It’s that time of year when Kenosha homeowners begin bringing their outdoor holiday decorations up from the basement and begin the rewarding, yet tedious, process of decorating their homes.
Exterior decorations take special care. There is more to it than just throwing some lights at a wall and plugging them in. There are many different kinds of lights and decorations and the creative end project often requires special installation knowledge so it is as safe as it is beautiful. The last thing you want to have happen when you install your decorations is damage your roof or siding. But it can happen if you are not careful.
It is important to keep in mind the extremes in Wisconsin weather. Your installations need to be secure enough to withstand strong winds and water-tight so as not to result in electrical short-circuits. Kenosha has many “Clark Griswold wannabees” – people who try to put the maximum number of lights possible into the smallest square footage. That is fine and can be a lot of fun; but just be sure your installation techniques support whatever you do. Don’t overload fuses or outlets or cords and be sure the light cords themselves are not worn or frayed.
When installing lights or other decorations on your roof, it is vital that you not use nails or screws in a way that might damage the watertight integrity of your roofing system. There are options; be sure to explore and understand the best ways to attach things without creating issues for you come springtime.
The same holds true for your siding. Be sure wreath nails and screws are securely fastened to 2x4s or other boards sufficient to withstand the weight of what you are hanging.
Whether you are decorating one of those beautiful large homes near Downtown Kenosha or are participating in the annual decorating extravaganza on Christmas Lane, it is incumbent on you to install your decorations safely and securely. If you don’t feel your skills are adequate to do the installation yourself, there are local contractors who do this for a living. There is no job too large or too small for many of them.
So to install your decorations safely and securely, be sure to review the following:
- Lights (burned our or loose bulbs)
- Cords (discard frayed or worn cords)
- Outlets (don’t overload too many extension cords)
- Nails/Screws (be sure they are secure and are not going to compromise your roofing or siding)
Dick’s Roof Repair Service wants you to enjoy the holidays and show of your decorations secure in the knowledge that they will not blow off in that next storm or blow out a fuse when it rains or snows. For over 60 years we have been Racine and Kenosha’s number one residential contractor for roofing, siding, gutters, windows and insulation. Call us at 262-654-6644 for all of your roofing and siding needs.