There is a lot to think about when you are building your new Colorado Springs Custom Home. From aesthetic details to ensuring your custom home is secure, the list can go on forever. One of the most common items people forget about is lightning protection. We recommend that our customers look into lightning protection for their new homes, as it is a great value considering what you are protecting and the amount of strikes we see in this area every year.
Tornadoes, high winds and snow are the most common weather related news coverage in the state of Colorado. Lightning strikes are rarely covered but account for several billion dollars annually in structural damage to buildings across the country. Colorado had on average 5.0 flashes per square mile from 1997 to 2010. Lightning related damage can be prevented. Installing a lightning protection system, which meets U.S. Safety Standards, will provide a safe path for lightning to travel to the ground and in turn will save money and possible structural damage to your new custom home.
Lightning protection systems consist of numerous components which are constructed from highly conductive copper or aluminum alloys. A lightning protection system is intended to last the life of the structure it protects. When a proper lightning protection system is designed and installed it will create a faraday cage which will protect the home.
There is also a lot of information on the hazards and damage that can be caused by lightning strikes. We recommend the following websites for more information:
- Lightning Protection Institute (www.lightning.org)
- NOAA Lightning Safety website (www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov)
- There is also an informative video regarding lightning strikes on residential buildings
Lightning protection systems are the only scientifically proven way to prevent structural damage from lightning strikes. So when you’re building your new Colorado Springs Custom Home make sure you add lightning protection to the list of things to look into. Check out Mr. Lightning’s website at www.mrlightning.com.