Air bags, seatbelts, and windshields have a common purpose: enhance your safety. A vehicle’s condition is known by how these parts are maintained by the owners. Out of these three, the windshield is the most important because of its additional features and benefits. It is apparent in how it keeps up the structural integrity of the vehicle when dealing with the heat often seen during the summer in Flagstaff.
In this article, we will see how worthy are the windshield repair and other auto glass replacement services. The components of a windshield might give some clue to how it is repaired. Two sheets of glass are laminated using a layer of polyvinyl butyrate (PVB) to make a piece. A chip or a crack is the most common problem and it tends to spread over a period. An early repair can save a lot of time and money. The manufacturers’ specification of installing a windshield is nearly impossible to duplicate as well. Therefore, in many cases, replacement is not advisable.
Flagstaff Windshield Replacement – Cost Factors
Your car's windshield is the third most important safety measure in your car after seat belts and airbags. It protects your car from harsh weather conditions such as hail storms, and allows for a safe drive through gravel roads. Windshields also provide protection in accidents by allowing the complete deployment of airbags and providing strength to the roof in the event of a rollover accident.
Your car's front windshield is made by reinforced pressure and heat procedures that ensure that even when the glass breaks it does minimum to no damage to the passengers inside. When it is a question of life and death, taking care of your windshield should be one of your car maintenance priorities.
From minor fixes of scratches to small and large breaks your windshield needs to be looked at by a professional even before it gets fixed. However, the cost of getting your windshield fixed can cause a dent in your pocket. Here are some simple steps to ensure cost efficient windshield repairs:
1. Take care of your windshield promptly. Make sure you fix minor scratches. If you are a do it yourself, you can learn to do this on your own. Small scratches can often be fixed at home. However, don't do this on your own if it is your first time. Get a professional to show you what kind of scratches can be fixed at home and what should be brought to the workshop to be fixed.
2. When scratches are deeper and come in the way of your vision you need to get it to your windshield professional immediately. While this may not be a not a grave situation, it is better to get small scratches fixed at a minimum price than let it get worse because you will end up spending a lot of more later.
3. Even before you need to get your windshield glass repaired, do some basic research on companies in your area that does windshield repair for a good price. You can take a look at your car dealer, and also other small business owners' companies and their prices for windshield repair. Often small business owners will repair your car at a reduced price and with the same quality as your car dealer.
4. Make sure that the small company professional is an expert in the area. Get price lists from companies and ask the company you like to give you a better discount than the other companies.
5. Get your car to your windshield repair professional before it gets worse. Often if you wait longer the damage can get worse and repair will become more expensive.
With these tips you can make sure you can reduce the cost of your windshield repair or replacement without lowering the quality.
Windshield Replacement Safety
We don't spend much time in our lives thinking about one of the most ubiquitous products surrounding us every day: Glass. Glass is everywhere! Look around and you will see it in your home, office, eyeglasses (unless they're plastic), ceramics like toilets and dishes, bottles, light bulbs, tv screens, and of course in your car.
What is Glass? It's a combination of materials, most commonly silicon dioxide (sand), lime, and potash. There are specialty glasses made of other materials but the kind we see all the time, soda-lime glass, is mostly composed of the three materials mentioned above. For an easy-to-understand detailed explanation of glass, visit Wikipedia and type in the search term glass.
The two common types of glass we interact with daily, annealed and tempered, are basically the same products that have undergone different manufacturing treatments to give them individual characteristics. These characteristics are designed to serve certain functions.
Tempered glass is known as safety glass because it shatters into hundreds of tiny blocks, instead of into long sharp-edged, knife-like shards that can inflict terrible wounds. The small blocks of broken tempered glass are much less likely to cut human flesh. Tempered glass is used in the side windows and back glass on cars, as well as in commercial glass, sliding doors, and windows that reach to the floor.
Annealed glass, like in your kitchen window, is used to make windshields. You might wonder how in the world a kitchen window can be used in front of a driver. That's crazy! Yes, that would be crazy, unless the annealed glass was laminated together with a strong piece of plastic and another piece of glass to make a sandwich called laminated safety glass.
When you look through your windshield, you are looking through all three pieces, two of glass and one of plastic. The glass sticks to the plastic when it breaks. No doubt you've seen a shattered windshield and noticed that it hangs together in one big cracked piece. This is what makes the windshield different from your kitchen window.
Tempered glass is very tough and is difficult to break unless it gets punched with a sharp object. You may have seen a tool advertised on TV that's used to escape from a car by breaking the tempered side window. The tool is like a small hammer with a sharp point. Sadly, criminals have also discovered a use for it and keep it in their criminal toolbox. If you've ever suffered a broken window during a car break-in, it was probably done with one of these tools.
When it's manufactured, tempered glass is just like annealed glass. Then it goes through a heating process to "temper" it, making it tough and resilient. The glass is cooled quickly so the outside contracts and forms a compressed outer layer. It puts the whole piece of glass under tremendous stress and that's why it seems to explode when broken. The stress is released so powerfully that the glass breaks into harmless little chunks.
Why isn't tempered glass used in windshields? Many years ago it was used for windshields in some cars. Laminated safety glass just makes a better, safer product for the front of your car because it stays in place, even when broken, and keeps flying debris out of your face. It also helps to keep occupants inside the car.
The glass that we know is an unusual and interesting substance. Other materials can also be classed as glass. You might say that glass is not a substance but a quality or characteristic. A scientist might refer to glass as a state, much like a gas, liquid, or solid. Water makes a good example. Water can be gaseous (steam), liquid, or solid (ice), however it is not seen in a glassy state like liquid rock (lava) or molten metal.
Nature produces glass constantly. People who live in volcanic areas are familiar with obsidian, a glass used by early Americans to shape arrowheads, spear tips, and knives.
Just remember that when you are replacing your auto glass, the material you are looking through has an interesting history and unique characteristics that few other materials can match. Glass has been around for centuries and will endure into the foreseeable future.
Windshield Repair or Replacement, a Crucial Decision