What you need from a Sky light in Australia is to brighten up your home using free natural light from the sun all year round BUT to be able to keep your home cool on hot days.
The best skylights for this purpose must be ventilated. So here's a list of things to look for when buying a skylight:
Why is a ventilated skylight essential? To brighten our homes we using a skylight to allow energy from the sun to enter our home, but in summer we want to avoid that energy heating our homes.
Find a skylight with a vented edge design to give an escape route for heated air to rise from your ceiling, just like a roof ventilator or whirlybird does. Ensure the design is leak proof, not allowing rain water in, while letting hot air escape.Hail Proof
Skylights are exposed to the elements more intensely because they are on building roofs, so they are at risk of degradation more than any other part of a house. The suns harmful UV rays, and powerful hail storms, mean your skylight must be incredibly well engineered.
Be wary of poor quality imported sky lights. The video above shows skylights proven with hammer testing. As an example of poor quality, thousands of skylights did not survive the 1998 Sydney hailstorm without any breakages.Affordable