The holiday season is here, whether you are ready or not. Lights and holiday films are iconic parts of the season, especially Christmas Vacation. Please keep your safety and your roof’s well-being in mind while you’re decorating this year. Don’t be like Clark Griswold. If you’re unfamiliar with this unsafe method of hanging lights, Clark uses, he decorates alone, balances on an unstable ladder, uses a staple gun, almost gets electrocuted and falls off his roof. While this has certainly made for great holiday entertainment over the years, there are much safer ways to hang lights on your roof.
For the integrity of your roofing system, do not use staples or nails. Staples and nails can damage your shingles and/or void your roof’s warranty. Additionally, they may lead to leaks in the future. Light clips are the best way to ensure both your roof and your lights remain undamaged during your holiday decorating this year. These clips are designed to clip on to your shingles or gutters. To purchase these clips, check your local home improvement store in their holiday section. Clips in this post can be found online or in stores at Lowe’s and come in packs of 100.
Fluttering at night? Noises in your attic? Feeling like you’re not alone in your home? You may not be.
While we’re not referring to ghosts or goblins, we’re alluding to a much worse horror story in the making: BATS. Cute as they are, guano can cause damage to your roof. Guano, or bat droppings, look like mice droppings, however bats deposit in piles, which may lead to mold and fungus growth, with potential for wood rot in your roof or attic. Bats are extremely beneficial to the environment, but they can carry diseases and additional pests that are harmful to humans. Keep an eye on possible entry points such as dormers, vents, ridge caps, or gaps in fascia and roof trim; if you notice dark staining near these areas, bats may be the culprit. If you suspect these (or any other) critters in your dwelling, you may consider contacting @trianglepestinc to have them safely removed.
Roof Shingle Types
Asphalt roofing shingles are available in two primary forms: three-tab and dimensional.
- Three-tab asphalt shingles are a linear, traditional style that is rapidly declining in popularity and gradually disappearing altogether.
- Dimensional roofing shingles are preferred by today’s discerning homeowners. These laminated shingles come in a wide variety of colors, styles and profiles, each designed to fit a range of looks and budgets.
High-end dimensional roofing shingles can mimic the designer look of natural slate tiles or genuine cedar shakes without their associated expense or maintenance worries. In areas where local fire codes prohibit the use of wood shakes, these Class A, Fire- Resistance-rated dimensional shingles can help you achieve the look of real wood.
Asphalt shingles are less expensive than other types of roofing materials, which explains their popularity. Asphalt operates as a sealant that waterproofs the ceiling of your home. Due to the solidity of asphalt, it also increases the strength of the shingle itself. The length of time you can expect the shingles to perform will depend on your climate, installation, and a variety of other factors. Note that asphalt shingle warranties vary considerably from one manufacturer to another. Many companies offer limited lifetime warranties and assorted pro-rated periods.