Lightning Protection Company
Why Lightning Protection Is Important
First, lightning strikes are a real and present danger worldwide. In the United States alone lightning strikes cause over one billion dollars of damage each year. In fact, from 2004-2008 local fire departments responded to an average of 24,600 fires per year that were caused by lightning strikes.
A single lightning strike can kill people, pets and start fires that can quickly destroy an entire home or business. If your home or business is relatively high above the ground, or has a high feature such as a chimney, tower, steeple or large tree you have a very real risk of a lightning strike.
Lightning Protection Systems & Equipment
We sell and install industrial and mil-spec grade equipment manufactured by industry manufacturing leaders Surge Suppression Inc.™ and Steady Power™. True lightning protection systems are complex systems engineered to provide a method to intercept a lightning strike and safely channel the electrical power to the ground by utilizing specialized components including air terminals (lightning rods), special mounting bases, conductor cables, ground electrodes and other items required to install the system. A lightning protection system can be designed for virtually any size home, office building or high rise structure.
Designing an effective lightning and surge protection system requires a specialist such as Southeastern Power Systems. Commercial electricians and contractors rarely have the knowledge and experience to design and install a system that can effectively protect you home or business. Simply installing a lighting rod with cable to the ground may actually create a fire hazard that did not exist. Learn about lightning and surge protection myths and truths by reading our Information on Lightning Protection.
Ideally a lighting protection system is installed during intial construction of a home or building. However, usually we install lightning protection systems on existing structures and sometimes large, irreplaceable trees. In most case the system can be installed in a manner that makes it largely concealed with only the lightning rod itself being noticeable.
Lightning protection systems and products are very specialized items. These items typically require testing and approval by both the Underwriters Laboratories and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Lightning protection systems should always be installed by trained professionals and not a home owner, electrical contractor or home improvement company.
Lightning Protection Equipment
The various components of which a lightning protection system is comprised vary in performance specification, composition, cost and applicable purpose. An example is an air terminal (lightning rod) which is tradtionally designed to be the first point of a strike and newer units which are designed to be a lightning dissipation system. Components such as conductors, conductor cables, mounting brackets, frames and plates, terminals, and related items must all be sized and matched for compatibility with one another as well as for suitability for the total system design.
We are a leading lightning protection design and installation contractor in the Southeast United States. We invite you to conatct us online or call our office to discuss your needs and learn more about our capabilities. We work with architects, engineers, property managers and owners to provide exact fit solutions for lightning protection services.