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Roof damage caused by owning a Satellite Dish

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Have you ever wondered how satellite dish installers put a dish on your house? The most common way to put up a dish is on your own roof. The reason they do this is because a satellite dish needs a clear line of sight, which means no trees in the way or any other obstruction, so they put the dish up as high as possible as it's your only option. But how do they make it stay on your roof? The process may surprise you.

Say you call up Dish Network or Direct TV and call for an installer to install your new satellite system. They will drive up in their dish network or directv van, pull out their ladders and satellite equipment and climb right up on your roof. The next thing they do is take out the dish mount and a drill to bolt the mount to the roof, and they start drilling holes into your roof. Hold it right there!

Are you telling us that is the way they hold the dish on the roof? You may have thought they had a less permanent way of doing this, but this isn't true. They drill large holes to fit a half inch lag bolt about 3 inches long, which is the most commonly used way of mounting the dish. They put anywhere between 4 to 6 of these holes in the roof and the bad part about it is you never know if they are sealing the roof and bolts with water resistant tar unless you are on the roof with them and watching what they are doing.

DISHgusting satellite dish wiring jobs and messes

After they have the dish and LNB on the mount, they have to run a wire. Well that wire is going to be on your roof as well, so you have that stapled to the roof with a staple gun or even worse, just laying in a big mess on the roof. After the staple gun starts cracking your shingles up, you have more of a DISHgusting mess on your roof to deal with later. Finally, depending on how many receivers you have, you may need multiple wires, a double LNBF or even a triple LNBF with a larger dish such as the superdish or the dish 1000 if you own a dishnetwork.

Wind and Roof Damage caused from DBS systems

When the satellite dish dealer leaves, that's when the real damage happens. Think about all that surface area on the dish, it's like a big sail on top of your house. So during heavy winds and storms, it will catch all that surface area and start pushing and pulling on the dish and therefore starts pulling up and weakening your roof structure. At the same time, this is loosening up the bolts holding the dish to the roof as well. This is a hidden damage that you can't notice right away because it's under your shingles in the wooden boards of the roof.

Rain, Ice and Roof Damage from your Satellite Dish

The worst damage occurs when an already weakened roof from wind and cracked shingles is introduced to water from rain, dew, or another form. That water goes into the holes drilled deep into the roof and between the cracked shingles. any wire that is up on the roof is also going to be an obstacle for water to running off the roof, so you will have more water sitting on the roof as well for longer periods of time.

After a period of time, that water will soften the wood within the roof making it soggy and waterlogged and eventually you could have mold growing all over the inside of your roof. Making each rainfall more and more damaging to your roof, and eventually you may start seeing water leaking into your living room along with your satellite TV!

If you live in a cold climate during the winter, just imagine the damage caused when water that leaked into your roof starts to turn to ice. We all know what that does to the roads, imagine that happening to your house. If you hear loud popping noises in the winter, there is a chance that it could be boards and wood popping up and cracking in your roof. Just imagine that kind of damage in the winter even if it's a tiny bit of water and the amount of work and money you will spend in the spring time when the ice melts. You will have even bigger cracks in the roof to let water in and it will only get worse each year!

Digital Cable is your Solution and is Cost Effective

The cost of roof replacement or repair can easily cost thousands and even tens of thousands of dollars. This is the risk and possible costs of owning a satellite dish. If you own a satellite dish, it's not too late to avoid this kind of damage. If you call your local cable dealer, you can get a cable run into your house with a single wire.

Digital cable not only offers digital television and high definition programming and the same thing your satellite offers, you also can get your phone service and internet as well in one single package and one single wire. That means your roof is safe and you don't have the "what if" thought in the back of your mind about roof damage since it's so hard to detect until it's too late. That also means no more giant holes coming into the house from multiple services. With digital cable, there is only one size, a single quarter inch in diameter wire running underground and out of the weather. This cable is cleanly brought into your house without putting your house into weather exposure.

The handy thing about digital cable tv is you have just one service. You don't have a separate satellite company like dish network or direct tv to pay bills to, or a separate phone company like Sprint or Verizon to be paying your phone bills to and a third company to pay your internet service bills to. With cable, all these services are on one bill, making it a lot easier to keep track of with less worries along with less risk.

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