Hanging Christmas lights on the roof of a home is a tradition that goes back to the early 1960s in the United States. If you want to take part in this tradition but worry about hanging the lights on your metal roof, you will be pleased to learn that it is possible and quite easy to do. Below, you will find out how to do just that.

Hanging Christmas lights on your metal roof requires a few supplies:

  • Lights – tested and meant for outdoor use
  • Extension cords – also meant for outdoor use
  • Ladder
  • Rubber soled shoes
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Self-adhesive backed clips
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Clean cloth

Step 1: Inspect the Lights

Before you go through the trouble of lugging the lights up to the roof, test them, replace burned bulbs and inspect the wiring to be sure that they are in good condition. Never install lights that are defective in any way or they could ignite a fire.

Step 2: Prepare the Lights

Preparing the lights for quick installation before you get on the roof will reduce the amount of time you spend on the roof and decrease the chances of you falling.

Attach the clips to the light strands every few feet. Leave the backing on the clips until you are ready to attach them to the roof. Neatly put the lights into the bucket so that they don't get tangled up. The bucket will keep the lights untangled as you work your way up the ladder and across the roof.

Step 3: Position the Ladder

Your ladder should extend at least 3 feet beyond the eaves of the roof. This will provide you with something to hold onto as you reach the roof and go to climb back down off of the roof.

Make sure that the ladder is positioned on solid, even ground. If the ground is soft, put down a sheet of plywood under the feet to keep it from sinking into the mud.

Step 4: Mount the Lights

If the weather is clear and the winds are calm, it is time to get to work installing the lights. While wearing a pair of rubber soled shoes, climb up onto the roof with the bucket of lights, a bottle of rubbing alcohol and a clean cloth.

As you walk on the roof, make sure to put your feet on the areas that have roofing screws. The screws are inserted into roofing supports that will hold your weight.

Start the lights somewhere close to a downspout so that you can run the extension cord down the downspout to an outlet.

Now, clean the metal roofing where the clip will be adhered with a little bit of rubbing alcohol on the clean cloth. This will clean away any debris that would prevent the adhesive from sticking for the next few weeks.

You can hang lights more easily on the metal roofing than you could if the roof was shingled. Take your time and use caution as you work on the roof and when you are done, your home will look as festive as the homes did way back when this tradition began.

To learn more, contact a roofing contractor like DiRoma Roofing