Most people don’t think of it, but the chimney of a home is a great air terminal – whether it’s hooked up to a lightning protection system or not! Since chimneys stick so far up off the ground, well above even the top of a home, it is an easy target for a lightning bolt. For this reason, it is critical that your chimney be protected.
The featured image above shows a picture of a chimney that we are in the process of protecting on a private residence. As you can see, the lightning protection is invisible. On top of the chimney there will be a decorative bishop’s peak with an air terminal integrated into the design, and the cable connecting it all has already been covered in the wrap. The stone will go outside the wrap and conceal the entire chimney.
Like always, new construction is the best time to bring in a lightning protection installer in order to best conceal your system, but there are many ways an installer can conceal your system on an existing home as well. BASE Lightning Protection often paints cable to match the color of the house on an existing home. We also run our cable down the walls in the spots that are least likely to be seen.