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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 speeding baseballs and others can weather 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 firing a two-by-four at the window to verify glass remains intact. We use our hurricane cannon to propel the wood, which travels 50 feet per second.

It Started with Hurricane Testing

We figured, 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 approached to help equip a historic building by Wrigley Field with home run-resistant windows, that’s just what we did.

We modified our hurricane cannon to experiment on 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 withstood the baseballs best because it’s tougher and safer than standard annealed glass.

All About Physics

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

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

But we went above and beyond and tested 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 many reasons to select durable, tempered glass in your Pella windows and doors.

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

Consider the strengths and highlights of Pella tempered glass options:

  • Toughened glass similar to what is used in car windows.
  • Used where cuts from broken glass are a concern.
  • Generally breaks into small, square parts instead of 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 Evansville at 812-228-7000. Or, request a free, in-home consultation online.

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