WB Lightning Rods

WB Lightning Rods installs Commercial & Residential Lightning Protection Nation Wide

WB Lightning Rods is screened and approved with a Five Star rating thru Home Adviser along with being licensed and insured. With locations in Delaware and Florida, WB Lightning Rods Covers the entire east coast and mid west regions of the United States.


At WB Lightning Rods, we provide the absolute best lightning protection in the country. Residential or commercial – no matter your property, our lightning rods will protect it from one of nature’s most destructive forces. In addition, we also offer lightning protections for trees, and we’re available to serve you 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. For the absolute best in lightning protection, call 1-800-557-9037 today!


We are uncompromising in our pursuit of excellence. Perhaps the greatest testament to our commitment to quality work is the recognition we have garnered from our peers. Konstruct projects have been honored with more than 600  national awards.

Company History

Since 1950 WB Lightning Rods is still family owned and operated by William Burden and his Three Sons. William is a third generation Lightning Protection Contractor With an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau, and a Member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Our Mission

Offering The Highest Level of (UL) Listed Lightning Protection Systems in the country. With Proven Protection From Nature’s Most Destructive Force, WB Lightning Rods Provides Free Estimates, Safety Inspections, Complete installations and repairs. We protect Houses, Barns, Estate Property’s, Commercial Buildings, Family Farms, Metal Buildings, Pole Barns, Silos, Horse Farms, Dairy Farms, Trees, and Much More



Residential and Light Commercial Lightning Protection Systems

There are usually five protection elements for a residential building or a light commercial structure. These elements generally apply for buildings under Class 1 or those that are less than 75’ tall.

Air Terminals

These sit at the uppermost point of the system. Also referred to as points or lightning rods, they are located at the point of contact between the system and a lightning strike. For this reason, electrical designers place them on points that are susceptible to strikes. These include chimneys, dormers, flat roof edges, ridges and any mechanical projections.


These are copper or aluminum lightning cables that attach all terminals and then direct strikes of lightning to the ground.


To avert side flashes, bonding is installed to connect electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems. These sit between the residential lightning protection systems and the other preexisting systems of an ordinary house.


This refers to steel rods with copper cladding. As they act as the strike discharge points into the ground, electrical designers drive them ten feet into the earth. Buried cables and flat plates can be utilized as electrodes in some soil types.

Surge Arresters

This refers to electrical apparatus positioned on the entrance to telephone, electric and video/data services. The purpose is to keep away any harmful over-voltage that is likely to be experienced in the above residential services and areas. While preventing damage to these installations, surge arrestors guarantee a long shelf life to these services.

Special Items

Residential structures can have special items on the roof and surrounding areas, just as their commercial counterparts do. These include antennas, trees, flag posts, weather vanes, ornaments, and other elevated objects in the adjacent space and surrounding.

The fact that Class 1 structures need less complex residential lightning protection systems is not a justification for electrical designers to take them for granted. In fact, they should observe more care as families spend more time at home and therefore need maximum protection.



Industrial and Commercial Lightning Protection Systems

Electricians usually use the same main groups of components to install lightning protection apparatus on most commercial, industrial and government buildings and structures as well as residential places.

As these structures are more complex and extensive than their residential counterparts, the lightning protection systems should be more extensive. In fact, if the building height surpasses 75’ above grade, appropriate cables and components should be larger and heavier.

Air Terminals

Just like in residential buildings, commercial lightning protection systems, also referred to as “strike termination devices”, sit at the very top of the structure where initial contact between the protection system and the discharge occurs. In the recent past, the industry, including Thompson, has embraced blunt air terminals or terminals with rounded tips at the expense of conventional sharp-tipped terminals.

This comes from a study by the University of New Mexico’s Dr. Charles B Moore. He discovered that rods with blunt tips of 1” diameter are more efficient in lightning arresting as compared to their sharp-pointed counterparts.

When a building surpasses 75’, it should adhere to a certain code. For example, this code states that air terminals made of copper adjust from 3/8” of minimum diameter for Class 1 system (structures under 75”) and ½” minimum diameter for all structures over 75’.

On the other hand, air terminals made of aluminium adjust from ½” minimum diameter in Class 1 to 5/8” minimum diameter in Class 11. The industry provides a wide range of air terminals and mounting bases for use in different building configurations. If these are not available, WB Lightning Rods will provide these.


These are specialty cables, as they conduct the strike of lightning from air to ground. Once the 75’ mark has been attained, the size of copper and aluminium cables increases steadily. Actually, their weight doubles per every 1000’ and circular area.

Electricians can use either aluminium or copper conductors depending on the conditions and preferences of the project. The law provides specific code criteria to restrict the use of dissimilar metals. For example, unless there are special bimetal fittings, electricians can neither splice nor mount copper and aluminium on opposite metal.

Additionally, they cannot mount copper on galvanule, plated and galvanized steel surfaces. Everyone in the industry must note that the cables in commercial lightning protection systems must come with special multi-strand manufacture. While they cannot be rated by ordinary AWG sizes, it is prudent to refer to catalogues and codes to obtain further knowledge.


Splicers and fittings utilized to make connections for preventing side flashes in Class 11 applications must feature a heavier construction. They should be made of either copper, aluminium or bronze and must have connections for bolt pressure. Usually, Class 11 systems do not use the hand crimp fittings for Class 1. Further, buildings over 200’ tall utilize very extensive and special bonding mechanisms.


The fittings for commercial, industrial and Class 11 buildings usually use extensive and substantial grounding methods. These include cable grids and buried plates instead of driven rods. In fact, some structures use these in combination with enhanced driven rods for increased strength and protection. In other instances, structures employ encapsulation products and chemical backfill to reduce the general resistance that the systems typically have.

Surge Arresters

Every increase in building size, a height and service load comes with a corresponding need for larger and stronger surge protection devices for all incoming services. This is because electrical designers need to shove all over-voltages on the lines to the ground. For this reason, the designer must be actively responsible and involved in the specification and selection of appropriate lightning arrester apparatus for each structure.

Special Items

In special cases, there are additional items categorized as special items. In addition to air terminals, conductors, bonding, ground and surge arrestors, which protect adjacent trees, an electrical designer may need to introduce satellite dish antennas, platforms, handrails, oversize mechanical apparatus and other special rooftop equipment. Evidently, the installation and maintenance of commercial lightning protection systems should be approached with the seriousness it deserves.


The underlying pillar of our philosophy for design-build projects is trust.  By developing and fostering trust between the Owner, contractor, and engineer, a remarkable synergy is developed which translates to successful projects and satisfied clients.  When this is accomplished, clients get what they want and the construction experience becomes a pleasurable journey.

More and more clients are selecting to the design-build process for their capital projects, turning the tables on low-cost contractor selection in favor of the best value, history of engineer and contractor relations, and the team’s ability to function collaboratively. Embracing the design-build philosophy has proven to increase opportunities for innovation while providing the potential to shorten the overall project schedule – a win-win situation for all members of the team.


Lightning can damage and even destroy trees, and resulting fires can lead to the destruction of forests and homes. If you have a tree with particular historical or sentimental value, or a tree that borders or touches a building, it is a good idea to install a lightning protection system to avoid the risk of destruction or fire. Lightning protection systems employ a copper rod that channels the positive charge of the ground to the air above the tree, where it meets the negative charge of the lightning bolt. The rod then conducts the lightning bolt down its length and into the ground, neutralizing it and preventing it from harming the tree. It is highly recommended that a professional install your lightning protection system, as improperly installed systems can actually increase the risk of lightning strikes.






Since 1950 and spanning across 3 generations, we know exactly what is required, and when it needs to be done.


Honest and Dependable

For us, honesty is the only policy and we strive to complete all projects with integrity. We are one of the most trusted lightning protection companies in US


Superior Quality

We are versatile, regardless of the design of your home, we can help you make the right decisions and leave you with the protection you deserve.


Very competitive Rates

The best part is we deliver high quality work at very highly competitive prices. Contact us for quotation and you will find that prices are truly affordable

Why We Do It Better

Lightning protection is a very specialized field within the construction industry. To ensure your lightning protection system is properly installed and offers the protection it should, it is vital to hire an installation professional. We have the following certifications & credentials.

  • Rated A+ with the Better Business Bureau (BBB)
  • Licensed & Insured
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Member
  • Educated in UL 96A; NFPA 780; and LPI 175
  • Voted Home Advisor Top Rated
  • Awarded Elite Service Professional On Home Advisor
  • Best of Home Advisor Winner 2016

Where To Find Us

WB Lightning Rods is also Screened and approved With a Five Star Rating Thru Home Adviser. And is licensed and insured. With two locations in Delaware and Florida. WB Lightning Rods Covers the entire east coast and mid west regions of the United States.


  • Phone: 
    (302) 689-3542
    Business Address: 
    560 People’s Plaza Suite 234
    Newark  Delaware  19702

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