0 Helpful?

Lightning rods for metal roofs?

We recently installed a galvalume roof for a client. They asked how the roof was grounded. It's not, as far as I know, other than through the structure. Do others here ground their metal roofs or is it a gimmick?

Asked by Mike_Maines
Posted Jun 30, 2011 8:35 AM ET

Tags:

6 Answers

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
1.

I have never grounded a metal roof or installed a lightening rod and in over thirty years of building have never had a lightening problem as a result of this practice. I'd call it a gimmick.

Answered by ShelterNerd
Posted Jul 1, 2011 11:31 PM ET
Edited Jul 1, 2011 11:31 PM ET.

2.

i'm not sure about roofs, but pretty much all metal out buildings here are grounded
it would seem if your roof is in a possibly risky area, like a large open field where frequent lightening strikes occur, grounding couldn't hurt any. from what i know, it may not do much in an actual strike but could help dissipate static. it should be that costly or difficult.

lightening rods tend to venture more into the gimmicky world unless you are on a big structure and have a LOT of $$ to protect

Answered by user-939142
Posted Jul 2, 2011 12:31 AM ET

3.

Thanks for the response, guys. Pretty much as I suspected.

Answered by Mike_Maines
Posted Nov 2, 2011 12:58 PM ET

4.

I have installed lightening protection on a few homes when requested, this is company I used.

http://www.bondedlp.com/

Answered by HomeBuilder1975
Posted Nov 2, 2011 8:34 PM ET

5.

lightening |ˈlītn-iNG, ˈlītniNG| noun
a drop in the level of the uterus during the last weeks of pregnancy as the head of the fetus engages in the pelvis.

Guys, I think the word you're looking for is 'lightning'. No 'e'.

Answered by James Morgan
Posted Nov 2, 2011 9:22 PM ET

6.

Thanks for the correction James.
More levity, even at the cost of brevity.

Answered by ShelterNerd
Posted Nov 2, 2011 9:30 PM ET

Other Questions in General questions

National Fiber in Belchertown, Mass.

In Green products and materials | Asked by Scott Mangold | Feb 21, 17

Under tile electrical heating - Schluter Ditra Heat system 2017

In Green products and materials | Asked by Ryan Kennedy | Feb 20, 17

Need advice on insulating walls

In General questions | Asked by Martin Holladay | Feb 20, 17

Whole House Ventilation

In General questions | Asked by N/A N/A | Feb 21, 17

Paint OSB subfloor to protect from rain during slow construction?

In General questions | Asked by Jeff Cooper | Feb 21, 17
Register for a free account and join the conversation


Get a free account and join the conversation!
Become a GBA PRO!