If you’re one of the many, many people who are looking to get into the festive spirit as soon as possible, you’re probably already planning this year’s decorations. Erecting and embellishing a Christmas tree is pretty standard and doesn’t require much preparation, but what about hanging lights outside your home?
While the lights make a fantastic addition to your property during the Christmas holidays, it’s important to keep in mind that they don’t come without warnings. In fact, did you know that lights weren’t safe for outdoor use until the 1920s? They’ve come a long way since then, but there are still things you should keep in mind. On that note, here are some top tips to hang outdoor Christmas lights safely and effectively…
Wait until the weather is at its nicest
Christmas time is notoriously known for freezing temperatures and unpredictable weather, so make sure you choose to hang up your lights on a day where the weather is likely to be on its best behaviour. A simple glance at your weather app should tell you which day to expect the least snow or rainfall and be sure to avoid any days when the wind is expected to be at its harshest.
Not only is choosing a day with appropriate weather better for your health and safety, but it’ll also make the experience much more enjoyable for you. Decorating for Christmas is fun, after all!
Use the opportunity to check out your roof
Hey, when in Rome! It’s not often you get the opportunity or the excuse to climb up high against your property, so why not make the most of it? While you’re up there fiddling with your Christmas lights, look at the condition of your roof and see if you can spot any signs of damage. In fairness, the last time you looked at your roof was probably… never?
If you do spot any potential issues, call your local roofers in Middlesbrough or elsewhere in the North East if you’re local to the region. Findley Roofing inspects potential damage for free before clearly communicating the next best steps for your predicament.
Before you ascend the ladder and begin making semi-permanent moves, you should have a very good idea of exactly where you want your lights to go. Do you want the lights to fall in a special pattern or in a certain way? Don’t get all the way up there before realising you have no idea what you want the end product to look like.
Failing to prepare can cost you in time if you make a wrong move and find yourself having to pull everything down and start from scratch.
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