Historically, TV aerials in the UK have usually been mounted on the chimney. But many people today live in flats or in modern properties that don’t have a chimney, so what are the alternatives for ensuring you get a safe aerial mount and a strong signal?
1 Gable ends
If you are in a detached house, a semi or an end terrace then the gable end wall is a good place to mount your aerial. This will involve attaching a bracket to the wall and then attaching the aerial so it’s above the roofline.
2 Front and rear walls
If you don’t have a gable – if you are in a terraced house or a flat – then you need to look at mounting on the front or rear wall. It’s important to check whether there are any restrictions on what you can mount on the walls. The aerial should be placed as high as possible to ensure a good signal.
3 Loft aerials
It may be that you don’t need to have an aerial outside at all. If you can get a strong enough signal, you may be able to put the aerial in the loft. Consult a firm offering TV aerial installation Swansea has a number such as https://www.onevisionltd.co.uk/tv-aerial-installation-swansea/ to see if this is a viable option.
If you have wooden fascias – the bit below the edge of the roof that the guttering is attached to – you may be able to attach an aerial there. However, this method of fixing is usually only suited to smaller, lighter aerials.
5 Indoor aerials
If you are in an area where there is a strong signal you may be able to use an indoor aerial. You can check the signal strength available in your area online – http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/reception_guide. Usually, this will only be satisfactory if you have a very good signal, such as if you are on a hill or have a clear line to the transmitter.
6 Hole in the ground
It’s an unusual option, but if you have the space, it is possible to place a mast or pole in your garden and put the TV aerial on that. This will need to be around 15 or 20 feet high and concreted in at the base so that it is secure in high winds.