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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 stop speeding baseballs and others can weather hurricane-force winds. How?

In regard 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 firing a two-by-four at the window to verify glass keeps intact. We use our hurricane cannon to propel the wood, which covers 50 feet per second.

It Started with Hurricane Testing

We concluded, if we could engineer a hurricane window with impact-resistant glass, surely we could find a solution that could protect from home runs from Major League Baseball teams.

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

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

Our tempered glass weathered the hits best because it’s more durable and safer than generally used annealed glass.

All About Physics

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

In Wrigley’s scenario, we determined the baseballs would be traveling at about 60 mph upon striking 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 worried about an MLB home run propelling toward your residence, there are many reasons to select durable, tempered glass in your Pella windows and doors.

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

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

  • Toughened glass like what is used in car windows.
  • Used where damages from broken glass are a concern.
  • Normally fragments into small, square pieces rather than sharp shards if broken.
  • Glass doesn’t come apart if shattered.

Tempered glass is available in all Pella windows and patio doors. To discover more about impact windows and if they may be right for your home, call Pella of West Springfield at (413) 561-7599. Or, request a free, in-home consultation online.

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