Christmas time is becoming rapidly upon us, which can only mean one thing – it’s almost time to get the decorations out! Unless you’re very eager, you probably won’t have put any decorations or lights up yet, and maybe not even bought or planned what you’re going to do. However, the festive period will be here before you know it and you should start getting prepared now!
Indoor decorations and lighting tend to be a lot more simplistic than outdoor ones. With outdoor lighting and decorations, you have to consider all sorts, such as what’s most practical, making sure everything is outdoor weather friendly, and where your main source of electricity is going to come from. This all comes before actually making sure the display looks good and everything is hung up properly.
As Christmas time is getting nearer and nearer, we thought we’d give you a few tips on how to perfect your Christmas lights display!
Make sure everything is outdoor-friendly
This may seem obvious, but sometimes when you go out shopping for Christmas lights and decorations (especially the lights), you forget to check that the ones you are choosing are outdoor friendly. Once you’ve chosen the correct lights, you’re going to need a waterproof extension lead. This ensures that it is safe, as the lights will be on every night throughout the festive period, and the weather probably won’t be too great. Furthermore, make sure the lights are hung somewhere with accessibility to a power source so that you can actually plug them in and that they are within reach.
There’s no denying that hanging up outdoor Christmas lights can be quite a difficult and frustrating task. It takes time and concentration, and some people put off hanging outdoor lights over the festive period purely for this reason.
It’s up to you where you choose to hang your lights from – this may be from the roof, guttering, or perhaps just stuck to the wall. Making sure you have the right tools and equipment for doing this can make the task a whole lot easier. We recommend clips or gutter hooks to effectively hang them in place and ensure that they stay there. Here’s a little bit of information on both of them…
Gutter hooks simply hook onto your gutter allowing you to attach your lights and have them hang down evenly. They are easily adjustable so you can move them about to keep things consistent and make sure that all of your lights are draped in an even line as well as stretch across the whole area.
Decoration clips can be easily found around Christmas, and the great thing about them, is that they work with all kinds of surfaces. For example, you may have uPVC roofing and want your lights to hang from there, or stick some across the window – they will work anywhere allowing you to be as flexible with the decoration as possible.
How does it look?
Finally, and most importantly, you want the display to look good. The perfect combination is looking great whilst being practical. You want the display to be impressive, but bare in mind that they’re going to be up for a few weeks, so you don’t want them falling down in between!
You should plan what you want the display to look like before you start putting it up, as this will ensure that things flow the way you want them to and your vision will come to life.
If you would like any more advice on the best way to hang outdoor decorations from your roof, or have any roofing enquiries in general, we would be more than happy to help! Just get in touch with us via our contact page and we will get back to you with anything you need.