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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 withstand 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 include shooting a two-by-four at the window to ensure glass remains intact. We use our hurricane cannon to launch 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 come up with a solution that could halt home runs from Major League Baseball teams.

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

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

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

All About Physics

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

In Wrigley’s case, we found the baseballs would be going at about 60 mph upon impact with 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 concerned about an MLB home run hurling at your residence, there are many reasons to use tough, tempered glass in your Pella windows and doors.

It’s great 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.

Review the advantages and highlights of Pella tempered glass options:

  • Strong glass like what is used in car windows.
  • Used where injuries from broken glass are a concern.
  • Normally fragments into small, square parts as opposed to sharp shards if broken.
  • Glass doesn’t break 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 St. Paul at 651-213-9049. Or, schedule a free, in-home consultation online.

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