How affordable is lightning protection for homes?

Don't Waste Your Money

We are now at the start of lightning season, which runs through June, July, and August in most of the US.

It's hard to believe, but the National Weather Service reports more than 20 MILLION lighting strikes each year in the country.

And each year, several hundred homes go up in flames after being struck.

New Subdivisions Riskier for Lightning

Many newer have no hills or large trees around, making them an ideal target for lightning.  The roofs on new homes are the highest point in the area.

So if you are concerned, several companies make residential protection systems.

Tony Riley is the president of one of three area companies that sells lightning protection, and says the cost of lightning rods is well worth it.

"Lightning protection is great peace of mind as far as protecting your family, your pets, heirlooms, your property," he said.
Riley's company, Ohio Valley Lightning Protection, will place several copper rods on your roof,  connected by thick copper wires to metal stakes in the ground.

Most cities have one company that will install rods.  You can usually find them by a Google search with your city and the words "lightning protection."

What You Get

He says protection for the average two story home costs around $3,000.

"For a basic home, anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000," Riley said.  "It consists of 5 roof points and 3 - 4 grounds surrounding the home."

It may sound a pricey, but it can protect against a 3 million volt lightning hit.  And it can save more than $100,000 in damage, and weeks of repairs, if your home is struck.

Unfortunately, due to the heights involved, on the very peak of roofs, this is not a D-I-Y job for most homeowners.

As always, don't waste your money.


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