Once you’ve put in the call for DirecTV installation in San Bernardino County, all you need to do is wait for the installation team to come out, set up your new satellite dish and all the wiring you need and get you set for endless entertainment. However, there are some people who wish to install the satellite dish themselves.
Whether you do it yourself or have a professional do it, it’s important you choose a sensible place for the dish to be located.
Your choice of satellite dish location should not be primarily based on what looks best on your property, though you can take that into consideration if you have multiple options. Instead, the primary focus should be what will give you the best signal. You’ll need to take into account the direction the dish will face, the structural integrity of where you’ll be installing the dish and any obstacles that may be in the dish’s way.
Here are some things to consider as you go through this process.
Consider the needs of your satellite system
Perhaps the most important factor you need to take into consideration when installing a new satellite dish is its ability to connect with satellites orbiting the surface. This means you need to have a clear, unobstructed view of the southern sky. Where you’re positioned relative to the satellite will determine exactly how the dish should be aligned, both vertically and horizontally. Therefore, you should be sure to clear away any branches or leaves that might be an issue with your satellite getting the connection it needs. On some properties, if there is ample tree cover, it may be difficult to get the high-quality satellite picture you’re looking for.
The dish will also need to be connected via cable to the satellite receiver and television. This means you need to be able to plan out a system in which delivering that cable to your home will be feasible.
Finally, your dish needs a mounting surface that will provide it with stability and security. If you have any reason to believe there’s a part of your roof that isn’t sturdy, you may not want to install your satellite there. Most people do install their satellite dishes on their roofs, but there are alternative locations you could consider, such as on top of a sturdy pole, which will give you a little bit more flexibility for placement in more unobstructed areas.
With roof-mounted systems, consider also the potential for leaks to form. Typically, you won’t experience roof leaks right away after installing the satellite dish. However, over time it’s possible that the natural expansion and shrinking of roofing materials that occurs with the seasons and with exposure to the elements can create gaps where you screwed the dish into the shingles.
Therefore, to prevent this, you should be sure you or your technician installs a rubber sheet between the foot plate of the dish and the roof to block any leaks that might form and to protect the shingles below from slight damage that can be caused by connection to the dish.
A skilled satellite TV installation technician can help you determine where on your property makes the most sense to install your satellite. For more information about DirecTV installation in San Bernardino County, contact us today.