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Best Materials for Lightning Protection System

Using quality materials for lightning protection systems is crucial to ensure effective protection against the destructive forces of lightning strikes. Here are some key components and materials commonly used in lightning protection systems:

Conductor Cables

Copper is the preferred material for conductors in lightning protection systems due to its high conductivity and resistance to corrosion. It is used for connecting various components of the system, such as air terminals, down conductors, and grounding electrodes.

  • Copper conductors: 1/2″ diameter braided cable consisting of 32 strands of 17 gauge copper wire.
  • Aluminum conductors: 5/8″ diameter braided cable consisting of 26 strands of 14 gauge aluminum wire.
  • All Materials Meet or Exceed UL 96/96A NFPA 780 LPI 175/177 Requirements

Air Terminal Rods

Air terminals are typically made of copper or aluminum and are placed at the highest points of a structure to intercept lightning strikes. These materials are chosen for their conductivity and durability.

  • Copper sizes range from 3/8″ x 10″ to 1/2″ x 24″
  • Aluminum sizes range from 1/2″ x 10″ to 1/2″ x 24″
  • Rods over 24″ are available to order with a required brace.

Ground Terminals

Grounding electrodes, such as ground rods or grounding plates, are buried in the ground to provide a low-resistance path for the lightning current to dissipate. They are usually made of copper or copper-clad steel to ensure good conductivity and corrosion resistance.

  • 10 foot x 1/2″ copper ground rod

Lightning Arrestors

These devices are installed on electric service panels to prevent dangerous high voltage from entering a structure through the incoming wires. The arrestor works as a filter to defray incoming voltage, thus preventing a lightning-induced electrical fire or explosion.

Surge Suppressors

These are installed between the appliance, electronic equipment or computer and the electrical outlet to provide point-of-entry surge suppression from lightning induced power surges. Structures which contain sensitive electronic equipment may require a series of individual surge suppressors. Surge suppressors are not a required component of UL approved lightning protection system and can be implemented with the lightning protection system at the owner’s discretion or per installer’s recommendations.

Ornamental Points

Ornate points are available in a variety of selections to enhance the appearance of traditional lightning rods of a structure.

Corrosion-resistant Materials

Since lightning protection systems are exposed to various environmental conditions, including moisture and corrosive elements, it’s essential to use materials that are resistant to corrosion. Copper, aluminum, and stainless steel are commonly used for their corrosion-resistant properties.

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    Why Choose Quality Materials for your Lightning Protection System?

    By using quality materials specifically designed for lightning protection systems, you can ensure the reliability and effectiveness of the system in safeguarding structures and equipment against lightning strikes and associated damage. Additionally, regular inspection and maintenance of the system are important to identify any issues and ensure continued protection.

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    Lightning protection is a very specialized field within the construction industry. To ensure your lightning protection system is properly installed and offers the protection it should, it is vital to hire an installation professional. We have the following certifications & credentials.

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    • We highly recommend WB Lightning Rods. William was very responsive and was able to do our install within a week of our initial call. We are happy with the installation and feel relieved to have added lightning protection for our central Florida home.

      Tammy Davis Avatar Tammy Davis
      May 31, 2020

      William and his son did and excellent job on my house. Glad they got me grounded (pun intended) would highly recommend

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      May 31, 2020

      Service above and beyond. I would not hesitate to recommend or use again. Kudos.

      Susan Shinka Avatar Susan Shinka
      May 31, 2020
    • I only had a limited window of time for this project. William and his son arrived on time and installed a system on my house very quickly. They had enough time left to complete my barn as well. The workmanship I saw on both structures was great. I highly recommend them to anyone else.

      Jeff L. Avatar Jeff L.
      May 31, 2019

      Addressed all of our concerns relative to the aesthetics of the installation while explaining the design and operation of our system. We would recommend WB Lightning Rods to anyone considering purchasing this type of protection. A pleasure to work with.

      George Rogers Avatar George Rogers
      May 31, 2019

      My experience with this company was extremely professional and William and his son were first class, in caring and respect for property. My recommendation is Five Star.

      Duane Zaloudek Avatar Duane Zaloudek
      May 31, 2019
    • The installation was quick and with first rate. materials. The Tampa Bay area holds a US record for the number of thunderstorms per year. I think that one week after installation the RV storage building that is protected by the lightning rods was struck. Aside from one gosh awful noise there was no damage.

      Don MacConnel Avatar Don MacConnel
      May 31, 2019

      First, they responded much quicker than the other vendors. Second, they were on time, and finished quickly. Great job!

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      May 31, 2019

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