Hanging Christmas lights in the middle of winter is never much fun. No matter how warm the winter day is, it's typically too cold to make the task pleasant to complete. Here, you'll find out how to install lights on metal roofing to help you get ahead of the game this year and take much of cold-weather work out of the project.
What you want to do is to install all of the clips that you'll need to hang your lights this year. Instead of going through the process when the weather gets ugly, you can work on getting all of the clips installed over the summer and fall.
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Paper towels
- Self-adhesive backed clips (Command Clips)
Set the Ladder
The ladder must be placed properly if it is going to support your weight as you work. Make sure that the ground where you're placing the ladder is solid – you don't want the feet of the ladder placed in soft soil or it could fall as you climb it.
The ladder should extend about 3 feet beyond where you are working. This means it should be extended 3 feet beyond the edge of the roof. This will give you the support and space to hold yourself as you work. Before you begin working on the next steps, look for any roof repairs that need to be taken care of. Your safety is a number one priority.
Clean the Surface
In order for the adhesive to stick to the metal roof, you will have to get all of the debris and residue off of it. To do this, pour a little bit of rubbing alcohol on a paper towel and wipe the area very well. Continue wiping until the paper towel no longer shows any dirt.
Tip: If the roof is very, very dirty, you may want to pressure wash the entire surface before you install the lighting clips. Chances are, it could use a good cleaning anyway, so why not do it now?
Apply the Clips
Now, apply the clips to the surface of the roofing. Try to space them out evenly – no less than 3 feet between each clip. If you don't put enough clips on, the lights will sag. If you put too many on, you'll have to spend more time clipping the lights into them.
Make sure to firmly press the clips in place. If done right, these clips will stick to the surface of your metal roof for years before you'll need to begin replacing them.
Now that you've completed this tedious step in the process, you're Christmas lights will go up much faster and you won't have to worry about doing damage when you remove the lights next year.