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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 resist hurricane-force winds. How?

When it comes to hurricane-resistance, Pella HurricaneShield® windows and patio doors rated to ASTM E1996 missile D rating are thoroughly tested for impact resistance.

Tests consist of shooting a two-by-four at the window to ensure glass keeps intact. We use our hurricane cannon to launch the wood, which travels 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 discover a solution that could halt 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 precisely what we did.

We overhauled our hurricane cannon to evaluate 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 more durable and safer than generally used annealed glass.

All About Physics

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

In Wrigley’s situation, we determined the baseballs would be going at about 60 mph upon striking 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 worried about an MLB home run propelling toward your residence, 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 protection from their windows or patio doors. Or those who are bringing up 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 damages from broken glass are a concern.
  • Usually shatters into small, square parts rather than sharp shards if broken.
  • Glass doesn’t come apart if shattered.

Tempered glass is available in all Pella windows and patio doors. To learn more about impact windows and if they may be right for your home, call Pella of Newport at 401-314-0814. Or, book a free, in-home consultation online.

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