Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the function of a lightning protection system?
    • A properly installed and maintained lightning protection system provides structural protection for the building.
  • Does lightning protection attract lightning?
    • No, lightning protection does not attract, or deter lightning. Lightning is looking for the least resistive path to ground. The copper or aluminum materials used are a much better path to ground than the structure itself. Therefore, the lightning will travel down the conductors to ground causing no structural damage.
  • Do trees offer protection for my structure?
    • NO! Many times lightning side flashes to structures after hitting a tree.
  • What is the cost of lightning protection?
    • It is difficult to give a budgetary price for lightning protection. Pricing is based on the architectural make-up of a structure (roof elevations, chimneys, dormers, roof equipment, etc.). Each structure has its own specific lightning protection design and installation. This design and installation must meet the Lightning Protection Institute, the National Fire Protection Association, and Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. standards. Lightning protection is a great investment and an inexpensive component of the overall safety package available today. It offers peace of mind and proven protection for your family, structure, business, and valuables. Please click here to inquire about a cost-free estimate for your structure today.
  • Do insurance companies offer a savings for investing in a lightning protection system?
    • Depending on your insurance company, some offer various types of savings. However, while an initial lightning damage claim is paid, most insurance companies will not pay additional claims and will often not renew a policy unless a lightning protection system is installed and inspected by a third party inspection company. (UL or LPI-IP)
  • Can I install my own lightning protection system?
    • No, an improperly installed system is very dangerous. Lightning protection is a very specialized industry requiring trained technicians. A properly designed and installed system conforms to all governing standards (LPI 175, NFPA 780, and UL 96A) and recognizes the structure’s design, construction, electrical composition, soil conditions, location and more.
  • Why is the lightning protection system connected to my gas and water pipes?
    • Lightning protection standards (LPI 175, NFPA 780, and UL 96A) require the lightning protection system to be commonly connected to underground piping systems that enter the structure. These include gas piping, water piping, conduits, etc. This bonding does not introduce lightning charges into your gas and water pipes, but rather routes the charges away from the pipes. We are not substituting the gas pipe for a ground. This connection is to provide common ground potential, reducing the risk of a side flash or arch during a lightning strike.
  • What will the lightning protection system look like?
    • Bonded Lightning Protection Systems, Ltd. uses the architecture of your structure to hide the components of the lightning protection system. In addition, the materials chosen are the best for the aesthetics for your home. For example, since copper wears to a dark finish, it is not conducive to install that material on a white stone home. Instead, our installers would use aluminum or tin coated copper, which weathers to a dull silver to compliment the white stone. A pre-construction meeting will be held prior to installation of the lightning protection system. Most commonly, lightning protection is inconspicuous and virtually undetectable. However, Bonded offers an array of finial accents, ornamental glass and copper balls, and an extensive line of decorative weathervanes to add beauty and an architectural element to your structure.
  • Does a lightning protection system require maintenance?
    • Maintenance is only required if/when your structure or roof changes. These changes may include, but are not limited to, additions, roof renovations, satellite dish installations, etc. Lightning protection systems are constructed of durable materials that are likely to outlast most other fixtures on your structure. Bonded recommends an inspection of the lightning protection system after every occurrence of work performed that may affect the system. We want to be certain the system remains compliant to governing standards (LPI 175, NFPA 780, and UL 96A) and other trade work has not interfered with the protection abilities of the system. In addition, a general inspection is recommended every one (1) to three (3) years.
  • My structure is in a low-lying area. Is the structure still vulnerable to lightning?
    • Yes, lightning strikes in low areas as well as in higher elevations. Lightning is very unpredictable and does not discriminate as to what or where it strikes.
  • Are surge protection devices enough protection?
    • No, surges often enter the structure through shared utility lines and cannot offer lightning protection. Surge protection devices are an important part of a complete protection system; combined with a professionally installed lightning protection system, these components working together accomplish the best possible protection from damage caused by lightning.
  • My structure is grounded. Does that offer lightning protection?
    • No, grounding is to assure electrical safety and does not prevent lightning damage.
  • Does my antenna (or other appliances) help in protecting against lightning?
    • No, antennas are not designed to sustain a lightning strike. Similar to trees, the lightning will side flash to a structure after hitting an antenna. If possible, antennas no longer in service should be removed.

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