You keep hearing how important your windshield is to the structure and safety of your vehicle and how critical it is to repair a chip, crack or damaged windshield before the damage worsens or leaves your car vulnerable in the event of an accident. But, what are the various functions of windshields and how is your windshield made? We have compiled some helpful information and facts about the all important windshield.
Multiple functions of vehicle windshields:
● Protect passengers from dirt, rocks, bugs and other road debris.
● Keep passengers from being thrown out of the vehicle in the event of an accident
● Windshields are a key component to the structure of your vehicle and work together with to your passenger airbags in most vehicles
● Windshields account for about 60% of your car’s strength so keeping it functional is critical
Types of glass used to make windshields
Windshield glass is different than normal glass. It is made specifically for automobiles and was created with safety in mind.
Laminated Glass: Laminated glass has been used to make windshields since the 1920s. Laminated glass is made by sticking two pieces of glass together with a transparent piece of plastic (polyvinyl butyral). The two pieces of glass and polyvinyl butyral are fused together using extreme heat and pressure. Laminated glass is designed to be able to withstand impact without shattering and causing personal injury. If the windshield does break in a collision, the broken pieces stick to the plastic lining instead of falling and cutting the occupants of the vehicle. Laminated glass is reparable – it does not have to be fully replaced if damaged.
Tempered Glass: Tempered glass is generally used to make side and back windows of vehicles. Tempered glass is made by rapidly heating and cooling the glass. If your vehicle is involved in an accident, tempered glass will not crack into large dangerous pieces. Tempered glass will break into many small, pebble-like pieces with dull edges that generally will not cut or injure the passengers in your vehicle. Tempered glass is stronger than other glass of the same width but cannot be repaired if damaged. If broken, tempered glass needs to be replaced.
Custom Glass: If you have an antique or vintage vehicle or a special need for auto glass to be custom made, there are options for you as well. Some auto glass repair shops can order, or cut glass specifically for your vehicle. It is important to be sure that the shop that you work with on a custom glass job keeps your safety in mind. Most older vehicles need to be brought up to the newest standards in order to meet ANSI (American National Safety Institute) and DOT (Department of Transportation) standards.
Team Acme: Las Vegas’ auto glass repair experts
Team Acme has been repairing and replacing auto glass for more than a decade and has developed a strong reputation in the area for high quality work, strong customer service and competitive pricing. As the only AGRSS (Auto Glass Safety Council) certified shop in the area, you can also count on Team Acme to make your safety a top priority. Our expert technicians understand how auto glass is made and when it is appropriate to repair and when it is best to replace it. You can count on Team Acme for all of your auto glass repair needs. If any of your windows are chipped, cracked, or completely knocked out, get a free quote from Team Acme for the repair.