Windshields were originally designed to protect the driver from dust, debris and bugs. Today’s windshields, of course, do much more than that!
Most auto windshields are made of laminated safety glass, and they actually save you from serious injury in case of a rollover accident. Windshield glass, when used with the right adhesive, lends 40% structural strength to the roof of your car. It keeps out harmful UV rays and heat, too, besides the bugs it was originally meant for!
The laminated safety glass is one of the most critical components when it comes to your vehicle’s safety. Little wonder that you don’t want to leave your windscreen replacement to chance! When we work on your windscreen replacement, we make sure that we use the best possible glass available in the market with the highest safety standards. Wherever possible we use OEM glass (that’s glass from the Original Equipment Manufacturer) such as PPG, Ford Carlite or Pilkington – or you have the option of choosing glass made from non-OEM manufacturers (aftermarket glass).
Both OEM and aftermarket glass must necessarily 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. So it stretches your dollar a little longer, which makes sense.
Each manufacturer lays out specifics for the installation process that must be meticulously followed to assure quality and safety. This includes proper preparation of the glass, the body of the vehicle, and most importantly use of the proper priming materials and adhesives. At Auto Glass Canada we take utmost care to ensure that we use the right primers with the right urethane , and leave it to cure for the right amount of time.
And last but never least, we lay great emphasis on training our technicians. With a little mechanical aptitude, anyone can learn to install a windshield in a jiffy- but to do it perfectly takes a clear understanding of the safety issues involved, as well as many hours of experience while on the job. We make sure our technicians are put through the drill by seasoned veterans in the industry and do not send them out alone on a job unless we are sure they can handle it.
These are some of the ways other glass companies cut you short on car windscreen replacements:
- What others do: Corrosion is not treated as it takes up time and money without giving them returns. A corroded pinchweld will not hold the glass firmly, and it can pop out posing serious danger to the driver.
- What we do: We remove all traces of corrosion, and treat the bare metal with primers before fixing your glass.
- >What others do: They don’t prime the glass well enough, as they want to save on time and effort. Unprimed glass will not allow proper bonding with urethane.
- What we do: Our technicians ensure the glass is well primed and drying time is sufficient to allow the best bonding.
- What others do: Plunge cuts while removing glass saves time, but scratches the metal.
- What we do: We always use rounded tip blades, and spend considerable time removing the glass in a clean manner with no scratches.
- What others do: When glass is not cleaned properly, the urethane will not adhere well to the glass.
- What we do: Our technicians are trained to scrub the glasses well to avoid any possibility of contamination.
- What others do: Some companies use butyl instead of urethane as sealant, to save a few dollars.
- What we do: This will compromise the safety of your adhesion and so we never use butyl.
RESPECTING SECURITY STANDARDS
All work is carried out according to Canadian automobile safety standards and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS):
FMVSS 208 Standard
When the airbag deploys, the windshield must offer a strong support point.
FMVSS 212 Standard
In the event of a head-on collision, the windshield must stay in place to prevent the passenger from being ejected.
FMVSS 216 Standard
When excessive force is applied, i.e., when a car overturns, the windshield must prevent the roof from collapsing to protect the cars occupants.