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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 flying 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 meticulously tested for impact resistance.

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

It Started with Hurricane Testing

We thought, if we could design 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 outside of Wrigley Field with home run-resistant windows, that’s precisely what we did.

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

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

All About Physics

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

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

But we did more than what was expected 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 being launched at your residence, there are a lot of reasons to select tough, tempered glass in your Pella windows and doors.

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

Consider the benefits and highlights of Pella tempered glass options:

  • Strong glass much like what is used in car windows.
  • Used where injuries from broken glass are a concern.
  • Normally fragments into small, square fragments 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 learn more about impact windows and if they may be right for your home, call Pella of Winston-Salem at 336-203-0704. Or, book a free, in-home consultation online.

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