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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?

As far as hurricane-resistance, Pella HurricaneShield® windows and patio doors rated to ASTM E1996 missile D rating are rigorously tested for impact resistance.

Tests consist of firing a two-by-four at the window to make sure glass keeps intact. We use our hurricane cannon to propel 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 find a solution that could protect from home runs from Major League Baseball teams.

When Pella was asked to help outfit a historic building outside of Wrigley Field with home run-resistant windows, that’s precisely what we did.

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

Our tempered glass resisted the baseballs 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 greater than 100 feet to shoot a baseball out of the park.

In Wrigley’s scenario, we found the baseballs would be going at about 60 mph upon impact with windows.

But we did more than what was expected and checked 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 hurling at your home, there are many reasons to select tough, tempered glass in your Pella windows and doors.

It’s ideal for homeowners who want an additional level of security from their windows or patio doors. Or those who are developing the next great baseball player.

Consider the benefits and highlights of Pella tempered glass options:

  • Toughened glass like what is used in car windows.
  • Used where injuries from broken glass are a concern.
  • Normally fragments 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 discover more about impact windows and if they may be right for your home, call Pella of Champaign at 217-356-6474. Or, schedule a free, in-home consultation online.

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