Creative Roofs: A Guide to Decorating Your Roof This Christmas

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The festive season is upon us and most of us are keen to get into the Christmas spirit by decorating our houses with brightly colored lights and other decorations only available at this time of the year. Have you considered decorating your roof? If so, what do you put on your roof and how do you secure the decorations?

 

First things first

 

Firstly, it is important to make sure whether you can walk over your roof without falling through into the house below. Not only will this make a big hole in your roof, but you could be injured rather badly in the process. Allied to this, what type of roof do you have - a flat roof or a peaked roof? The type of roof you have will play a huge role in how you can decorate your roof; consequently, it is best to consult with your roofers in order to find out what size and type of decorations you can install on your roof as well as whether, and where, you can walk on your roof.

 

Buy or make Christmas decorations

 

The next point to consider is whether to involve everyone in your family in making the Christmas decorations for your roof, or whether to just go out and buy suitable decorations. My honest opinion is that it is better to buy the raw materials required to make the decorations you want to put up on your roof and involve your family in making everything together. Much fun has been had and many relationships have been restored through the simple acts of making Christmas decorations instead of buying them. It is quicker and easier to buy the decorations from the shop; however, it seems to defeat the object of Christmas.

 

What raw materials do I need?

 

The first thing you need to do is to decide how you want to decorate your roof. What do you want to put on your roof? If you want to make a large snowman, Santa Claus and his reindeer, or any other large decoration, you need to buy strong, yet bendable wire in order to make the wire frame. If you use wire that is too thin and soft, the frame will fold up into itself and the shape will not be visible at all. In fact, it will just look like a squashed mess on your roof.

 

The next thing you need to buy is multiple strings of small Christmas lights, additional electrical cabling, and a wall plug so you can plug the lights into a power socket. If you are experienced in working with solar power and batteries, and you live in the Southern Hemisphere, you can hook your Christmas lights to a battery which is charged by solar panels during the hot, sunny, summer days. Not only are you being creative, but you are also saving energy on top of it all.

 

Putting it all together

 

 

Once you have purchased all the raw materials, it's time to gather your family around you and start constructing the Christmas ornaments you have planned to build. You can give everyone in your family, from the oldest to the youngest member, a small task. This, in my experience, is the part where my family has the most fun. Once you have finished constructing the Christmas ornaments for your roof, it's time to put them up, switch the lights on, and enjoy the view. 

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