight evenly along the guttering (e.g. icicle lights) are best. In terms of attachments, it is advisable to purchase detachable gutter hooks, or decorations that simply clip onto the guttering, as this will stop the system from moving away from the house and becoming unstable.
Don’t put pressure on your roof
We always advise people to NOT repair their own roof as this is a real safety risk so when it comes to hanging festive decorations on your guttering (or anywhere on your roofline) the advice is still the same, please be extra careful as you could cause serious damage to not just your roof but yourself too.
When you’re excited about hanging your Christmas decorations, you might be tempted to try your luck and cut a few corners. This is not advisable, and can end up costing money for repairs (or, in the worst case, causing an accident). If you have a flat roof, for example, you should not climb out onto it in order to hang your decorations. If you’re using a ladder, then take the time to find a suitable spot to rest it against – one that’s not going to put pressure on your guttering, downpipe or roofing tiles. Make sure someone’s with you, and be safe!
Here at South Thames Roofing, our experts can ensure your roof is in perfect condition for some festive fun. If you live in Surrey or South London, contact us today to find out more.