Andrew Steele

Television & Radio Hardware - Loft Installation

There are many locations that can have a loft installation work well, and there are a number of benefits. First being ease of installation, the second being ease of maintenance, and third (depending on your aesthetics) it may leave the house appearing better. There are also locations where the installation of an aerial is prohibited. A working loft-installed aerial however is somewhat of a black art due to many factors determining whether the signal received at the tuner is suitable.

A loft install might also be considered preferable to an aerial being installed where the signal has to pass through the roof space to reach it, as passing through one set of tiles is generally better than two.

The first consideration is the outdoor signal quality. If the location is close to a transmitter and even better, has line-of-sight to it, then it is likely to be a strong signal and has a good chance of working.

Second is the materials in the roof. Attempting to receive a signal through brick walls, concrete, and metal is probably going to fail. Any installed aerial must point through the slates – and this is even more important in terraced housing where pointing through the end wall means pointing it through the end wall of every house in the row.

Another consideration is interference – with indoors generally meaning that there is going to be more of it introduced due to electrical items nearby.

If installing an indoor aerial, it is vital to purchase good quality cable, connectors, and any other necessary equipment as these could potentially be the difference between an install that works and one that doesn’t.