About Glass Repair & Replacement
Because It's More Than 'Just A Car'!
The windshield is intended to be the last line of defense to keep people inside the vehicle. And even though newer car models contain driver and passenger side airbags, people are safest when restrained by their seatbelts. In the case of an accident the windshield must break. When the windshield breaks, the glass must remain stuck to the pvb to minimize any cuts that would occur if an occupant were to come in contact with the windshield. The windshield must be able to stretch while absorbing the energy of the crash. This is why a soft flexible plastic layer is sandwiched between the two pieces of glass. The windshield must also keep you in the car during the entire accident. A windshield should not allow your head to penetrate through the glass.
Finally, the windshield must remain attached to the vehicle opening. Windshields play a significant role and are very important for both frontal impact and rollover crashes. A windshield does many things for an automobile. It complements the car's aerodynamic design. It provides optimum visibility, but no auto glass function is more important than protecting the people inside the vehicle.
Safety glass is used in all automobile window glass. The name really says it all. It's glass that is specifically manufactured to be far less dangerous on impact than common flat glass.
Laminated Safety Glass (Windshields)
There are two types of manufacturing processes used to make safety glass. One is a laminating process, where two layers of glass are bonded by a plastic inner layer. This process is now required by law to be used in all windshields because it minimizes the chance of passengers being thrown through the windshield during a collision. The plastic layer cushions the impact and prevents glass from separating into thousands of tiny pieces, reducing the danger and severity of lacerations.
Tempered Safety Glass (Body Glass)
Tempered safety glass, used in many side and rear windows, reduces the risks of serious injury in an accident by shattering into tiny fragments with no sharp edges. A "tempered" glass is one that has been rapidly cooled during manufacturing so that the outside surfaces become much harder than the inner part. The difference in hardness is what causes the glass to break into fairly uniform pebbles as opposed to shards.
Install it Right
Whether it's laminated or tempered, the next safety process turns to installation. Windshields that are improperly installed can literally mean the difference between life and death in an accident. Strict federal guidelines have been established to provide the basic criteria for proper automotive glass installation.
At Starlite Auto Glass we pride our self on utilizing the finest products and techniques available. Most vehicles are stripped down, which includes windshield wiper and the cowl removal, in order to gain total access to the pinch welds. The windshield is then removed, old urethane is scrapped off and rust remediation is performed as needed. This leaves a bear pinch weld, which is then primed utilizing Dinol 538+ on both the pinch weld and the replacement windshield, then set into place and secured using Dinitrol 9000 Urethane, allowing for a 1 hour safe drive time from 0-115 degrees F .
Automotive OEM (original equipment manufacturers) glass distributors such as Pilkington, Pittsburgh Glass Works (PGW), and Carlite are readily utilized for our glass replacement services. These companies manufacture glass for many vehicle manufacturers but also manufacturer after market equivalents.
But what if we didn't use these processes and products, or tried to save some time or money?
- Let us not remove the wipers and/or jump the cowl. Then the glass would be slid under the cowl, thinning the urethane, making the strength not as effective. (save 5 minutes)
- If we did not prime, what happens to metal left untreated? It rusts and it weakens. The windshield is not as effective. (save 5 minutes)
- What if the windshield was not primed? Then UV light breaks down the bond to the glass. The windshield is not as effective.
- What if we used less expensive urethane? Urethane cures or hardens as a chemical reaction with humidity. Summer time safe drive time may be 3 hours but in the winter a safe drive time could be upwards of 36 hours or more. If the urethane is not holding in the windshield, the windshield is not effective.
So we could save 10 minutes and possibly use a less expensive urethane. The question that needs to be asked is, "Is your life or your the life of your passenger life 10 more minutes or inconvenience ???"
Do Your Part
Here are more things that can help insure the safest ride possible:
- Always replace glass where cracks are in the driver's line of sight. Sometimes windshield damage can be repaired rather than requiring replacement.
- Keep the glass clean. Keep the windshield washer fluid full.
- Never run wipers over dry glass!
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