How to Properly Hang Holiday Lights on Your Gutters
Even when your gutters are properly protected with the Gutter Helmet® system, you can still cause some damage by improperly hanging holiday lights. The beauty of Christmas lights twinkling outside your home means that millions of homeowners every year decide to take the time to add lights. If you've attempted this mode of décor in the past, you know that it can be challenging to work around your gutter protection system and hang the lights in a way that will stay put through the holidays without causing damage to your roof or your Gutter Helmet® system. Fortunately, we've got some tips that will keep your holidays bright (and your gutters clean)!
Create a Plan
Before you start stringing light strands together and grabbing your ladder, it's important to have a final design in mind for your outdoor lighting. A quick paper sketch of your home's roofline allows you to plan an approximate number of light strands needed and how to handle the power needs. This will keep you from finding yourself at the end of your home without enough lights — which can cause a frustrating quick trip to the store for extras. Also, check the overall wattage on the strings of lights and gauge where you'll need to have additional outlets or extension cords available. Look for strings of lights that can be easily connected, and be sure connections are in a place you can easily reach with a ladder if you need to make a quick change. Safety first!
Depending on your attachment method, many light strands can be secured to the shingles instead of to the gutters — saving your Gutter Helmet® from being twisted and potentially damaged due to the added weight of the lights. An all-in-one clip with a C9 (larger size) bulb provides a great look that is easily visible from the street in most conditions. Traditional shingle clips allow you to string the wire through the hanger portion, stand the lights on end and easily follow your roofline for a clean look. Determine whether you want your lights to be above your gutters or hanging down below. While above provides a more clean look, a heavy snowfall could potentially hide bright lights from view. Hanging bulbs straight down to the ground works well with gutter guards and also allows snow to fall off of the lights so you'll see your festive decorations easily even during heavy snow seasons.
Don't forget, it is best practice to never lean ladders against Gutter Helmet® products — call a profession for help! Improperly hanging lights from your gutters can cause a variety of issues, such as gutters that fill up with leaves and other debris due to damaged gutter guards. When you're using the Gutter Helmet® system and need assistance, give Wayne Overhead Door Sales & Home Improvement a call at 937-885-4545. Our friendly professionals will help you determine the best way to hang your lights, or give you a hand with this time-intensive process!