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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 flying 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 rigorously tested for impact resistance.

Tests include shooting a two-by-four at the window to make sure glass remains 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 solution that could halt home runs from Major League Baseball teams.

When Pella was approached to help supply a historic building outside of Wrigley Field with home run-resistant windows, that’s exactly what we did.

We overhauled our hurricane cannon to experiment on the home run-resistant windows. We launched baseballs from the cannon at an angle and speed that would recreate the speed of a home run.

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

All About Physics

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

In Wrigley’s case, we determined the baseballs would be moving at about 60 mph upon hitting 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 concerned about an MLB home run being launched at your residence, there are a lot of reasons to use tough, tempered glass in your Pella windows and doors.

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

Consider the advantages and highlights of Pella tempered glass options:

  • Toughened glass similar to what is used in car windows.
  • Used where injuries from broken glass are a concern.
  • Usually shatters 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 learn more about impact windows and if they may be right for your home, call Pella of Baton Rouge at (877) 680-9334. Or, schedule a free, in-home consultation online.

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