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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 flying baseballs and others can weather hurricane-force winds. How?

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

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

It Started with Hurricane Testing

We figured, if we could engineer a hurricane window with impact-resistant glass, surely we could discover a resolution that could halt home runs from Major League Baseball teams.

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

We modified our hurricane cannon to test the home run-resistant windows. We fired baseballs from the cannon at an angle and speed that would mimic the speed of a home run.

Our tempered glass resisted the home runs best because it’s stronger and safer than commonly used annealed glass.

All About Physics

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

In Wrigley’s case, we found the baseballs would be traveling at about 60 mph upon striking 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 thinking about an MLB home run propelling toward your home, there are many reasons to use tough, tempered glass in your Pella windows and doors.

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

Review the advantages and highlights of Pella tempered glass options:

  • Toughened glass similar to what is used in car windows.
  • Used where injuries from broken glass are a concern.
  • Usually shatters into small, square pieces rather than sharp shards if broken.
  • Glass doesn’t break 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 Binghamton at 607-296-0475. Or, schedule a free, in-home consultation online.

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