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Question DetailsAsked on 12/17/2014

Need to remove two old satellite dishes on the roof. How much should it cost?

Hi, we had a minor leak in the roof at the point where an old satellite dish was installed. We had a contractor repair temporarily with just some silicone, but I'm concerned it's going to leak again, so I'd like to have them removed.

The removal should also include replacing the shingles that were damaged during the installation.

What would a repair such as this typically cost?

Are there any specific questions I should ask a roofing company prior to doing this? Or after it's done?

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Most roofers will do this for around $250-500 depending on size of dishes and how much local trash disposal charges are. If a usable satellite dish you might get a TV Service - Satellite company to removeit cheaper if the dish is reusable by them.

One thing I would make sure of is that the bolt holes are fully filled with pressure-injected asphaltic roof sealant (comes in caulk-like tube for caulk gun for about $5), not just surface patched with a putty knife - that way the hole through the underlayment and possibly the sheathing is also sealed water-tight.

If you are able to send a photo of your shingles to the roofer when you call he might have a better chance of bringing more or less matching color shingles for the replacement.

Another alternative if you are worried about color or shingle thickness match, especially if your roof does not need snow shoveling ever - is to have them remove the dish and mounts, fill the holes with the asphaltic sealant, but then reinstall the bolts snug (but not digging into) to the shingles to refill the holes - with no shingle replacement (unless they are broken). Then all you have are a few bolt heads sticking up 1/4" or so, but no shingle color mismatch. If they coat around and over the bolt heads with the black sealant (unless you have gray or silver shingles) they will not be obvious - then leave them in place till the roof is replaced whenever.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD


In many instances, it is not necessary to actually replace the shingles that were penetrated by the satellite mounting bracket fasteners. This can be a desirable option if the roofing is older. As shingles age, the granules fade, and newer roofing will typically have a darker, more vibrant appearance. Older shingles are also more brittle, and other damage may occur as adjoining shingles are disturbed.

If the shingles may be lifted, a quality repair may be made by applying an asphalt-based sealant over the fastener holes, but beneath the exposed portion of the shingle. Although silicone sealant is not compatible with asphalt, clear Geocel 2300 sealant is compatible with asphalt, and is a good, flexible alternative to black asphalt-based sealants.

Regardless of whether or not the shingles are replaced in this repair, the satellite dish mounting brackets and fasteners should be eliminated to prevent the need for future maintenance.

The cost for this type of repair can vary greatly depending on how the repair is made, whether minimum charges apply, and the of roofing on your home. A cost of $200-$250 would be a good average, but not every situation is average. I recommend calling a contractor that is highly rated on Angie's List, and asking if they can make a repair for a cost not to exceed $200. Ask that if their repair person determines that the repair will exceed $200, that they provide a no-cost estimate before doing any work.

I hope this helps!

Answered 5 years ago by CincyRoofer

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