If you would like to adorn your garage's shingle rooftop with Christmas decorations this holiday season, it is important to have the roof inspected and repaired prior to placing additional weight on roofing materials. After the roof has been deemed structurally intact, use the tips below to add festive garb that will beautify your property without potentially causing damage to the rooftop or structure that it covers.
Materials You Will Need
- water hose
- scrub brush
- waterproof tarp
- artificial snow spray
- inflatable decorations
- bungee cords
- mylar Christmas tree
- mylar wrapping paper
- waterproof boxes
- waterproof two-sided tape
- strands of colorful lights
- temporary hooks
- outdoor receptacles
Clean The Shingles And Lay A Tarp Across The Rooftop
A tarp will be secured to the garage's rooftop before adding decorations, so it is important to clean the shingles so that the tarp will lay flat on top of them. Use detergent, a water hose, and a scrub brush to treat stained materials.
If substances have deeply darkened portions of some shingles, use a hose that contains a nozzle that is adjusted to a powerful setting to saturate the stains with water for several minutes before cleaning them with detergent. After using water to rinse shingles off, allow time for the roofing materials to dry before draping a waterproof tarp across the garage's rooftop.
Add Faux Snow, Inflatables, And Waterproof Decor
Artificial snow that comes in a can is designed for outdoor use and will not disintegrate or loosen from the tarp after it is applied. Spray a light coating of artificial snow across the tarp's surface. Wait for the faux snow to harden. Purchase small, lightweight decorations that need to be inflated. Before buying the decorations, think about what type of holiday scene you would like to depict and choose decorations that are lightweight.
If you are going to be displaying a standard scene, which consists of carolers, a tree, and presents, purchase decorations that are uniform in size. If you would like to make some homemade decorations to add to the display, use waterproof mylar paper to cover plastic boxes or purchase a mylar tree instead of an inflatable one and add strings of holiday lights to it. After adding each decoration to the rooftop, use strips of double-sided waterproof tape or bungee cords to hold the holiday decorations in place.
Secure Hooks And Install Lighting
Install lighting around the edge of the rooftop by securing temporary hooks to the edges of roof before draping festive strands of lights across them. Temporary hooks have an adhesive backing and will not pull on the rooftop. After installing the lights, plug them into an outdoor electrical receptacle.
Contact local roofing contractors for professional help.