Festive times mean it's time for festive decorations, but what about Christmas lights on the roof?
They may look great but all that aside, it is not the best idea in my opinion and here’s why…
Putting staples into asphalt or fiberglass laminate shingles to secure lights is not a good plan. I don’t think I have to tell you shingles don’t work very well with holes in them. Plus, on asphalt or fiberglass shingles the granules that protect the waterproof layer from the sun will get worn off by walking on them. The less anyone walks on a roof, the better.
If you have cedar shingles is not quite as bad with the staples, but it still is not good for your roof. With cedar shingles, as with any roof actually, it’s particularly not good to be walking on them. It’s easy to crack cedar shingles, especially when they are older.
On top of the shingles themselves, there is also another big factor to consider…YOUR SAFETY!
According to a recent CBC report, 5,800 people fall off roofs each year putting up their Christmas lights. A roof is a dangerous place to be at any time of year but with the rain, frost and ice, during winter your roof is even more dangerous.
BOTTOM LINE: I’m all for Christmas lights and getting festive but in order to stay dry and in one piece, keep the lights off your roof and on the tree instead!
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Wayne Jeffreys is a native of Niagara-On-The-Lake and owner of Niagara based roofing company Class Eh Roofing!