Holiday Do’s and Don’ts

During the holidays, the more lights and decorations on a home, the more memorable and awe-worthy it is. But what most homeowners don’t realize is that these decorations can actually compromise the integrity of their home and roof if not installed correctly. However, you don’t have to let the fear of harming your home make you miss out on the holiday fun; Gulf Western Roofing is here to offer a few tips to help you deck the halls without causing damage.

I’m sure many of us have seen the movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and laughed along at the snowball of problems that Clark Griswold faces. Today Clark will be our shining example of what not to do when decorating your home for the holidays.

 

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DON’T use staples or nails to hang holiday lights.

Doing so will pierce through the surface of the roof, thus exposing your roof to the elements. Instead, purchase plastic clips, which are easy to use and allow you to secure your holiday lights without causing damages to your roof. For instructions, be sure to check out our how-to video.

 

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DO test your lights and electrical decorations before installing.

Before stringing your entire house with what you hope will be a beautiful spectacle of lights, it is always a good idea to test the strings. This will not only allow you to see that they are working, but it will also ensure that they are safe to use. Check not only the lights, but also the light sockets, cords, and plugs. To further help avoid a fire, shock or other dangers, be sure the lights have the UL label, which means the lights have been tested and meet strict safety requirements.

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DON’T overload your circuits.

It’s a good idea to limit the number of lights you use for your holiday display. Believe us when we say it is possible to create a dazzling display without blowing a fuse and causing other potential damages. For starters, try replacing your incandescent lights with energy-efficient LED lights.

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DO secure your ladder to the house or roof.

Ladders can be very tricky, which is why it is always a good idea to make sure they are secure before climbing them and trying to balance while hanging holiday decorations. Avoid hanging lights on parts of your roof that are dangerous or difficult to reach. And if you’re uncomfortable with the idea of being on a ladder, avoid doing so all together. Consider enlisting help from someone with more experience and confidence on a ladder

This holiday season, don’t be a Clark Griswold. At Gulf Western Roofing, we are eager to answer any questions you may have. Mike Wheatley, our State Operations Manager, has over 40 years of experience in the construction industry and has been serving the residential and commercial roofing industry in the State of Florida for the past 25 years. Let us put that expertise to work for you.

What to Do When Your Roof Leaks

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Imagine waking up on any normal weekday and starting your morning routine. Just then, you see it- a puddle of water in the middle of the hallway. You start going through the checks, not wanting to admit that your roof may be leaking. “The dog? Spilt water?” But then, a drop of water falls from the ceiling and lands right in the center of this puddle.

First things first, don’t panic. In times like this, it is best to keep a clear head and walk through the following steps once a roof leak has been discovered:

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Minimize the Damage. Immediately do what you can to protect the interior of your house. Mop up the existing puddle and then find a large bucket or container to place under the dripping water. Any furniture or electronic equipment surrounding the area of the leak should be moved away or covered with plastic.

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Beware of Bubbles. If the leak has begun to pool in the ceiling, it will create a bubble or bulge. It is best to release the built up pressure before it bring your entire ceiling down. Use the tip of a screwdriver or a knife to puncture the bubble and allow the water to drain out.

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Find the Source. Many leaks come from the following areas:

    • Where roof covering is damaged or missing
    • Where flashing around chimneys, vents, or other protrusions is corroded or pulled up
    • Where nails have come loose and left behind holes
    • Clogged gutters

For safety reasons, Gulf Western Roofing does not recommend that any homeowner attempt to get on their roof themselves. However, you can try to do an inspection from the ground to see if any damages are clearly visible. Having this information will be helpful when you call in a professional. If you believe that your gutters are clogged, we’ve created a how-to article for cleaning them, which can be found here.

Keep in mind that your roof may not always be the source of a leak. Damaged internal pipes have a tendency to cause leaks as well. An honest and trained professional roofer like Gulf Western Roofing will be able to tell exactly what the source of your leak is.

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Call in the Professionals. Before attempting to fix any roof leaks yourself please stop and read this article to learn why DIY is not good for your roof. As stated before, Gulf Western Roofing will be able to verify the exact cause of the leak. We will then take the necessary steps to handle it properly, giving you the peace of mind that your roof was repaired correctly.

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When you see or hear the telltale drip of water from your ceiling, don’t panic. Call on the experience of Gulf Western Roofing for your Florida roof repair. We are locally owned and operated, serving our customers with integrity since 1999!

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