How affordable is lightning protection for homes?

Don't Waste Your Money

This week's severe thunderstorms had a lot of Midwestern homeowners worried about lightning hitting their house.
    
It was a lightning storm the type we haven't seen in the region since last summer, with massive bolts of lightning striking from Butler County in the north to Kentucky in the south.

Fortunately, no one was hurt, but several homes suffered thousands of dollars when lightning struck their roofs or chimneys.

New Subdivisions Riskier for Lightning

Many newer subdivisions in Butler and Warren County sit on high ridges with no hills or large trees around, making them an ideal target for lightning.

So if you are concerned, several companies make residential protection systems.

Tony Riley is the President of one of three are companies that sell lightning protection, and says the cost of lightning rods is well worth it.

"Lightning protection is great peace of mind as far as protecting your family, your pets, heirlooms, your property," he said.
 
Riley's company, Ohio Valley Lightning Protection in Wilmington, will place several copper rods on your roof,  connected by thick copper wires to metal stakes in the ground.

What You Get

He says protection for the average two story home costs around$ 3,000.

"For a basic home, anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000," Riley said.  "It consists of 5 roof points and 3 - 4 grounds surrounding the home."

It may sound a pricey, but it can protect against a 3 million volt lightning hit.  And it can save more than $100,000 in damage, and weeks of repairs, if your home is struck.

Unfortunately, due to the heights involved, on the very peak of roofs, this is not a D-I-Y job for most homeowners.

Who to Contact

In addition to Ohio Valley Lightning Protection , (the closest to CIncinnati), other companies are:

Maxwell Lightning Protection in Dayton, Ohio

Bluegrass Lightning Consultants in central Kentucky.

Western Reserve Lightning Rod Co, in Cleveland

As always, don't waste your money.

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