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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?

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

Tests consist of blasting 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 thought, if we could design a hurricane window with impact-resistant glass, surely we could come up with a fix that could halt home runs from Major League Baseball teams.

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

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

Our tempered glass withstood the home runs best because it’s more durable and safer than commonly used annealed glass.

All About Physics

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

In Wrigley’s situation, we learned the baseballs would be traveling at about 60 mph upon striking 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 thinking about an MLB home run propelling toward your residence, there are a variety of reasons to select strong, tempered glass in your Pella windows and doors.

It’s great 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 advantages and highlights of Pella tempered glass options:

  • Strong glass like what is used in car windows.
  • Used where cuts from broken glass are a concern.
  • Generally breaks into small, square fragments 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 Casper at 307-234-1518. Or, request a free, in-home consultation online.

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