Have you ever wondered what goes on
behind the scenes at a rooflight manufacturer?
Customers may assume that all
rooflights undergo the same rigorous testing but that is not always true. All
rooflights are not made equal. I recently paid a visit to our supply chain,
being professionally curious on your behalf, to find out more about independent
product testing that has the stamp of approval from UKAS.
Wintech Testing &
Certification provide a comprehensive range of services to the façade and
fenestration industries, either onsite or at their own state-of-the-art test
laboratory in Telford, Shropshire, in the heart of industrial England.
certification services are provided to help ensure that products comply with a
range of industry standards and regulations including CWCT, PAS 24, Secured by
Design and NHBC requirements.
From security to
weathertightness, impact to bending I saw a whole range of impressive testing
during my visit, and if you have any doubt that rooflights need testing then
let’s look at extreme weather that’s hit the headlines;
- The Great Storm of 1987
A violent extratropical cyclone that
occurred on the night of 15–16 October with
hurricane-force winds causing casualties in England, France and the Channel Islands.
Following this storm 1.3 million incidents of
damage were reported. Michael Fish famously advised the storm was a false
- Burns’ Day
Storm – 1990
winds struck southern Scotland, causing the death of 47 people. Damage was
widespread, with power supplies cut and roads and railways blocked.
- Floods of 2000
late October 2000, the UK experienced the wettest autumn in 200 years, with
five of the major rivers, bursting their banks. Gusts of 93mph battered the
country leaving thousands of homes without power and more than 10,000 homes and
businesses were flooded at 700 locations. It was estimated that the cost of the
damage was £1 billion.
- 2013 Storm
to be the stormiest
December since 1969,
widespread gusts of 60-80mph swept through the country, with registered gusts
of well over 100mph. The worst of the damage was caused by falling trees, which
damaged buildings, cars and power lines. Severe flooding also affected the
country, with thousands evacuated from their homes.
You may not be able to predict the UK weather or trust a weatherman but with Aspire Rooflights Limited you can be confident that we only use manufacturers who are committed to independent testing of their products.