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Decorating the exterior of your home is a great way to get into the holiday spirit. While most homeowners go straight for the roof, your wood fence is a great place to hang beautiful and festive holiday lighting. However, there are a few things that you will need to keep in mind before you start to hang holiday lighting on your wood fence.

Using Nails and Staples to Hang Lights – You can install all-season lights using permanent clips affixed to your fence. If you are going to use fasteners that penetrate through your fence, consider the type of wood your fence is made of. Older fences can crack or break when staples or nails are used. Rot-resistant woods like Western Red cedar are more resistant and better suited for support nails.

Alternative Hanging Methods and Color Coordination – While nails and staples are a popular way of securing lights to wood fences, you may want to consider using an alternative method like outdoor twist ties. If your wooden fence is painted, choose ties that blend well with the color. Also, many holiday lights come on green, white, or black strings, so try to find a strand that works well with the color of your fence.

Testing Your Lights – It’s very important to test holiday lights before hanging them on your wood fence. Old lights can be a fire hazard. If any of the bulbs are not lit, or if the strand flickers and shorts out, buy a new strand of holiday lights for your fence. Always choose lights that are appropriate for use outdoors.

Paramount Fence can give you more tips on decorating and caring for your wooden fence during the holiday season. Give us a call at 630-239-2714 if you have any questions. And if it’s time to replace your aged fence, visit our website and explore our selection of wood fencing. You can also learn how we can stain your fence to give it a new lease on life.