Can You Put a Satellite Dish in the Loft?

Satellite dish against a dark sky

When you’re converting a loft into a room or an office, you want it to be as comfortable as possible up there.

Cosy bed, maybe a view of the night sky from it, plenty of access to electricity outlets for devices…. Very nice.

You might even be thinking of getting satellite TV set up there, but the question is, can you install a satellite dish in a loft?

The answer is, unfortunately not. If you want Sky TV at all, normally, you need to mount the satellite dish on the roof or on the side of the house.

None of this means you can have to kiss Sky TV or any other TV goodbye the moment you move into your loft, however.

Thanks to the ever-advancing juggernaut that is technology, telly addicts still have a couple of alternatives to consider:

The Sky no-dish option

Sky has been working on a no-dish option — Sky Q – that will make it possible to access its TV services over the internet, rather than worry about unsightly satellite dishes.

Terrific; however, note that because the loft is higher up and further away from the main broadband router, the connection itself to the internet may be slow or a little sketchy, or may just not connect at all. Ideally, try to position the router as close to the loft as possible.

Lady watching sport on satellite TV

A standard TV aerial

Good news: if you have a strong signal, you should still be able to receive Freeview from your loft.

There are dedicated loft aerials which could do the trick. These don’t have to withstand storms and other adverse weather conditions, so you don’t need to replace them as often.

Sometimes, however, it’s just a question of setting up a regular indoor TV aerial.

One thing to note is that the material of your roof may have an impact on the signal. Porous materials can weaken the signal if they get wet. So can metal sheets and solar panels. If you’re in an area that doesn’t receive a good signal, or if you live in a property where planning permission issues prevent you putting an aerial on the outside of your house, this may be an option.

Person holding a TV remote control

Installing an aerial in the loft

If you decide to install a loft aerial, it’s always worth checking with your neighbours if they use a loft aerial and what kind of signal they get. If it’s not too great, you could be better off using a high-gain TV aerial.

Feeling up to the job on installing the aerial yourself? Try using an L-section loft mounting kit, rather than the makeshift method of hanging the aerial up from a rafter with a piece of string. These kits are adaptable and you can set up your aerial much more tidily. Should you need to suspend the aerial from a roof truss, you can reverse the L-section in the bracket and mount the aerial on a joist.

So, don’t dismay and feel your banished to a lifetime without Sky TV or any other TV once you’re in the loft. Technological help is at hand.

If you are looking for a loft conversion, incidentally, contact us for a consultation and we can look at how the new loft could best accommodate technology.