How to Hang Christmas Lights on a Roof: Step by Step Guide 

Disclaimer: In no way should someone ever try to hang Christmas lights on their roof with a ladder when there is snow or rain present. This may cause serious injuries. We do not condone any such activities unless the proper safety precautions have been taken. It is important that you have someone present during the installation process of your Christmas lights on your roof. One should never try to go on top of their roof unless they are a professional and have the proper training. This may cause damage to your shingles and may cause injuries. Exercise extreme caution and consult with a physician before attempting to hang Christmas lights on your roof.  

 

How to Install Christmas lights on a Roof?  

If you have decided to attempt to hang Christmas lights on your roof, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, make sure that you have the proper equipment. You will need a ladder, a drill, light clips, and of course, the lights themselves. It is important to have a helper when hanging lights, as they can hold the ladder steady while you climb up and clip the lights in place.  

Here is the Step-by-Step Process of hanging Christmas lights on your Roof.  

First Step – is to gather your Essential Items 

4 essential items to consider when hanging Christmas lights on a roof includes:  

Christmas Lights 

Christmas lights can be purchased at just about any store during the holiday season. However, before you purchase any lights, make sure that they are the type of lights that can be used on an exterior surface. These lights will be clearly labeled and will typically be more expensive than regular Christmas lights. C7 and C9 lights are some of the most used exterior Christmas lights. The main difference between these two types of lights is the size. C9 lights are larger than C7 lights, and therefore, are more visible from a distance. If you are hanging lights on a roof, it is important to choose a light that will be visible from the street. Another thing to consider when purchasing lights is the length of the strand. Most strands of lights are available in 25, 50, or 100 light counts. 

Timer & Controller 

It is also important to have a timer and controller for your lights. This way, you can set them to turn on and off automatically. This is especially helpful if you are not home during the day to turn them off and on manually. Without a timer, you run the risk of leaving your lights on all day and night, which can increase your energy bill. 

Light Clips 

Christmas Lights that are clipped onto gutters of a home.

light clips available, so make sure to select the ones best suited for your application. Most importantly, make sure that the clips you select can hold the weight of your lights without damaging your roof. A good rule of thumb is to select clips that can hold at least twice the weight of your lights. To make sure that you buy enough clips for your lights you should measure the area of your roof where you plan to hang your lights. Another good rule of thumb is that a clip should be placed every foot (or about a quarter of a meter) along the length of your roof or gutters. Light clips provide convenient and secure hanging for your lights on your gutters or shingles. There are many diverse types and sizes of

Other Tools and Equipment 

There are a few other tools and equipment that you might need when hanging lights on your roof. These include a ladder, light-hanging pole for easier places to hang lights without using a ladder. You will also want to make sure you have a good extension cord that can reach the outlet from your roof. It is important to use a heavy-duty extension cord that is made for outdoor use. Never use an indoor extension cord as they are not made to withstand the elements and can be a fire hazard.  

Step Two – Measure the Area of Your Roof. 

Now that you have gathered all of the essential items, it is time to measure the area of your roof where you plan to hang the lights. This is important so that you know how many lights and how many light clips you will need. It is also important to make sure that you have enough extension cord to reach the outlet from your roof. Once you have measured the area, it is time to start hanging the lights. 

Step Three – Understand Where You are Going to Install These Lights 

There are a couple places on your roof where you can hang your lights, but they do require specific clips. If you want to install your lights on your gutters, you will need to use gutter clips. These are specifically designed to hold the lights in place on your gutters without damaging them. If you want to install your lights on your shingles, you will need to use shingle tabs. These are also specifically designed to hold the lights in place on your shingles without damaging them. 

Step Four – Check Your Christmas Light Wattage 

It is important to make sure that your Christmas lights are not too powerful for your electrical system. Overloading your electrical system can cause a fire. To avoid this, make sure to check the wattage of your lights before you buy them. Most light strands have a wattage rating on the packaging. A good rule of thumb to follow is to make sure that the wattage of your lights does not exceed 80% of the maximum wattage capacity of your circuits.  

Step Five – Setup Your Timer 

After you have installed your lights and plugged them in, it is time to set up your timer. Timers are especially important if you are not home during the day to turn them off and on manually. Most light timers are simple to use and can be plugged into any standard outlet. Once you have your timer plugged in, set up your timer to have the lights turned on and off for your desired times.  

DaBella Wishing You & Your Family a Happy Holiday Season! 

From all of us here at DaBella, we want to wish you and your family a happy holiday season. We know that this time of year can be busy and stressful, so we hope that our tips help make your holiday season a little brighter. If you have any questions regarding our service or need any help, our team is always here to help. Contact us today at 844-DaBella.  

Home Preparation for Winter

Winter and Fall are looming as well as all of the weather and home preparations that come along with it. It is time to start thinking about ways to get your home and yard ready for the colder months. If you are like most people, you probably don’t think about the winter months until it is too late. Do not let that happen this year! Winterizing your home can be a daunting task, but if you take the time to do it now, you will be glad you did it when the freezing weather hits. Home preparation starts with getting your home in order. This means cleaning and preparing all of the surfaces that will be touched by the elements. Here are some helpful tips for preparing your home for the winter and fall months so that you can be prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws at you. 

Winter Home Preparation Checklist:  

Preventing Ice Dams on Your Roof 

An ice dam is a buildup of ice on the edge of your roof. This frozen piece of Ice melts much slower than the rest of the snow on your roof. After the snow melts the water does not have anywhere to go because of the ice dam. This can cause standing water on your roof and could lead to a massive leak in your roof. The best way to prevent the occurrence of an ice dam is to make sure that your roof is in good repair. This means that there are no cracks or holes in your roof. If there are any, they need to be repaired as soon as possible. Another way to prevent ice dams is to make sure that your gutters are clean and free of debris. 

Flip Your Ceiling Fans 

Ceiling fans are one of the most underrated tools in home preparation. Most people do not think of using them in the winter, but they can actually be immensely helpful. All you have to do is flip the switch on the side of the fan so that the blades rotate in the opposite direction. This will push the warm air that rises to the ceiling back down into the room. This is especially helpful with rooms with high ceilings. Always Remember that stifling air rises and reversing your fans will disperse the heat throughout the room making it easier for your home to warm itself.  

Have a Professional Furnace Inspection Done Prior to when Everyone Else Does.  

Furnace technicians, like any other trade job, are dwindling quickly and makes the current technicians remarkably busy during the winter and fall months. With that being said, it is always a clever idea to have a technician come out to your home just to make sure that your furnace is performing at its top efficiency. If something were to happen in the winter, it could be months before a professional will be able to come out and fix or replace your furnace. Do not take the chance of having a cold home and call a technician prior to the winter. Usually, these check-ups only cost around $100 and could save you money in the long run.  

Complete a Thorough Check of Your Roof 

One of the most important things you can do to prepare your home for winter is to complete a thorough check of your roof. This means checking for any cracks, holes, or other damage that could allow water or snow to enter your home. Also check for flashing around your chimney and roof vents to see if there is any loose flashing or flashing that has holes. We have created an article on how to find a leak in your roof. If you do find a hole or leak it is extremely important to get it fixed as soon as possible so that no major water damage is done.  

Re-caulk around Windows & Doors 

One of the places that heat escapes from your home is through cracks and gaps around your windows and doors. The best way to prevent this from happening is to re-caulk any cracks or gaps that you may have. You can purchase caulking at any hardware store. You will also need a caulking gun which can be rented at most hardware stores. This will help to seal any gaps that might allow freezing air to enter your home. You should also check the weather stripping around your doors to make sure that it is in good condition and is sealing properly. If you have any windows that are cracked or broken, you should replace them as soon as possible.  If your windows are beyond a simple repair or if they are no longer at their optimal performance, contact us and let us show you the what the benefits are of installing new replacement windows into your home. 

Clean Out Your Gutters Throughout the Fall Months 

One of the most important home preparations for winter is to make sure that your gutters are clean. This is important because leaves and other debris can cause your gutters to clog. When your gutters clog, it can cause water to back up and enter your home and will also increase the weight of your gutters making it possible for your gutters to completely fall off. This can cause major damage to your home and be awfully expensive to repair. This is especially important if you live in an area that gets a lot of snow. Snow can accumulate in your gutters and cause them to collapse. This can cause severe damage to your home. If you are not able to clean your gutters yourself, a professional gutter cleaner can do this for around $150 depending on the size of your home.  

Also, make sure that your downspouts are clear and that they are clearing water at least 3 feet away from your home’s foundation.  

Cover Exterior Faucets During Wintertime. 

If you live in a climate where the temperature drops below freezing, it is important to take extra precautions when it comes to the exterior faucets in your home. If you are using a private water line, it is important to make sure that the water is turned off at the main shut off valve. This is because if the water line is frozen, it can burst and cause major damage to your home. If you are using city water, make sure that all of the faucets on your property are shut off and that the faucets get covered by a cover during the winter.  

Clean Out Attic Vents

Having adequate attic ventilation is important to ensure that your home is comfortable and healthy for those living inside. The easiest way to clean out these vents is by using either a air compressor, vacuum cleaner, or a leaf blower. Adequate attic ventilation also helps to extend the life of your roof by reducing the amount of heat and moisture that can build up in the attic during the summer months. But by doing so in the winter your roof will be able to When cleaning out your attic vents, be sure to wear gloves and a dust mask to avoid getting any dust or debris in your eyes or mouth. The most important step is to make sure that the area around the vent is clear of any debris. This means removing any leaves, dust, or other particles that might be blocking the airflow. Once the area is clear, you can begin cleaning the vents themselves for maximum efficiency.

Clean Out Your Chimney 

Chimney fires are a severe problem in the United States. Each year, thousands of homes are damaged by chimney fires. In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), chimney fires are the leading cause of property damage and loss in the United States. Most chimney fires start when smoke particles and debris build up in the flue of the chimney. One of the ways that you can help prevent these fires is to make sure that you clean your chimney regularly. You should have your chimney cleaned at least once a year by a professional chimney sweeper. If you have a wood burning fireplace, you should also have your chimney inspected for cracks and other damage.  

Replace Your Homes Air Filter 

If you are like most Americans, you spend a lot of time indoors. This can mean that the air that you breathe is not as clean as it could be. One of the ways that you can improve the air quality in your home is to replace your home’s air filter. This is a relatively simple task that can be done by just about everyone. In order to keep your home healthy and safe, it is important to replace your home’s air filter on a regular basis. Air filters are designed to trap larger particles and dirt that can be harmful to your family. By replacing your air filter on a regular basis, you will help to improve the air quality in your home and reduce the chance of allergies and other respiratory problems. Air filters can be purchased at about any local hardware store.  

Winterize Your Pool or Spa 

When winter arrives, it is important to make sure that your pool or spa is ready for the chilly weather. This means that you need to make sure that the pool is clean and that all of the equipment is in good condition. Follow the manufacturers guidance on how to winterize your pool or spa or call a professional pool service for help.

Clear Your Sprinkler System Prior to Winter 

The best way to clear your sprinkler system is to use a blowout adapter. You screw the adapter to an air compressor, open all of your system’s valves, and turn on the compressor. The compressed air will push all the water out of your pipes. You should then turn off your valves and open your bleeder screws to release any remaining water. If you do not own a compressor that is powerful enough to push the water out of your sprinkler system completely you can rent a compressor from a local home improvement store that supplies rentals. It’s important to make sure your sprinkler system is turned off and all the water is drained from the pipes before winter sets in. If you don’t, you run the risk of the pipes freezing and bursting, which can cause extensive damage to your home.

Protect Your Patio Furniture 

We all know how expensive patio furniture is and keeping it nice is of the upmost importance for it to be long lasting and looking its best. Protecting your patio furniture is important during the winter. Make sure that you cover your patio furniture with a tarp or a heavy blanket if it is not in use. This will help to protect the furniture from the snow and ice that can accumulate on it. Additionally, make sure that your patio furniture is placed in a sheltered area when not in use. 

Home Prepping for the Inevitable Winter 

Winter is inevitable. No matter how much we may dislike it, every year it comes without fail. As a result, it is important to make sure that your home prepping for the colder months is thought through and planned. Plan a day with your family or the help of a friend and knock out the tasks. There are several things that you can do to make sure that your home is ready for winter. Winterizing your home may come at a cost but that cost outweighs the cost of fixing your home because you did not prepare your home correctly.  

Contact DaBella If Your Home Signs of Aging 

DaBella is the leading home improvement company in the industry. We offer architectural asphalt roofs, James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding, energy efficient vinyl windows, and transformative bath remodels to homeowners across 13 states and 36 locations across the US (United States). If your home is showing its age and it is time for a replacement project to prepare for the winter, DaBella is the answer for all your home improvement replacement needs.  Contact us today at 844-DaBella today for a free no-obligation estimate on your next home improvement project. 

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9 Questions to Ask a Contractor Before Starting Your Project

Questions For Contractors For a Successful Home Improvement Project!

Starting a home improvement project can be a daunting task for anyone. Doing your due diligence in research and planning is essential for any home improvement project to be successful. Hiring the right contractor for what you have in mind may be even more difficult. We have listed 9 essential questions to ask a contractor before you hire.

Are You Licensed, Bonded & Insured?

A contractor license is mandatory for any construction business that is generating revenue while working on residential homes. Most licenses differ from state to state. it should be made clear which state your contractor is licensed in. A contractor license suggests that they have the necessary skills and have taken the steps to properly conduct business in your state. Asking for a contractor license is very normal and a copy should be provided when asked for.

If a contractor cannot provide a license for you to review, then you should look elsewhere for someone to work on your home. A contractor that cannot provide a copy of a contractor license should not be trusted and should be reported immediately to the state’s contractor licenser.

When a contractor is bonded, they have obtained a surety bond. The surety bond has 3 parts. The principle – the company that has obtained the bond, the obligee – the party that requires the bond before permitting the business to do the work, it is usually a state or municipal institution. The bond protects the 3rd party from any kind of losses that may occur such as incomplete work, damage, theft etc. The third party can file a claim and be compensated for any kind of losses that may have occurred.

Not to be confused with the surety bond, a contractor that is insured by a third party should be covered for any kind of risks that may occur while on the job. The most common forms of insurance are workers comp and general liability insurance.

DaBella is fully licensed, bonded and insured in every state that we operate in. If you have any further questions about licenses or insurance coverage, our specialist will be happy to go over that information with you during a free estimate.

Can You Provide a List of References?

Providing a list of references should be no problem for most reputable contractors, especially if they have been in business for a good amount of time. Showing you questions or getting some form of communication for a reference will allow you to get a promising idea of the kind of work they do and the standard they set for themselves when dealing with customers.

Ask one of our specialists for a list of references during your free estimate.

What is The Expected Timeline For Work?

If you have a deadline for a project to be complete such as when you are selling the home, predicting a baby or having family over for the holidays; be clear with your contractor about when you want things done. Giving this message gives clear expectations that should be met when contracts are signed.

At DaBella, based on the product, the timeline varies but we have very close connections with our manufacturers, and we will make sure to stick to the timeline that was originally set to the best of our ability.

What Kind of Financing Do You Offer?

Homeowners can either pay in cash or finance their home improvement projects through the contractor directly or a contractor’s third-party financing lender. It is important to keep in mind that a homeowner should never be paying in full until the project is completed and to your satisfaction.

DaBella is neither a broker nor a lender. Financing is provided by third-party lenders unaffiliated with DaBella, under terms and conditions arranged directly between the customer and such lender, all subject to credit requirements and satisfactory completion of finance documents. Any finance terms advertised are estimates only. DaBella does not assist with, counsel or negotiate financing, other than providing customers an introduction to lenders interested in financing DaBella’s customers.

What is The Best Way to Stay in Contact with you?

Whether you’d like to get a simple update on where your project is in the process or have a problem with the installation. You should ask for the best way to get in touch with your contractor whether that’d be through phone, email, or submitting a contact us form on the website.

If you need to get in contact with DaBella, please contact our customer service team at 855-DaBella or 855-322-3552.

How Long Have You Been in Business?

You obviously want a contractor that has been in business for a good number of years and has a reputation for consistency and professionalism. Most home improvement contractors have some experience in this industry but are relatively new business owners. They could be very qualified workers but make sure that they are passing their knowledge and techniques onto their employees.

Dabella has been in business for just over 11 years with 36 offices located in 13 different states. Over those 10 years of business, we have set high expectations of what we want to accomplish. As a result, we have opened 36 offices since the beginning of 2011. Read about the Dabella Story here.

Will You Clean Up Once the Project is Completed?

A good contractor will make sure that all materials and all other building materials are not left on the property after the job is completed. Most contractors will be sure to pick up all nails with a magnet and transport all raw building materials off to be recycled. If the contractor does not include the cleanup in the contract, you do have the option of hiring a post construction cleanup crew.

At DaBella, we strive to leave you with a product that catches eyes and the only way we can do that is by leaving your property the same as it was before the project started. We will make sure your exterior is well protected during the installation as well as after. We will pick up all materials that were either unused or  after we are finished with your home improvement project.

Will I Have a Dedicated Team Working at my Home?

Most contractors work tirelessly on multiple projects for different homeowners. Having multiple crews working on your home could create chaos, especially if there wasn’t clear communication between the two crews on what has been done and what still needs to be done.

A crew that is consistent, stable and shows up with the same workers should make it so there are fewer errors. This will also make it easier to pick up where they left off if this is a multi-day project. You will have a crew that is dedicated to your home and only your home until the project is done. If there are any problems with the finished project, it will be easier to determine who is at fault.

Here at DaBella, we will assign a designated installer crew that will specifically work on your home. There is no jumping around from house to house and our crew will work on the same project until it is done and to your satisfaction.

What is the Schedule for Payments?

You should never pay for a project in full after signing contracts. You should always wait till the project is done to your satisfaction before submitting the final payment. Ask one of our specialists about our financing options and they would be happy to explain the schedule of payments you will make for your next home improvement project.

DaBella is Here to Help You With Your Questions

DaBella has been performing high quality home improvement experiences for thousands of homeowners every year. If you are in need of a roof, siding, windows or bath replacement services, contact the experts at DaBella. We will answer any and all of your questions and will provide you with a free no-obligation quote. Contact us today at 844-DaBella.