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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 stop 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 thoroughly tested for impact resistance.

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

It Started with Hurricane Testing

We figured, if we could engineer a hurricane window with impact-resistant glass, surely we could come up with a resolution that could protect from home runs from Major League Baseball teams.

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

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

Our tempered glass resisted the baseballs best because it’s more durable and safer than standard annealed glass.

All About Physics

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

In Wrigley’s case, we determined the baseballs would be going 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 concerned about an MLB home run propelling toward your home, there are many reasons to select durable, tempered glass in your Pella windows and doors.

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

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

  • Toughened glass like what is used in car windows.
  • Used where damages from broken glass are a concern.
  • Generally breaks 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 discover more about impact windows and if they may be right for your home, call Pella of Scottsdale at 480-296-2022. Or, schedule a free, in-home consultation online.

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