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Avoid Roof Damage this Holiday Season By Hanging Your Twinkle Lights Just Right

Try these tips from Tennessee Roofing and Construction to avoid roof damage while you hang your holiday light display.

‘Tis the season for twinkling lights and glowing reindeer roof displays. While feeling merry and bright (pun intended) this time of year, many of us get the seasonal urge to bust out the holiday boxes brimming with tangled lights just waiting to be unraveled and tested. But before you get carried away, let’s explore some important steps and tips that should precede your holiday light installation. It’s important to be extremely careful to keep both you and your rooftop safe this holiday season. Check out some tips below from your local Chattanooga roofing professionals at Tennessee Roofing and Construction, and get to decorating!

1– The more prep work you do, the safer you’ll be on your roof.

We generally recommend leaving the rooftop maneuvers to the pros, but if you’re in your feels this holiday season and just have to decorate, make sure you plan ahead. Detangle Christmas lights and have a game plan in place before you climb the ladder, minimizing any time spent on your roof, and thereby decreasing the risk of injury

2– Only use extension cords intended for outdoor use.

Outdoor cords boast rugged covers made from rubber, plastic or vinyl. They are much more durable than regular extension cords. Using indoor extension cords outside can lead to overheating and even roof damage, as well as other potential issues. You also want to double check the function of each string of lights, especially if you plan to invest a lot of time hanging lights for a holiday display Buddy the Elf would be proud of!

3– Test bulbs before you do the rooftop grunt work!

It may seem like obvious advice, but we all know how sometimes the holiday spirit can inspire folks to jump the gun. Take time to check all strands of twinkle lights to make sure you’re in working order before you hang to your heart’s content. Just be mindful while hanging your holiday lights that you don’t cause any roof damage in the way you adhere decorations to your home. And that brings us to the next tip…

When hanging holiday lights on your home, use light clips from the hardware store rather than staple guns or the like, which can cause roof damage on your Chattanooga home.

4– Use Light Clips to Hang Decor on Roof and Home Exterior

The safest, most efficient way to hang your holiday light display at home is to use light clips found at your local hardware store. These clips come in many varieties and are designed for easy install and removal, plus they’re affordable and professionally recommended to minimize damage to your Chattanooga roof. Other methods for hanging lights and decorations, like nails or staples, might seem like the faster, easier option; however they can cause real damage to your roof. All those little holes and punctures can lead to leaks and water damage that will only be compounded with time. Take it from us– never follow Clark Griswold’s example for hanging your holiday lights! Be smart about it.

Tips For Holiday Light Removal

When it’s time to put away the holiday cheer until next year, be sure to carefully remove the lights and their clips, instead of pulling. If the lights and decorations aren’t properly taken down, it can cause major damage to your roof or property. When storing your decorations, eliminate the headache of untangling them all again next year by wrapping each strand around a sturdy piece of cardboard or large power cord holder, or by organizing them with plastic zip ties.

We hope these tips are useful, and help you protect your property from the need of roof repairs. We want to wish you all a safe and happy holiday season. As always, never hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns to your favorite Chattanooga roofing company, Tennessee Roofing & Construction. We’re always happy to assist you with your roof repair needs!

All Hail Springtime

Roof Hail DamageIt’s that time of year again – springtime! As the weather warms up, those gentle spring showers can turn into severe thunderstorms. You know the expression, April showers bring May flowers… well they can also bring hail damage (as many of us experienced this week). If you have damage to your property, fencing, windows, or vehicle, you likely also have roof damage. So, what should you do next?

Three Things to Do After a Hail Storm

Do: Note the time and date of the storm. If filed, your insurance claims manager will ask for details, such as when the loss occurred for the insurance claim report.

Do: After the storm, grab a camera and walk around the property to take photos. Document the hail stones covering the yard, sidewalk and patios. Also, photograph hailstones next to a measuring tape to assess the potential damage to the roof and shingles.

Do: Inspect the roof. Look for obvious signs of roof damage, such as missing or torn shingles, and leaks. Also check inside the attic for any signs of a leak.

 Schedule a Hail Damage Roof Inspection

If your roof is leaking, call your insurance agent immediately! Even if your roof isn’t leaking, there still could be substantial hail damage that could cause a leak over time, if not repaired.

Before calling your insurance agency, call Tennessee Roofing to inspect your roof for potential hail damage as quickly as possible. During the inspection, our qualified roofing contractor will thoroughly assess your roof for an insurance claim if necessary, depending on the severity of the damage.

If there is evidence of hail damage, Tennessee Roofing can indicate if filing an insurance claim is warranted, and the likelihood of a claim being approved.

File an Insurance Claim for Roof Hail Damage

1. Locate your homeowner’s insurance policy, and make a note of your policy number and deductible.
2. Organize records and documentation. This should include your insurance policy number, time and date of loss, hail size (if measured), all photos, videos, list of damaged items.
3. Call your homeowner’s insurance claim number and provide the necessary information, as requested.
4. Finally, you will be given a claim number, then assigned an insurance claims examiner and adjuster to make an official roof inspection and prepare a repair estimate.