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If you haven’t put your Halloween decorations up yet, you need to hurry to get them in place. It’s pretty common for homeowners to adorn their sidewalks, lawns, and porches with various scary figures and props, but how about adding some spookiness onto your roof as well? Before putting anything up on the roof, you should make sure that it’s totally prepared for that because you won’t want any decorations to cause damage to your roof. If you haven’t had your roof inspected in a while, HomeGuard can help.

1. Get Assistance When Necessary

There are some decorations that you can easily manage installing yourself, but when a particular prop or figure calls for a two-person setup, make sure to have some help nearby. It’s much better to take the time to get some help, rather than to think you can do it all on your own, and have an accident happen.

2. Check All Extension Cords and Lights

If you are including lights and extension cords in your Halloween decorations, they should all be checked before installation. If there are any frayed wires on your extension cords, it’s possible that they could trigger a flame on the shingles of your roof. Any short in the wiring could also trigger a fire and cause extensive damage to the roofing system. Make sure all lights are functioning correctly before installing them, so you won’t have to climb back up on the roof later.

3. Teamwork is Best

Decorating a rooftop is a two-person job, because one person will be doing most of the installation, while the other serves as a ground spotter, to make sure the ladder remains steady. If an accident should occur, having that second person around will be priceless in terms of getting quick help on the scene.

4. Use a Sturdy Ladder

Don’t risk it by using an old, rickety ladder, because your safety is at stake. Any ladder that you use for Halloween decorations on your roof will need to be at least three feet above the rooftop itself, so you can safely transfer from the ladder to the roof. You should always have a spotter at the base of the ladder to keep it steady while you’re using it.

5. Check For Roof Damage

While you’re on top of the roof, you should check for any damage to the shingles, as well as any noticeable discoloration. This will often mean that shingles have been damaged by leakage or by normal wear and tear. If any areas on the roof look suspicious, avoid stepping on them, and have them repaired as soon as possible. If you see any other signs of damage, contact us and get the issue resolved before it worsens.