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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 speeding 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 rigorously tested for impact resistance.

Tests consist of shooting a two-by-four at the window to verify glass keeps intact. We use our hurricane cannon to launch the wood, which covers 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 find a resolution that could stop home runs from Major League Baseball teams.

When Pella was approached to help supply a historic building near Wrigley Field with home run-resistant windows, that’s precisely 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 recreate the speed of a home run.

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

All About Physics

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

In Wrigley’s scenario, we learned the baseballs would be traveling at about 60 mph upon hitting windows.

But we exceeded requirements and tested 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 windows, there are a lot of reasons to use durable, tempered glass in your Pella windows and doors.

It’s ideal 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.

Review the strengths and highlights of Pella tempered glass options:

  • Toughened glass similar to what is used in car windows.
  • Used where damages from broken glass are a concern.
  • Usually shatters into small, square parts instead of sharp shards if broken.
  • Glass doesn’t come 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 Victoria at 250-475-1277. Or, book a free, in-home consultation online.

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