How To Hang Christmas Lights Without Damaging Gutters

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As the cold season approaches, people around the world begin their seasonal decorating. Christmas lights are specifically in demand, and we know why. Putting up Christmas lights can improve the feel and look of your home, making your property more festive just in time for the season. Transforming your home for the holiday seasons doesn’t have to be complicated. Below are tips you don’t want to miss when hanging your Christmas lights. 

Inspect Entire Roof System

Before pulling out Christmas boxes and decorating your home, ensure that your roof system is prepared for the event. Give your gutters a quick inspection, looking to see if there is anything clogging them and check that they are securely attached. Make sure that everything in your entire gutter system is in the best condition.

Try your lights first.

Next, try your holiday lights before climbing on your roof to hang them. Many homeowners overlook this essential step. Test your lights on the ground and see if they work. Depending on the Christmas lights you own, you might find one bulb isn’t working anymore. When handling this issue, you should fix this specific bulb, or it will be noticeable once hung on your gutter. You don’t want to only see this problem after doing all the work. 

Try to Avoid Using Nails and Staples

Usually, homeowners use staple guns or nails to hang their Christmas lights. However, nailing your lights into the shingles isn’t advisable since you create holes that allow moisture or water to enter. This can create severe damages to your gutter over time, not to mention the mold and mildew growth.

man installing christmas light on gutter

Use Adhesive Light Clips

You can hang your lights without the presence of a 3/8-inch slit or a gutter guard. You can make use of light clips with an adhesive backing that you can directly attach to the surface of your gutter. These clips are moisture-resistant and can hold your lights adequately. Also, they will not interfere with runoff water which usually flows into the gutters through the slit.

Clear Out Leaves from Gutters Beforehand

Clearing out leaves is one step that most homeowners overlook when installing Christmas lights. Your lights can get warm and can create a fire hazard if they touch leaves around your gutters. As a precautionary tip, we suggest that you clear out leaves before hanging your Christmas lights. You don’t want to create a fire hazard after doing all your work of decorating your home.

Limit Walking on Your Roof

Minimizing the time you spend walking all over your roof will increase your roof’s lifespan. When hanging Christmas lights, we suggest you hang them from a ladder and stay off the roof. Walking on your roof can be risky, so it’s best to hire a professional to hang them in an area where walking on the roof is needed. If you choose to hang your lights on your own, be sure to walk slowly and wear soft shoes. Also, avoid walking on the roof in the heat of the day.


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May you find these tips helpful. If you need assistance on hanging your Christmas lights without compromising the health of your gutters, call us at South Shore Roofing Pros. Our experts can give you tips on how you can take good care of your South Shore roof. If you need roofer experts in the South Shore area, you’ve come to the right team! We take roofing to the next level with our passion and attention to detail. We do not just build a roof above your head but also protection for you and your loved ones. Our friendly representatives are ready to assist you any time of the day. 

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