Just like there’s a big difference between a Toyota and a Hyundai, windshield glasses aren’t the same around the world. There are different kinds of glasses that can be used and it’s a good idea to know a little bit about them, not only for when it comes to choosing a new car but also in the case of having a repair or replacement for your windshield.
Totally clueless about the different options available? No worries: this is the blog post for you! That’s why the Low Budget Auto Glass team wrote this blog post, so keep reading!
The Types of Windshield Glass
One type of glass is laminated glass, and the process happens when two glass sheets are placed on different sides of a sheet of polyvinyl butyral. Through heat and pressure, they’re bonded into one piece, and an autoclave heats them as they’re passed through rollers. All three layers are then fused together, making it still see-through while being incredibly strong. The primary benefit is that it won’t shatter during a collision, meaning getting injured by broken glass in the event of an accident is minimized.
Another type of glass that can be used is tempered glass, which is made with the tempering technique. A sheet of glass gets heated up to a certain temperature, and then gets cooled quickly with cold air. This makes the glass to keep expanding and contracting, which allows the outer layer to harden and the inner layer to become induced with tension. Tempered glass is mostly used for rear or side windows and for their replacements. However, if broken, tempered glass can’t be repaired and must be replaced.
The glass used for your car can come from different sources: it could be dealer glass, aftermarket glass, or Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) glass. Dealer glass (also known as Premium) is bought straight from the auto dealership that was authorized by the vehicle manufacturer. Aftermarket glass is made by companies that contract with car manufacturers. It should be made to exactly the same specifications as OEM or dealer glass and meet NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) and DOT (Department Of Transportation) standards. While less costly, it’s generally the same thickness and should have the same guarantee as OEM or dealer glass. OEM glass is certified to be genuine parts and should be the same as what you first had in your car. Whatever glass you end up using, it should have OEM standards, no matter where it’s sourced from. A good auto dealer will make sure it fits perfectly, keeping your safety paramount.
The Best Repair Services in the Bay Area
If you’re looking for a trusted company, consider using Low Budget Auto Glass. With 15 years of experience in San Jose, CA and the Bay Area, we use state-of-the-art technology and equipment to ensure the highest quality and your safety and peace of mind. Offering free mobile service as well, we guarantee we’ll make you satisfied. Call (408) 573-3617 today for your appointment!
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