Understanding Auto Glass Basics

Posted by admin on Wednesday Dec 2, 2015 Under Auto Glass, Auto Glass Repair

lD3Sr9i6pCsdl5b4FclTJG55u1o-QGWTJHhAcEHb5mc  The auto glass world can sometimes get confusing. With the different types of windows all over a vehicle and the various tools and services offered, a little confusion is certainly understandable. Once you establish an understanding of the basics, most windows are easy to identify. Knowing this basic terminology can go a long way towards helping motorists get the glass services they need and the value they want. You can find a glossary of terms here to help you better define difficult concepts.

Window Types:

The large piece of glass that protects the driver from wind and road hazards is the windshield. The rear window is generally windshield-sized but may not wrap around quite as far, and is located in the back of the vehicle. The front and rear door windows typically roll up and down and sit in the door. Rear quarter windows are used in larger vehicles to give all-around visibility, and vent windows are the small, usually triangular pieces that help frame out many window shapes. Most vents don’t open in modern vehicles.


Different type of windshields on a car.

Window Functionality:

Tracks keep the windows in their place in the door as they go up and down. The window regulator is the device that moves windows up and down in the tracks. A handle connects to the window regulator on non-powered models, and in powered windows the window motor supplies power to the regulator. The window molding holds the windshield in place and various adhesives can be used to keep the windshield molding secure.

Tools and Services:

Many windshield repair tools on the market involve fusing resin and glass to repair the windshield itself. A windshield molding release tool is a knife-like object used to cut the molding away from the vehicle. Some technicians use a heat gun to rapidly dry the adhesives. A good pair of gloves go a long way in the auto glass industry.

Understanding these industry basics can help drivers have conversations with their technician. Knowing what is required to fix or replace auto glass is the first step in knowing what these services should cost. Drivers who can keep in mind the basics to windows, window functionality and the tools and services used will find auto glass mishaps far easier to navigate.

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Typical Auto Glass Services.

Posted by Joshua on Monday Oct 8, 2012 Under Auto Glass, Mobile Glass Repair

Auto glass repair shops typically offer an array of auto glass repair and replacement options as well as several other services. Window motors and electrical systems are commonly repaired in glass shops rather than standard repair shops. Window tinting and mirror work is also typical with many auto glass shops. Lastly mobile auto and even home glass replacement and repair are fairly typical from any better auto glass shop.

Obviously, any auto glass repair shop is going to do auto glass repair and replacement. Including windshields, side windows vents and accent windows. What may not be as obvious is that a specialty glass shop is likely to charge far less on windshield replacement than a dealership or standard auto body or repair shop. This is because a glass specialty shop can stock windshields in bulk, among other discounter secrets.

Nearly every reputable auto glass repair shop is going to have an in depth understanding of window electrical systems as well. This includes window motors and regulators, defrost and defog systems, wipers and the electrical systems that power all of them. Before going to an auto repair shop drivers are recommended to look to an auto glass discounter for all of these services.

When drivers think of auto glass they rarely think of the extras.  Window tinting and mirrors are usually available at much the same discounts that an auto glass shop offers on standard window work. Shops that offer comprehensive auto glass services, particularly those that work with insurance companies, will offer mobile auto glass repair as well. These shops will typically offer any type of glass installation or repair on a mobile basis, not only automobile glass.

A better auto glass repair shop will offer several services in addition simple replacement and repair.  Window tinting, mirrors, and all powered systems that are related to windows and windshields are typically serviceable at a good auto glass shop. And mobile auto glass repair is typically available for cars, homes or any other glass needs a customer may have.

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