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Wednesday 15 Jun 2011

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Auto Glass Safety

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Auto Glass Safety

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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. 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.

ASE

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence offers a well-known certification for individual automotive repair technicians. To achieve ASE certification, a technician must pass a test and have a minimum of 2 years of experience in the specific automotive trade for which they are certified. Make sure your auto glass technician is ASE certified for auto glass rather than, for example, engine repair.

IGA

The Independent Glass Association offers membership to auto glass companies with less than 100 locations. The IGA also offers a certification program for individual technicians. In addition to passing a training course and demonstrating basic math skills, technicians are required to have a minimum of six months' auto glass installation experience and make at least 50% of their yearly income from auto glass replacement.

NGA

The National Glass Association certifies individual auto glass installers. The NGA's Certified Auto Glass Technician Program has two levels: Certified Auto Glass Technician (CAGT) which requires testing plus at least 6 months experience in auto glass installation, and Certified Master Auto Glass Technician (CMAGT) which requires testing in addition to CAGT certification and 3 years' experience as an auto glass technician.
Auto Glass
Auto glass refers to any glass products used in a vehicle, such as the front and back windshields. Auto glass installation professionals can install such glass if the existing glass is broken or damaged. Auto glass manufacturers make the glass and distribute to car makers for installation in brand new cars. Auto glass professionals may also provide coating and tinting, which can provide shade and UV protection. While tinting is great to add a touch of color, it can also filter light. Many automotive shops and dealers offer these services, but many glass companies can also provide assistance. Some auto glass technicians can even recommend whether or not you should file a claim with your insurance company for replacement or repair of windows. Research should be done on this topic before you commit to an auto glass expert. This may involve going on the internet to look into the many companies available for this service, such as repair and replacement of chipped, cracked, or broken windshield windows. Affordable, cheap rates are out there for custom services, as well as standard vehicle glass repair. Browse the internet for additional information and seek out providers near you. Many companies offer instant quotes online. Some auto glass repair and replacement providers are small, locally owned entities, while others are large, national chains. Related industries may include companies that provide mirror replacement and repair, or windows for residential or commercial use. Many states do feature laws regarding the use of auto glass coating and tinting, so any technician you hire should be aware of these regulations and perform services accordingly. Going too dark could obscure vision, so keep this aspect in mind. Automobile glass providers can provide quality assistance on anything from cracked side windows to installation of a new front windshield.
 

 

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