Many West Jordan homeowners love putting up Christmas lights outdoors for the holiday season. And who can blame them? Lights are beautiful, festive and make you feel all warm inside. But what if you damage your gutters while you’re trying to hang your Christmas lights? That would sap a bit of your holiday cheer. See what the experts at Capitol Exteriors have to say about how to hang your Christmas lights so you don’t need rain gutter repair in the new year.
Mechanisms for Hanging Christmas Lights
Many outdoor Christmas lights come with clips meant to attach to rain gutters. While most strings of Christmas lights aren’t inordinately heavy, hanging lights can still cause issues with your rain gutters. One reason is because not everyone’s gutters are in the best of shape.
By the time light-hanging season rolls around, most of the leaves should be off the trees. Many of them make their way to your rain gutters, so it’s a good idea to have your gutters cleaned out before hanging your holiday lights. Allowing leaves to remain in your rain gutters all winter is a recipe for disaster.
They’ll fill the space, preventing the gutters from properly carrying water away from your home. Gutters full of wet, rotting leaves will be heavy and put a strain on the gutters and the hangers that hold them. Eventually the wet leaves will freeze when the temperature drops, creating issues with snow on the roof and ice damming.
But even if you’re a stickler about having your gutters cleaned, that may not be enough to prevent mishaps with holiday lights. That’s because gutters usually need repairs over the years, and West Jordan homeowners might not always know when that is. Rivets can pop out of hangers, leaving your gutters dangling precariously. Your gutters also may be cracked or sloping too much or not enough. What these gutters need is the attention of a repair person, not adornments.
Some Christmas light hangers come with adhesive strips so that you don’t have to fuss with clips. This is useful if you’re concerned about clips interfering with debris making its way through your rain gutters, but it won’t do anything to lessen the weight of the lights on the gutters.
Gutter Repair in West Jordan
Regardless of whether it’s your Christmas lights, an errant tree limb or some other object that does damage to your gutters, call Capitol Exteriors when you need rain gutter repair. We have done hundreds of rain gutter installation projects in the West Jordan area and throughout northern Utah. We have the experience and the skill not only to install rain gutters, but also to repair them when they began to leak, sag or separate from the roof.
It’s important not to neglect your rain gutters — they’re a critical part of your roofing system. Get the rain gutters cleaned on your West Jordan home at least twice a year (in spring and fall) and call Capitol Exteriors when you need rain gutter repair or rain gutter installation.