If you've always been the type to enjoy thunderstorms, you may not truly appreciate the threat that can come along with them. In fact, the lightning that accompanies thunderstorms can be devastating to your home's roof, nearby trees and more. As a homeowner, it's important that you protect the roof from the risk of lightning damage. Here are some things you should know about this risk and what you can do about it.
Why Does The Roof Need Protection?
With more than 25 million ground strikes of lightning every year, that's a lot of risk for any home to face. The direction of a lightning bolt is impossible to predict, and the electricity discharged from that strike can be significant and damaging.
Many homeowners believe that only homes with metal roofing are vulnerable to lightning strikes. The fact is that lightning can strike any type of roofing material. In addition, lightning can even strike pipes and utility lines, following the path of that line or pipe until it reaches your home. Whether your roof suffers a direct or indirect strike, you're at risk of things like fire, structural damage and leaks. There's also a significant risk of roof collapse if the strike does enough damage.
What Kind Of Protection Is Necessary?
The best way to protect your roof is to install a protection system designed to dissipate lightning strikes. Your roofing contractor can help you do just that. These systems are designed to intercept lightning voltage and dissipate it to a safe destination. They typically route that charge to the ground so that your home is protected.
You'll need to be sure that your roof can adequately support a structure like this, though. Lightning strike termination systems can be heavy, so your roof may need extra support to reinforce it. You may also want to integrate things like surge protection and suppression to prevent current from surging through your roof into your electrical system and causing damage.
Understanding the importance of lightning protection is an essential part of owning a home. Talk to your local roofer like Alpen Roofing about what your choices are and evaluate the structure of the protection system to ensure that it is comprehensive. Summer marks the beginning of thunderstorm season, so it's the perfect time to get started. The more proactive you can be about this now, the better chances you'll have of weathering the next thunderstorm safely.