SAFETY AND QUALITY

We Fit Safety, Not Just Glass

Windscreens do more than keep the rain, sand and air out. In fact, the windscreen is one of the vehicles most important safety feature. The repairs and replacements we carry out will protect you long after you drive away. This is why we use top quality products and insist in training our staff to the highest standards.

Our mission at Auto Glass LLC is never to compromise on quality and we always have your safety as our key concern.

The importance of the correct installation of your windscreen is crucial to the structural strength of your vehicle and to your personal safety.

Our technicians are trained to ensure that front air-bags should deploy in the unforeseen event of an accident after your windscreen is replaced. In the event of an accident you can rely on your replaced windscreen and door glass rigidity and to keep you and your family safe.

Our windscreen replacement service comes with a lifetime guarantee against air or water leakage’. It’ll never happen, but its good to know the guarantee is there for your peace of mind.

The Safety Features of a Windscreen

A Vehicles windscreen is a very important safety design as it not only protects the occupants but offers structural support. The windshield provides three important functions in case of an accident:

  • The windscreen/windshield keeps the passengers from being thrown out of the vehicle, even if they don’t wear a seatbelt. If the occupant is thrown from the vehicle, then he or she is at risk of the car rolling over them as well as sustaining severe impact-related injuries. Did you know that 75% of those thrown out of the vehicle do not survive the accident?
  • The windscreen/windshield provides reinforcement for airbag deployment and acts as a barrier between the airbag and the outside of the car. If an improperly installed windshield pops out during an accident, the airbag is no longer inside the car, where it should be in order to protect the driver and front-seat passenger. Instead, the airbag ends up on the outside of the car, where it is useless.
  • The windscreen/windshield provides up to 60% of the roof crush protection so that the roof of the vehicle does not collapse in a roll-over accident. If the windshield falls out in the event of a rollover accident, the roof of the vehicle can collapse. This situation can be much more deadly for occupants of the vehicle because it makes head trauma more likely.

What you should ask before replacing your glass

Ensure that the service you are getting uses:

– A professional certified technician
– The right adhesive
– The right glass
– A warranty

What should you remember when consulting a technician regarding a windshield replacement? The first question you should ask the technician is whether he or she is a certified windshield replacement technician. If the answer is no, the first question should also be the last one you ask this technician. Certified technicians have been properly trained on the correct methods for installing windshields, and a properly installed windshield can save your life in case of an accident. You really don’t want to be driving in a vehicle that has a major safety hazard, can put you in the life-threatening danger, and will cost a lot of money in the long run.

What you should ask before replacing your glass

Be sure to do some due diligence, and choose a well-established auto glass shop that values your safety, and does not cut corners to save a few dollars. Educate yourself. Don’t be shy to ask questions. Here are some questions you may want to ask:

Why is this important? Certification has been a gold standard in the industry for over 20 years, and it’s a benchmark for ensuring a properly installed windshield. The certification ensures that technicians have the right skills to do the job, up to date on industry safety standards, and trained on proper installation practices and procedures. In order for the windshield installation to be successful, it should comply 100% with manufacturer standards. When standards are not followed precisely, this can lead to an unsafe windshield installation which puts the customer at risk in the event of a collision. A less serious, but highly annoying, consequence of an improper installation might be excessive noise when driving at higher speeds. The car maker specifications include things like the size, shape, and thickness of the windshield itself, but also relates to installation techniques.

Why is this important? One of the most dangerous mistakes that is commonly made in windshield replacements is using the wrong type of adhesive. Materials like bathtub caulking, or commonly known as silicone, should never be used. Silicone is an inferior adhesive as it only holds 60lb per square inch. It does not have much strength and just pulls apart in case of an accident. If a shop uses silicone because it is much cheaper – beware and avoid! Find an auto-glass shop that uses Polyurethane, a high-quality adhesive that holds 600lb per square inch, and will ensure your safety.

Why is this important? Even if the shop is certified, things could go wrong. If the windshield leaks (either water or air), you want to be sure the shop will stand behind their work and fix the problem.

Why is this important? There is a difference in quality between OEM and aftermarket windshields. OEM suppliers have strict quality controls and you can expect that replacement will be exactly same as the original one. Aftermarket products don’t follow the same quality standards, so it could happen that you’ll end up having some problems after replacement – bad fitment, noise, or air/water leakage. To be on a safe side, make sure the glass shop uses DOT-certified glass.

Why is this important? The adhesive used for windshield replacement needs to cure properly before the car is driving, or the seal between the windshield and car could be weak in some areas. The time will depend on the type of the adhesive used to install the windshield and can range from 3 to 24 hours. There are also some fast-cure adhesives that have one-hour drive-away time. It’s extremely important that you follow safe drive-away time recommended by adhesive manufacturer, so check with technician replacing your windshield about the recommended cure time for the type of urethane being used.

Why is this important? Once the windshield is installed, there are a few things you should do not to ruin the results of replacement work. For example, you want to wait with washing your car for at least 24 hours so that you don’t damage seals. You want to keep at least one window open (an inch will do) to avoid building pressure inside of the vehicle because it could blow a hole in the seal, resulting in air and water leaks.

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