What Consumers Need To Know About Windshield Replacement


Anyone who has ever had a cracked, chipped, scratched or broken windshield has faced the question of how to get this damage repaired as quickly and efficiently as possible. Of course, some damage is beyond repair and a complete windshield replacement will be necessary; however, there still remain a number of important questions that will need to be answered. For example, if you need to replace the windshield, you will also need to decide if you are willing to accept an off-market replacement or if you should insist on OEM products. Some people are not even aware of the fact that they even have options when it comes to the type of glass that is used for their glass replacement.

Prior to agreeing on a windshield replacement it is important to educate yourself regarding auto glass so that you can make an informed decision regarding the best way to manage your auto glass replacement. Most experts agree that the use of OEM, or Original Equipment Manufacture, glass should always be used. This glass is produced following the exact specifications and processes designed by the manufacturer. This can certainly help ensure that your replacement windshield fits precisely. Obviously, this is an important factor given the fact that even small gaps or misalignments can result in water or air leakage. Additionally, automotive glass that does not fit properly can pose a significant safety hazard for the vehicle’s occupants.

There are other factors that should also be considered, such as the type of adhesives an auto glass company will use, as well as their experience in replacing this important piece of glass. A windshield provides an essential part of the safety of a vehicle and an improperly installed windshield not only poses its own safety hazard, but it also takes away from the overall structure and stability of the vehicle itself.

Many glass companies offer mobile services to help make getting a windshield replacement as quick and convenient as possible; however, it is important to keep in mind that the adhesives used to install auto glass require a curing period. This generally means that your vehicle will not be ready to drive immediately after your glass installation. Additionally, outside humidity and temperatures can affect the amount of time needed for the adhesive to cure properly.

If you live in an area such as Phoenix, the heat and other outdoor factors can certainly affect proper curing. In fact, depending on the temperature, an auto glass technician might choose to use a different type of adhesive. While mobile services can definitely be convenient, they might not always provide the best options for meeting a variety of glass installation needs.

When a mobile glass service is used, it is important that they are able to set up an environment that can protect your replacement windshield from moisture and other outside factors. This can be solved by using a tent or other structure to protect your vehicle. Fortunately, with a little research it is possible to find a glass company that can meet exceptional installation standards while providing the highest quality OEM products.

It is important to remember that as the vehicle owner you have an obligation to ensure that your auto glass is as safe as possible. After all, when you operate your vehicle you will certainly want to be sure that your passengers and others are not in any danger. Fortunately, many states, including Arizona, allow consumers to choose their own glass repair company. Some insurance providers will try to get their clients to use a particular glass company; however, they cannot make it a requirement for coverage. Choose a company that offers OEM products and quality service and you can rest assured that your auto glass is as safe as possible.

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