This time of year the commute home from work becomes a little brighter. The holiday decorating season is finally here, and homeowners everywhere aim to bring cheer to the exterior of their homes. Hanging lights along your roof and gutters can be daunting, and if not done properly can be dangerous. Here at Baker safety is our number one priority. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission there were 14,700 holiday decorating related emergency room visits last year. Over 40% of these injuries were falls. Most of these injuries can be prevented by planning ahead. First of all, check all the equipment that you plan to use. Be sure your ladder is good condition, and that you have an assistant willing to stand on the ground and hold the ladder steady for you. Secondly, choose lights that are specifically for outdoor use. These lights are less likely to be damaged when the winter weather arrives. Inspect all lights and extension cords for frayed wires, and damaged sockets or connections.
Before climbing the ladder it is a good idea to plan out your design. You can use colored, twinkle, and icicle lights to make the design as fun or as classy as you would like. Once you have a design planned out, gather your materials. We recommend using roof clips to hang your lights without causing any damage to your roof or gutters. These clips come in different varieties depending on the type of lights being used, and the type of roof you have. In order to give you an accurate step by step how to, we asked members of our marketing team to give roof clips a try. Catherine and Alex are by no means roof experts, but were able to quickly and easily install holiday lights on one of our sample shingle roofs. You can see in our “fail” pictures they installed the clips upside down initially but realized their mistake when the clips were not staying in place. Be sure that the curved side of the clip is facing up in the same direction your light is pointing.
- Roof clips can be purchased at your local superstore or hardware store. (Here is the link to the clips we used from Target)
- Once you are safely on your ladder, attach the roof clip to the individual bulb on your strand. Slightly pull apart the open end of the roof clip, and slide the base of the light into the groove. Make sure that when you slide the bulb in, it is pointing in the same direction as the curved side of the clip.
- Now you are ready to attach to your shingle, tile or gutter. For a shingle or tile attachment open the clip, and slide it on the edge of the roof as far as possible. For a gutter, position the clip with the light end at the top and slide onto the gutter lip.
- Use clips to attach as many lights as you would like. You can attach each bulb to keep the lights taut against your roof line, or attach them sporadically for a more draped look.
We hope this guide helps you install your holiday lights in a way that is safe for you, and your home. If you notice any damaged areas of your roof or gutters as you are decorating, give us a call. Although Baker is best known for roofing, we also offer installation of gutters and gutter guards.
We would love to see pictures of your finished holiday light design! Use the hashtag #bakerbuzz to share with us!