Falling aerials and satellite dishes can interrupt TV viewing, but they can also cause a lot of damage. Find out how home insurance can help and what to look out for on your policy.
Falling aerials and satellite dishes can do quite a lot of damage on their way down, posing a risk to your home, your neighbours’ property and to any passers-by.
Home insurance policies vary in what they include but many providers will cover TV aerials and satellite dishes as standard.
Buildings insurance can cover the damage aerials might cause if they fall - for example, if one made a hole in your roof or dented your neighbour’s car.
On the other hand, contents insurance can cover damage that happens to any aerials, satellite dishes and their fittings.
Damage that’s caused by bad weather will typically be covered by your home insurance under what’s called ‘storm damage’ - this generally includes damage caused by high winds.
If stormy weather has taken down your aerial and damaged roof slates or worse, it’s possible you could make a claim.
However, your insurer is likely to check for evidence that there was a storm or even if this was the main cause for the aerial coming down.
If you’re claiming for damage caused by stormy weather, but insurers find there’s no evidence of this, your claim will be refused.
Similarly, if there are no other signs of storm damage - like fallen branches or broken roof slates - insurers may believe the damage to your aerial or roof might have been caused by wear and tear instead.
As a homeowner, you’re responsible for maintaining your home and making sure the aerial’s fitted securely, so your insurer won’t pay out if they discover you’ve let maintenance lapse.
If your TV aerial fell and damaged your neighbour’s property, such as denting their car, your home insurance may cover this.
But it will depend on what caused your aerial to fall.
If the damage was purely down to stormy weather, then your neighbour may need to claim on their own insurance to pay for any repair costs.
However, if they can prove you were responsible for the aerial falling - for example, if it was already loose and you’d not repaired it - they may be able to claim against your policy.
Most home insurance policies provide some level of liability cover. So, if someone’s hurt or their property is damaged because of something that happens at your home, this can cover any valid claim made against you.
Yes, your roof is part of the structure of your home, so any claims for this will fall under your buildings insurance.
But again, a successful claim will depend on what caused the damage.
If you believe that stormy weather was the culprit, you should tell your insurer and send them any evidence of this, including pictures of the damage and local weather reports.
Although if your insurer suspects the damage happened because you hadn’t kept your roof in good condition, they may refuse your claim. So it’s a good idea to keep proof of any repairs or maintenance work you’ve had done.
If you accidentally damage your roof - like putting your foot through it while making repairs - you may be covered if you’ve taken out accidental damage cover as part of your buildings insurance.
This is usually bought as an add-on to your policy and is likely to increase the cost of your premium.
If the roof damage from a storm caused rainwater to get inside and damage your possessions, this may also be covered by accidental damage insurance.
If in doubt, always read your policy or speak to your provider to understand what you will and won’t be covered for.
Yes, as your TV aerial is fitted to your roof any damage it causes by falling will generally be covered under your buildings insurance.
Typically, buildings insurance will cover you against damage from falling trees, branches and TV aerials, alongside many other potential risks to the structure of your home.
But any damage to the aerial itself won’t be covered by buildings insurance - instead, this will usually fall under contents insurance.
So, it’s a good idea to have both contents and buildings insurance, either combined or as separate policies, to make sure your home and belongings are fully protected.
As they stand exposed on your roof or the side of your home, tv aerials and satellite dishes often face the brunt of any bad weather.
Our tips for protecting them and preventing damage include: