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About Safe Auto Glass Installation

Which glass is damaged?

Auto glass is a safety feature

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.

2. Molding

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.

3. Urethane

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.


Customer Reviews of Glass.Net Windshield Repair Shops

Below you'll find the latest ratings and reviews of local automobile glass shops from real Glass.Net customers like you. Glass.Net partner shops consistently receive remarkable ratings for quality service, affordable pricing and fast repair speed.

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Ford F Series 150Heritage Windshield Replacement
5 5 1

Awesome 2004 Ford F Series 150Heritage | 2 Door Standard Cab

Amy w.

2021-10-25 – Tacoma, WA
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Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Windshield Replacement
5 5 1

Good service…fair price 2016 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid | 4 Door Sedan

Troy

2021-09-28 – Kent, WA
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Mercury Mariner Hybrid Windshield Replacement
5 5 1

Ricardo was fantastic. Worked hard, fast, and very positive attitude. 2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid | 4 Door Utility

William W.

2021-08-07 – Seattle, WA
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BMW 650 Windshield Replacement
5 5 1

The tech was very professional and did the job quickly and perfectly. Thank you. 2006 BMW 650 | 2 Door Convertible

ROBERT

2021-08-01 – Auburn, WA
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Mini Cooper Windshield Replacement
5 5 1

I think your company is very professional is handling my service call; I’m hoping the technician will be on time with the phone call the morning of the service call. Thanks 2013 Mini Cooper | 2 Door Coupe

George P.

2021-07-25 – Kent, WA
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