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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 fast-moving 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 rigorously tested for impact resistance.

Tests consist of shooting a two-by-four at the window to make sure glass remains intact. We use our hurricane cannon to launch the wood, which travels 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 come up with a resolution that could halt home runs from Major League Baseball teams.

When Pella was contacted to help supply a historic building near Wrigley Field with home run-resistant windows, that’s precisely what we did.

We overhauled 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 baseballs best because it’s more durable and safer than standard annealed glass.

All About Physics

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

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

But we did more than what was expected and tested 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 protection from their windows or patio doors. Or those who are developing the next great baseball player.

Review the benefits and highlights of Pella tempered glass options:

  • Durable glass like what is used in car windows.
  • Used where damages 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 discover more about impact windows and if they may be right for your home, call Pella of Hingham at 781-826-8005. Or, schedule a free, in-home consultation online.

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