Trick or Treat: Door and Window Companies Give Advice for Damage-Free Decorating

October 25th, 2019 by Kyra Thompson

It’s that time of year again—when the weather starts to cool, leaves change color and ghosts and skeletons come out to play. But the spirit of Halloween shouldn’t leave doors and windows looking spooky. That’s the message several companies are dolling out this year, in an effort to help their customers avoid permanent damages from decorating.

With the holiday season ramping up, decorations are sure to make their appearances. But as much fun as it can be to hang up lights and festive décor, using the wrong methods can ruin the appearance of doors and windows after their removal. Chipped paint, sticky residue, cracks and holes are all casualties of holiday spirit gone wrong.

As Halloween approaches and homeowners get an itch to stick or nail goblins and monsters over their doors and windows, [DWM] gathered some tricks from manufacturers and dealers about how to decorate without causing damage. Here are some do’s and don’ts from the door and window industry from around the web to consider sharing with your customers.

The Do’s

  • String, Fishing Line, and Zip Ties: Whether it’s hanging spiders, skeletons or colorful lights, string and fishing line are great ways to hang things without creating any holes or adhesive residues. Sheerwater Glass and All-Weather Doors and Windows suggest fishing line since it is virtually invisible and fairly sturdy, making it an ideal candidate for hanging decorations without distracting or breaking. String can not only serve as a decoration holder, but it can also be the decoration itself. Find creative ways to tie colorful string to doorknobs or the corners of the door. Popular Mechanics also advised using zip ties since they are cheap, easy to use, durable and can be different colors to match the decoration theme.
  • Over-the-Door Hooks: Wreaths provide an additional inviting effect to a beautiful door and are a versatile decoration that can be used for any holiday, door manufacturer Feldco tells readers, showing how they can create spooky Halloween or non-spooky Autumn themes. Over-the-door hooks are a fast, easy and safe way to add some festivity to a door Modern Windows says, as well as Sheerwater Glass and All-Weather Doors and Windows.
  • Removable Self-Adhesive Hooks: Another popular option, several door and window companies suggest, is self-adhesive hooks that provide the option of damage-free removal. Keeping in mind how much weight is put on the hook, these can be used inside or outside and to create focal points for seamless decorating.
  • Other Safe Decoration Options: A few other options that can keep customers from scuffing, peeling or ruining doors and windows include creative ideas for decorations that don’t need to be hung or placed on the door and window at all. Feldco offered a list of Halloween decorating options, including doormats or large standing decorations, but the most obvious is pumpkins, which can be used in a variety of creative ways, the company suggests.

The Don’ts

While there are so many options for damage-free decorating, manufacturers also had a few “never do’s” to warn customers about.

  • Never Use Nails: If there is one thing that will ruin a door, it’s nails, companies suggest. Putting a hole in anything is not only going to take away from aesthetic appeal, but it can also decrease performance, according to Sheerwater Glass. Stouffville Glass Inc. concurs, explaining how this leaves permanent and unsightly damage.
  • Stay Away From Tape: Something that almost every manufacturer and dealer agrees on includes the need to stay away from using tapes or adhesives on doors—at all costs. Even though it might be believed that duct tape can fix anything, the truth of the matter is, it can cause serious damage to some finishes by peeling or leaving difficult-to-remove residue once it has been removed. Sheerwater Glass and Modern Windows both warn of these issues. There are enough alternative means for hanging decorations, most door and window experts say, to merit staying “away from the tape.”

Enjoy the Festivities

Having a festive and decorative home for the holidays doesn’t have to come at the cost of damaging doors and windows. With these tips from door and window manufacturers and dealers, holiday enthusiasts are free to go crazy to their hearts’ content without going crazy after the festivities are over trying to fix damages.

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