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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 flying baseballs and others can withstand 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 include firing a two-by-four at the window to make sure glass stays intact. We use our hurricane cannon to fire the wood, which moves 50 feet per second.

It Started with Hurricane Testing

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

When Pella was asked to help supply 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 fired baseballs from the cannon at an angle and speed that would recreate the power of a home run.

Our tempered glass weathered the hits best because it’s tougher and safer than standard annealed glass.

All About Physics

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

In Wrigley’s case, we determined the baseballs would be going at about 60 mph upon impact with windows.

But we went above and beyond 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 propelling toward your residence, there are many reasons to choose durable, tempered glass in your Pella windows and doors.

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

Review 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.
  • Generally breaks into small, square pieces rather than sharp shards if broken.
  • Glass doesn’t fall 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 Syracuse at 315-565-0399. Or, book a free, in-home consultation online.

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