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Should I get Lightning Protection for my Treehouse?

Installing lightning protection for the trees holding up your treehouse is like buying insurance on your project. Most treehouse builders do not do this for basic backyard treehouses. However, if you are investing a lot of money to build your treehouse, then you may consider it worth protecting.

What does Lightning Protection for Trees Cost?

Most treehouses are built in very large trees, which makes it considerably expensive to protect them. Lightning rods must be extended to the top of each major leader or large branch in the tree, and then thick copper wire must run to the center and then into a grounding rod. If you've been paying attention to the price of copper lately, you'll understand part of the cost to install lightning protection. But labor, when climbing trees, is also a large portion of the project. At today's prices, you should expect to pay $6000-10,000 to protect large hardwood trees. Call an arborist for local quotes if your tree and treehouse warrant that kind of protection.

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