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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 thoroughly tested for impact resistance.

Tests include shooting a two-by-four at the window to make sure glass stays intact. We use our hurricane cannon to propel the wood, which covers 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 discover a resolution that could halt home runs from Major League Baseball teams.

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

We overhauled 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 more durable and safer than standard annealed glass.

All About Physics

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

In Wrigley’s situation, we learned the baseballs would be going at about 60 mph upon impact with 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 worried about an MLB home run being launched at your home, there are a variety of reasons to use strong, 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:

  • Toughened glass much like what is used in car windows.
  • Used where injuries from broken glass are a concern.
  • Generally breaks into small, square parts 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 Indianapolis at 317-983-5922. Or, schedule a free, in-home consultation online.

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