Ground connections are essential for protection systems

When someone in the UK or Ireland requires lightning protection, they speak with us. Direct Strike has been working in this area for several decades so we have a lot of experience. In addition, during this time we have come to understand what it is clients expect from us. This is a solution that can safeguard their properties and everything inside.

To function effectively, a lightning protection system demands good ground connections. Their purpose is to dissipate the current into the earth. This doesn’t mean that the ground connection’s resistance needs to be at low levels. Rather, the metal in the ground will be such to allow the expenditure of a lightning discharge. This is without it causing any harm.

Low resistance

Many desire low resistance here. However, it’s not a necessity. If the building is sitting on moist clay soil people would expect the grounding electrode’s resistance to not exceed 50 ohms. This is if the soil is of standard resistivity. Under such conditions, it wouldn’t be difficult to offer an appropriate way of diffusing the flash’s energy.

lightning protectionIf the structure is on solid rock though, it wouldn’t be possible to fashion a decent ground connection. At least, you couldn’t in the ordinary sense of the term. The reason why is that the majority of rocks have insulating attributes. To acquire an efficient ground, you would need to use means that are more elaborate. This includes reliable network terminals made of the right metal.

At Direct Strike, we have experience helping clients in a wide range of industries. Whenever we’re working for them, we only use tested and approved materials. Something else we do is provide a ten year warranty for each new lightning protection installation. This gives the client confidence that they are safe for a good term.

If you would like to know more about our business and the service we offer, feel free to get in touch.