Steel Building Systems, Inc
Lightning dances across the sky in jagged bolts. Both beautiful and deadly, lightning flashes out with awesome power, potentially causing massive property damage, debilitating injuries, and even death for those without building lightning protection. The prudent take building lightning protection seriously by constructing steel buildings. When grounding metal buildings is done properly, lightning passes harmlessly into the ground.
Did you know lightning causes more damage each year than hurricanes and tornadoes combined? Lightning is the second greatest cause of weather-related deaths in the U.S.
When lightning hits a nearby object, side flashes shock anything or anyone in the area. Lighting can kill up to 130 feet away from the initially strikes.
According to the Lightning Protection Institute, a properly grounded steel structure is highly unlikely to suffer lightning damage, while a wood-framed house with a wood roof is at greatest risk and when it lacks building lightning protection.
Why is grounding metal buildings necessary?
One flash of lightning can be up to five times hotter than the surface of the sun. Anything containing moisture like wood or concrete can explode when struck by lightning.
Steel conducts electricity much better than wood. The grounding in metal buildings lets lightning pass harmlessly into the ground. A poor electrical conductor, wood offers so much resistance to lightning that electricity often flashes out to harm nearby objects or people. (That is why it is so dangerous to stand beneath a tree during a storm.)
Wood is also vulnerable to fire. Lightning easily ignites a fire in wood framing— and the wood continues contributing fuel to the fire after it starts.
Our prefabricated metal building kits are not only more resistant to lightning damage, they also provide better protection from fire, termites, high winds, heavy snows, and earthquakes. With building lightning protection, RHINO steel buildings go together quickly and easily, like a big erector set.
Why not call today at 888.320.7466 and learn more about the advantages of RHINO-tough prefab metal buildings and building lightning protection? Our highly trained steel building specialists have experience in grounding metal buildings and are standing by to answer your questions or to give you a no-obligation quote.