Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
We want to offer you as much honest information as we can to help you make the most-informed decision for your building and/or family.
What is the function of a lightning protection system?
A lightning protection system, installed and maintained per nationally-recognized standards, 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 conductive materials used in a lightning protection system are much better path to ground than the structure itself.
Do trees offer protection for my structure?
No! Wood is not a conducive material for lightning. Many times lightning side-flashes to structures after hitting a tree.
Do insurance companies offer savings/a discount for investing in a lightning protection system?
Depending on your insurance company, some offer various types of savings/discount.
While most insurance companies will pay an initial lightning damage claim, they 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 (LPI-IP).
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 the underground piping systems that enter the structure. These include gas piping, water piping, conduits, etc. This bonded does not introduce lightning charges into your gas or water pipes, but rather routes the charges away from the pipes.