Now that the cold weather has finally lifted, those homeowners that have yet to take down their holiday lights can get busy getting it done. Whether you've put it off because the weather has just been too bad to take them down or because you weren't sure how to take your lights down without damaging your roof, it's time to get to it. Here, you'll learn a few tips that can help you get those lights off of your roof, tips for installing them next year, and even a few tidbits on how to store your lights to make next year's installation easier.
Remove the Lights
If the lights have been stapled to the roof, you're going to be spending some time carefully removing each staple as you remove the lights. If you were to grab one end of the lights and give it a good tug, yes, the lights would come off, but you'd cause some serious damage to the shingles that they're stapled to.
You will need to use needle-nose pliers to remove each staple. It will be a time-consuming project, but well worth the time considering how much you'd have to spend to replace all of the shingles and all of the work that would go into replacing them.
This was probably a hard lesson for you to learn. Don't use staples to hang your holiday lights! Next year, pick up a few packs of gutter clips. These clips snap on to the edges of your gutters and hang the lights. When the lights are ready to come down, they quickly unsnap from the clips, and the clips can be removed from the gutters—no damage to worry about whatsoever.
Store the Lights
How you store the lights this year will have a significant impact on how easily they go up next year. If you wrap the lights up carefully, you'll save yourself the hassle of having to detangle the wires and find the bulbs that have been broken.
Get a wrapping paper tube and cut a small slit into one end of it. Slide the end of the cord into the slot and wrap the lights around the tube. Continue wrapping the cord around the tube until you've come to the end. Now, tape the end of the light strand to keep it from unraveling. Wrap a few sheets of newspaper around the lights and put them in storage.
This will help to protect your roof from damage when you remove the lights and make things much easier for you next holiday season. For additional advice on how to avoid damaging your roof when removing holiday lights, contact a company like Melton Industries LLC.