How to Safely Hang Holiday Lights on Your Roof

Christmas decoration

The holidays are upon us! If you’re getting into the spirit of things, you’ve probably thought about putting your holiday decorations up. As roofing professionals, we want to make sure you know how to safely hand holiday lights on your roof this time of year.

Safety and Integrity First!

First and foremost, we never recommend that home or business owners go up onto their roof. There are plenty of risks that come with roof work. As far as holiday lights go, never attempt to do anything if the ground is wet or if snow is visible. Weather creates additional hazards that you may not anticipate!

There’s a common misconception about holiday lights. Many people mistakenly believe that they can staple lights onto their asphalt composite shingles.

Do not do this, as it damages your shingles and can cause leaks!

Supplies You’ll Need:

  • A friend (helper)
  • Roof light clips.
  • Outdoor extension cords.
  • Duct Tape to secure the cords to the ground
  • Sturdy shoes (we recommend work boots or sneakers)

1.) Have a Helper

If conditions are safe and your lights are ready, it’s time to grab a helper. Columbine Roofing knows the value of a spotter, especially if you’re using a step stool or small ladder. Of course, they can tell you how to distribute the lights too, preventing you from hours of extra work!

2.) Roof Clips for Lights

Make things easy on yourself, and grab some roof clips at your local hardware store. On your roof’s edge, attach the clips or hooks to make decorating simple year after year.

To protect your roof, don’t puncture your shingles or tuck clips under the shingles, as these can damage your roof.

3.) Get Creative

Want to awe your kiddos or neighbors? Get creative with how you arrange your lights this year.

A single row of lights along the lower part of your roof is not only classy, but keeps you and your helper safe. You can tie the look together with candles in the understairs windows, or even decorative wreaths.

Now, the question is, will you go with classic white or colorful lights?

Happy Holidays, from Columbine Roofing

The Columbine Roofing team wants to wish you the happiest of holidays. We hope our little guide can help you create a festive space for you, your family, and friends, to celebrate the holidays together.

If you have any roofing question, or need a winter roof repair, reach out to us!