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What to Know About Holiday Lighting from Your Denver Roofing Contractor


December 19, 2018

The start of the holiday season brings with it family, tradition, and a furious race to get all of your shopping done before your holiday get togethers commence. The holidays can be one part joy and another part headache, leading to feelings of being overwhelmed and stressed if you don’t take the necessary precautions and plans required by these events. One big activity that many people engage in as a way to celebrate the holiday season is to hang Christmas/holiday lights on their property to showcase how dedicated they are to the seasonal celebration. With that in mind, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind from your Denver roofing contractor.

Don’t Overdo it Your First Time


Taking on a decoration project can inspire individuals to go all-out, having their simple lights decorations develop into a massive endeavor. While it would certainly be great to pull off something of this magnitude, it’s recommended to keep your first season’s holiday light display to something that is manageable. It’s tempting to create the most ambitious, memorable and dazzling display on the block, but you’re likely to get burned out in the process.

Instead of attempting to create a lights display that will end up in unnecessary hassle and stress, start small with your display. Choose to hang lights in just one tree or along your front gutter as opposed to trying to decorate every possible corner of your property. These kinds of displays that you’ll see around neighborhoods tend to be put up by professional companies with the equipment and skilled labor necessary to complete the task.

Safety is the Top Priority


If you’re putting up your season’s display of lights and you end up having to reach over a specific corner or difficult-to-reach spot on your roof just to complete the display, you may put yourself in a dangerous position. Whenever you are accessing high points on your home, such as hanging lights on your roof or along your gutters, you should also put safety at the forefront of everything you do.

A top-notch holiday lights display doesn’t need to involve any amount of unnecessary risks to you or your family. No amount of extravagant lights display is worth getting seriously injured over, as you won’t be able to enjoy your work if you are in the hospital or become incapacitated for a serious length of time. Always make it a priority to practice the best safety protocols when you are hanging your lights and never take a chance just to up your holiday lights display game.

Check Your Lights


The key component of a holiday lights display is obviously the lights themselves, and you’re going to want to make sure that your lights are up to the task of making your home especially festive for the season. Check to see if your lights are designed for outdoor usage, as you certainly don’t want to spend hours hanging your display only to discover that your lights are not capable of withstanding the conditions of the outdoors. Check to see if your lights have the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) label, which will let you know that they are meant to be used outside. 

Another thing to keep in mind is the type of lights you will be hanging. Oftentimes, lights will get stuffed back into the same box and appear to be the same type of light, only to have a person realize that many of the lights are blinking or various different color types. This is important to know because you don’t want to have a display that is out of order or looks scattered and disorganized in terms of the design. When it comes to wowing your neighbors, you will certainly want to have a solid idea of what your lights do and where you want to place them to avoid looking silly.

Think About Your Design


Prior to getting started on decorating your property, consider the way in which you will be hanging your lights up and where you want to prioritize to make sure you have a successful lighting display. Taking the time to hang lights in an area where no passersby are going to be able to easily see your display is certainly not worth your time, as an excellent display is only worth as much as the amount of people who are able to view it. Think about what you want to prioritize in terms of your design prior to getting started to make the process smooth and smart. It’s also important to consider your electrical system, as you certainly don’t want to overdo the system and blow a circuit. 

If you are wanting to add dimension to your lighting display, you may want to consider using ground and stake lighting designs for extra amounts of oomph. If you have a driveway or specific pathway towards your front door, you may want to consider creating a lights display which welcomes guests into your home. Tree lighting displays may also be on your list of things to decorate, in which case it is recommended to start from the bottom and work your way up, as you can begin at the trunk and create a spiral as you ascend the tree. Try to avoid not overdoing it in regards to brightness, as too much bright lights can overload your sensory view. 

If you are in need of roofing services for your home or office, avoid doing it yourself and hire professional and competent contractors to get the job done. In this area, The Roof Dr. has you covered. We offer both residential and commercial roofing options for whatever your situation may be. We are a Colorado owned and operated business, and have been building roofs in the Denver metro area since 1971. Our team of qualified and experienced professionals are there to ensure the job is done as efficiently and affordably as possible. If you are need of a roofing repair or replacement, or you simply have questions about our services, contact us today!