As the colder temperatures and shorter days set in, the darkness of the winter begins to take over. While the lack of daylight and extra sun can be a bit of a bummer, holiday decorations and bright lights around your home can be a good contrast against the dark evenings (seriously, 4:30 in the “afternoon” is just too early for it to be getting dark outside). So, as is customary for millions of Americans, this is the time of year where festive lights go up on the roof and around the yard. As more than just a way to fight against seasonal depression, holiday lights are a fun and cheery way to wrap up the calendar year and welcome the crisp yet chilling air of a new year.
Staying Safe And Festive During This Holiday Season
As wonderful as holiday lights are, safely hanging them can present problems. If you’re more of a “do-it-yourselfer” and you’d rather not hire a company just to hang your lights (it’s on your Saturday to-do list, after all), the Queens roofing repair experts here at Superior Touch Roofing & Contracting Inc. salute you. In the interest of our reader’s safety, we’re going to cover some safety tips and general holiday light hanging tips to make sure that you’re not spending a good chunk of your December in the hospital. If you’ve been trying to find the right residential roofing company in Queens that does roof repair for an affordable price, look no further than us.
You Don’t Have To Compete With Your Neighbors
If your long-time neighbor down the block has a reputation for being “the house” to check out during a holiday light cruise, let them enjoy their dazzling display. Any lights are better than none, and it is perfectly fine to start out small and put up just a few strands of lights around the lower parts of your roof or even your trees or bushes. A modest display is much better than falling off the roof Chevy Chase or Tim Allen-style.
Use The Right Type Of Lights
Don’t use your old strand of lights that you hang up in the living room every year on your roof. You should only be using lights that are specifically designed for outdoor use. Also, make sure that you’re only using lights with the UL (Underwriters Laboratories) label.
Check For Burnt Out Lights Before You Hang Them
“Before” is the keyword, here. Burnt out lights can actually drain the power from the entire light strand, making the other bulbs grow dimmer as the holidays approach. Test light strings and replace any burnt out lights before they’re up on the roof because we’re quite confident that, once they’re up there, you won’t want to remove them until it’s January. Well, that’s assuming that you actually remove your lights once the holidays are over (a surprising number of Americans tend to keep their holiday lights up year around).
Use A Quality, Sturdy Ladder
Unless your life is the perpetual plot of a slapstick comedy, don’t use a faulty ladder to get on the roof. As roof repair experts ourselves, we’re very familiar with the importance of a good ladder. Get a spotter or a holiday helper to keep the base of the ladder steady as you hang lights on your roof or a tall tree. This way, you’ll stay safe and you’ll also be able to reach branches easily without worrying about stabilizing yourself. If you’re attaching lights to branches, tree clips or twist ties tend to work pretty well and don’t snap due to the wind.
Get Creative And Add Multiple Dimensions To Your Display
If you’re not a holiday light novice, then chances are that you’ve amassed an impressive display of holiday lights at this point. Though the roof and tall trees are the main focal point of holiday lights for your home, ground and stake lighting can help take your dazzling display to the next level. Multicolored lights are a nice touch to outline sidewalks, paths, and driveways. If you have a fence in your front yard or even your backyard, dressing your fence with a strand of LED lights is also a great way to go. With these things in mind, your passive-aggressive annual lighting competition with your neighbor should go smoothly.
Don’t Push Your Circuits Too Hard
Holiday lights are dazzling, fun and inherently bright. However, the last thing you want to do is overload your circuits, causing your bulbs to short and turning your neighborhood light show into a sad, dark yard. Include no more than 1,400 watts on a circuit, maximum. If other lights in your house dim when you turn on your holiday lights, then you’ve overloaded the circuit.
Make Sure The Lights Are Securely Attached
Do you really want broken pieces of lights on your driveway or a gust of wind to send a strand of lights flying straight into your neighbor’s windshield? Of course not. If your light clips are old or broken, invest the small amount of money in new, sturdy clips or another light hanging system that is sure to hold down your strand of lights. After spending so long hanging your lights, you don’t want to spend more time worrying about them.
Happy Holidays From Your Queens Roof Repair Experts
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