Once October starts, it’s pretty common for property owners to adorn their sidewalks, lawns, and front porches of their homes or business with various scary figures and props, but how about adding some spookiness onto your roof as well? Before placing any decorations up on the roof, you should make sure that it’s totally prepared because you won’t want any decorations to cause damage to your roof. If you haven’t had your roof inspected in a while, now’s a great time to call Centennial Roofing.
Below are some tips for decorating your roof for Halloween:
1. Get Assistance When Necessary
There are types of decorations that will be easy for you to install yourself, but when a particular spooky prop or haunting figure calls for a two-person setup, make sure to have a helping hand nearby. It’s much safer to take the time to get some help, rather than to think you can do it all on your own, and have an accident happen.
2. Inspect All Extension Cords and Lights
If you are including lights and extension cords in your Halloween decorations, they should all be thoroughly inspected before installation. Frayed wiring could easily set fire to your roof shingles, or they could damage the rest of your decorations from a shock or short in the wires. Make sure all lights are functioning correctly before installing them, so you won’t have to climb back up on the roof later.
3. Teamwork is Best
Decorating a rooftop is a two-person job, because one person will be doing most of the installation, while the other serves as a ground spotter, to make sure the ladder remains steady. If an accident should occur, having that second person around will be priceless in terms of getting quick help on the scene.
4. Use a Sturdy Ladder
Don’t risk it by using an old, rickety ladder, because your safety is at stake. Any ladder that you use for Halloween decorations on your roof will need to be at least three feet above the rooftop itself, so you can safely transfer from the ladder to the roof. You should always have a spotter at the base of the ladder to keep it steady while you’re using it.
5. Check For Roof DamageWhile you’re on top of the roof, you should check for any damage to the shingles, as well as any noticeable discoloration. This will often mean that shingles have been damaged by leakage or by normal wear and tear. If any areas on the roof look suspicious, avoid stepping on them, and have them repaired by a trusted roofing contractor as soon as possible. If you see any other signs of damage, contact us and get the issue resolved before it worsens.