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With Christmas hard on our heel we, at the Garage Door and Automation Company, thought it might be time to answer an important question: how do you hang Christmas lights on your garage door? It might seem a daft question but it’s one we’re often asked during the festive season – and one you want a proper answer to, if you don’t want to damage the largest moving part in your home. So, without further ado, here are our top tips to letting Santa know where you live – without regretting the decision after the presents are unwrapped.

1)    Never use nails or staples on the trim. The resulting holes will damage the insulation to the wiring, which could cause the lights to fail and suddenly you’re dealing with a not-so-festive-fire –hazard.

2)    Rather than attaching lights to the trim, use hooks or clips to hold your lights in place. These can be nailed or pressed into the brickwork or woodwork that surrounds your garage door.

3)    If you want lights either side of your garage door, use clips that wrap around the cord to hold it fast. Again, these can be pressed or nailed into your brickwork – but never into the trim.

4)    Never nail anything into the garage door itself. You’ll be left with a load of unsightly holes that, over time, will encourage rust and damage the door’s overall appeal and durability.

5)    Sit back and enjoy your display.

6)    Ensure that the lights are plugged into a plug that cannot be reached by small children or any of Santa’s mischievous helpers. Also ensure that the wire bearing the lights doesn’t interfere with the working parts or operation of your garage door. If your door has sensors, ensure that the lights no way obscure or interact with these; you don’t want a door that refuses to open or spends the night opening and closing of its own volition.

All that remains for us to do is to wish all our customers, past, present and future, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!