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How to Hang Christmas Lights on the Roof



Rather than whip out your nails or a staple gun, you can turn to clamps specifically designed for hanging holiday lights. There are various clips available to allow you to hang your Christmas lights without damaging the roof or side of the house. Both clips and strong-duty magnet hooks also work to hang Christmas lights from metal sides, so consider those, too. Another option that works well on most metal roofing is using heavy duty magnetic hooks to keep a string of lights in place.

You can use individual clips attached on the back of each light, or hooks to string the lights across your metal roof cladding. All you need to do is position a clamp along your roof line or your metal eaves, then string your lights along the area you want them. You can bust out your general-purpose clips and start stringing icicle-style Christmas lights down your homes gutters. Christmas light clips can slide down your gutters, and you can suspend lights there, or you can attach them right to the roof.

You can use the light clips to hang lights safely over the gutter, which, many people are unaware of, is the best, most efficient way to hang lights from the outside of your roof. Generally, clip-on lights are your best bet if you are hanging lights from the shingles or gutters. If you do not have gutters, you can use a general-purpose lighting clip to hang lights on shingles instead -- just turn the clips.

When you are ready to secure holiday lights on the roofline, use the all-purpose light clip, or a clip specific for the particular roof area, which we mentioned before. Christmas lights for your Louisville home can be installed at any point along the roofline, but there are specific light clips for every kind of surface. Rather than using staples or nails, you can use clips that are made especially for mounting lights on your gutters or shingles.

For mounting lights on window trims and similar vertical surfaces, use string light clips, or glue-on plastic or nails-on string light clips. For vertical spaces such as windows, columns, or sides of a home, adhesive clips exist to stick to surfaces and let you suspend lights vertically on the sides of the structure. For front porches, try plastic zip-ties, or wider plastic clips made especially for hanging lights and garlands off of a stock deck railing.

For lighting up along the gutters or on your roof, use plastic clips made specifically for this task: These grab onto shingles or eaves, and have a lower hook to hold your lighting wires or an extension cord. My recommendation for metal roofs, or even metal gutters, is specially made magnetic light clips. Speaking of trees, rather than wrapping the light strings around the individual branches, buy the tree clips that will keep your lights (and your sanity) secure. You can purchase these Christmas light clips in C7-size or C9-size, so you will still have some flexibility on what kind of lights you can have hanging in your house.

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