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Should I Be Nervous About Erecting My Metal Building In An Area Prone To Frequent Electrical Storms?

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We understand your concerns, but the truth is that metal buildings are not more likely to attract lightning than structures made from other materials. In fact, a metal building that is constructed and grounded properly is safer during an electrical storm than one made of wood.

Metal provides little resistance to electricity. This means that it will channel the energy from the lightning safely to the ground. Contrast this with wood, which provides a lot of resistance. When lightning strikes a wooden structure, this resistance causes heat to build up. And this heat buildup can cause a fire.

Metal buildings also brings the added bonus of being noncombustable. They will neither burn, nor feed a fire, if lightning strikes a nearby object. Steel is the safest choice!