Satellite dishes – How to deal with those holes in your roof

We live in a day and age where our lives may revolve around television especially since satellite TV has become very reasonably priced. As a result, the new, smaller satellite dishes are mounted on roofs everywhere.

About half the roofs we see have a single or multiple satellite dishes mounted somewhere on the surface. The downside to this practice is that this adds more weak points to your roof.  The fewer holes and exposed fasteners on a roof, the lesser the chance of damage from a leak developing in the future. If you are having a satellite dish installed, request that the dish be mounted on another surface, if possible. If that is not possible, make sure the technician installs the dish using gaskets and sealers, in order to reduce the chance of future leakage.

Believe it or not, it is actually quite common to find brackets and dish mounts that are left behind when a satellite dish is removed. Many times, home owners will decide to seal the holes as a temporary fix but we recommend getting the damaged area repaired soon, since the sealant dries out and cracks; it remains watertight only for a few years. In these cases, we recommend removing the mount and replacing the shingles where the holes were left. While it is possible to replace shingles on your own, we highly encourage you to contact a reputable roof maintenance company to properly remove, install, and seal shingles without causing further damage. Another reason to contact a roof maintenance company, would be to avert the possibility of voiding any kind of warranty that you currently have for your roof.

If you need to remove a dish mount, repair damage left by an improperly installed mount, or seal up an existing mount, you can contact our office or give us a call!


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