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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 fast-moving 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 firing a two-by-four at the window to make sure glass stays intact. We use our hurricane cannon to fire the wood, which covers 50 feet per second.

It Started with Hurricane Testing

We thought, if we could create a hurricane window with impact-resistant glass, surely we could come up with a solution that could stop home runs from Major League Baseball teams.

When Pella was asked to help equip 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 launched baseballs from the cannon at an angle and speed that would mimic the speed of a home run.

Our tempered glass withstood the home runs best because it’s stronger and safer than commonly 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 case, we determined the baseballs would be traveling at about 60 mph upon impact with windows.

But we exceeded requirements 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 being launched at your residence, there are a variety of reasons to choose strong, tempered glass in your Pella windows and doors.

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

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

  • Durable glass much like what is used in car windows.
  • Used where damages from broken glass are a concern.
  • Normally fragments into small, square pieces as opposed to 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 Boston at 781-239-1161. Or, request a free, in-home consultation online.

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