When most of us think of our windshield, the first thing we think of is keeping the bugs out of our face as we drive down the street. That was, of course, why the first windshield was invented.
Every part on a new vehicle comes from the original equipment manufacturer (the OEM), including the windshield. For windshield replacement, you have the option to select a replacement made by a company that manufactures OEM windshields, such as PPG, Ford Carlite, Pilkington, or glass made from non-OEM manufacturers ("aftermarket glass").
Both OEM and aftermarket glass must comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, but there are two important OEM benefits: An OEM replacement windshield is produced from original equipment-style tooling. This type of windshield will have the appearance of your car's original windshield and will fit properly in the window frame making noise and leakage problems much less likely.
At Quality Glass we believe a safe installation requires more than just good urethane. There is an installation process specified by manufacturers that must be meticulously followed to assure quality and safety. This includes preparation of the glass, the body of the vehicle, and use of the proper priming materials. These materials have a limited shelf life, especially after being opened. At Quality Glass great care is taken to use the right primers with the right urethane at the right time. We believe your safety is not just valuable, it's priceless!
It is important to remind you that not all urethane is the same. There are one and two part systems, and of course there are various brands. At Quality Glass Service we use Essex urethane, the brand used by all domestic original equipment manufacturers (OEM). The ONLY brand that has actually been crash tested on every model they make.
3 WAYS AUTO GLASS COMPANIES 'SHORT CUT' TO QUOTE CHEAP PRICES:
THEY DON'T TREAT CORROSION BECAUSE IT TAKES UP TO MUCH TIME AND MONEY. UNPRIMED GLASS WILL NOT ALLOW MOST URETHANE ADHESIVES TO BOND CORRECTLY.
The final piece in the safety puzzle is training. Glass installers at many glass shops are given minimal training, in some cases as little as 2 weeks, and then sent out to install your windshield. Anyone with a little mechanical aptitude can learn to install a windshield in a short period of time. But, to do the job properly and safely requires a clear understanding the safety issues involved, as well as many hours of hands-on experience
RESPECTING SECURITY STANDARDS
All work is carried out according to Canadian automobile safety standards and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS):
FMVSS 208 Standard
FMVSS 212 Standard
FMVSS 216 Standard