Adelaide residents are fully aware of the strength of Australia’s hail storms with recent events leaving behind a trail of destruction and damage. In fact, hail storms have fast become Australia’s most costly natural disaster with insurance costs and repairs often totalling billions of dollars.
Major cities including Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne have all experienced hail storms in recent decades and the one this month in Adelaide caused significant damage. Immediately after the storms, we noticed a spike in enquiries regarding damaged skylights. However, we know that all skylights aren’t made equal and we recommend Velux Skylights due to the hail-proof nature of the glass used.
Velux products have appeared in Australian homes for decades. With a wide range of skylights, roof windows, sun tunnels and blinds, their name is associated with high quality goods that are durable and well designed.
Velux have experience working with homes across the world, and their knowledge of climates and which products best suit certain areas could save you huge amounts of time and money in the long term.
Why we love Velux Skylights
Not only are Velux Skylights an attractive option that is functional and well designed, they are also the only glass skylight to have passed a hail test devised at a scientific test centre in Melbourne.
Velux skylights consistently withstood being hit, in their weakest spot, by synthetic hail stones. The specially made ‘stones’ were the size of tennis balls and pelted the skylight at speeds of over 170km per hour.
Many other leading skylights available on the market were found to break in such conditions. On homes, this can result in expensive repair and replacement costs with labour often tricky when required to reach the roof or elevated positions.
Advantages of Velux Skylights
There are many advantages of choosing a Velux skylight, not only in a major hail storm but also on a regular day to day basis.
Many other skylights are made from plastic, which is less durable and more likely to discolour through constant exposure to sunlight. Durability really is the key factor, especially when your home is subjected to unpredictable events like hail storms.
Velux offer a 10 year guarantee on their skylights, assuring you not only of their confidence in their quality but also that if anything goes wrong, you’ll be fully covered.
There have been significant developments in parallel with changing technologies and Velux now offer a range of both manual and remote controlled skylights. These can make opening, closing and regulating the temperature within your home quick and easy to do.
Want to learn more about Velux and their products? Learn more on our Skylights, Sun Tunnel and Roof Window page.