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Lightning Protection Systems – FAQs

Today, lightning protection systems have become very popular.  All public schools, hospitals, and assisted living institutions in Florida are required by law to have lightning protection systems in place to protect against the destructive forces of lightning. Your structure should as well. Lightning has the ability to rip through structures, burst walls, upset metals, and start devastating fires.

Lightning rods and cables do not have to be visible.  They can be hidden do that they do not interfere with the aesthetics or architecture. Today’s lightning protection systems are almost inconspicuous.  Contemporary buildings are equipped with sensitive electronic systems, therefore builders tend to include lightning protection systems not only to protect the structure but also to help protect the electronic systems and to keep the buildings safe.

The cost of lightning rod protection system is typically less than 2% of total cost of home and much less than cost of repairs or replacement damage due to lightning strike.

A lightning protection system may lower your insurance. When lightning strikes, it can be disastrous for the home, also for the insurance company.

Absolutely not.  An experienced lightning protection designer and installer can customize the system so that it blends in with its surroundings. If a lightning protection is installed in the early stages of the building construction the down conductor for the system can even be concealed inside the walls.

Usually lightning rods are barely visible from ground. Lightning rods are 12 inches tall and 3/8” in diameter.  When lightning protection system is designed during construction all of the lightning protection system, except the rooftop terminals, can be concealed and can be run inside the structure.  Decorative finials can be used as air terminals, making the lightning protection an architectural accent.

Lightning rods do not attract lightning.  Nor do they repel lightning. Lightning rods provide a resistance path to ground. If lightning strikes, the system attempts to carry the harmful electrical current away from the structure and safely to ground

Trees do not no provide protection from lightning.  Instead they redirect lightning towards a home or structure causing structural damage as well as power surges in the structures wiring. 

No. The electrical ground is not designed to handle the lightning strike.  It is installed to protect the internal workings of the electrical system in your building.

No. No matter where you are located there is a risk of lightning strike.

The structural steel of a building does conduct lightning.  You need a lightning protection system to intercept lightning to make sure that the lightning is able to pass harmlessly through the building.

These devices alone do not provide protection to a building structure. The only way they are effective is when they are a part of a complete lightning protection system.

A lightning protection system can prevent property damage from the effects of a lightning strike. It provides the electric charge produced by lightning a path of least resistance to the ground

Lightning rods take the lightning charge safely to ground. Lightning rods supply the easiest path to ground safely.

Lightning Protection rods are very effective in keeping structures safe. Because of this they are installed at airports on many government buildings, including The White House, numerous commercial buildings and houses. The NFPA has maintained a Standard for lightning protection for over 100 years.

No, nothing can prevent a lightning strike.  The main purpose of a lightning protection system is to intercept the lightning strike and dissipate it safety into the ground. A lightning protection system doesn’t prevent a lightning strike; Lightning rods intercept a lightning strike and provide pathways to safely conduct the lightning to the ground.

Lightning protection can be installed at any time for existing structures and new construction. At Gulf Coast Lightning Rods, our expert specialists can provide design, specification, consultation and installation services to develop a plan that best fits your project requirements.

Lightning protection is not a do-it-yourself project. Qualified specialists use UL-listed materials. This ensures the installation complies with nationally recognized Safety Standards of LPI, NFPA and UL. It is highly recommended you hire a professional installer to install the lightning protection rod who knows about compliance and safety standards. If it is not done properly it it will not provide lightning protection to your structure. Moreover, there are guidelines for connections, rod size, base thickness, cable configuration, etc.

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Florida Lightning Protection Installation

Lightning can strike anytime. Protect Your Investment from Lightning

Lightning can strike your Florida or Gulf Coast property without warning, and if you don’t have lightning protection in place, the damage it can inflict might be disastrous. Gulf Coast Lightning Rods, is your go to team of professionals for all of your Lightning Protection Rod installations, inspections and repairs.

Residential Lightning Protection Systems

Many lives are lost due to lightning strikes. Protect your family and property by getting a lightning protection system installed by Gulf Coast Lightning Rods. A lightning protection system consist of many components.  The key components, that work together to protect property structures from lightning damage are air terminals, conductors, bonds, ground terminations, and surge protection devices. Learn more about our residential lightning protection services >

Commercial Lightning Protection

Our Florida lightning protection company inspects, installs & designs lightning protection systems for commercial properties. In Florida, public schools, hospitals and nursing facilities are required to have lightning protection systems.  Many industrial and commercial property owners are getting lightning protection systems installed for their properties to protect human life, property, electric equipment and data. Learn more about our commercial lightning protection services >

Barn Lightning Protection

Installing barn lightning protection is a wise decision. If people or animals are inside the barn during a lightning storm, having lightning protection in place can significantly reduce the risk of injury or death from a direct lightning strike or secondary effects like fire or structural damage. Protect your livestock by having a lightning protection system installed for your barn. We install lightning rods connected with wire connections to the ground for barns. If lightning strikes the barn, it won’t bother your livestock as the rods will absorb the brunt of it. Learn more about Barn & Farmhouses lightning protection services >

Tree Lightning Protection System

Lightning protection devices from Gulf Coast Lightning Rods can minimize the risk of destruction in the likelihood of a  lightning strike. Lightning protection systems use copper conductors attached to a ground rod to reduce the chance of tree damage and transmit the electrical charge to the earth, where the energy is dispersed. Our advanced technology has a proven track record of protecting trees and reducing the likelihood of a side-flash to nearby structures. Learn more about our Lightning Protection for Trees services >

Lightning Rods

A lightning rod or lightning conductor  is a metal rod usually copper or aluminum mounted on a structure and intended to protect the structure from a lightning strike. It protects a structure from lightning damage by intercepting flashes and guiding the currents into the ground. They are mounted at strategic places where lightning is most likely to strike. Learn more about lightning rods >

Lightning Rods

While lightning rods can shield a building from direct lightning strikes, a full lightning protection system is necessary to guard against dangerous electrical surges and potential fires brought on by lightning that enters a building through wires and pipes. Learn more about lightning protection systems >


At Gulf Coast Lightning Rods, LLC of Florida, our goal is to keep you and your property safe from lightning strikes. We can inspect, design, manage, and install any type of lightning protection and surge protection system throughout Florida, the entire South East, the Gulf Coast, and the Atlantic Coast. We offer lightning protection services throughout the state of Florida, the entire South East, the Gulf Coast, and the Atlantic Coast. Lightning protection is also available in Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, and other states. Call us today for a no-obligation consultation.