“A stitch in time saves nine” is an oddly old-world phrase that applies uniquely to auto glass repair as well, in its own way. Many people don’t realize that your windshield is an integral part of your vehicle’s safety features – and has gone through a rigorous safety engineering process. In colder weather, that small chip or crack in your windshield could suddenly grow to a significantly larger – and even more dangerous – crack.
Because it’s so important, at Motorplex we recommend you take your time and find the right place to get your auto glass replaced.
Types of Auto Glass
The front windshield is usually made of two pieces of glass fused together with a vinyl liner between them that keeps the windshield in one piece in the event of an accident/breakage. This is important as it minimizes the danger the glass poses, as well as providing structural support to the car’s roof in the event of a roll-over.
Side windows are often tempered glass, but are also increasingly being manufactured using laminated glass. Laminated glass is next to impossible to break (should for instance your vehicle become submerged) but also helps prevent passengers from being ejected during accidents. Most side windows that are laminated are stamped by the manufacture as being ‘laminated’ (so if you don’t see this stamp, most likely your vehicle have tempered glass).
Why it’s the Installation of Your New Windshield That Matters
Most windshields that are manufactured now – even Chinese-made ones that even a few years ago had dubious reputations – meet all specifications set by government and most car manufactures. The real concern that you should be looking out for is the quality of the other materials the installers use (for instance, the adhesives) and the skills and experience of the installers themselves.
What to Look For in an Auto Glass Repair Shop
- How long the company has been installing windshield glass.
- How qualified and trained the staff currently performing the work are.
- How long you will have to wait before leaving with a new windshield – cheap adhesive requires a minimum of eight hours of bonding time in optimal conditions before the car can be driven; even higher quality adhesives can require two to three hours. So, if the company says you’re free to go in an hour, you should really ask more questions.
- Ask the installers if they will replace any broken clips during the process – the clips hold the windshield molding in place.
We Can Fix Your Windows
Here at Motorplex, at either of our locations, we have trained and experienced mechanics that are able to replace your broken windows and install new ones correctly and efficiently. We have been helping people with their automotive issues for over 24 years and have accumulated educated and trained automotive professionals. who are trained to properly fix your windows and many other automotive repairs.
If you’re in the Greater Seattle Area and have some auto glass questions, please call us today at (253) 245-5400 (Auburn) or (425) 310-1100 (Maple Valley). We’d be happy to schedule an appointment that’s convenient for you.