It is time to deck your halls for the holiday, and you may be one of those festive individuals who love to brighten your neighborhood by hanging decorations on the side of your house. However, this can be tricky with a vinyl-sided house because you shouldn't drill or nail through the siding. Holes can cause water to seep behind the vinyl, creating problems for your home. Fortunately, there are several methods that you can use to hang decorations on the side of your house that do not create any holes in your siding. As with anything else, be sure you consult with a professional where you purchase your products and follow the instructions on the packages.
Things You May Need:
Vinyl siding hooks, suction cup hooks, adhesive hooks, soap, rubbing alcohol, wire, wire cutter, pliers
- The most efficient method is to hang a vinyl siding hook ON your house. Slip the top of the hook underneath a piece of siding and wiggle it until it "snaps" into place. This hooks it onto the bottom of the siding. Then hang your decorations on the bottom of the hook. These hooks are easy to find either online or at home improvement store.
- Attach a suction cup hook to the side of your house. Clean the area where you want to attach the hook thoroughly with soap and water, and then dry it. Dirt interferes with adhesion. Wipe down the area with some rubbing alcohol and dry it. Wet the suction cup, and then press it firmly to the siding. For best results, leave the hook for a day before adding decoration.
- Adhesive hooks are another option and they require a clean surface for mounting. Wipe down the area with some rubbing alcohol and dry it. Adhere the hook in the cleaned area and allow the adhesive to set for an hour before you hang the decorations.
- Hang a wire hook from the vinyl soffit trim. This is the trim that connects between your vinyl siding and the soffit. Make a hook by cutting a short length of wire with a wire cutter and bending it into an S-shape with pliers. Be sure to choose a metal that won't rust. You can either hang items from the hooks directly or attach pieces of fishing line to the hooks. Fishing line enables you to hang decorations lower on the walls, as the hooks themselves will be close to the roof. This is a good method if you have a lot of small items to hang or if you want to hang something like a string of lights.
**Tip** With each of these methods, you are somewhat limited in the amount of weight you can safely attach to the siding. Vinyl siding hooks, for example, hold about 12 pounds. Be sure you measure the distance of the decoration path to determine the number of hooks you need to use. Typical installations require one hook for every 2 feet of light string or garland; this can vary, so check your product recommendations and FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS. Also, keep safety at the top of your mind when climbing and using a ladder.