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.

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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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Taking Care of Your Auto Glass

Posted by admin on Saturday Nov 7, 2015 Under Auto Glass, Auto Glass Repair

While it’s just as important as any other type of routine automotive maintenance, auto glass maintenance is often overlooked by drivers. A cracked or damaged windshield may not prevent the vehicle from starting, but it can easily make for an unsafe drive. In many states it’s even illegal to have a broken windshield on the road, and a few even have mandatory yearly inspections which you won’t pass if your windshield is cracked or broken!

Cracks, nicks and chips in auto glass weaken the overall integrity of the
glass making it far more likely to shatter when exposed to outside pressure or extreme weather conditions. In cold or hot climates cracks will spread, and the natural stress put on the glass by driving can make a small problem get worse quickly. To prolong the life of your auto glass, avoid slamming your car doors, park in shady areas when possible, and clean your glass with a microfiber cloth.

A small chip can suddenly turn into a shattered window or other roadside nightmare, but auto glass repair and installation is easier and more affordable than it has ever been. There is no excuse for cracked or broken auto glass!

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Auto glass repair continues to improve and refine the basic concept of windshield repair. More often than not, these improvements are extremely easy to overlook by a driver on site. It takes knowing a little bit about windshield repair technology, and how it works, to appreciate how much better modern windshield repair is than in days past. We’ve found that drivers who know how difficult and intensive auto windshield repair has been in the past, they tend to enjoy our services a whole lot more in the present.

The earliest auto windshields couldn’t be repaired, and replacing them wasn’t exactly easy. They used large sheets of single plate glass that you couldn’t get in a rural area. Many drivers had to get the glass from the vehicle manufacturer, making it nearly impossible for a windshield replacement to be done quickly.

Plate glass was easy to break and shatter in at the driver, making driving a terrifying experience for anyone with glass damage on the road. A new design grew out of the dangers associated with a single sheet of glass. Two layers of glass, laminated together, added durability to windshield design. While the glass could break just as easily, it tended to stay in place until a replacement was available. This was a huge improvement.

It didn’t take long for motorists to develop a new way to repair windshields that didn’t shatter in the way of the old plate glass designs. It became common to repair the windshield that suffered minor damage, like a chip, gouge or small crack. A clear resin solution is added to the gouge, and then several methods remove impurities and air bubbles, theoretically leaving behind no trace of the auto glass damage.

Filling chips in a windshield has remained the primary way to deal with minor windshield damage for years now, but new technologies continue to improve the process. Vacuum sealing, newer resins and fast setting polymers can make windshield repair look better than it ever has. These same improvements have make windshield repair easier to perform on the roadside, and cheaper for customers overall.

Auto glass has come just as far as the automobile itself, in terms of design and technology. New windshields are increasingly more sturdy and safe than earlier models. New technologies for repairing windshield glass continue to grow and improve, giving drivers affordable options for windshield repair, on and off the road.

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Auto Glass Tip: Salvaged Auto Glass is a Risky Business.

Posted by Joshua on Tuesday May 28, 2013 Under Auto Glass

Salvaged auto glass may seem like a good idea when a driver is dealing with an unexpected auto glass related cost. Unfortunately, glass pulled from wrecks, junkyards and other retired vehicles often comes with far more hidden and unexpected costs than expected. Windshields can be repaired multiple times with little to no evidence left behind, so a driver can never really know what to expect when they buy a used windshield. We suggest drivers call an auto glass expert with a low rate for installation and see how the price stacks up to the hidden costs associated with salvaged auto glass.

Auto glass takes a fair amount of abuse over the life of a vehicle. Minor damage to windshields can often be filled fairly easily and leaves very little perceptible traces on a windshield. Almost any auto glass expert will attest that installing a windshield that has suffered extensive stresses is a bad idea. A windshield with of a lifetime of driving stresses or even recent stresses and repairs, is far more likely to break and require another replacement.

Windshields can be filled multiple times, but an auto glass repair specialist will usually tell a driver when it’s time to replace a windshield. When a driver buys a used windshield or pulls one from a junkyard, they really have no idea what they are getting. Even drivers who know to look for the faint traces of the clear resin filler used to repair windshields can have a hard time spotting small repairs.

Auto glass specialists are available to give drivers deep discounts on a windshield replacements. A driver who shops around can almost always find an extremely competitive rate from a local auto glass specialist. A driver may save a few bucks in the short term with a used windshield, instead of a 50% discount windshield. Unfortunately, that same driver will usually lose quite a bit of money in the long term on more used auto glass.

Buying salvaged auto glass is a risky business that drivers should probably avoid whenever possible. Auto glass stresses and damages compound to shorten the lifespan of a windshield. Used windshields and salvaged auto glass usually will not show these stresses, and can often break during or shortly after the initial installation. If a driver has a local auto glass specialist, it shouldn’t be hard to get a competitive rate on a replacement windshield that makes it worth it to get the new auto glass.

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