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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 flying 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 meticulously tested for impact resistance.

Tests include shooting a two-by-four at the window to verify glass remains intact. We use our hurricane cannon to launch the wood, which moves 50 feet per second.

It Started with Hurricane Testing

We concluded, if we could create 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 equip a historic building outside of Wrigley Field with home run-resistant windows, that’s exactly what we did.

We overhauled our hurricane cannon to experiment on the home run-resistant windows. We shot baseballs from the cannon at an angle and speed that would recreate the power of a home run.

Our tempered glass resisted the hits best because it’s more durable and safer than commonly used annealed glass.

All About Physics

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

In Wrigley’s situation, we found the baseballs would be going at about 60 mph upon impact with 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 concerned about an MLB home run propelling toward your windows, there are a lot of reasons to select durable, tempered glass in your Pella windows and doors.

It’s ideal for homeowners who want an extra 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 like what is used in car windows.
  • Used where cuts from broken glass are a concern.
  • Usually shatters into small, square fragments instead of 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 Ketchum at 208-726-0060. Or, book a free, in-home consultation online.

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