With the holidays coming up, you might be wondering how best to hang up your holiday lights and decorations. Hanging Christmas lights on roofs with gutter guards can be a challenge because they can prevent certain kinds of light clips from properly attaching to your gutters. Rest easy, there are solutions.
The Right Clip Makes All the Difference
Gutter guards have a slit that is designed to let water runoff flow through which is about 3/8 of an inch wide. If the fastening portion of the clip can fit through the slit and hold to the front edge of the gutter, then your holiday lights can hang nicely. If you’d rather not mess with the slits, you can alternatively use adhesive light clips that sick directly to the front surface of your gutter. They are moisture resistant and strong enough to hold your lights in place without interfering with the flow of water runoff. They also can be installed in less time than traditional clips.
Attaching Lights to Shingles Instead of Gutters
If your gutter helmet is installed beneath your shingles, then most traditional shingle clips can be used by sliding the tab underneath the bottom shingle and then feeding the wire through the hanger. This will enable lights to be strung across the roofline. The one drawback to hanging lights like this is that if there is a heavy snowfall, your lights might be hidden from view.
Whichever way you choose to hang the lights, it is important to test all your strands of lights ahead of time to ensure that all the bulbs work. Once you’ve done that, plan and map out how you’re going to lay out the design of your lights. Measure the route for the lights to ensure you have enough strands before you start installing them and be mindful of where your electrical outlet to plug them all in is when drawing up your plan. Keep in mind that using shorter strands of lights makes it easier to identify and more cost effective to replace if they quit working.
Ask for help!
If you are unsure of what kind of clips work best with your gutters, don’t hesitate to contact Everest Siding And Windows for advice. We want you to be able to enjoy your holiday lights without worrying about damage to your gutter system. For more information about installing holiday lights, give us a call today.