Lapas are constructed using steel wire structures consisting of various loops around the roof area on different height intervals, almost like a contour map, to secure and strengthen the bundles of thatch in place, although this is a strong and sturdy method there is something to address: Lightning protection for Lapas. Without a lightning conductor, these roofs with the steel wire constructions become very dangerous and easy paths for the lightning to travel through to the ground, effectively it becomes an unwanted conductor that will cause serious damage not only to the structure but also to the items nearby and in more severe cases death. This is why Lightning protection for Lapas is of utmost importance for your safety and to eliminate risk of property damage.
Lapas and thatched lapas are quite popular in South Africa, however if they are not protected against lightning they are more at risk to catching on fire because of a lightning strike than any other type of roof. Because of this it is difficult and sometimes near impossible to get insured you are not properly protected against lightning damage.
When lightning strike a thatch roof the energy flow though the steel wire structure generating a lot of heat which can set the roof on fire! That type of damage can be avoided by installing proper Lightning protection for Lapas. Damages caused by lightning to these structures that are not protected by proper LPS Poles can be devastating not to mention the extreme high risk of injury and in severe cases the loss of life. By installing the correct Lightning protection for Lapas you can avoid these disasters and hugely decrease the risk of lightning damage so that you can rest assured that you are protected.
The main and most effective measure for Lightning Protection for Thatched structures against damage is considered to be the lightning protection system (LPS). The design and location of the LPS should be carefully considered, enabling maximum advantage to be taken of the electrically conductive parts of the structure. The overall effectiveness of the LPS can be increased at minimum cost and effort by making use of the correct system for your property. On New structures regular consultation and good communication between LPS Lightning Protection Company, architects and builders is essential in order to achieve the best result for your new building and ensuring maximum safety.
In the case where lightning protection will to be added to an existing structure, we will make every effort to ensure that it conforms to the principles SANS standards. The design of the type and placement of the LPS will be taken into account with the features and design of the existing structure.