Established 1873

Frequently Asked Questions about Lightning Protection



1) Do lightning rods attract lightning?

No.  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.


2) Do nearby trees protect structures from lightning?

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.


3) Do TV antennas and satellite dishes protect structures from lightning?

No.  These are actually lightning targets that are not adequately grounded to safely handle the dangerous lightning current.  Whenever possible, old antennas, which no longer serve a useful purpose, should be removed from the structure.


4) Can surge arresters, suppressors, and “whole house protectors” protect my home?

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 an exterior lightning protection system (air terminals, bonding, and grounding) to provide whole house protection.


5) Doesn’t our insurance cover damage caused by lightning?

While this is generally true for an initial occurrence with lightning, many insurance companies will deny a second or third lightning claim and many will not renew a policy after a lightning claim is entered.


6) Am I safe if my home is in a low-lying area?

No.  Lightning frequently strikes in low-lying areas as well as in higher elevations.


7) Do lightning rods look unsightly?

Modern lightning protection systems are inconspicuous and virtually undetectable.  An experienced lightning protection estimator from Boston Lightning Rod Company will design your system to blend with your architecture.  Aesthetics are never compromised.


8) Do lightning rods require routine maintenance?

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.  Examples where maintenance are needed are a new roof, addition to building, new siding, or any other type of structure change.


9) Are lightning rods expensive?

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.


10) Can I purchase parts from Boston Lightning Rod Company and do it myself?

Lightning Protection is not a do-it-yourself project.  An improperly installed lightning protection is not only ineffective, but also dangerous.  Lightning protection should only be installed by an Underwriters Laboratories Certified lightning protection company, like Boston Lightning Rod Company, Inc.

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