No matter which part of the country you call home, some amount of severe weather can impact your life. Be it from strong thunderstorms, hail, winds or extreme heat, it’s important to and keep your home safe and free from damage. Are you sure that your windows will help protect you from whatever severe weather comes your way? Pella offers a variety of options to help you and your home stay comfortable with whatever Mother Nature throws your way.
Products with impact-resistant glass, such as Pella’s HurricaneShield® replacement windows and patio doors, are made with exceptionally resistant glass. A polymer interlayer between two sheets of glass helps to keep window panes together when one pane is shattered, making it more difficult to break through the window completely. These windows can even withstand damage from wind, water or hail and can even face the impact of a 2-by-4 traveling at 50 feet per second!*
HurricaneShield windows are tested using industrywide impact-resistance standards and are built to maintain your home’s structure and stability during intense weather. Impact-resistant windows like HurricaneShield also reduce the need for storm shutters. So not only will you be protected when the weather turns severe, but you’ll also gain peace of mind knowing your windows are more safe and secure even when you are away.
Performance Against More Than Storms
While impact-resistant glass helps to guard against intense winds and flying debris, these windows also bring protection against home intruders. The same strong polymer interlayer between the two sheets of glass helps defend against forced entry in the same way it protects against high winds. It also provides better noise reduction and peace from external noises such as traffic or lawn mowers.
While some areas of the country have to endure the threat of extreme storms, others meet challenges from stifling heat and sunlight. Many lines of Pella windows offer Low-E insulating glass options. Low-E glass is designed to keep heat in your home during the winter and prevent outside heat from coming into your home during the summer to help keep things temperate.
For extremely hot climates, windows made with SunDefense Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon are a good option. Coated with SunDefense Low-E protection and insulated with argon gas between the panes, these windows don’t just help bring comfort from the heat, they safeguard furniture and carpets from fading in sunlight. And SunDefense can help you lower your cooling bill, thanks to increased energy efficiency.
There are also additional energy-efficient glass options available for patio doors.
Finding the Right Impact-Resistant Window for Your House
There are impact-resistant windows and doors available for practically any style of home, built from a range of materials.
When buying products, remember these four simple steps:
- Pick your window style
- Choose which material is best for your home
- Customize window features
- Plan installation
Whether you reside on the East Coast where hurricanes happen more often or the blazing-hot Southwest, impact-resistant hurricane windows and Low-E glass with argon from Pella can help keep you and your family safe and comfortable.
Are you ready to considerably improve the overall energy efficiency and performance of your home by installing our impact-resistant glass? Find out more about HurricaneShield®, Low-E insulating glass and other products that Pella Windows and Doors offers for your home by contacting your local Pella Windows and Doors showroom.
Any of our professionals would be happy to help you determine the window that defends best against the elements in your area. Give us a call at 520-989-3300 or book an in-home consultation using our online scheduler.
* Pella's impact-resistant glass in HurricaneShield® products is made up of a sheet of standard or tempered glass combined with a sheet of laminated glass, rated to ASTM E1996 missile D rating. For best performance, the laminated glass may be in the interior or exterior pane of the insulating glass, depending on the product.