When You Take Down Your Holiday Lights, Check Your Roof!

Checking the integrity of your roof is crucial for your home’s safety. If you have chosen to hang some holiday lights this year, why not check your roof too!? You can use this handy 5-step checklist as a guide and ensure your roof while you are taking down your lights this year.

If you see any of these issues, or have any concern about your roof, fill out the form at the bottom of this checklist. We will be happy to speak with you and schedule any necessary appointments. Whether you have solar or not, the American Solar & Roofing team are here for you and your roofing needs! If your home does have solar, keep in mind we would be able to first Remove your solar panels, complete any required roofing work and then Re-install your solar system. 

Now let’s get started with this quick checklist! 

#1 Do you see debris on your roof?

First, go outside and walk around the perimeter of your home. You can do this while you prep to take your lights down! Do you see any leaves or debris sitting on your roof? This debris can build dams creating areas for water to sit and cause damage to your roof.

#2 Do you see any cracked or missing tiles?

If you have a tile roof take a minute to check if you see any tiles cracked or missing. This is a perfect time to check, while you’re taking down your lights. If you do have any cracks or missing tiles, this is allowing rain to directly infiltrate your underlayment. This is huge and is putting your roof at it’s most vulnerable to getting a roof leak. Remember, a tile roof in Arizona is not meant to last forever.


#3 Do you see any damaged shingles?

Use this step if you have a shingle roof. While you’re taking down your holiday lights, check the quality of your shingles. Do you see any significant granule loss, flipping of edges or missing shingles? If you notice your shingles are shiny this could be a sign of damage as well.

#4 Do you see damaged or cracked wood?


As you are finishing up your lights and heading back inside, take a moment to look at the edges (or eaves) and underside of your roof. If you see water stained or cracking wood, that’s a sign that you need a roof inspection.

#5 Do you see ceiling stains or leaks?

As you head back inside, check your home’s ceiling. If you see any discoloration, cracks or bubbling, that can be a sign that water is pooling on your roof and could be causing serious damage.

Now it’s time to celebrate because your holiday lights are down and you have inspected your roof! (Why is it always more fun decorating for the holidays, not so much taking them down?) Remember to utilize this checklist whenever you feel necessary throughout the year. If your roof passed the checklist, you’re roof is probably safe! Remember, the average lifespan of a roof in Arizona is anywhere for 15-25 years. If you have any concerns, or your roof did not pass any of the 5 steps, please fill out this form or give us a call for an inspection.



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