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Impact Windows Engineered to Withstand Hurricanes and Home Runs

Impact Windows Engineered to Withstand Hurricanes and Home Runs

Certain Pella® windows can halt speeding baseballs and others can weather hurricane-force winds. How?

When it comes to hurricane-resistance, Pella HurricaneShield® windows and patio doors rated to ASTM E1996 missile D rating are rigorously tested for impact resistance.

Tests involve blasting a two-by-four at the window to verify glass remains intact. We use our hurricane cannon to fire the wood, which covers 50 feet per second.

It Started with Hurricane Testing

We concluded, if we could create a hurricane window with impact-resistant glass, surely we could discover a fix that could stop home runs from Major League Baseball teams.

When Pella was approached to help equip a historic building outside of Wrigley Field with home run-resistant windows, that’s precisely what we did.

We modified our hurricane cannon to evaluate the home run-resistant windows. We fired baseballs from the cannon at an angle and speed that would mimic the speed of a home run.

Our tempered glass resisted the hits best because it’s stronger and safer than generally used annealed glass.

All About Physics

It warrants a speed faster than 100 mph and a height of more than 100 feet to launch a baseball out of the park.

In Wrigley’s situation, we learned the baseballs would be moving at about 60 mph upon striking windows.

But we exceeded requirements and checked impact resistance up to 100 mph.

More Benefits of Tempered Glass in Pella® Windows

Even if you’re not concerned about an MLB home run hurling at your residence, there are a lot of reasons to select durable, tempered glass in your Pella windows and doors.

It’s good for homeowners who want an added level of security from their windows or patio doors. Or those who are bringing up the next great baseball player.

Consider the benefits and highlights of Pella tempered glass options:

  • Toughened glass similar to what is used in car windows.
  • Used where damages from broken glass are a concern.
  • Normally fragments into small, square pieces rather than sharp shards if broken.
  • Glass doesn’t come apart if shattered.

Tempered glass is available in all Pella windows and patio doors. To find out more about impact windows and if they may be right for your home, call Pella of Salt Lake City at 385-203-8083. Or, book a free, in-home consultation online.

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