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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 flying baseballs and others can resist hurricane-force winds. How?

As far as hurricane-resistance, Pella HurricaneShield® windows and patio doors rated to ASTM E1996 missile D rating are meticulously tested for impact resistance.

Tests involve blasting a two-by-four at the window to ensure glass stays intact. We use our hurricane cannon to fire the wood, which covers 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 halt home runs from Major League Baseball teams.

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

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

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

All About Physics

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

In Wrigley’s situation, we learned the baseballs would be traveling at about 60 mph upon impact with windows.

But we did more than what was expected 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 being launched at your windows, there are many reasons to choose strong, tempered glass in your Pella windows and doors.

It’s ideal 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:

  • Durable glass like what is used in car windows.
  • Used where damages from broken glass are a concern.
  • Normally fragments into small, square pieces 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 discover more about impact windows and if they may be right for your home, call Pella of South Burlington at (802) 557-0429. Or, request a free, in-home consultation online.

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