Now is the time of year where many of us are decorating for the holidays, and part of that includes hanging lights on your home and landscaping. As you prepare to show your holiday cheer, we wanted to share some tips for hanging Christmas lights this season.

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Here’s what you need to know when lighting up your home this year.

Safety Always Comes First

Safety is paramount when it comes to decorating, and overlooked details can lead to serious injury. If you’re hanging your lights from your roof or gutters, you’ll need a working ladder that’s tall enough to handle the job. Don’t ever stand on the top of a ladder, or stack it. Borrow or buy a new ladder instead! Check ahead of time to make sure you don’t come into contact with power lines, whether touching your home, trees, or other things you’re decorating. Enlist the help of a friend to spot you from below. Always plug them into a GFCI outlet, which can quickly cut the power if your home experiences an overcurrent. These are inexpensive to have installed, and definitely worth the small investment! And finally, be sure to only use extension cords and lights that are specifically rated to use outdoors.

Check the Lights Ahead of Time

But before you get up on the ladder, take a few minutes to plug in your lights to check them. Taking hours to install them, only to find out they’re malfunctioning, is just a bit heartbreaking! Check the bulbs to make sure they’re operating, and replace any that are broken or burnt out. Next, inspect the wire end to end to check for fraying and exposed metal. If you see either, replace them. A $15 string of lights is far less expensive than injury or loss of life.

Use the Right Tacks

We love duct tape as much as the next person, but it’s not a great way to attach your lights to your roof, gutters, and siding. It might not even last that long, and it could leave a dirty, gooey mess when you take them down. And don’t use metal nails, either. Buy insulated clamps or a product that is specifically designed for hanging the lights.

Plan the Design Ahead of Time

Now that we’ve gotten the safety and other basics out of the way, it’s time to have some fun! Sketch out your plan for the lights before you get to work so you know ahead of time that you have enough lights to go around, and that you’re happy with the design. Pick out a combination of colors and shapes to make it interesting!

Get to Work!

Now that you’re ready as you’ll ever be, the work begins. When you’re up on your ladder, in addition to hanging your lights, check your gutters, siding, and roof, too. Take note of any damage you see so you can have it addressed right away. And if those gutters are stuffed to the brim with leaves and debris, have them cleaned to avoid worse issues down the road.

At Legacy Roof Co., we hope you have a wonderful and meaningful Christmas season. Contact us today!