Hanging lights on the exterior of your home is one of the most treasured holiday traditions for many families. People who have been decking the roof for years probably already have a tried and true method for hanging their holiday lights, but if you’re new to the exterior lighting game, you could probably use a few pointers!
Below is a step-by-step guide for hanging holiday lightsbrought to you by a Phoenix roofing service. Not only is there some valuable advice about protecting your roof, but we’ve also included a few steps that will save you a lot of time and money!
- First, we recommend that you get started well before the holiday season arrives. You can buy or unpack the lights you plan to use and make sure they all work any time of year. You can also measure the area you plan to cover and make sure you’ll have enough. Installing hooks and other hardware is also easier before it gets cold and wet outside. There’s no reason to wait until the last minute, when everything has a way of going wrong!
- When it comes to actually hanging the lights, you’ll want to know you have enough to cover the entire area before you get started. Measuring your roof, eaves, and doorways that you plan to adorn with lights should be the first thing you do. You can head to the store or order online to have all your supplies ready before you get started. You can buy online anytime, and stores typically start putting out holiday decorations in October or early November, so you should have a better selection if you shop early anyway.
- Test your lights before you get started. This seems like an obvious step, but many frustrated homeowners have wished that someone had reminded them! You can sometimes repair a strand by finding and replacing a broken bulb. Other times, you may have to scrap the whole strand and head back to the store once more. You can do it the old fashioned way, by plugging each strand in to a power source, or you can buy a light tester that can be used for years to come.
- Choose your attachment method. We all know how Clark Griswold did it – stapling the lights directly to the shingles – but that’s really not the best way, if you can believe that! Many companies make inexpensive plastic clips that are designed specifically for attaching lights to your roof eaves or gutters. Do your research when deciding which type of clip will work best for your roof. You’ll also need to make sure that the male and female ends of the strands are going to match up with your power source or extension cord.
When you’re done, stand back and admire the beautiful work that turns your home into a winter wonderland! If all this seems a like a little too much, remember that there are also professional teams that install holiday lights for residential customers and then take them down again, eliminating all the worry and stress!