Pella Impact-Resistant Products Help Provide Protection, Reduce Outside Noise
Weather experts predict above-normal activity in the Atlantic this hurricane season with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center expecting to see six to 10 named storms that could become hurricanes in 2020 and three to six more that could develop into a Category 3 strength or higher. Pella Windows and Doors encourages homeowners to prepare their homes for the high winds, flying debris and heavy rains that can accompany hurricanes.
Manufactured in Ocala, Florida, Pella’s new Hurricane Shield Series™ and Pella Defender Series™ windows with impact-resistant glass surpass Florida’s stringent coastal requirements while providing protection for every season, every day. With Pella Hurricane Shield Series and Pella Defender Series impact resistant windows, no storm shutters, plywood or additional storm prep are needed to comply with Florida Building Code.
“The last thing you want to worry about during a hurricane is the strength of your windows and doors. That’s why we specifically designed these products to exceed coastal requirements and withstand the equivalent impact of a 2-by-4 traveling at 50 feet per second.” said Nicolle Picray, Brand Communications and PR Manager, Pella Corporation.
Designed specifically for Florida’s stringent regulations, Pella Hurricane Shield Series includes windows that can be used throughout the state – including the High Velocity High Hurricane Zone (HVHZ). Additionally, both window series are rigorously tested to provide extensive UV ray protection, improved noise reduction over non-impact products, excellent energy efficiency and security against intruders.
Signs It’s Time to Replace
“Delaying critical home repairs, like window and door replacement, could lead to significant problems” says Picray. Look for these signs to decide whether replacing old windows should be on your next to-do list.
- It's difficult to open or close your windows.
- It’s difficult to keep the hot air out and the cold air in.
- The window frames show signs of wear or deterioration (chipping, cracking, water stains).
- It's difficult to clean your windows from the outside.
- Replacement parts are difficult to find and/or install.
Picray also encourages home and business owners to consult with their insurance agents to review coverage for buildings and their contents.
“If you live in an area prone to hurricanes, ask if your insurance coverage provides discounts if you replace your existing windows and doors with impact-resistant products,” she said. “Lower insurance premiums can help offset the cost of window or door replacement and add to your peace of mind by preparing your home or business before a storm strikes,” Picray said.
To learn more about how Pella tests its products with impact-resistant glass, watch a hurricane testing video here and visit, Pella.com
Pella Corporation designs and manufacturers windows and doors for residential homes and commercial applications. The company is headquartered in Pella, Iowa and employs more than 7,000 people with 15 manufacturing locations and more than 200 showrooms across the country. For more information, call 888-847-3552 or visit pressroom.pella.com. Follow Pella on Facebook, YouTube, Houzz, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.