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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?

As far as hurricane-resistance, Pella HurricaneShield® windows and patio doors rated to ASTM E1996 missile D rating are meticulously tested for impact resistance.

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

It Started with Hurricane Testing

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

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

We retrofitted our hurricane cannon to test the home run-resistant windows. We shot baseballs from the cannon at an angle and speed that would reconstruct the speed of a home run.

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

All About Physics

It warrants a speed surpassing 100 mph and a height exceeding 100 feet to send a baseball out of the park.

In Wrigley’s scenario, we learned the baseballs would be going at about 60 mph upon hitting 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 concerned about an MLB home run being launched at your home, there are many reasons to select durable, tempered glass in your Pella windows and doors.

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

Consider the strengths and highlights of Pella tempered glass options:

  • Durable glass similar to what is used in car windows.
  • Used where cuts from broken glass are a concern.
  • Normally fragments into small, square parts 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 find out more about impact windows and if they may be right for your home, call Pella of Asheville at 828-202-8673. Or, book a free, in-home consultation online.

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