Quick Tips: Gutter Covers and Christmas Lights

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It’s almost Christmas and it’s time to get your home decorated. Gutter covers and Christmas lights cause a lot of concern for homeowners. What are you to do if you can’t string lights from your gutters because you can’t find anything to attach them to anymore?

Not to worry! Our high-quality gutter guards and heated gutter guards not only protect your home but also provide several places to string lights for the holidays.

Here are two of the best locations for hanging your Christmas lights this winter that won’t involve putting holes in or changing your gutter covers in any way.

Gutter Covers and Christmas Lights – Hang Here, Not There

Gutter Covers Christmas Lights

Here you’ll find a standard Christmas light clip attached to the roof shingle. The strand of lights, chosen to match the gutter covers, is then attached.

1. Your Roof Shingles. Many Christmas light clips can be attached to the last row of your roof shingles rather than to your gutters. If you have gutter covers installed, the shingle edge should be easy to locate and you wont have to disturb your shingles dramatically to install the clips. You’ll just have to make sure your shingles don’t drop into your gutters. Frankly, this would be important to discover since long shingles can wick water onto your roof like drinking through a soda straw if the shingles touch a gutter clogged with water and debris. Poor-quality gutter guards from other manufacturers actually create a shelf on or in your gutters. It’s not uncommon for debris to get trapped here, and if your shingles touch wet debris, water will wick from wet debris into the dry shingle.

If you string lights off your shingles, take care that you protect any location where you have to connect one strand to another from getting too wet. If you hang your lights from your shingles, they wind up covered with snow and will have to deal with any rainwater flowing down your roof.

2. Your Fascia Board. Your gutters are most-often hung from a fascia board, at least if you live east of the Rockies. In many instances, a little of the fascia board will show below the gutters. Attach Christmas light hooks here and you’ll get a straight run across the bottom of your gutters. While you might think this is a little too low, consider the fact that you’ll be looking at your holiday lighting in the dark and your eye will rarely notice the difference. Live west of the Rockies? Then use the bottom of your rafter tails, they’re commonly exposed behind your fascia gutters. If you use the equivalent of a cup hook to hang your lights, they’ll extend below the bottom of the gutter.

Lastly, make sure you follow any manufacturer instructions associated with your choice of lights and take proper precautions climbing your ladder. Gutter covers and Christmas lights don’t need to prevent you from making your house literally glow with holiday cheer.

 

A Few More Tips on How to Hang Christmas Lights with Christmas Light Clips

  • Don’t wait until it starts to snow to hang Christmas lights. If you wait until after November to figure out how to hang Christmas lights and you live in the north, it may be too late.
    This is because you never want to try to get Christmas light clips to stay on when it is freezing out and may also be sleeting or snowing. You may damage your gutters, or at the very least do a poor job because it is too cold outside.
  • Organize yourself before you go outside. The biggest hassle most people experience when they go to hang lights is to wait until they get out in the front yard to untangle them and see if they work.
  • It is better to start organizing early and find out what light strings are working and which Christmas light clips are still useable in early November. Then you can purchase what you need and schedule the first warm day to hang them.
  • Always examine the lights before you plug them in. If there are faulty-looking or frayed wires, do not plug them in to test them! Throw them out and buy replacements.
  • If you have never hung Christmas lights on the outside of your house before, do some measuring, so you buy enough lights and Christmas light clips.
  • Remember to buy extra lights and clips. There will always be some damaged lights and you will break or lose some clips. Plus, if some lights go out and need to be replaced, they may be out of your brand/style and you may not be able to get any more.
  • When you shop for lights and Christmas light clips, make sure to buy shorter strings of lights. If any lights burn out while they are up, they will be easier to replace. Make sure to have enough clips so that you can secure the light string to the house about every twelve inches. Any less and you will be looking at lights that can come down in heavy winds.
  • Never use too many nails or screws as a way of how to hang Christmas lights. You want your house to look nice for the holidays, but you want it to look just as good in the summertime.
  • If you are not using that many lights, or are hanging mini-lights, adhesive Christmas light clips may do the trick. These are Christmas light clips with adhesive on the back that will stick to any clean surface. They are quick and easy to use, are removable, and don’t require as much planning as their more heavy-duty counterparts.

 

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