Satellite Dish and Roof. What did I get myself into.

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Old 06-06-12, 10:56 PM
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Satellite Dish and Roof. What did I get myself into.

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I am a first time home owner and I believe I put myself in a bit of a pickle. I had Dish Network come and install a satellite dish on my roof 2 days ago. I should have done more research on how bad satellite dishes are for the roof, but I failed to do so. I took a look at how the tech installed the dish and it looks pretty bad.

Here is a picture from within my attic. I don't have any pictures on the outside as I do not own a large ladder yet but I'll be getting one soon.

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It looks so terrible. I'm going to call them and mount the dish some where else (not on the roof). I fear water leakage. I'm fairly good at DIYs. Could anyone offer me and preventative fixes?
 
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Old 06-07-12, 12:51 AM
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I am not a roofer but can tell you that if they used roofing caulk when they installed the dish you should be o.k.. I have seen many installations like this in my neighborhood and no one has ever had to have the roof replaced because of a satellite dish. Still though I understand your concerns but never had any leaks because of a citizens band antenna we had on our roof as my uncle had used roofing caulk. My uncle used to install antennas for Sears way before they ever had satellite dishes like that. So if they trained their installers right I doubt you have anything to worry about. Welcome to the forum I hope you enjoy it I like it here.
 
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Old 06-07-12, 05:30 AM
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I agree with hedge. My only comment is that it appears as if no pilot holes were drilled and the lag screws were just run down into the roof causing the boards to split; a little sloppy.
 
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Old 06-07-12, 06:23 AM
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Unfortunately to two dishes mounted on my roof are the same way. I go up on the roof and underneath in the attic at least once a year to inspect for leaks but so far, 11 years for one of the dishes, there has been no problem. But, it is a poor way to mount something so you should keep an eye on it.
 
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Old 06-07-12, 09:37 AM
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We have the perfect mount for our Dish; when this house was originally built, it had no pool and the power line apparently came across from out back to the weatherhead at the back corner of the house. Looks like they had to go underground with the power when the pool was installed to avoid being over the pool and abandoned the weatherhead. When we moved in we had the sat dish mounted to the unused pole. I uncoupled the lower end from the meter box and plugged the opening and then pushed the weatherhead pole up about 6" so the sat cables can come down through the pole (which I grounded since it was no longer attached to the meter box).
 
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Old 06-07-12, 03:29 PM
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I would leave it be. When you get that ladder, inspect the outside to make sure they sealed where the bolts go through. If you have them remove it, now you are trusting them to fix your roof. I think you are better off leaving it in place and properly caulked.
 
 

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