A typical lightning bolt can pack as much as 30 million volts of power. Increases in utilities, expensive electronic equipment and metal building components have made today's structures especially vulnerable to lightning damage. A properly installed lightning protection system which meets U.S. Safety Standards (NFPA and UL) will provide a safe path to the earth for lightning's destructive energy. The three main components for complete lightning protection are:
Definitely not! Lightning rods do not attract or prevent lightning strikes. A lightning protection system simply intercepts a lightning strike and provides a path into the ground to harmlessly discharge the dangerous electricity.
No! Trees are actually very poor conductors of electricity. Lightning striking a nearby tree could sideflash, causing serious damage to your home. Valuable trees can be protected and are often made part of the lightning protection system.
No! These are actually lightning targets that are not adequately grounded to safely handle the dangerous lightning current. Whenever possible, old antennas which serve no useful purpose should be removed from a structure.
No! Surge suppressors are important components of a complete system, but can do nothing to protect a structure against direct lightning strikes. Arresters must be installed in conjunction with a lightning protection system (air terminals, bonding and grounding) to provide whole house protection.
While this is generally true for an initial occurrence with lightning, many insurance companies will deny second or third lightning claims and many will nonrenew a policy after a lightning claim is entered.
No! Lightning frequently strikes in low areas as well as in higher elevations.
Definitely not! Modern lightning protection systems are inconspicuous and virtually undetectable. An experienced lightning protection contractor will design your system to blend with your architecture— aesthetics are never compromised.
No! Lightning protection systems are constructed of durable materials that are likely to outlast most other fixtures on your home. No maintenance is required unless changes are made to your structure or roof.
No! Lightning protection is one of the
least expensive improvements you can
purchase for your home and it offers
the best type of insurance—peace of
mind and proven protection for your
family, home and valuables. It's a big
return on a small investment.
President: Jeffrey Galamb, Sr. carries Master Installer Certification, card number 852, from the Lightning Protection Institute. Also, he is a member of IBEW Local # 26, Washington, DC for 35+ years.
Jeffrey Galamb, Sr.’s primary functions are running the estimating department and overseeing all areas of operations from the office, including bidding, billing, and scheduling of projects.
Lightning losses in the homeowner sector are in excess of one billion dollars annually, representing five percent of all residential claims.
Lightning is the only force of nature for which affordable and reliable protection is available.
Does your computer have a phone line? Have you ever lost data from your hard drive due to a power surge? Are your phone lines and cable TV grounded?
Can your insurance fully compensate you for damaged property, lost possessions, personal injury or lifestyle inconvenience due to a fire or surge damage?
Do you currently have smoke alarms or a security system in your house? Do these make you feel safer and give you peace of mind?
Do you or someone in your household/business know CPR in the event someone is struck by lightning?
Do lightning and thunder scare you or your family. Does your pet sense the danger and hide during a storm?
How fast can the Fire Department respond to an emergency at your residence or business?
Are you certain that lightning hasn't already caused damage to your property? (Orange County Utilities in Florida recently learned that copper plumbing pipes are routinely struck by lightning, which can cause gradual pinhole damage.)