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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 halt speeding 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 firing a two-by-four at the window to make sure glass stays intact. We use our hurricane cannon to propel the wood, which moves 50 feet per second.

It Started with Hurricane Testing

We figured, if we could engineer a hurricane window with impact-resistant glass, surely we could discover a solution that could halt 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 test the home run-resistant windows. We launched 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 faster than 100 mph and a height exceeding 100 feet to shoot a baseball out of the park.

In Wrigley’s situation, we found the baseballs would be traveling 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 worried about an MLB home run being launched at your home, there are many reasons to choose tough, tempered glass in your Pella windows and doors.

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

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

  • Toughened glass much like what is used in car windows.
  • Used where cuts from broken glass are a concern.
  • Usually shatters into small, square fragments 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 Kingston at 845-663-1025. Or, schedule a free, in-home consultation online.

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