Here is a breakdown—no pun intended—of some basic auto glass facts to know so you can make the best auto glass purchasing decision from a reputable auto glass shop.
Your vehicle’s glass is there to protect you.Your windshield is a vital part of your vehicle’s safety features, and can be the difference between life and death. In a case of a roll-over accident, your windshield helps prevent your vehicle’s roof from crushing in. It also acts as a brace for your passenger-side airbag, which limits the amount of injury you sustain if the airbag deploys. When your windshield is cracked or improperly installed, it loses its adhesion during an accident, preventing it from performing the way it is supposed to.
It’s no ordinary glass.The windshield is constructed of laminated, which acts as a protective shield from external forces such as an accident or bad weather. The side windows and back rear windshield are composed of tempered glass that gets its strength from a special heating and rapid cooling process. The result is a product that is 5 to 10 times stronger than non-tempered glass, keeping your vehicle safe from the wear and tear of everyday driving.
It takes an expert to do the job right.One of the biggest points we can stress when booking your auto glass appointment is choosing a company who provides education and training to their technician. Crystal Glass provides both, and has certified auto glass specialists who always put your safety first.
Not all damaged windshields need to be replaced.Most minor chips and cracks usually require a simple repair, saving you time and money. If the damage is more severe, a windshield replacement will be required. This will cost you more and take more time in the shop, plus the additional time for the sealant to cure. Crystal Glass is happy to go over these details with you.
It doesn’t take as long as you think.The majority of windshield repairs can be completed within a half hour. Depending on the vehicle, window replacements typically take between one to two hours, plus the necessary time for the sealant to cure. We’ll let you know ahead of time the approximate time it will take for your windshield to be completed.
Give it time to dry.When a windshield is replaced, it typically takes around 24 hours for the sealant to cure. In humid or frigid temperatures, the time can be longer. Our auto glass technician will inform you on the timeframe needed before you can safely drive away.
Your sealant should be OEM certified.This means that it has undergone the highest safety standards and meets the highest level of quality. Crystal Glass will not repair or replace a windshield if it compromises OEM standards, which means you can feel assured knowing you’re in good hands.
It may be covered.Most major insurance companies offer comprehensive insurance with or without a deductible—so your windshield could cost you nothing. Double check with your provider to see what you may be covered for. We’ll be happy to work with your insurance company to get the job done.
Get it all to go.Crystal Glass does its best to make getting your auto glass repaired as easy as possible. Our mobile repair services bring our skilled and trained auto glass technicians to you, so you can carry on with your day and still get your windshield taken care of. It’s convenience and quality in one.
Don’t wait until it’s too late.If your windshield has a chip or crack, get it looked at.
Crystal Glass has been taking care of auto glass repair for over 65 years. From chips and cracks, windshield replacements and everything in between, we can fix your auto glass and make it safe for you to drive again.