A lightning rod is one component of a lightning protection system that is designed to conduct a lighting strike to earth, thus protecting the building structure.
You will find that the cost to install an average lightning rod depends upon the building dimensions to be protected, grounding circuit length, preparation and special requirements, and the labor rate.
In the following table the Labor Cost figure is what the able and prepared DIY persons should expect to save by performing the corresponding tasks.
Install lightning rods: and other material necessary to provide a lightning-grounding circuit for the 2,500 sq.ft. single story L-shaped home’s roof, dormer, and chimney.
|Item||Unit Cost||Quantity||Line Cost|
|Lightning rods: 6 rods mounted at roof peak and chimney; copper clad, 18"; with fasteners.||$40||each||6||$242|
|Cable: 150 feet of braided copper grounding cable, interconnecting all roof rods and making 3 runs to earth rods; including fasteners and waste.||$2.70||per foot||165||$446|
|Ground rods: with cable clamp.||$38||each||3||$114|
|Upgrade: additional cost to install a whole house surge arrestor to protect electronic devices.||$92||each||1||$92|
|+ Labor Cost (installation)||$36||per hour||16||$576|
|+ Labor Cost (upgrade)||$42||per hour||1||$42|
|Total Cost||$0.60||per sq.ft.||2,500||$1,511|
Prices range from $801 (2,500 sq.ft. home lightning protection - DIY) to $1,511(2,500 sq.ft. home lightning protection with surge arrestor upgrade) and also vary depending on your zipcode:
Local costs have been calculated by accounting for labor and material cost differences across different cities. To get accurate cost estimates, indicate yours: