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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 fast-moving 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 thoroughly tested for impact resistance.

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

It Started with Hurricane Testing

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

When Pella was contacted to help equip a historic building by Wrigley Field with home run-resistant windows, that’s exactly what we did.

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

Our tempered glass withstood the hits best because it’s stronger and safer than standard annealed glass.

All About Physics

It takes a speed faster than 100 mph and a height greater than 100 feet to shoot a baseball out of the park.

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

But we went above and beyond and checked impact resistance up to 100 mph.

More Benefits of Tempered Glass in Pella® Windows

Even if you’re not thinking about an MLB home run propelling toward your residence, there are a lot of reasons to select strong, 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 developing the next great baseball player.

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

  • Strong glass similar to what is used in car windows.
  • Used where cuts from broken glass are a concern.
  • Usually shatters into small, square fragments instead of sharp shards if broken.
  • Glass doesn’t break apart if shattered.

Tempered glass is available in all Pella windows and patio doors. To learn more about impact windows and if they may be right for your home, call Pella of Plattsburgh at 518-310-2118. Or, request a free, in-home consultation online.

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