Choosing between a Starlink flashing mount vs. pivot mount is especially confusing. They look deceptively similar. Yet, they couldn’t be more different.
Technically, both Starlink flashing mounts and pivot mounts go on the roof. However, the pivot mount is less invasive.
You must get under your roof shingles with a utility knife to install a flashing mount. Furthermore, a pivot mount is usable on its own.
You’ll need a complementary mount to install a Starlink dish on a flashing mount.
We explore more differences and provide you with clear installation instructions for both.
Table of Contents
- What Is a Starlink Flashing Mount?
- Starlink Flashing Mount Pros & Cons
- What Is A Starlink Pivot Mount
- Starlink Pivot Mount Pros and Cons
- Starlink Flashing Mount vs. Pivot Mount Differences
- How to Install a Starlink Flashing Mount
- How to Install a Starlink Pivot Mount
What Is a Starlink Flashing Mount?
The Starlink flashing mount is one of Starlink’s many mounting accessories that help you get clear Starlink satellite internet signals.
Unlike other flashing mounts, Starlink flashing mounts are designed to work perfectly with Starlink devices.
You might not have to alter the Starlink mount when attaching to a Starlink dishy mast.
The flashing mount has a unique design for its purpose.
It is made with a flat base plate that slides underneath roof shingles. The base plate minimizes roof leakage and maintains the roof’s structural integrity.
Starlink Flashing Mount Pros & Cons
First, the Starlink flashing mount is stable on most roofs. The wide plate slides into most roof shingles and remains sturdy.
However, you must seal with edges with roof cement to prevent accidental roof leaks.
Also, a Starlink flashing mount can be an adapter. Some people will get a flashing mount just to use it as an adapter for another mount, such as a pole or pivot mount.
Lastly, the Starlink flashing mount cleanly hides some of the dish’s wiring. It has space under the upper platform to roll up extra yards of wiring.
Despite all these high points, there’s a downside to the Starlink flashing mount.
It is not a befitting option if you have a super steep roof. Also, metal roofs and roofs without shingles are not a good fit for the flashing mount.
What Is A Starlink Pivot Mount
Here’s a dilemma.
You have the Starlink dishy but also a metal, flat, or very steep roof. Your mount choices may be limited.
That is until you get a Starlink pivot mount.
A Starlink pivot mount is an accessory you attach directly to your steep roof to mount your dishy.
Unlike the flashing mount, the pivot mount allows you to adjust it vertically to get the clearest view of the sky.
The Starlink pivot mount has a unique design.
It has a twistable knob on the side, allowing you to tighten the lock once you get the ideal angle.
The joint pushes a toothed cog into another cog to lock in position securely.
Starlink Pivot Mount Pros and Cons
Lag screws for pivot mount installation
The Starlink pivot mount has a 60-degree tilt angle. It’ll work better than a flashing mount on steep roofs.
It can be a permanent fixture for Starlink Portability or Starlink RV. It comes with the necessary hardware to drill into any surface.
One of the standout features is the handy bag included in the Starlink pivot mount package. The bag is meant to fit the dish as you carry it up the roof. It’s a nice touch.
However, the pivot mount for Starlink will not work on clay, tile, or slate roofing.
Starlink Flashing Mount vs. Pivot Mount Differences
|Features||Starlink Flashing Mount||Starlink Pivot Mount|
|Design||It has a wide flat base plate anchor. The anchor improves support against harsh weather. Additionally, it provides a hiding spot for the dish cable.||The base is designed to be drilled into various surfaces. It is strong enough to support any dishy on its own.|
|Function||It provides a non-intrusive cover after installation. You’ll need extra sealant/caulk/roof cement to keep off water damage.||The drill holes in the front and back give it a clean, minimalistic look. You can drill it into the roof and get a sturdy base.|
|Roof placement||It will work best with roofs with shingles. However, steep roofs are a no-go.||It is meant specifically for steep roofs where flashing mounts won’t work. The back drill hole offers support, especially on heavily sloped roofs.|
|Installation method||It requires an invasive procedure. It won’t damage the roof if you correctly slide the flat plate under the shingles.||You need to drill it onto a roof. The lag screws are enough to hold it in place.|
|Compatibility with other mounts||You must use it with other mounts. It works exceptionally well with a pivot mount.||You can use it on its own or with other mounts such as a J, pole, or chimney mount.|
*The prices indicated are official Starlink prices. However, they are subject to change and availability at any time.
How to Install a Starlink Flashing Mount
Before installing the Starlink flashing mount, observe all the roof safety rules.
You can use roof jacks to hold you and your equipment as you work, especially if your roof has a slope.
The installation location needs to have an unobstructed view of the space.
- Use a stud finder to find a location on the roof with a stud.
- Mark a spot where the cable will pass through the roof into the house. Carry a ⅞ drill bit to make a hole large enough for the cable.
- Get the flashing mount cover, and align it squarely with your roof. Ensure one of the mount’s edges is close to the cable hole.
- Use the cover to trace a pattern for the cutout.
- Use your utility knife to cut out the cover outline.
- Insert the flat base plate into the upper side of the loose roof shingles. Confirm the plate is securely in place.
- Apply roof cement under the surrounding loose roof shingles. Cover every gap you think water might infiltrate.
- Press down on the loose roof shingles and ensure there are no gaps.
Up to this point, you have technically installed the Starlink flashing mount. You must install another mount on the flashing mount cover to attach your Starlink dishy.
How to Install a Starlink Pivot Mount
You can install a pivot mount as it is on a roof and install the Starlink dishy.
Like the flashing mount, ensure the installation location is clear of obstructions.
You will need the following:
- 1/2″ (12.7 mm) socket wrench,
- 5/32″ (4 mm) drill bit
- Find the location of the stud on your roof.
- Align your pivot mount on the stud’s location and mark the roof.
- Drill holes on the markings.
- Place the pivot mount on the stud demarcation. Align the markings with the mount’s drilled holes.
- The Starlink pivot mount kit comes with sealing tape. Cut a small section and make two balls.
- Crumple the sealing tape balls and stuff them in the drilled holes. Ensure there’s extra stuffing around the edges.
- Place the sealing tape over the holes.
- Holding the mount in place, drive the provided lag screws through the holes and into the roof. They’ll get a firm hold on the stud.
- Make a quarter-turn with the socket wrench to secure the lag screws.
Mounting The Pivot Mount
- Get on the roof with the dishy in the bag.
- Use the knob on the mount’s side to loosen the arm. The best thing about authentic Starlink mounts is that they fit the 1st and 2nd Generation dishes.
- Slip the dishy into the mount.
- Once the dish is secure, run the cable into the house and secure it using the included wall clips.
You must reconnect the dishy and run speed and connection tests to check if you receive the best signal.
Seeing how many homes have a shingle roof, a flashing mount is a necessary investment for your Starlink dish.
However, if you have an ordinary steep roof, a pivot mount is the right fit. Both mounts are available in Starlink’s store.
However, there are aftermarket options that might cost you a lot more.