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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 rigorously tested for impact resistance.

Tests consist of blasting a two-by-four at the window to ensure glass remains intact. We use our hurricane cannon to launch 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 discover a resolution that could stop 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 just what we did.

We overhauled 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 force of a home run.

Our tempered glass resisted the hits best because it’s stronger and safer than standard annealed glass.

All About Physics

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

In Wrigley’s case, we learned the baseballs would be going at about 60 mph upon hitting windows.

But we exceeded requirements and tested 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 hurling at your home, there are a variety of reasons to choose tough, tempered glass in your Pella windows and doors.

It’s good for homeowners who want an extra level of security from their windows or patio doors. Or those who are bringing up the next great baseball player.

Review the benefits and highlights of Pella tempered glass options:

  • Strong glass like what is used in car windows.
  • Used where injuries from broken glass are a concern.
  • Generally breaks into small, square fragments 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 Cheyenne at 307-632-6373. Or, schedule a free, in-home consultation online.

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