Roofers are knowledgeable about roofing. Roofers work for homes and might know about other construction. Satellite dishes are something new roofers may not know about, but it is important to be aware of them.
So what should the roofers do?
Removing the Satellite Dish from the Roof
If you need to remove a satellite dish from your roof, the first thing that you will want to do is call up your friendly neighborhood handyman. They can provide all of the tools and equipment needed for this job.
The next step is going up on your roof and removing any screws or bolts holding it in place. You should also make sure that there are no wires running through the dish before you start taking it down.
After doing so, get a ladder and take off the wire brackets from around the edge of your house. Once they’re gone, use a crowbar to pry open the metal clamps that hold it in place on top of your house!
Fill in any holes that were left on the roof. Use tar or silicone to fill in your roof’s holes.
Note: Make sure to use a safety harness if you are doing things on your own. If you are an amateur, it is best to call a professional.
Satellite dishes can be very dangerous if handled incorrectly. If you do not know what you are doing on your roof, leave this project up to the professionals!
Roofer Challenges With Having Satellite Dish on the Roof
Roofers encounter issues when you have a satellite dish on your roof. You’ll also have concerns arising that you can’t avoid in the future.
1. Your roofing system will have weather-related damages – especially when you have to remove the satellite dish from your roof.
The weather will wear down on the components of your system and lead to leaks, fractures, or other damages that can result from those weak points.
2. Repairs to your system will be more challenging – especially if you have a satellite dish on your roof.
3. It voids your roofing warranty – as it does with any kind of damage.
If you install a satellite dish on your roof, you have to know that the warranty will not be valid anymore because there is no way for inspectors to tell where those damages come from.
Ways a Satellite Dish Can Damage Your Roof
Satellite dishes can be very dangerous to your roof. It may not look like it will cause any damage, but often the results are far worse than one might expect. Here are some things to watch out for.
1. Satellite dishes are designed to face earthward, or towards the ground. This means that if it’s not correctly installed, the dish will be facing downwards at an angle. Gravity works against this downward force, but only so much.
If you have a satellite dish hanging on your roof with no support whatsoever under it, it is likely to leave a very ugly hole in your roof.
That’s not all, though! If you happen to have a satellite dish installed above your garage, the dish may put enough pressure on the ceiling of your garage that it could even collapse your roof.
2. If you want to keep your satellite dishes from putting big dents in the ceiling of your garage, then you need to make sure the dish is properly supported.
In order for a satellite dish to provide clear reception, it needs to be elevated above all surrounding obstructions. The best way to do this is by using a shoddy pole support attached to the side of your house or another structure on your property.
3. There is a better option than this, and that is to build a pole support out of wood. It will need to be attached to your house or property somehow, but if you plan properly and use strong enough materials it should work fine.
4. If you absolutely insist on using the cheap metal supports for your satellite dishes, be aware that they can heat up in the sun.
This can be particularly bad when you’ve got a satellite dish just above your garage, which is no doubt hotter than anywhere else on your property.
5. If the metal of your satellite dishes gets hot enough, it will melt right through your roof.
It may seem like this kind of damage could only come from a serious fire, but a satellite dish’s metal support is hot enough to cause the same damage from prolonged exposure in the sun.
This means that if you have these dishes on your roof, there’s no way for you to be sure they will actually do what they are supposed to do — provide clear TV reception.
On a final note, you should know that there are other, less dangerous ways to mount satellite dishes on your roof.
If you want clear TV reception without worrying about the safety of your property or expensive repairs in the future, make sure to get a contractor to do the job for you.