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How to hang your Christmas Lights
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                EXPERT CONTRIBUTOR                    without damaging your roof

                                               Figure out what kind of plastic clips you   Where to install your lights: gutter or
                                               need                                   shingles?
                                               There are a few di erent types of plastic   There’s no right or wrong answer when it
                                               clips you can use to hang your Christmas   comes to installing lights on your gutters
                                               lights. Some are designed to grip the edge   or shingles – it’s entirely up to you and
                                               of your gutters, while others are made to   your personal preference. Some people
                High Point Windows             clip onto shingles or other types of roo ng   prefer gutters because they’re easier to
                                               material. You’ll want to make sure you get   reach, while others prefer shingles because
        If you’re like most people, you probably   the right type of clip for the job, as using   they believe it looks more aesthetically
        start decorating for Christmas as soon as   the wrong one could result in your lights   pleasing. Ultimately, it’s completely up to
        the Thanksgiving dishes are done. And that   coming down. If you’re not sure what type   you!
        means hanging your Christmas lights! But   of clip to use, ask a store associate or look   Be careful on Your Roof
        if you don’t want to end up calling a roofer   for instructions online.
        to make repairs, there are a few things you   Before you hang lights, clean your   Hanging Christmas lights is a tradition for
        need to know  rst.                     gutters                                many homeowners, but it’s important to
        Don’t use nails or staples             If you want your holiday lights to stay up   be careful when doing so. Roofs can be
                                                                                      slippery, and climbing up to hang lights
        If you’re putting up Christmas lights this   all season, it’s important to take a little   can be dangerous. Use caution when
        year, make sure you don’t use nails or   time to prep your gutters  rst. Clogged   climbing on your roof, and make sure to
        staples to attach them to your roof. This   gutters can cause all sorts of problems,   follow all safety guidelines. Also, be sure to
        can damage your shingles and lead to   from foundation damage to water leaks in   check your lights before hanging them to
        leaks. Instead, use hooks or clips speci cal-  your home. So before you start stringing   ensure they are in good working condi-
        ly designed for hanging lights. This will   up those lights, make sure your gutters are   tion. By taking these precautions, you can
        help keep your roof in good condition and   clean and clear. It’ll save you a lot of   enjoy your holiday season without putting
        avoid any unwanted repairs.            headaches (and money) in the long run.  yourself at risk.
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