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The Three Biggest Safety Risks Of A Broken Windshield

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Date: May 9th 2016


In states that require vehicle safety inspections, the condition of the windshield is included on the safety checklist. While a crack or a bulls-eye chip can interfere with your vision, which can be dangerous, this is actually not the biggest safety risk. Here are some lesser-known ways in which a broken or damaged windshield affects your safety. 1. Failure to Support the Roof Even though it’s easy to visualize the glass breaking or crumbling during an accident, the glass actually provides strength and support. The windshield is an important part of the shell that protects passengers during crashes and rollovers. When it’s in good condition, a windshield can be remarkably strong and helps keep the metal around it from collapsing if the car ends up on its side or upside down. A cracked windshield is far more likely to collapse and fail to support the roof as it’s intended to do. 2. Failure to Support the Airbag When an airbag deploys, an intact windshield provides support for it and keeps it in the proper position to protect the occupant. Without the resistance that the windshield provides, the airbag can shift toward the dashboard instead of fully inflating against the passenger’s chest. Additionally, the force of the airbag can break a weakened windshield. 3. Failure to Absorb or Disperse Shock While safety glass does not absorb the force of an impact like metal does, it will disperse some of the energy to the car’s frame and external panels so passengers will feel less of the impact. Metal crushes as it absorbs the energy, providing a cushioning effect. While safety glass is not as malleable as metal, it will disperse some of the impact when it breaks, transferring it to the steel frame and body of the vehicle. Depending on the force of the impact, the glass may stay largely intact and protect occupants’ faces and heads from flying debris. When the windshield is compromised with a large crack, it’s more likely to break apart and expose occupants to projectiles. Chips and cracks are weaknesses—not only do they affect how the windshield will hold up in an accident, they also make the windshield more susceptible to other damage. For instance, if the glass has a long hairline crack or a large bull’s-eye, it’s inherently weaker and more likely to break under the stress of vigorous scraping, driving through potholes or even intense […]

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3 Questions To Ask When Needing Auto Glass Replacement

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Date: March 10th 2016


Owning a vehicle means taking care of a lot of different components to keep it running properly. One of the things that you don’t normally have to worry about is your windshield. However, your windshield can end up getting damaged just from driving down the road. A bird, rock or other object can end up destroying your windshield and leaving you having to replace it. If you are looking to replace your windshield, here are three questions you want to ask potential repair shops before making a final decision on who to go with. Do you come to the vehicle’s location? With people constantly running from one place to another, it’s difficult to find time to sit inside of a repair shop waiting for the windshield to be taken care of. If you are like so many others, you need someone who is going to come to you to get the job done. Whether it be your work, the grocery store or wherever else you might have to be that day, you want a repair facility that can meet your busy schedule and make sure you are back on the road quickly and easily, without having to sacrifice your day. What type of warranty do you offer? While you don’t expect anything to go wrong with your new windshield, it can happen at any point in time. Depending on the age of your vehicle and its overall condition, it might not be easy to get the new windshield to adhere to your vehicle properly. Oftentimes, rust gets in the way and can prevent the windshield from forming a tight seal. When that happens, rain water can end up leaking inside of your vehicle and causing all sorts of damage to the headliner. You need to know that the repair facility is going to take care of your vehicle for you and get it fixed up right. Will you work with me on deductibles? Oftentimes, many glass repair companies are willing to waive a portion of your glass deductible to help you out. Depending on what your deductible is, you might be able to get all of it waived. Some want you to bring in a coupon from their website, while others will just do it if you bring it up. Make sure to ask and save some money in your pocket along the way. By asking the three questions above, […]

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Three Driving Situations To Avoid When You Have A Chipped Windshield

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Date: January 21st 2016


With enough driving, you’ll likely encounter that frustrating moment in which a rock hits your windshield and causes a chip. While you might be tempted to ignore the problem, especially if the visible damage seems minor, this tiny chip can grow into a crack that means that your entire windshield will need to be replaced. There’s a likelihood that a small chip can be repaired instead of replaced, however, provided you schedule an appointment at your local auto glass repair shop before the damage spreads. In the meantime, here are three driving situations to avoid when you have a chipped windshield. Excessively Hot Days If it’s possible, avoiding taking your car out when the temperature is excessively hot. One of the easiest ways for your windshield chip to grow in size is when its temperature changes dramatically, which is exactly what will happen when the car has been parked in the sun and you begin to cool the interior through the use of your air conditioner. In many cases, this change in temperature will cause the chip to grow before your eyes, meaning that a repair job will no longer be possible and that you’ll need a complete replacement. When the temperature is notably high, see if you can find another way to travel, such as using your spouse’s vehicle or taking public transportation. Roads Under Construction You’re putting the chip in your windshield at risk of expanding if you choose to travel on a road that’s under construction. This type of area carries multiple risks for chipped windshields. There are often variations in the height of the pavement, which can cause significant vibrations that can affect the chip. Additionally, you might also find yourself diving behind a gravel truck; whether a piece of gravel bounces out of the truck or is picked up and thrown by the truck’s tires, you’re risking a chance of further windshield damage. Traveling With Passengers Riding with people in your vehicle might not seem inherently risky to the health of your windshield, but multiple people slamming your car doors can send a shockwave through the vehicle that makes the chip grow into a crack. When you’re traveling alone, you can remember to shut your door carefully; even if you share this information with your passengers, there’s a chance that someone will forget and make a simple mistake that expands the size of your chip. […]

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Repairing Antique Mirrors: From Glass Chips To Resilvering To Frames

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Date: December 2nd 2015


Antique mirrors are often quite ornate and can be very valuable. However, they tend to be a little more fragile than modern mirrors because of the older glass construction processes. If you recently damaged an antique mirror and would like it fixed, glass repair shops can help. From glass chips to resilvering, here is what you can expect. Repairing Chips and Cracks Whenever possible, try to save the chips or slivers of glass that have broken off your antique mirror. These little bits can help the glass experts determine what the glass is comprised of and find glass with an exact or similar composition for the repair. Since glass is not just bits of sand heated into liquid form and cooled, but also involves certain other chemicals that cause the glass to have very slight variations in color, transparency and opacity, the glass experts can figure out what your antique mirror is made of. With that bit of knowledge in hand, they can begin to heat-fuse the broken pieces or cracks back together and recreate a hot-melted, “filler” glass to fill in where the chips of glass are missing. Resilvering All mirrors are backed with a reflective substance, otherwise a mirror could not reflect images at all (it would just be clear glass). If your antique mirror needs to be resilvered, the first thing the glass experts will do is determine if the original backing is made of mercury, which was very common in mirrors up to the start of the nineteenth century. This makes their job a little more dangerous, since mercury is highly toxic. They may need to remove the antique silvering entirely and recoat the mirror’s back surface with the modern silvering equivalent, or coat the entire back of the mirror with the less-toxic sputtering aluminum. If they choose to coat the entire back without removing the mercury coat, it will protect them against the effects of the mercury and protect you and anyone else that comes into contact with the mirror. Additionally, they will coat the backs of any of the pieces of mirror that they replaced, cut to fit, or heat-fused into areas of the mirror that were missing glass.  Reframing Your Antique Mirror In the event that you also damaged the frame of your antique mirror, some glass repair shops can also fix and/or replace the frame for you. Most people choose to have […]

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Remove The Tint From Your Windows Using Simple Supplies

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Date: September 15th 2015


If you want to upgrade the tint to your windows at home, you are going to first need to remove the tint that is already in place. In order to cut down on costs, you can remove the tint on your own with a few simple supplies. Gathering The Supplies Most of the supplies you will need to remove the tint from your windows are supplies you should have around your home. You are going to need lots of old newspapers; probably at least two issues per window. You will need to save up your newspapers for a couple of weeks or collect some used issues from your friends and neighbors for this project. You are also going to need access to dish soap, water, a bucket and a sponge. Finally, you need either a squeegee or a razor blade. Choosing The Day This method of removing the tint from your windows works best when it is warm outside, but overcast. If it is too hot outside, it will dry up the newspapers too quickly. If it is freezing outside, your windows will be really cold and that could interfere with the process as well. Mixing The Solution You are going to need a basic solution of soap and warm water for this project. You can use your normal dish soap for this project, or you can even use some basic hand soap. All you really need is a bucket full of warm water that you can refill as needed. Soak Your Windows With The Solution Once you have the soap solution ready, it’s time to really get to work. You may want to start out and do just one window at first time. As you get the approach and the method down, you can work on additional windows. Take a sponge and apply the soap and water to your window. You should cover all the areas of your window. They should be dripping wet and completely covered in soapy water. Apply The Newspaper Next, take the newspaper and stick it to your soapy window. The newspaper should cover your entire window. Make sure you get the newspaper into the corners of your window as well as all over the main surface area. Monitor The Newspaper You need to leave the newspaper in place for about an hour. If the newspaper starts to slide off your window, use your sponge […]

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I love filling my home with natural light, but I didn't love having to clean my windows all of the time and the lack of privacy that I had in my home. I began looking for window treatments that would continue to let the sun in without sacrificing my privacy. That was when I found out about etching the windows on the front of my home. My blog can help you etch the glass on your windows to create beautiful patterns that look lovely from inside and outside of your home. These techniques will improve the privacy levels, allow for natural light in the room and help decrease the number of times you have to clean your windows each month.

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