The holiday season is finally upon us and it’s about time to blow the dust off the Christmas decorations and welcome the season in style. But before you grab your gear and go to work, there are some things you may not know about properly decorating your house, particularly the roof. The roof can be tricky, especially when it comes to safety and decor. So we’ve come up with some helpful tips to ensure that you have the best decorated house in The Villages!

Safety Before Installation

Before you grab the ladder, the first and most important step in decorating your house is safety. It’s important to have an idea or a plan of the design you want to use for your house and where you want to put the decorations. That way, you’ll save time without being on the roof and risking certain injury. Another important tip to keep in mind is the actual ladder you’ll be using. If you’ll only be placing lights around the gutters or the shingles of the roof, a step ladder or multi-purpose ladder should be appropriate. But if you’re going to be spending time on top of the roof, you’ll most likely need an extension ladder. But remember, always, always have someone on the ground keeping the ladder sturdy and to watch out for your overall safety. Here's a ladder guideline from Sherwin-Williams to help you choose the right ladder for the job. [clear]

Installing Your Lights

christmas-lights-installBesides a wreath on the door, the most popular decoration of all time is, quite possible, the christmas lights themselves. To safely and properly install them on your roof, it’s best to use clips that are specifically designed for Christmas lights. You can find these specific clips at any hardware store for quite cheap. Most light clips are designed to work well on gutters and the edge of the roof or shingles more so than the top of the roof. You can find more ways to do this from Rooftop Christmas Decorations. [clear]

Installing Inflatable Decor

christmas-lights-clipA large, air filled Santa Claus on your rooftop is a sure-fire way to grab the attention of the neighbors and passerby. But to get Santa and his sleigh to actually stay on the roof can present complications if not done properly. One way is the use of sandbags or another, sturdy anchoring device to hold the inflatable in place. By using rope or a solid string, you can tie the decor down with the rope attached to an anchor.  Whatever you decide to do, remember to use precaution and never work at night. If you're not sure about how to go about installing something on the roof, better to hold off until you get the proper know-how to save a trip from your local roofing company. [clear]

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