3 Methods of Windshield Repair

When you’re out driving on the road, rocks and other debris can easily cause damage to your windshield. You could be casually driving along when BAM, a rock hits your windshield at the perfect trajectory. As you go through the motions of scheduling an appointment for auto glass repair, you may find yourself wondering about how a windshield is repaired in the first place. We’re here to explain three common windshield repair methods.

1.) Replacing the Windshield

Sometimes there are chips and cracks that go beyond simple patch jobs. If a windshield chip is larger than a quarter, it likely cannot be filled. Also, if the crack is larger than a dollar bill, repair isn’t an option. In situations like that, the entire windshield would have to be replaced. Replacing a windshield involves taking out the old windshield and putting in a completely new piece of glass. This process is best left to a professional, and should not be performed on your own.

2.) Windshield Patch

If you’re in need of a windshield patch, you can usually purchase a do-it-yourself repair kit. After acquiring the kit, apply the patch over the damaged portion of the windshield, and smooth out the patch to allow it to work. The patch will harden, which helps strengthen the damaged area. The patch will not strengthen the glass itself, but it will hold the area together to prevent future cracking.

3.) Windshield Resin

This method is used most often by professionals for repairing cracks and chips. The way it works is that resin is injected into the crack or chip, and then a heat source is utilized to harden the resin. As it hardens, the resin expands and works to fill the damage. The resin helps prevent the current windshield damage from spreading, and also helps strengthen the area.

For all of your windshield repair needs, contact the professionals at Windshield Centers! Call us at (800)-900-1505, or fill out our online contact form!

windshield replacement services

How Long Will a Windshield Replacement Take?

Windshield replacements typically take about 60 minutes or less, whether we are on the road at your location, or you come to ours. The second part of the replacement process is the one hour safe drive away time. This one hour wait time allows the Sika brand urethane adhesive to cool and set, so that your windshield is perfectly and safely secured.

The entire process takes about two hours. This includes preparation of the vehicle (including clearing the broken glass and debris), the actual windshield replacement, and the one hour safe drive away time. This time is an industry low for a complete windshield replacement.

Call us at 800 900-1505 to request a quote or schedule your next appointment today!

Caring for Your Auto Glass

Every good car owner knows how to take care of the basic components of their vehicle to keep it running well. Changing your oil, rotating and changing your tires, and regular check-ups are all basic things that will keep your vehicle running well. For auto glass, there is not quite as much you can do for general maintenance. If you have your windshield replaced by a professional auto glass company like Windshield Centers, you do not have much to worry about. Our auto glass technicians will install your windshield or auto glass so that it will stay secure and safe.

For auto glass care, the most important thing you can do is regularly check your windshield for cracks or chips. Small chips can easily go unnoticed when they occur. If you miss a small chip in your windshield, it could only take a few weeks or months for that tiny chip to spread into a large crack that could require a full windshield replacement. If you are able to catch those small chips before they spread, you can potentially save yourself money by getting your windshield repaired instead of replaced.

To request a quote for windshield replacement , please visit our quote form page or give us a call at 800-900-1505.

How Does Heat Affect Auto Glass

Have you noticed any cracks or minor chips in your windshield? If left untreated, a minor crack in your windshield can lead to major windshield problems in the future. Most people believe that the integrity of their vehicle’s windshield can be compromised due to flying debris on the road or improper windshield installation, but in fact, the biggest threat to their windshield is temperature change.

Warm Weather Equals Stress

As we transition from the cold winter months to the warmer months of spring, any damage to your windshield that seemed minor can increase in severity due to the change of temperature within the cabin of your vehicle. As the temperature within the cabin increases, so does the stress that is put on your windshield.

How does it work?

Essentially, your windshield is made of two pieces of glass with a layer of vinyl in between both layers. Most cracks or minor chips will only affect the first layer of glass and does not reach to the second layer, but if stress is added to the windshield due to an increased temperature the small cracks in the glass can spread and grow in size. The same effect can be applied to the use of your vehicle’s air conditioning unit. The cold air from the air conditioner will lower the temperature inside the cabin of the car but can put stress on the windshield due to the heat coming from outside of the car.

Solutions

If you notice any cracks in the windshield, we recommend that you have the windshield professionally replaced immediately. Replacing your windshield early on in the spring will help you avoid any serious damage that can occur due to the change in temperature. If however, you are not able to replace your windshield for whatever reason here are some simple solutions that you can apply that can save your windshield from any added stress.

  • Do not immediately turn on your air conditioning unit when entering your vehicle.
  • When parking your vehicle, find a shaded parking space to park your vehicle.
  • Avoid slamming your car door when entering and exiting your vehicle.
  • Gradually increase and decrease the temperature from within the car.

 

Windshield Centers is a leading auto glass repair shop in the greater Rochester and Buffalo, NY. Contact us online or at (800) 900-1505 to schedule windshield repair or replacement services today.

Auto Glass Terminology

Getting your auto glass repaired and you want to be able to speak the lingo when you go in for service? Read our handy glossary of terms to figure out what your auto glass technician is talking about.

Acoustic Interlayer – A special layer of glass that helps make your car noise insulated.

FMVSS –  The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. These include numerous standards of safety for auto glass quality, windshield installation, and windshield weights.

HUD – Heads up display. A relatively new feature in automobiles that displays important information, traditionally found on the dashboard, onto the windshield. HUD is safer because it is easier to view quickly while driving.

O.E.M. – Original Equipment Manufacturer glass is glass built to the same specifications that your original auto glass was made. It is often built by the same manufacture that made your original glass, but is sometimes made by a new manufacturer building to the original specifications. This is the safest and highest quality glass because it was made specifically for your vehicle.

PVB – Polyvinyl Butyral. This is what makes front windshields able to absorb damage without completely shattering. The PVB provides strength and keeps broken windshields together.

Windshield Repair Resin – Windshield repair resin is used to fill in cracks or chips in windshields. Windshield Centers uses Clarity® Windshield Repair Resin for all of our windshield repairs for maximum strength and clarity of vision after repair.

What is Original Equipment Manufacturer Glass?

Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) auto glass is any glass that was made by the same manufacturer that made the original glass in your automobile. OEM glass is the best and safest glass to use in your automobile because it was made to the exact same specifications that your car was designed for. While to the naked eye every windshield looks practically identical, there are actually minor differences found between every car manufacturer’s choice of windshield. Differences in size, clarity, installation, and shape can make a big difference in regards to such a key safety feature for your car.

OEM glass will usually be made by the same manufacturer that made your windshield. However, because auto manufacturers usually subcontract their auto glass manufacturing, their may be a new manufacturer for your windshield. In this case, we can still get your original windshield, it just may be made by a new manufacturer.

At Windshield Centers, we always use OEM glass. Safety is the number one goal with every windshield replacement, and OEM windshields guarantee that your replacement services are of the highest caliber.

 

Windshield Centers is a leading auto glass repair shop located in the greater Buffalo & Rochester, NY areas. Contact us online or at (800) 900-1505 to schedule windshield repair or replacement services today.

Windshield Repair Services in New York

We perform windshield repair and replacements throughout western New York. We have two auto glass shops in Clarence and Rochester, NY. From these locations, we service the greater Rochester area, Buffalo, and Niagara Falls.

Our shop in Clarence, NY is just a few minutes down the road from Buffalo, NY. The Clarence Windshield Centers is also just a few miles southeast of Niagara Falls. We are located in the western part of town on Sheridan Dr., just off Main St., Route 5. Our mobile windshield repair & replacement technicians travel throughout the greater Buffalo and Niagara Falls area, delivering on-location auto glass services.

Our other Windshield Centers location is in Rochester, NY. We are located towards the eastern part of the city, and travel throughout the greater Rochester area providing on-location windshield repair and replacement services. Our shop is on W Ridge Rd, near the Greece Ridge Mall. We are located close to the border of Greece.

We travel up to 50 miles away from each of our two New York locations to perform mobile windshield repairs and replacements. Contact us online or at (800) 900-1505 to schedule windshield repair or replacement services today.

windshield replacement services

How Long Does a Windshield Replacement Take?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions we receive about our services: How long does a windshield replacement take?

Our windshield replacements generally take about 60 minutes or less to accomplish, whether we are at your location or ours. Our replacement time is among the fastest in the industry. To be absolutely sure that your vehicle is ready to drive, we set an hour or less safe drive away time to wait after the replacement. This means that you will be able to drive away safely within just one hour of completing the replacement; this is the lowest safe drive away time in the industry. This wait time allows our Sika brand urethane adhesive to properly cool and set, ensuring a structurally sound windshield replacement. We value safety in all of our windshield replacements, because we know how important your windshield is to the safety of drivers and passengers.

Between removing the broken glass, clearing any leftover glass debris, replacing the windshield, and the hour safe drive away time, the whole process takes about two hours. This an industry-low wait time. It allows us to make a clean and complete replacement while ensuring you drive away safe. For more information on our windshield replacement services, call us at 800-900-1505 or contact us online.

Specialty Vehicles Serviced by Windshield Centers

Your windshield is one of the most important safety features in your vehicle. For the average automobile, an unharmed windshield is important for maintaining the structural integrity of the vehicle. Similarly, all pieces of auto glass in your car are important for a sound structural design, and are key security features.

However, windshields and auto glass are important for more than just cars. At Windshield Centers, we service several kinds of specialty vehicles, because all of these vehicles are vulnerable to auto glass damage.

We service tractor trailers with auto glass repair and replacement. While tractor trailers use strong, high-quality windshields, they are also out on the road more than almost any other kind of vehicle. This makes tractor trailers vulnerable to random, and almost inevitable, windshield damage. Our certified technicians have the experience and equipment to service semi-truck auto glass.

Windshield Centers also services glass for mobile homes. While some mobile homes don’t spend too much time on the road, those that travel with their mobile homes tend to take long trips, which makes them vulnerable to windshield and glass damage. Also, mobile homes not on the move are still vulnerable to vandalism, one of the leading causes of all auto glass damage.

We also do repairs and replacements for buses. Buses have that distinction of having a lot of windows. Contact Windshield Centers for bus glass repair or replacement.

Contact Windshield Centers today at (800) 900-1505 to find out if we can service your specialty vehicle.