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Lighting Protection System Installation for Chicagoland & Midwest

READY TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY FROM LIGHTNING DAMAGE?

For four generations the Hamilton’s have been installing lightning protection systems for any size or type structure. Hamilton Lightning Rods is one of Underwriters Laboratories listed installers and only uses UL listed copper or aluminum materials. We offer concealed systems during new construction or semi-concealed systems that blend into the aesthetics of an existing structure.

A lightning protection system should include all of the following elements, which work together for lightning prevention:

CONCEALED PROTECTION

The nationwide trend to new construction in cities, suburban and rural areas is to install the concealed systems. Concealed lightning protection must be installed during the construction process. Conductor cables, grounds and metal interconnections are inconspicuously coursed along studding and rafters during framing, in the same way as plumbing or electrical wiring.

SEMI-CONCEALED PROTECTION

On completed buildings, the conductors are hidden by placement along ridge rolls, behind verge boards, spouting, and in other ways, utilizing special fitting for the purpose. There is no damage to the structure and the system is inconspicuous.

ORNAMENTAL POINTS

Ornate points are available on both concealed and semi-concealed systems. Modern architecture lends itself for wrought iron effect ornaments to enhance the appearance of long, plain ranch type ridges and flat roofs.

ALUMINUM AND COPPER

Either of these materials are used for lightning protection systems, but should never be used together without special connectors. Aluminum parts are made heavier and larger to have the same conductivity as copper. There are precautions to be observed in the use of either metal. We will gladly advise on the most suitable choice for any specific condition.

HOME PROTECTION SYSTEM INCLUDES:

  • Minimum of two ground rods at least 10 feet deep
  • Down conductors
  • Air terminals spaced no more than 20 feet apart along ridges and within two feet of ridge ends
  • Roof projections such as weather vanes or ornamental points connected to system
  • Air terminals located within two feet of outside corners of chimney
  • Dormers protected
    Antenna mast connected to roof conductor
  • Connect gutters or other grounded metals as required
  • Surge arrestor installed at electrical service panel to protect
  • Transient voltage surge suppressors installed in receptacles to which electronic equipment are connected

COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL PROTECTION SYSTEM INCLUDES:

  • Ground rods at least 10 feet deep
  • Down conductors
  • Air terminals spaced no more than 20 feet apart around the perimeter of the building
  • Air handling units bonded to system (may need air terminals mounted on unit)
  • Air terminals mounted within two feet of outside corners
  • Mid-roof conductor and air terminals at maximum 50-foot spacing
  • Grounded metal bodies into system
  • Surge arrestors installed at main electrical panels
  • Transient voltage surge suppressors installed in receptacles to which electronic equipment are connected

We provide top-quality lightning rod systems and look forward to protecting you! One of the owners are involved in all of our installations from the beginning to completion. Call us today. We look forward to meeting you!

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