Prepare homes, businesses for active 2013 hurricane season

Pella® impact-resistant products help provide protection, reduce outside noise 

Weather experts predict another active Atlantic hurricane season in 2013. If you live in an area prone to hurricanes, Pella Windows and Doors encourages you to prepare your home, vacation home or business for the high winds, flying debris and heavy rains that can accompany hurricanes.

The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season — one of the most active and costly in U.S. history — caused more than $75 billion in damages, according to the National Hurricane Center. Super Storm Sandy left nearly 150 people dead, thousands homeless and caused about $20 billion in property damages.

“When a hurricane threatens, make personal safety a top priority,” said Kathy Krafka Harkema, Pella spokesperson. “The time to prepare your home or business for severe weather is before a hurricane or tropical storm hits. For example, consider installing Pella windows or patio doors with impact-resistant glass to help protect your home and belongings year-round, whether you are home or away.”

Pella’s HurricaneShield® impact-resistant glass is laminated with a polymer interlayer that helps stop flying debris from breaking completely through it, to help keep a building intact, even in fierce winds.

In fact, Pella windows and doors with HurricaneShield impact-resistant glass are so strong that they are designed to withstand the equivalent impact of a 2-by-4 traveling at 50 feet per second. To learn more about how Pella tests its products with impact-resistant glass, watch a hurricane testing video here. Plus, these durable products meet the stringent Dade County, Florida code.

Help protect belongings, reduce outside noise

Pella offers two window and door lines with HurricaneShield impact-resistant glass: Architect Series® wood windows and patio doors, and Pella 350 Series vinyl patio doors.

“Pella HurricaneShield windows and doors with impact-resistant glass help protect you and your home in the event of a hurricane. They also help reduce outside noise, for a more peaceful home environment, no matter where you live,” said Krafka Harkema.

Krafka Harkema 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,” Krafka Harkema said.

Wood product options

Pella Architect Series wood windows and doors with impact-resistant HurricaneShield glass offer sought-after features including seacoast-worthy, low maintenance EnduraClad®aluminum clad exteriors that help protect the window or door from the elements. Stainless-steel operating hardware — a standard feature on Pella casement windows — resists rust and corrosion even in demanding coastal environments.

Pella’s design eliminates the need for unsightly brace clips and other visible reinforcement, enabling you to enjoy beautiful, natural wood interiors in the Architect Series collection.

Durable, low-maintenance vinyl patio doors

With a distinctive design, durable frame and high-quality hardware, Pella 350 Series vinyl sliding patio doors feature energy-efficient options that meet or exceed U.S. ENERGY STAR®guidelines.

Pella 350 Series vinyl patio doors include premium options:

  • 2-, 3- or 4-panel doors let in more natural light and expand your view
  • Multiple design possibilities with choice of sidelights and transoms, and factory-installed grilles-between-the-glass
  • Shades- or blinds-between-the-glass that stay clean, and provide light control and increased privacy. Plus the cordless design is safer for homes with children and pets. 
  • Triple-pane Low-E glass and foam-insulated panels for increased energy efficiency

About Pella

Pella Corporation is a leader in designing, testing, manufacturing and installing quality windows and doors for new construction, remodeling and replacement applications.

As a family-owned and professionally managed privately-held company, Pella is known for its 88-year history of making innovative products, providing quality service and delivering on customer satisfaction. Headquartered in Pella, Iowa, the company is committed to incorporating new technologies, increasing productivity and practicing environmental stewardship to create satisfied customers.

Pella manufactures quality windows, patio doors and entry door systems sold through a Direct Sales Network operating Pella Window & Door Showrooms across the United States and Canada and select building materials retailers, including Lowe’s®. For more information, call 888-847-3552 or visit Follow Pella on @Pella_News, on Facebook at on and on YouTube at

Kathy Krafka Harkema

Pella Corporation

Office: 641-621-6971 

Cell: 641-780-6925