Always make sure that your lightning protection system is installed and maintained by a Lightning Conductor Specialist, there are a lot of skills and knowledge required to make these systems functional and effective. A system of lightning protection conductors and lightning rods are installed on the roof of the building to intercept any lightning before it strikes the building by your trusted Lightning Conductor Specialist.
Downleads or down conductors are the elements of the main conductor system that generally bring the lightning from the roof level system to the grounding system. This may include cable conductor, or qualified continuous steel framework of 3/16” thickness or greater, or a combination.
Lightning rods (and the accompanying protection system) are designed to protect a house or building from a direct lightning strike and, in particular, a lightning-initiated fire.
Lightning rods, installed by Lightning Conductor Specialist, intercept this voltage, providing a safe path for lightning current into the ground. They do not decrease the likelihood your home may be struck, but provide a direct path to ground, preventing damage to your home from fire, explosion, and electrical surges that can result from lightning strikes. It turns out lightning rods still exist and are effective, but many homes do not have them.
It protects buildings from lightning strokes by providing an easier path for the current to flow to earth rather through the building. In the event of a direct lightning strike, the current in the conductor may be so great that it melts or vaporizes the metal, but the damage to the building will be limited.
What is Lightning Protection Testing? A Lightning Protection Test (LPT) involves all lightning conductors and earth grounding installations being visually inspected and tested by a qualified Lightning Conductor Specialist. Each individual earth grounding point and its conductors are electronically tested for resistance to ground.