Depending on 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 confident that your windows will help shield you from whatever severe weather comes your way? Pella offers a range 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 durable glass. A polymer interlayer between two sheets of glass helps to keep window panes together when one pane is broken, making it less likely to break through the window completely. These windows can even resist damage from wind, water or hail and can even bear the impact of a 2-by-4 traveling at 50 feet per second!*
HurricaneShield windows are tested against industrywide impact-resistance standards and are designed to maintain your home’s structure and stability during intense weather. Impact-resistant windows like HurricaneShield also decrease the need for storm shutters. So not only will you be protected when the weather turns rough, but you’ll also gain peace of mind knowing your windows are more safe and secure even when you aren’t home.
Performance Against More Than Storms
While impact-resistant glass helps to defend against intense winds and flying debris, these windows also offer protection against home intruders. The same resilient polymer interlayer between the two sheets of glass helps deter forced entry in the same way it protects against high winds. It also provides increased noise reduction and peace from exterior noises such as traffic or lawn mowers.
While some regions of the country have to deal with the threat of extreme storms, others meet challenges from intense heat and sunlight. Many lines of Pella windows offer Low-E insulating glass options. Low-E glass is created to hold heat in your home during the winter and prevent outside heat from coming into your home during the summer to help keep things more comfortable.
For severely hot areas, windows made with SunDefense Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon are a helpful option. Featuring applied SunDefense Low-E protection and insulated with argon gas between the panes, these windows don’t just help bring comfort from the heat, they defend furniture and carpets from fading in sunlight. And SunDefense can help you reduce 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 nearly any type of home, built from a range of materials.
When buying products, follow these four simple steps:
- Determine your window style
- Decide which material is best for your home
- Customize window features
- Plan installation
Whether your home is on the East Coast where hurricanes are more common 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 greatly improve the overall energy efficiency and performance of your home by installing our impact-resistant glass? Learn more about HurricaneShield®, Low-E insulating glass and other options 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 202-594-3979 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.