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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 fast-moving 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 thoroughly tested for impact resistance.

Tests consist of shooting a two-by-four at the window to ensure glass keeps intact. We use our hurricane cannon to fire the wood, which moves 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 come up with a fix 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 experiment on the home run-resistant windows. We shot baseballs from the cannon at an angle and speed that would reconstruct the power of a home run.

Our tempered glass withstood the hits best because it’s stronger 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 case, we learned the baseballs would be going at about 60 mph upon striking 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 residence, there are a lot of reasons to choose tough, tempered glass in your Pella windows and doors.

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

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

  • Durable glass much like what is used in car windows.
  • Used where cuts from broken glass are a concern.
  • Generally breaks into small, square pieces 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 find out more about impact windows and if they may be right for your home, call Pella of Bloomington, IN at 812-333-6371. Or, request a free, in-home consultation online.

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