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How to Hang Christmas Lights on Roof Peaks and Ridges: 5 Easy Tips

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Hanging Christmas lights is one of the worst or best parts of the holidays, depending on who you ask. For homeowners, a special dread is reserved for those deep peaks and valleys in your roof. Hanging lights there can be a drag, but it doesn’t have to be. So, what are some tips to make the process easier?

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How to Hang Christmas Lights on Roof Peaks and Ridges

1. Plan It Out

Before you get out there all gung-ho, it’s time to get out the measuring tape. Not only will you need to account for the length of your roof, but also for how far each peak in your roof is.

Be very careful if you get up on the ladder during this part, and have a helper steady the ladder while you take measurements. You’ll need to purchase enough lights for the entire length you measure, plus have a long enough extension cord. Lastly, plan your job for a day when it’s not too wet.

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2. Safety First

This is a complex and even dangerous job to undertake yourself, so it’s crucial that you have all the proper safety gear. You’ll need non-slip shoes, a safety harness, a belt tool bag, and preferably, a helper. This job requires a lot of time on the ladder, so your helper will be instrumental in making sure you remain stable while you work.

Finally, always check your ladder for stability before you go up. The last thing anyone wants is a swaying ladder! Put the base of your ladder out 4 feet from your house for every foot you’re climbing up.

3. Start Slowly

Start at the area closest to your ladder, methodically working your way in one direction. Use ridge clips to firmly attach each light, being careful not to damage your roofing as you go. The clip should be close to the roof so it doesn’t sway in the wind. Each ridge clip has a spot for the bulb—either snap or screw it in, depending on your bulbs.

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4. There’s No Shame in Hiring a Pro

Hiring a professional to hang your lights isn’t a big deal. Some houses are just way more complex than others, calling for special help to illuminate during the holidays. If it’s extremely wet outside, it becomes a matter of safety. Nobody wants an accident because it was slippery out this winter, so consider skipping the hassle this year. You can always torture yourself with the job next year.

5. Be Careful With Decorations

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Lots of heavy decorations can damage your shingles, so try limiting your decor to a few smaller items. Use bungee cords or insulated roof clips to attach decorations, but only where they won’t cause damage.

If an area isn’t totally secure, unhook it and look for another area. Roof damage from antics like this is common. Mounting putty is another viable choice for fixing any mistakes, but be sure to press softly when adhering it to the shingles.

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Christmas decorating is a sacred pastime, but hanging lights on complex roof peaks can be dangerous. Always use a helper when you attempt the task, definitely wear a safety harness, and don’t be afraid to hire help if you get overwhelmed with your Christmas lighting.

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