The windows used today in padel have a thickness generally between 10 and 12mm. Imposing windows, heavy and supposed to be resistant. However, it happens that they break, causing in the best case, only a few cuts to the players. So why do windows break?

First of all the shock

It is true that depending on the shock received, the window can break. Depending on the weight of the player, the way he falls and the speed at which he impacts the glass, it can break. However, I took the liberty of asking one of the land builders a question. Why use “safe” glass (which shatters into a thousand pieces) when there is “laminated” glass which remains in place despite breakage? This laminated glass is used in particular for car windshields. Its cost is not necessarily higher than security, but player safety is still given a little more importance. Certainly, land insurers padel would revise their prices down in the case of laminated glass, but hey, that is not the point.

Response from the manufacturer: “Perhaps because they do not meet construction standards”.

the maintenance

By regular maintenance of windows, you will prevent them from breaking easily. It is advisable to check all hardware at least every 3 month since the bouncing balls and the game in general make the hooks work.

Then, the screws must be stainless steel to avoid corrosion and enclosed in a plastic sheath to limit vibrations.

The nut on the outside of the glass will need to have a brake, which is that usually blue line that you see on the inside. Thanks to this brake, the nut will loosen less quickly. There are plastic screws but we do not recommend them because over time they break.

Finally we must take great care of the friction zone between the glass and the metal part of the structure. There are slats of neoprene that arise between the glass and the metal, which will avoid this friction.

Friction, vibration, lack of support and shock a little more violent than usual are the ideal factors to break a window.

Julien Bondia

Julien Bondia is a teacher of padel in Tenerife (Spain). Columnist and advisor, he helps you play better through his tutorials and tactical/technical articles padel.