Make Holiday Roof Decorating Easy And Safe Using These Tips And Tricks
If you love decorating your roof for holidays throughout the year, there are several things you can do to make the process easier and safer. Consider implementing the following tips and tricks:
Have Professionals Lay the Ground Work
One of the best ways to make holiday roof decorating easy is to have roofing contractors get some basics set up for you. They should start by inspecting the entirety of the roof to ensure that it's safe for you to walk on when you head up there to put up your various decorations. The roof should then be reinforced in areas where you plan to do a lot of walking and in areas where any heavy decorations will be set up for any length of time.
Your roofing contractor can also install tracks, wires, and cables that will help prop up your decorations when it's time to put them up, so all you will have to do is secure them in place. You'll need to sit down with your contractor and lay out where you plan to install each decoration so they can figure out where and how to install the cables and racks for you.
Make sure that every decoration you'll be putting on your roof throughout the year is marked on a map of your roof to ensure that nothing is overlooked and that you and your contractor are both on the same page. Shoot for a spring or fall inspection and setup. The weather tends to be mild during these seasons, which makes it easier for your contractor to work and may save you some money on labor costs.
Create a Custom Storage System in the Garage
To make decorating your roof easy when a holiday comes around, create a custom storage system in the garage or attic where everything will be easy to locate and get ready for installation. Your storage system should eliminate problems, such as light strings getting tangled up and small décor breaking. Line two or three triple-tiered utility shelves against a wall and drill screws through the back legs into the wall, to optimize stability.
Then designate each shelf to a specific holiday and label the shelves accordingly – you'll want to save the bottom shelves for the largest decorations. Next, pack all the small stuff in plastic tubs and label those so you will know what's inside each one without having to open them and then put them on the shelves they are designated to. You can place loose things above and in between the tubs. When a certain holiday comes around, you should be able to go directly to the shelves that are labeled for the season and find everything you need all in one place.
Install Support Tools for Year-Round Use
It's also a good idea to install some support tools for use throughout the year that will help make decorating your roof easy and time efficient. Attach a ladder to the roof of the back of your house that folds up when not in use and quickly folds down when you need it, so you can climb up the roof and down again in a matter of minutes. You can also attach ropes to the roof that can be used to hoist large decor and tools that you'll need to complete your holiday decorating projects. If you have these tools put into place at all times, you'll likely be more motivated to get your projects started, and you should find it easy to make adjustments and repairs throughout each holiday season.
Schedule Yearly Inspections of Your Setup
Scheduling a yearly roof inspection is the most important thing you can do to make sure that your holiday roof decorating projects are always safe and convenient. Yearly inspections will help ensure that every step you take on the roof is always safe and will help keep other family members and friends free of injuries if they help you with your projects. When your roof contractor shows up to initially inspect your roof and to install the cables, wires, and tracks, schedule your first yearly inspection so it's on the calendar and you don't have to think about it for another 12 months.
These tips and tricks are sure to make the process of decorating your residential roof during the holidays easy, quick, convenient, and safe.