What to Expect When You Contact an Auto Glass Service

You might think you can avoid windshield damage, but before you know it a rock will fly out of nowhere and leave a nice crack in your auto glass. It’s easy to write off the damage initially, but after a while, you’re going to need to address the issue. After all, a damaged windshield isn’t exactly safe. This rings especially true if you happen to get into an accident. Thankfully, auto glass repair is quite simple. Let’s take a look at what you can expect when you contact an auto glass repair service.

Scheduling an Appointment

The beautiful thing about auto glass repair and replacement services is that they offer mobile repair! Technicians will come to you if your full-time job gets in the way of typical business hours, or if the situation is dire enough to warrant parking in a parking lot until the problem has been resolved. You can also choose to visit a center and wait while your auto glass is tended to.

Technicians Analyze Damage

Regardless of whether you elect for mobile repair services or visit a center, the technician working on your auto glass will evaluate the damage to said glass. If there are only dings or chips present, then those can be sealed so well that they won’t be all that noticeable afterward. If your windshield has sustained a crack, on the other hand, your situation can vary. If caught early enough, you can avoid having to get a completely new windshield. If caught too late or if the crack is too large, you’re likely looking at a full windshield replacement. Too many chips and dings can also lead to one needing a new windshield.

Technicians Get to Work

Once the technician has deduced what needs to be done with your vehicle’s auto glass, they get to work on solving the problem. Once they start, nothing more is required from you. They will complete the job professionally and will even fill out paperwork for your insurance company if need be.

 

As you can see, choosing auto glass repair is quite simple. When you’re busy and just want to get to your destinations, it can be easy to put off fixing your windshield. But a simple fix can turn into a full replacement if you wait too long. As soon as you encounter an auto glass issue, contact AllStar Windshield Centers!

Are Your Wiper Blades Damaging Your Windshield?

When your windshield wipers are past their prime, you’ll know it. Not only can they be a real hassle to deal with when the weather isn’t ideal, they can also lead to dangerous situations on the road. In addition to that, they can scratch your windshield and impact general windshield view quality. Continue reading to learn why this is no good for your auto glass.

How Windshield Wipers Damage Your Windshield

If the rubber edge of your wiper blades is worn down, the metal beneath will be exposed. Seeing as the shape of the wiper blade presses the blade against the glass, the exposed metal will have no barrier between it and the windshield. This allows the metal to scratch along the glass for a prolonged period of time. The quick back and forth motion of the wipers will eventually form grooves from the worn-down blades digging across its surface. You’ll be able to see visible windshield damage when approaching your vehicle from the outside, and you’ll notice said damage while driving as well. If you leave your windshield wipers and auto glass unattended for long enough, you’re likely looking at a full windshield repair.

What These Scratches Do to Your Windshield

A windshield plagued by scratches can lead to multiple auto glass issues over time. These problems come in the form of water streaks that can block your view across the entire windshield, and both sunlight and headlights reflecting off the scratches and temporarily blinding you. You can see how these problems could be worrisome when operating your automobile. Keep your windshield from getting damaged over time and fix the matter before it leads to some real problems.

Should You Have Your Windshield Tended To?

When you come into your nearest Windshield Centers location, a technician will be able to advise you on what you have to do with your windshield. Much of the decision depends on the amount of inflicted damage to the auto glass. If there are only a few scrapes on the windshield then you’re very likely looking at some simple windshield repair. If there are deep gouges or other extensive damage scattered across the surface of your windshield, you’re probably going to have to replace the entire thing.

 

You probably never thought about just how damaging compromised windshield wipers can be. As you now know, over time they can wreak some real havoc on your auto glass. If you’re currently experiencing this problem, contact your nearest Windshield Centers location. We’ll set you up with an appointment and get your glass in top shape in no time.

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!

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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.

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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.