December is finally here, and everybody knows what that means. The holidays have arrived and there will be no shortage of lights this season. Hanging holiday lights have been part of a tradition dating to the past hundred years or so, and the practice of decorating houses with colorful lights is still in style even today.

For many, the season to give well-thought-out gifts to loved ones and watch beautiful blinking lights with hot cocoa or some eggnog is one of the happiest times in their lives. However, some people take holiday decorating a step further and get extra competitive with their neighbors, even when there is no reason to or the neighbors don’t even know there is a competition.

Having roof lights is the ultimate in complexity and beauty since everybody within the area can see it when they step onto your street. Trying to have the best roof lights in the county is a multi-step process and takes a lot of effort and commitment on the part of the decorator. But what this sometimes does is damage the roof and cause injuries, especially when the decorators make a misstep. And to avoid these slip-ups, here are some things you should remember when decorating your roof with holiday lights.

Always think about safety first

We are taught from childhood that we should always consider our safety first. Wise words, and words that still come in play even when we are adults. When trying to hang lights on your roof, you will be in an elevated and often precarious position with nothing between you and the ground except for several feet of air (and how many depends on the height of the roof). The best thing to do is always have a helper. Hanging lights is not a job meant for just one person. The more helpers the better since there will be more hands to help steady a shaky ladder.

If there’s no one to help you, you can secure the ladder by using a bungee cord or any rope to tie it a stable object, like a tree. And you always have to make sure that the ladder is resting on flat ground.

Everything should be prepared beforehand

You will need a good plan before you take up the hammer and strike the nails (so to speak) to hang your lights on. A plan prevents accidents by laying out your tasks and materials beforehand. You will also have the opportunity to test out your lights before you hang it, making sure that everything is working before the big reveal.

Take steps to protect your roof

Your roof will be subject to a lot of potentially harmful situations when decorating starts. So here are a few don’ts so you don’t end up with a damaged roof.

  • Avoid using hammers and nails. They can cause irreparable damage to your roof and gutter.
  • Use materials that will not cause roof damage like plastic clips.
  • Never step on shingles, tiles and other roofing materials. All it takes is one misstep to dislodge a tile or shingle, which will cause more complications like leaking and falling debris.

The holidays are the times when you should be relaxing and not worrying about anything. We are here to help you stop worrying about roofing concerns. For all roofing matters, contact the professionals at Watertite Company Inc, the top Natick roofer for the past several years. Check out our contact and other information at and see what we can do for you.