In general, if you can avoid drilling holes in your roof, you should. But sometimes you can’t. I always recommend using other forms of mounting first, but sometimes you can’t avoid it. Sometimes you’re just going to make holes in the roof, period. That’s when you need a pitch pad.
Let’s first explain, a pitch pad is called that because it’s made of pitch. It’s not called that because it helps with the slant of your roof, or because it has anything to do with baseball or advertising. Not that it matters, but a pitch pad contains materials that are designed to melt into composition tile roofs. “Pitch” is a generic term for the black stuff that is used to make those tiles waterproof, and it’s also the source of the term “pitch black” in case you were interested.
Now that you know a little more, you might begin to understand why a pitch pad is so important. When you drill a hole in the roof, you’re inviting water in and that’s a very, very bad thing obviously. The last thing anyone wants when trying to get an antenna on the roof is a bunch of water leaking into the house. Placing a pitch pad over the hole and running the lag bolt through it will create a much more water-resistant seal and obviously, that’s what you want.
The pitch itself will melt and form around the bolt, at the same time it seeps into the pores of the composition tile. As it gets all gooey, it plugs up the tiny gaps where water could get in, and obviously that’s what you want.
Probably the best thing about pitch pads is that they’re cheap. Check out our selection of pitch pads and you’ll see that this is really cheap insurance, the kind of thing you should never be without. It takes about ten extra seconds to lay down a pitch pad and trust me, it can mean decades of protection for your roof. Pick up a few sets when you’re placing your next order at Solid Signal… they’re really light and probably won’t add to your shipping cost at all.