Many people only look for the lowest price when they shop for auto glass. But there are varying qualities of glass, and levels of installation quality. An improperly installed windshield is virtually useless at protecting you during an accident. That’s why it’s very important to choose a reputable installer. Increase your safety with a new replacement windshield
Your auto glass provides 40% to 70% of the strength of your vehicle.
In a rollover, the windshield helps the cabin maintain its rigidity, protecting the passengers–which is especially important in minivans with huge windshields. In a front impact, the windshield assists airbag deployment and keeps passengers from being thrown out of the vehicle. The windshield also helps protect you from flying road debris.
Windshield installation quality is affected by 6 factors.
1. Glass Quality
Windshield glass is laminated–a piece of vinyl sandwiched between two pieces of specially strengthened glass. A good windshield matches your old windshield exactly in tint, size, and extra features such as a rain sensor. Cheap installations often use thinner, badly-fitting glass, which is manufactured to a different size and thickness to avoid infringing on the copyright of the companies that make the original glass.
Look at your windshield and you’ll notice that there’s a rubber seal that wraps around all or part of it. Most of the time, the molding is replaced with a windshield replacement.
Urethane is used to bond the windshield to your vehicle. After an installation, the urethane must have enough time to cure and create a strong bond before you can drive your car. A weakly attached windshield may pop out or buckle in an accident.
4. Temperature and Humidity
Temperature and humidity at the time of installation determine how quickly the urethane cures. Your installer should always give you a safe drive-away time.
5. Existing Windshield Frame
If the windshield frame on your vehicle is bent or rusty, your new windshield may not be able to bond with it properly. A high-quality auto glass installation on a damaged frame can still be unsafe.
6. Installer Ability
All the high-quality materials in the world won’t make up for an auto glass installer who doesn’t have experience and training. It’s worth paying a little more to get a good installer. A windshield price that seems too cheap probably is–and could even be subcontracted to someone else who has little or no training.
- Remove any cowels or trims to ensure their safety and to expose the sealant of the damaged glass.
- Using a variety of specialized tools, the former seal is carefully removed.
- Removal tools are selected based on how safe and effective they are for each vehicle.
- Damaged windshield is carefully removed.
- Any remaining urethane is cut away .
- Clean and apply a glass activator to the new windshield that is to be installed.
- A primer is applied on the freshly cleaned metal to prevent rust and other deterioration.
A “bead” of the heated urethane adhesive is applied on the dried primer.
- The new windshield is carefully set in.
The windshield is carefully pressed against the urethane seal.
- Urethane is given the required amount of time to safely dry.
The windshield wipers and the rear view mirror are returned to their original positions.