Time for a new roof? Think about your satellite and antenna

The summer and fall months are great for roofers. All over the country, people are anxious to repair the damage caused by time and weather. You might do the work yourself if you’re handy and have the equipment, but most folks rely on roofing contractors.

The problem is, roofing contractors aren’t home theater contractors. A roofer could easily bump your dish without realizing it, or take it down and put it back up thinking you won’t notice. Even worse, your roofer may take the antenna off your roof without asking and throw it away. I’ve seen this firsthand — a lot of people think antenna TV is obsolete and that no one uses their old roof aerials anymore. That antenna is still as good as it used to be and it will still pick up a lot of free TV!

The first step is to communicate with your roofing contractor about what you want. If your satellite dish needs to come down, your contractor will tell you that and you’ll need to plan for changes. If you want to keep using your old antenna, tell him that as well and in many cases the antenna can be left it its old spot, especially if it’s mounted on a chimney and not touching the roof at all.

The best thing to do, though, is plan for upgrades.

If you’re still using an antenna that was made in the 1960s, it’s time to upgrade. New antennas are smaller, easier to aim and more efficient. They also look a whole lot cooler in most cases. Give your home a little upgrade and if your family doesn’t like the look of that old aluminum monstrosity that’s been providing your TV service since the Nixon administration, you can do a lot better. If you’re not using the antenna, maybe you should start! Most people can get dozens of free channels that aren’t available on cable or satellite! If you want an antenna recommendation, try our free service where real technicians will examine your situation and choose the best one for you. If you already know what you want, you’ll find the best selection of antennas when you shop at Solid Signal.

If you’re a satellite customer, this is the best possible time for an upgrade. DIRECTV subscribers can get a new, 4K-capable dish, and add a new DVR and client as well to be ready for the flood of live 4K channels expected on DIRECTV. DISH customers can get upgraded to the new Hybrid LNBs and a Hopper 3 DVR which stream Netflix in 4K and record more programs than you’ll ever need.

If you’re comfortable doing all your own wiring, shop at Solid Signal and get all the parts, accessories and receivers you need. We can even help you get your receivers activated. If you need help, call us at 888-233-7563 and we can help you get a qualified installer, certified by your satellite company, who will do exactly what you need.

There’s no reason to be without TV entertainment because you are getting a new roof. All it takes is a little bit of planning ahead.

About the Author

Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 9,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.