Mark, from New Orleans, emailed us last week with a question asked often by newbie rooftop antenna owners.
“I am a handy guy and have done my research regarding rooftop antennas. I know exactly the type of antenna I want to install at my residence. I have the tools and feel confident that I can erect the antenna myself to save money from installation fees. My brother-in-law thinks I am being ridiculous and unsafe. He strongly believes I should call a professional. Should I concede to my brother-in-law’s way of thinking?” Mark, New Orleans
This is a question we are asked on a daily basis. We understand the desire and need to save money, but installing an antenna without professional assistance can be much more costly in the end. If you install your rooftop antenna incorrectly, you may have to pay for repairs from an improper installation. For instance, if you fail to mount the antenna properly you may find it in your neighbor’s yard (or worse yet through his car window) if a bad storm blows through. The amount of money to repair your property and your neighbor’s property could negate any money you saved trying to do it yourself.
Other reasons to hire a professional installer include peace of mind and safety. Safety should always come first. Antenna installers tackle roofs and high pitches every day. They are accustomed to the heights and how to attach the antenna safely. Attempting a DIY antenna set-up could be deadlier for an amateur.
Seeking the expertise of a professional TV antenna installer in New Orleans will also guarantee that your antenna works properly. In addition, it secures your warranty. An amateur install because of a misplaced screw or a part accidentally removed can void your warranty instantly leaving you responsible for the cost of your mistake.
So, in this case, we have no choice but to side with your brother-in-law. We’re sorry. We know that is a hard pill to swallow.