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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How to De-Ice Your Windshield

Posted by admin on Friday Oct 30, 2015 Under Auto Glass

It’s beginning to get colder outside, which for many could mean icy windshields every morning. With winter rapidly approaching, it’s important to know the right ways to de-ice your windshield to avoid unnecessary auto glass repair or replacement.

Do not pour hot water onto a frozen or iced-over windshield. The temperature difference can cause auto glass to crack. Instead, give yourself a few extra minutes in the morning and try these ideas:

1. Use scraping tools. The old-fashioned way is sometimes the best way. Plus, it’s a great workout!

2. Use the “defrost” setting. Letting your car idle and warm up is a good way to help the ice melt faster. Make sure you are not in an enclosed area to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

3. Spray your windshield with a rubbing alcohol and water solution to help melt the ice. Make a 2:1 rubbing alcohol to water solution and fill a spray bottle. Spray on icy windows.

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Glass Tip: Non Abrasive Cleaners

Posted by Joshua on Monday Aug 19, 2013 Under Auto Glass

Keeping glass clean and free of debris is one of the most basic premises of auto glass maintenance. A clean windshield is easier to see through while driving. It is also far safer than a windshield with an accumulation of debris. Debris can scratch a windshield which can leave to lasting damaged and fast deterioration. Trying to clean a windshield with abrasive debris using wipers is a bad idea, as it just makes the regular fluid abrasive. When washing a windshield by hand, use a gentle touch and a non abrasive cleaner to ensure lasting windshield functionality.

Standard windshields and tinted windshields alike can benefit from regular cleaning. Obviously, a driver doesn’t want to operate a vehicle with a dirty windshield as it can obstruct views and cause distractions. This puts the driver at greater risk for accident and injury. It can also risk damaging the windshield if left to pile up to dangerous levels. Cleaning a windshield should only be done with gentle, non abrasive cleaners and cleaning supplies. This will protect the life of the windshield during and immediate wash and during the overall life of the windshield.

When a driver uses windshield wipers with a gritty windshield, they risk damaging the windshield and causing scratches or other abrasions. Dirt, dust and debris particles can all be scraped across the windshield by a windshield wiper can easily damage the glass, even when windshield wiper fluid is used. The same is true of washing the car overall. Using a soft cloth, warm water and a very delicate cleaner with no abrasive particles is almost always the best way to clean a windshield. This method will protect extra features like window tinting, window mounts for antennas and defrost/defog strips or real or front windows.

There’s nothing wrong with trusting your windshield wipers for a little bit of dust or the occasional bug, but using them when the windshield is seriously dirty can be a bad idea. When a windshield has been covered with dirt, natural debris or other gritty materials, taking a careful and delicate approach is usually best. Using a non abrasive cleaner to remove the dirt carefully is the safest, and usually the cheapest, way for a driver to ensure the window is safely and carefully cleaned. A simple dish soap or auto soap with no harsh or abrasive chemicals or additives is usually fine for this use.

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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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Mobile Auto Glass is The New Normal.

Posted by Joshua on Tuesday Sep 11, 2012 Under Mobile Glass Repair

When drivers are facing a major windshield repair they tend to be a little stressed out. Major cracks, holes, shatters and even wide sets of chips present a wide range of difficulty. Chips and cracks can reduce visibility and obscure road hazards. Holes and shatters cause major distractions in terms of wind, debris and safety in general. Even minor damage reduces the overall integrity of the windshield, making it far more likely to suffer increasingly worse damage from strikes from weather or debris. Even simple roadside stresses like high speed turns or mild weather can cause an already damaged window to degenerate further. In short this means that most drivers would prefer not to drive with a damaged windshield. This has mobile auto glass replacement the preferred option for drivers all over the country.

While mobile glass repair and auto glass installation do present unique challenges that repair in the shop does not, most reputable auto glass repair and replacement shops do offer a mobile service. The that glass repair shops offer mobile glass repair and replacement services at the same rates they offer services in the shop are obviously the busiest and most popular options in a community. Both because of the service and value they offer drivers.

Most mobile glass repair services are set to work on all types of glass on location, not only vehicles as someone may expect. Many mobile glass repair services offer home glass repair and installation as well as vehicle. This type of mobile service keeps drivers safe and makes things that much easier for motorists. Having glass repair preformed at the location of you choice with no addition cost is a no-brainer. It’s easier, safer and more convenient than going to a glass shop. Make sure to investigate mobile glass repair services in your area before you need to use one!

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Auto Glass Basics, knowing components.

Posted by Joshua on Tuesday Sep 11, 2012 Under Auto Glass

It’s easy to get confused about specific terminology in the auto glass world. With numerous types of windows all over a vehicle a little confusion is certainly understandable. Most of the varying types of window are easy to identify once an understanding of terminology has been established. And the window assembly isn’t much more difficult that that. Knowing this basic terminology can go a long way towards helping motorists get the glass services they need and the value they want.

Window Types:

As far as actual window types go there is a fair amount of information but it’s not too difficult.  Everyone knows the windshield is the large piece of glass that protects the driver from wind and road hazards. The read window is general windshield sized but may not wrap around quite as far. The front and rear door windows typically roll up and down and sit in the door with their namesake. Rear quarter windows are used in larger vehicles to give all around visibility. And vent windows are the small normally triangular pieces that help frame out many window shapes. Most vents don’t open in modern vehicles.

Window Functionality:

Tracks keep the window in its place in the door as it goes up and down. The window regulator is the device that moves the window up and down in the tracks. A handle connects to the window regulator on non powered models. In powered windows the window motor supplies power to the regulator and the power button activates the motor sending the window up and down. Lastly window molding holds the windshield in place and various adhesives can be used to keep the windshield molding in place.

Tools and Services:

Many windshield repair tools are on the market most all of them involve fusing resin and glass to repair the windshield itself. A windshield molding release tool is a knife like object used to cut the windshield molding away from the vehicle.  Some techs use a heat gun to rapidly dry the adhesives. A good pair of gloves goes a long way in the auto glass industry as well as so much glass is involved.

Knowing these industry basics can both help drivers save a few bucks as well as feeling like they understand what a technician is saying to them. Knowing what is required to fix or replace a window is the first step in knowing what auto glass 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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