One of the most fun parts of the holiday season is the decoration. We all love seeing the colorful lights hanging off the houses in our neighborhoods, and it’s a great way to get into the holiday spirit! However, hanging lights off the roof can be a little tricky, and it’s always a good idea to be careful. Here are a few tips on how to give your roof a holiday makeover without damaging your Gutter Guards or putting yourself at risk.
The first thing you should do before setting up your lights is to take some measurements of your house. You may even want to make a sketch of your roof so you can plan where you want the lights to go. If you have horizontal eaves on your house, you should be able to just measure around the outside of the building to get a rough idea of your roof’s dimensions. However, if you have peaked eaves, you may need to use a ladder and measure for yourself.
Once you have your plans and sketches all worked out, you’ll want to gather your supplies. If you already have some lights, you should count the bulbs to see how many clips you’re going to need. Generally, you’ll want one clip per bulb, unless you want sections of the lights to be hanging down more. If you’re attaching your lights to the gutters, you should find gutter clips to keep them in place. There are many different clips for holiday lights, so make sure you find the right one.
Once you have all the lights and clips you need, you can get on a ladder and start attaching them. Put a clip on each bulb before you get up to the roof, so you don’t have to fumble around up there. Starting at the side of the gutter closest to the outlet you’re using, clip the bulbs to the edge. Try to keep the string as taut as possible, so it doesn’t sag. When you reach the end of the gutter, let the remaining lights run down the side of the house. You can cover the unused outlet with electrical tape to protect it from the elements. Repeat this on all sides of the house that you want the lights on, and soon you’ll have a set-up that will put Clark Griswold to shame!