Although properly mounting satellite dishes is of utmost importance for reception, they no longer have to be mounted on the side of a chimney or other awkward or unattractive areas of the home. There are a variety of choices in mounting a satellite dish, allowing homeowners to receive broadcast signals and not detract from the appearance of their homes.
Standard Wall or Roof Mount
A standard wall or roof mount has a curved bar that is attached to a base. The base attaches to the roof of a home or garage with screws. This type of mount can also be attached to a wall. Obstructions are not usually a problem with a roof or wall mount. The price runs about $25.
Another option that is generally free of obstructions is an under-eave mount. There are three sections to this type of mount: the main brace to which the dish mounts and two braces that support the main brace. This supports the rear, front and bottom of the eave. This type of mount may be the ideal choice for homeowners with tile roofs or homes that have stucco walls. Price is close to $50.
Many homeowners’ associations do not allow satellite dishes to be visible from the road, so mounting them on the roof or side of the home is not an option. One solution is a downspout mount. Attach the mount close to the downspout strap where the downspout is secured to the house. Make sure the downspout is securely anchored to the house before attaching the dish. This type of mount has a maximum weight limit of 18 pounds and costs approximately $17.
Homeowners living in areas that are prone to strong winds may want to consider a tripod. They mount to roofs and are built to withstand strong winds. They come in heights of 3 feet or 5 feet. The bolt pattern on the “feet” of the tripod is staggered to prevent the surface from splitting while under the pressure of a high wind. Prices range from $125 to $170.
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