Get to Know Your Roof Warranty

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gallery-copper-roofUnderstanding your roof warranty is an important part of getting the best value and peace of mind for your roof investment. Take the time before the project begins to understand your warranty so you will be able to relax and enjoy your new roof knowing you made a good decision with your purchase.

What is a Roof Warranty?

A roof warranty covers the materials and work done on your roofing project. It isn’t insurance, so it won’t cover, for example, storm damage, but it should make sure that your investment in your new roof means a roof that looks and functions like the sales material promised, and that your roof installation was done correctly.

Different Warranties Depending on Type of Roofing Project

When you have roof work done, the roof warranty on your project will vary depending on the type, size and scope of the project and on which manufacturer provides your roofing materials. In general, a full new roof or a reroof will have a longer warranty for materials and workmanship than a limited repair job that does not replace your entire roof.

Whatever the project, before you settle on a final plan, your roofing contractor should explain your warranty to you so that you understand your protection and have a chance to ask questions.

Here are things you should know about roof warranties:

Roofing Materials: Roofing materials carry a warranty from the manufacturer. These warranties will vary by manufacturer, and generally by type of roofing material. Roofing materials warranties, in general, last from 10-30 years, depending on the type of materials. You will get a copy of this warranty with your roofing contract. The roofing manufacturer may also have more information on their website, such as contact information, forms for a claim and so on. You may also be able to purchase full system warranty coverage that includes most or all of your roof components, or buy “lifetime” coverage for extended protection.

Roof Installation: The contractor should follow the manufacturer’s installation specifications exactly so the product will perform as it was designed. The contractor warranty for a new roof or a replacement roof warranties that the work was carried out properly and without defects.

Because our work is top quality, Prestige is able to offer an exceptional warranty on our work to our residential roof installation clients. Generally, on a full new residential roof, our workmanship will usually be warrantied for a period of 5-10 years, depending on the project. (This warranty period may not apply to partial replacements or roof repairs)

Roof Repairs: Roof repairs can involve everything from replacing a few tiles to repairing a major section of your existing roof. Since the scope of work can vary widely, there’s no one warranty that will apply. It will depend on the individual project. Small projects may have no or a 1 year warranty. Most major repair work, however, would probably be warrantied for a longer period, perhaps 2-5 years. Very small projects, like replacing a few missing or broken tiles, may not carry a warranty.

Commercial Roofs: Commercial roofing projects can span many types, from flat roofing, using materials like PVC, TPO or KEE single ply roofing membranes, to tile, metal or other materials. The manufacturer’s warranty will apply to cover the roof materials. Commercial roof installation warranties generally start around 1-2 years, but as with all roofing installations, the warranty will vary depending on the type of roof.

Common Questions People Have about their Roof Warranty

Warranties can differ widely. You will likely have two warranties, one with your manufacturer and one with your roof installer. It’s good to know the major points of each and ask questions for any special situation you may be facing.

Below are answers to some typical questions we get from our customers.

Will the warranty cover every problem?

Warranties generally cover defects in the materials that cause them to malfunction or to age prematurely. The manufacturer may not cover roofing materials that are damaged, for example, by a tree falling on them. Be sure to understand what the warranty covers and doesn’t cover. Always carry the appropriate level of homeowner’s insurance to protect against the costs of accidental damage.

Are there any reasons my warranty would not be valid?

Roofing materials that were installed incorrectly may not be covered. Protect yourself by choosing a qualified, licensed roofer. A professional roofer always follows the installation requirements of the manufacturer to assure that your roof will perform as designed and your warranty will not be voided by shoddy workmanship. If you live in an area subject to extreme weather events, such as hurricanes, be sure you understand any carve-outs or exceptions the manufacturer may have in their warranty coverage.

Is the contractor warranty the same as the manufacturer warranty?

No, the manufacturer’s warranty will be responsible for defective roofing materials that fail during the warranty period, usually due to design or manufacturing flaws. Your contractor warranties that his work is sound and that the roof was installed correctly. During the warranty period, if your roof does not perform as it should (for example, it develops a leak without any apparent external cause of damage), your contractor should repair your roof under the warranty. If he finds the roof materials at fault, the manufacturer would provide replacement materials at no cost. Call your contractor first for any problems so he can help determine the best resolution for any problems.

What if I sell my home?

Most warranties are transferable to a new owner. Be sure to check with your warranty company for any paperwork requirements. There may be a limit on the number of times a warranty can be transferred.

What is Roof Pitch?


Vintage Las Vegas home restored with CeDUR shake roofing

Roof pitch is the measure of the slant of your roof. It is one of the many important elements of your roof, and there’s good reason to understand its purpose and what it means for the health and safety of the roof over your head.

Not long ago, the local news in Ellisburg, NY reported that a barn roof collapsed and killed some cows during a winter storm. A day later, an elementary school roof collapsed in Montana, but thankfully no injuries were reported. Roof collapse is such a problem in snowy climates that the Massachusetts state government even publishes guidelines on clearing snow in ways that avoid roof collapse. The guidelines mention that “flat and low-pitched roofs — mostly found on industrial buildings but also used in certain home designs — are at the greatest risk of buckling under heavy snow and ice accumulations.” So clearly, roof pitch matters in terms of the integrity of a building and safety. But what is roof pitch, exactly?

Roof Pitch Defined

Roof pitch is one of the most visible aspects of a roof. It’s the measure of the steepness of a roof, or its slope. Roof pitch is expressed as a ratio of the roof’s vertical rise to its horizontal span, or “run.” In the United States, roof pitch is typically measured in inches and expressed as a ratio. The higher the first number (rise) in the ratio, the steeper the roof. The second number is the horizontal area measured, usually measured as a standard 12 inches (one foot of roof). So a roof pitch of 10:12, as seen below, means for every 12 horizontal inches of roof, the roof rises 10 inches. This is a steep slope roof.

graphic representation of roof pitch measuring 10:12 pencil drawing

For the curious or do-it-yourselfers, Wikihow has a good explanation on how to measure the pitch of your roof in easy to follow steps. Just use common ladder and roof safety rules, or, if you have one, you can take the measurements from inside your attic.

drawing of measuring roof pitch with a ruler and a level on a house rooftop

Why is Roof Pitch Important?

sown covered chalet with a steep roof pitch

Roof pitch is mainly intended to allow run-off of rain and snow. Most of the time, areas where higher levels of snow or rainfall are common prefer to build roofs with steeper pitch. Well-built roofs are designed to prevent pooling of water or accumulation of snow, as over time, these can cause roof damage, from mold and leaks to cracks, or even collapse. Many states, particularly northern states where snowfall is a normal occurrence, include minimum pitch levels in their building codes. This insurance carrier gives some general guidelines on calculating safe snow load for homeowners dealing with a surprise heavy snowfall that some areas have experienced in the last few years.

Common Types of Roof Pitch

Picture of the Ridges roofs illustrating different types of roofing and roof pitch

While categories of roof pitch are not strictly defined, typically they may be grouped as follows:

  • Flat – No roof is truly flat, since they are at least slightly angled in order to allow for drainage of water, and thus flat roofs are those that have a pitch (in inches) of only ½ :12 to 1:12.
  • Low-slope – 1:12 to 4:12. Low-slope roofs require special techniques and materials to prevent leaks. Flat and low-slope roofs are easily to walk on, but are much less efficient at allowing the run-off of rain and snow.
  • Medium-slope – 4:12 to 9:12, which are often mathematically reduced and expressed as 1:3 and 3:4. Roofs with pitches of 6:12 are the most common. A nice balance between water and snow run-off and ease of access.
  • Steep-slope – Any pitch above 9:12. These roofs may require extra fasteners, and these steeper roofs are very challenging to walk on.

reclaimed french tile roof with very steep pitch and gables and tile roof fixture in Las Vegas

Many homes are built with a steep pitch because the angled shapes are attractive to the eye. Building a high pitched roof costs a little more as the vertical angle means the roof span is longer and more materials are required to build it.  A high pitch roof may also require more skilled labor to build and maintain. Decorative additions like gables or eaves will add more cost, but these also add to the interest and charm of the roof.

Generally, though, in areas with no more than light snows, a fairly low pitched roof does the job and fits well with popular styles like ranch homes and most homes in the Southwest. Some materials are more appropriate for a low pitch, such as metal or concrete roofing, while tile and shingles, which are layered to shed precipitation, work best on moderate to high pitch roofing.

Of course, climate is a key factor in selecting the roof pitch for your home. If you live in a heavy snow zone, you’ll want a higher pitch roof to protect from snow loads being trapped on your roof. Here in Southern Nevada, while our homes don’t require high slopes, our seasonal and intense monsoon rains justify having enough roof pitch to make sure that water can be shed quickly from your roof. Your roofer can go over all your options if you are re-roofing or designing a new home.

Prestige Roofing Can Answer Your Roofing Questions

Customers in Southern Nevada, Utah and Arizona can rely on Prestige Roofing in North Las Vegas for professional advice and installation of quality roofs. We are not only licensed roofers but TRI (Tile Roofing Institute) Certified Installers as well. Whatever your roofing needs, don’t hesitate to call the professionals at Prestige Roofing.

Should I Clean My Roof?

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Roof Cleaning is a Regular Part of Roof Care

picture of a clean new residential roof

It’s smart thinking to wonder if you’re providing the right care and maintenance for your roof.  After all, it’s the most important barrier between your home and family and the weather. Neglecting your roof can lead to creeping damage that may be expensive to repair and could cause loss of personal property from intrusion of water and mold. Doing at least an annual cleaning and inspection will go a long way to prevent long-term issues with your roof. A clean, well-maintained roof will add years to its life and value to your home.

Cleaning and Inspecting Your Roof

Man repairing rain gutter system on a house

The most common task involved in roof cleaning is removing debris from rain gutters to allow rainwater to flow through the roof drainage system as designed, and help prevent water damage to the exterior and interior of your home. Gutter cleaning is a great time for a general health inspection of your roof. The best times to do an inspection are during spring and fall as the seasons change.

If possible, use a ladder to work on clearing your rain gutters. As you work, carry out a good visual inspection of as much of the roof as you can see. Judge the condition of shingles, downspouts, gutters, and skylights. Take note of any dark stains or discolorations, such as water stains. These are possible signs of water infiltration or areas that may need further inspection and repair.

Here are a few things to include in your spring and fall cleaning and inspection:

  • Clear and test gutters and downspouts. Use a broom, gloves or other light tool to clean out debris from these important systems that direct water away and off your roof. The roof valleys and the roof’s intentional slope are designed to direct rainwater from the roof to the gutter system. When debris accumulates on your rooftop, the entire system is affected. Loose or broken gutters and downspouts need to be repaired so that they do not misdirect rainwater and cause damage to your home.

Broken rain gutter on metal tile roof in need of repairs

  • Trim back trees and bushes. A semi-annual plant trimming will help avoid roof damage and damage to your plants. Cut tree limbs and large bushes back at least 1-2 feet from your house, and keep them far from your rain gutters to reduce clutter. Keep climbing plants off your walls and roof. They can infiltrate drainage systems and hide water damage and rot. Be sure to remove all dead branches from your trees before they become a hazard. If a tree is in poor health, have it removed to avoid it falling on your home during a storm. When in doubt, contact an arborist for an expert opinion.

House with a fallen tree on the damaged roof due to a tornado or hurricane

  • Check for clogged or blocked vents. To be sure your ventilation systems are working properly. Visually inspect roof vents and fixtures, which come in many types and shapes. Don’t forget to inspect flat soffit vents which may be located vertically on the side of the house or horizontally under the eaves of your roof.  If the openings on roof vents are blocked, your roof may be accumulating moisture inside the roof and attic that can result in warping, rotting or moldy eaves, roofing or walls. Left year after year, this accumulated moisture can result in major repair costs or even require reroofing.
  • Look for loose, bent or broken flashing. Flashing is the metal material used to close gaps between roofing components, usually along the ridge of the roof, around the edge of chimneys, vents and other roof fixtures, or along the eaves and gutters. Flashing serves to weatherproof these joints, making your roof fully resistant to wind and water intrusion. Any that are not functioning properly should be repaired to avoid further damage in high winds, rain or other severe weather. Some flashing can be easily secured back in place, but it’s best to have a roofer do the work as misplaced flashing or incorrectly placed nails can result in severe leakage or other problems.

Of course, if your home is two stories (or more), seeing your rooftop from a ladder may not be possible. Or, your home may not even have a gutter system if it was built with slope high enough to drain water away. This is typical in the desert Southwest. If you don’t or can’t regularly work around your roof, build a relationship with a local roofer who will do an affordable annual inspection for you. This could save you thousands in “surprise” repairs down the road.

Things to Remember When Cleaning your Roof

After you remove debris from the gutters, test the system using your water hose (don’t use the hose to clear packed gutters – you may end up just clogging the drainage system). Run the hose across the roof to simulate rain. Check that all the water is flowing into the gutters and that they, and the downspouts, are clear and functioning. There should be no water pooling on top of your roof.

Still dirty? If your roof appears to need more than just a hose-cleaning, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Roofing materials will begin to look weathered over time. Look for areas that appear moist or warped, rather than just aged or weathered. Long-term, localized moisture is your roof’s enemy and should be investigated.
  • If moss, algae or related unattractive stains are a problem, most roofs can be gently cleaned with a biodegradable chemical cleaner to discourage moss growth and help extend the life of asphalt shingles. They can be cleaned by the homeowner using regular household items.  Note that installing copper or zinc flashing can also help to reduce moss and algae as they naturally contain antifungal elements which wash down the roof and protect it from these growths. Algae stains are common in humid parts of the country but not common in the Southwest.
  • Some roofing materials may have a manufacturer’s clause regarding regular cleaning or maintenance. Keep your warranty effective by following their guidelines.
  • Modern roofing materials, such as CeDUR shake roofing, are available and offer improved durability, weather-resistance and longer life. Many newer materials are resistant to mold, mildew, moss and algae. Metal roofing, for example, has a long life, needs little maintenance and naturally resists the growth of mold, moss and algae. Be sure to ask about maintenance and durability of your roofing materials whenever you select a new or replacement roof.

CeDUR roofing modern fire resistant shake roof newly installed

  • In hot, dry climates like Las Vegas, sun and wind can do a lot of damage over the years. If you have an asphalt roof, look for dried, cracked, warped or bent shingles and have those replaced. Asphalt roofs last 15-25 years in the desert and damage will worsen over time as the roof ages. Tile and metal roofing are highly durable choices for the desert, but it’s still a good idea to carry out a visual inspection in case other problems crop up, such as damage caused by falling tree branches or high winds.
  • It’s important to remember that roof work is dangerous and work that requires climbing onto the roof should only be attempted with the right safety equipment and with knowledge of how to avoid damaging your roof, as even roof inspectors know. The best solution to roof care is to partner with a professional roofing service that provides scheduled inspections and regular maintenance programs to help you protect your investment.

Avoid Pressure Washing your Roof

Some companies offer to pressure wash your roof, promising to make it look new.  Unfortunately, pressure washing may cause a lot of damage, particularly to roofs like asphalt or tile where components can easily be pushed out of place by the strong spray. Spraying pressurized water from the edge of the roof line (against the lay of the roof tiles) can cause uplifting or force water underneath the tiles. Pressure washing will simply cost you more money in the long run, with potential damage to the roof’s substructure.

If you roof needs washing, hire a company that will use a biodegradable cleaning solution (you don’t want dangerous chemical damage to your plants or have it wash into the sewer system) with regular water pressure only.

Prestige Roofing Takes Care of All Kinds of Roofs

As a longtime quality roofer in Las Vegas, Prestige Roofing also provides roof cleaning, inspection, repair and maintenance services for all types of roofs. If you would like more information on caring for your roof or to schedule a free estimate on any of our services, give us a call or contact us.

Your Roof is Key to Energy Efficiency


Saving Energy and your Roof

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, more than half of the average American homeowner’s utility bill goes to pay for heating and cooling. If you live in Las Vegas like we do, you know how big that energy bill can get during very hot or very cold months. The good news is that there are a number of ways that you can make your home more energy efficient, and more comfortable. Your roof is one important part of that solution.

Whether you’re concerned that your home is actively losing hot or cool air through your roof, or you just want to make sure your roof is helping to keep your energy costs down, here are some steps you can take to make your roof as energy efficient as possible.

Assessing Your Roof’s Health

An important step in optimizing the energy efficiency of your roof is to make sure it is free of problems. It’s important to make stainless steel exhaust fan on roofregular checks of your roof, inside and outside the house, for signs of holes, leaks, mold or other damage that may be allowing energy to escape or creating other problems like contributing to asthma or allergies. A high utility bill may be your first sign you have a problem, or you may notices drafts, uneven temperatures from room to room, dry air in winter or a layer of dust in the rooms directly below your attic.

From outside, you may observe broken tiles or missing shingles, or see loose metal flashing around seams, fixtures or chimneys. You may notice signs of storm damage, such as damage from fallen branches or loose shingles due to high winds. You may have ice dams blocking your gutters in winter which can cause long-term damage as well.

Inside your home, check ceilings for stains from leaks in the roof. Visit your attic and identify gaps or holes that allow light or where you feel drafts or excess heat entering the room. Signs that your roof has mold or leaks are often visible to the naked eye. Water stains, discoloration and peeling or cracked paint may appear on your ceiling or walls. Many homeowners have a physical reaction to mold; if you find yourself experiencing symptoms such as itchy skin, a runny nose or watery eyes without any other obvious cause, mold from moisture getting into your roof may be to blame.

Checking for Adequate Attic Insulation

Clean work checking the energy efficiency of their house by measuring the thickness of fiberglass insulation in the atticOccasionally, signs like high utility bills, drafts or uneven temperatures throughout your home can be due to inadequate insulation in your attic. Performing a quick check of your insulation levels is easy. Take a look across your attic; if you can see your attic’s floor joists, your insulation is probably inadequate. Adding more insulation may help you save on your heating and cooling costs.

Roof Repair Options

If you discover that your roof does have holes, leaks, mold or other damage, or you find that your insulation is insufficient, you have the option of repairing your roof yourself. However, for all but the most experienced do-it-yourselfers, roof repairs are difficult. Attempting to repair a roof problem without the right knowledge and safety equipment can result in more damage that may be costlier in the long run. Hiring a professional roofer to carry out your repair may cost you money up front, but the savings on future repairs and on your utility bill can be substantial.  At Prestige Roofing, we offer a no-obligation free quote on fixing any roof problem.

To see for yourself how energy efficient your home is now, check how your home’s current energy use measures up and explore your potential energy savings.

Roof Replacement Options

Older homes, remodeled homes or homes built with inadequate roofing may require a roof replacement. If your home does Roofing trouble - damage to shingles that needs repairneed a complete roof replacement, choosing an energy-saving roofing material can help lower your utility bills even further. Homeowners who are truly serious about minimizing their home energy use related to heating and cooling may want to consider some of the newer “cool roof” technologies. Cool roofs are designed to absorb less heat and reflect more sunlight than a traditional roof and to minimize the need for air conditioning. They are particularly well-suited to hot climates like Las Vegas. Cool roofs can be made out of a range of materials, including light-colored and highly reflective paint, reflective shingles, tiles or solar paneling. “Green” roofs, or roofs finished with plants and grass, are an innovative type of cool roof that are particularly popular in warm, urban environments.

Installing Solar on your Roof

Solar energy is a growing part of the energy efficiency movement, offering an alternative source of energy to homeowners. Many homeowners choose this option where it is available, and it can result in both energy and cost savings over the long term. Solar panels can be safely installed on most types of roofs, including shingles, tile and metal roofs. Whether it’s a practical choice for your roof depends more on factors such as the angle and orientation of the roof to the sun and how much tree cover surrounds the home. However, before any solar installation, and especially if your roof is older or has sustained damage from weather, falling branches or other problems, be sure to have your professional roofer inspect your roof before the panels are installed. This gives you a chance to find problems that might otherwise be hidden and get worse after the panels are in place, making the repairs more difficult and more costly.

In the near future, expect to see more solar roofing options, including roofs made of solar tiles that look and act like regular roof tiles but that are actually solar cells that use the span of your roof to directly and efficiently provide energy to your home. Energy efficiency improvements will be a big part of the exciting future of roofs and roofing materials.

Save Energy with Tile or Metal Roofing

Whether made with reflective tiles or with more traditional tiles of concrete or clay, tile roofs are an effective option for reducing your energy bill. When properly installed, a tile roof lowers the amount of heat that is transmitted through the roof to the attic by almost 50 percent, according to the Oak Ridge National Laboratories. Tile is a durable insulator, preventing both cool and hot air from escaping your home.

Energy efficiency through copper roofing on new home in Henderson, NVMetal roofing is another quality roofing option that can provide homeowners with a significant savings on heating and cooling costs. Many homeowners are surprised to find that metal roofs help keep homes cooler during hot, sunny months, but in fact roofs made of metals such as copper and zinc are highly reflective and can save up to 40 percent on cooling costs during the summer. Moreover, metal roofs that are treated with reflective pigments can also re-emit as much as 90 percent of your home’s absorbed solar radiation for further energy savings. Metal roofs are exceptionally durable and add beauty and value to your home, even as you enjoy the energy efficiency savings they provide.

Ask a Las Vegas Professional Roofer

If you want your home to be more energy efficient, consider the important role your roof plays in keeping your energy costs under control. A simple roof inspection may turn up problems that can be easily repaired and start saving you money right away.  If you would like us to take a look at your roof or have any questions on how to make your roof more energy efficient, give Prestige Roofing a call today.


How to Hang Holiday Lights on Your Roof


home decorated with Christmas lights on the roof and yard decorationsThe holidays are rapidly approaching and you may be thinking about your holiday light decor. Installing holiday lights and decorations to light up your home for all to enjoy is becoming more popular than ever.  Whole neighborhoods are lighting up with outdoor lights, from yard displays, to festooned trees, to lights all over the house exterior. Hanging those lights and decorations correctly is important for safety and to make sure the decorations hold up through any sort of winter weather or other holiday outdoor activities, like kids playing in the yard or snow shoveling.

After all, you don’t want this to happen to you, or your roof:


Prestige Roofing is happy to bring you some tips about holiday lights on your roof, so you don’t end up with a repair bill right before the holidays.

A Word about Roof Safety

Before you start any roof lighting project, always put safety first. No matter what your plan, it’s important to have a buddy on hand while you work – your partner or spouse, a trustworthy teenager,

a man at the top of a ladder adjusting the strands of exterior Christmas lights he is hanging on his house

friend or neighbor – to assist you. They can manage your tools and hand you supplies and decorations.  They can help you use the ladder safely by holding it in place. And, of course, if you do pull a “Griswald”, they are there to call for emergency help.

When mounting your ladder, you want to make sure it’s on level ground, securely in place. Have your helper spot you while you’re on the latter by holding the ladder to steady it.

Unless you are decorating the chimney or the ridge at the top of your roof, you should not need to walk on your roof,  which can be very dangerous and needs some knowledge as well as safety equipment. Great displays are ones people see from the street level, so it’s not really necessary to go above the eave line to have a beautifully decorated roof.

Any advice we give you here is just our opinion, of course, and we can’t take responsibility for your safety. If you do have to step on any portion of the roof surface, or even just in general for working from a ladder, where sturdy gym shoes that have a good grip and are easy on the roof surface. Our best advice, though, is, if you’re not used to working on a roof or ladder, and don’t have the proper safety equipment, hire an experienced, insured professional to install your roof decorations for you. You will get to supervise from the ground and focus on getting the design effect you’re looking for.

Check your Holiday Lights and Equipment

Christmas light strands on the eves of a homeAnother part of best safety practices with lights is to make sure that your strands are in good working order and that you have enough of them to cover the area you plan to illuminate. Of course, check and make sure they are all rated for outdoor use.

Draw up a plan to scale and add up the footage of holiday lights you have on hand. Lay the strands of lights out in your home a few days before you plan to install them. Look for any frayed wires that could be a fire hazard. Now’s a good time to replace broken or missing strands or bulbs. Promptly get rid of any strands that aren’t up to par, it’s not worth the risk.

Protect your Roof with Proper Installation of Holiday Lights

Before installing your lights on the roof, be sure to stock  up on plastic clips or hooks on hand for attaching the lights to the eaves or gutters. Unlike nails or metal hooks, plastic is less likely to damage the roof. Make sure you have outdoor extension cords where you need them. You can attach the light fountain and christmas lit house including lights defining driveway.strands to shingles, eaves or gutters.  Don’t hang anything heavy along with the lights as this can damage your roof components. If you find extremely loose gutters or fixtures, get them repaired before hanging lights on them, as they may further loosen or fall down during harsh winter weather, taking all the decorations with them.

Don’t use nails that will put holes in your roof. Structural integrity of the roof is vital because little holes can eventually lead to bigger holes and allow moisture to seep into the roof. Plastic lighting clips are a simple purchase and are very inexpensive. Most hardware stores carry these clips around their lighting and tree displays. You can also use plastic zip ties which will not harm your roof fixtures.  If you plan to put heavy displays on the roof (Santa and 8 reindeer?) be sure they are secured with something that doesn’t pierce the roof (such as storm-rated sandbags) so they don’t fall down and damage the roof (or a passerby) in a high wind.

Be Creative with your Holiday Roof Decorations

Now that the serious stuff is out of the way, it’s time to have a little fun with your lights. Holiday light displays are more creative than ever, and there are many great ways to show your holiday spirit and even join the neighborhood competition. You can outline your roof with lights, and also add lights to windows, doors, porches, even trees and bushes (just keep far from any power lines). You may want that clean white lights-only look that really gives a pretty sparkle to your home. Or choose varied colors for a fun look, blinking or not blinking. Here are examples of the kinds of lights available as explained by DIY expert Bob Vila. To really make your decorations stand out, you can add music, oversized tree ornaments, or even animated lawn characters. Just don’t get too carried away!

After the Holidays

Have fun with your holiday decorations and enjoy them for as long as you (and the neighbors) want. Santa Claus in the chimney and sack of gifts on the roof with Christmas lightsOnce the holidays are over, make sure you are just as careful taking them down as you were putting them up. Don’t pull or yank on the strands to avoid damage to the components they are attached to. Don’t rush. Remove heavy items slowly and carefully to avoid accidents.

While you’re doing all this, if you do find any roof damage like  loose gutters, broken tiles, holes, leaks or other roof problems, give Prestige Roofing a call. Catching roof problems early can save you lots of money down the road and get your roof ready for next year’s (even bigger!) display.  Happy Holidays from the entire Prestige Roofing family.