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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?

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

Tests involve firing a two-by-four at the window to make sure glass keeps intact. We use our hurricane cannon to propel the wood, which moves 50 feet per second.

It Started with Hurricane Testing

We thought, if we could create a hurricane window with impact-resistant glass, surely we could discover a resolution that could protect from 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 exactly what we did.

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

Our tempered glass resisted the home runs best because it’s more durable 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 send a baseball out of the park.

In Wrigley’s scenario, we found the baseballs would be traveling 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 thinking about an MLB home run hurling at your windows, there are a lot of reasons to use tough, 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 developing the next great baseball player.

Consider the advantages and highlights of Pella tempered glass options:

  • Toughened glass similar to what is used in car windows.
  • Used where injuries 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 find out more about impact windows and if they may be right for your home, call Pella of Petoskey at 231-622-4417. Or, schedule a free, in-home consultation online.

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