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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 put a stop to speeding baseballs and others can withstand hurricane-force winds. How?

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

Tests consist of blasting a two-by-four at the window to ensure glass keeps intact. We use our hurricane cannon to launch the wood, which covers 50 feet per second.

It Started with Hurricane Testing

We figured, if we could design a hurricane window with impact-resistant glass, surely we could discover a resolution that could halt home runs from Major League Baseball teams.

When Pella was asked to help supply a historic building near Wrigley Field with home run-resistant windows, that’s precisely what we did.

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

Our tempered glass resisted the home runs best because it’s stronger and safer than standard annealed glass.

All About Physics

It takes a speed of more than 100 mph and a height of more than 100 feet to send a baseball out of the park.

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

But we went above and beyond and evaluated 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 home, there are a lot of reasons to select tough, tempered glass in your Pella windows and doors.

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

Look at the advantages and highlights of Pella tempered glass options:

  • Toughened glass like what is used in car windows.
  • Used where injuries from broken glass are a concern.
  • Generally breaks into small, square parts as opposed to 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 Des Moines at 515-219-7723. Or, book a free, in-home consultation online.

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