How to Maintain Your Vehicle’s Sunroof

There’s nothing like feeling the breeze on a lovely day when you pop your sunroof open. However, the last thing you want to feel is rain or cold air coming through when it’s closed because of leaking seals or other problems. Fortunately, maintaining your sunroof is fairly simply, and our sunroof repair company is sharing some tips on how to do it.

Keep Your Sunroof Clean

Debris, like pine needles and rocks, leaves, dirt, and acorns can all get trapped in and around the sunroof, but cleaning it regularly will remove the debris and ensure it’s functioning better for a longer period of time. Instead of just wiping down the glass, follow these steps for a thorough clean:

  • Open the vent and clean the visible areas. If there is a lot of dirt and debris, you may need to use a vacuum to get it all out from the tracks.
  • Use a clean, microfiber cloth and cleaning solution, such as auto cleaner or even a bit of watered-down dish detergent to wipe down the moving parts as well as the gasket around the roof, the slides, and track. Take care to get in between any ridges, creases, or folds. You may need to use a toothbrush to get rid of any stuck on dirt.
  • Rinse any soapy residue with a damp, clean rag and take a clean, lint-free cloth to dry everything.
  • Use a very small amount of heat-resistant silicone lubricant to lubricate the moving parts to keep the sunroof opening and closing smoothly.
  • Clean the glass gently.

Use the Proper Cleaning Products on Your Sunroof

When you think of cleaning glass, you may think of just reaching for the Windex or even vinegar to remove dirt and fingerprints. However, ammonia and vinegar can actually be toxic in warm, closed up environments (like a car) as well as dry out the rubber seal and cause it to wear out more quickly.

You also want to avoid using any petroleum-based products on the sunroof components as they can react with the rubber gasket and cause the glass to adhere. When you open the sunroof, the gasket will rip.

Detailing the Drain Tubes

Drain tubes prevent water damage and open on the ledge of the sunroof, move down your car, and drain onto the ground. The same dirt and debris that can collect around the sunroof can also get into the drain tubes and cause a clog that may lead to a leak inside your car. To unclock the tubes, you can use a can of compressed air or a slim wire to run down the tube to get rid of the blockage. However, if the clog is really stuck or it’s still leaking after you run air or wire through it, it’s probably time to take your car in to a professional.

Get a Quote for a Sunroof Replacement Today

If you were cleaning your sunroof and it cracked, an acorn chipped it, or you have an aftermarket installation that is leaking, we can help. Our experienced glass technicians can repair or replace your sunroof quickly and efficiently, even a solar sunroof or panoramic type. We serve Raleigh, Cary, Garner, Apex, Wake Forest, Holly Springs, and nearby areas. To schedule a quote or learn more, reach out to us today at (919) 772-1007 or fill out the form below.

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How to Prevent Condensation Inside Your Car

Is there anything more frustrating than running late for work, only to have to take a few minutes wiping away condensation from your car windows? Condensation in your car is more than a nuisance, though. It can inhibit visibility, creating a safety issue, and over time, the moisture can lead to mold spores, odors, and even damage your interior. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to fix what’s causing the problem and prevent condensation in your car from coming back, and our vehicle glass repair company is going to walk you through how to do it. 

What Causes Condensation in Your Car?

When warm, humid air meets cool air, moisture forms. On a large scale, this creates rain or thunderstorms, but on a small scale, it simply creates water vapor which then condenses into droplets leaving behind foggy, damp glass. One common cause is simply breath – exhaling warm air into a cold car in the winter can cause the windows to fog up, but other causes include: 

  • Having a steaming cup of coffee in a cold car;
  • Leaving said drink in the car overnight where it can evaporate;
  • Wet umbrellas and shoes being left in the car;
  • Damaged seals around windows and the sunroof that allow water to leak in. 
  • Opening your car door to hot, humid air when the AC has been on in your car or it’s been parked in a cool garage. 

Any of these can leave your car windows a foggy mess. 

How to Clear Up Foggy Windows Quickly 

If you go out to your car and your windows are fogged up, here are some steps to help you see clearly, even when you’re in a hurry.

First, turn your car’s air conditioner on full blast to keep the air dry and to balance out the temperature in the car. Split the air flow between defrost and your front vents and point them to your windows.

During this time, you can use a clean, dry cloth to wipe your windows, but more than likely, you’ll leave behind streaks as well as the windows will fog back up. After a short time, turn off the A/C and gradually increase the temperature until the windows dry up and become clear. 

Prevent Vehicle Condensation in the Future

The best thing you can do is prevent condensation in the first place so you always have the clear visibility you need. 

  • Clean your windows inside and out with a dry microfiber cloth and and a cleaner made for auto glass. Dirt attracts moisture and also makes it harder to clean, so by eliminating the dirt, you’re tackling a big part of the problem.
  • Get rid of any source of moisture from your car, including wet umbrellas, soda cans or travel mugs that may have liquid in them, or wet shoes. 
  • Use a moisture absorber like Damp-Rid or even cat litter in a pair of panty hose to attract moisture and keep the car dry. 
  • Check your door, window, and sunroof seals for leaks. 
  • If possible, park in your garage with the windows down or leave two windows cracked open on warmer days to keep air circulating, but close them before dusk to prevent dew. 

Need Your Auto Glass Replaced? Call Us!

If your windshield or car windows are cracked or chipped, reach out to our auto glass repair company in today for a free estimate on repairs. We serve areas including Raleigh, Cary, Garner, Apex, Durham, and surrounding areas. Fill out our contact form below or call us at 919-772-1007 to get started. 

 

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Should I Use a Windshield Repair Kit?

You’re driving down the road when a rock flies out of a truck bed and smacks into your windshield and bounces off. You inspect the damage and see that it’s a pretty solid starburst-shaped chip. No problem – you can buy one of the windshield repair kits at Walmart and fix it, right? 

Not so fast. Before you decide to DIY your windshield repair, we’re going to see if those kits are worth your time and money or if they do more harm than good. 

How Does a Windshield Repair Kit Work?

windshield-repair-raleighWindshield repair kits work by filling the void with resin and letting it harden to a glass-like consistency. In theory, they’re supposed to keep the damage from spreading and fix the blemish in the glass. While all kits have their own instructions and specific methods of use, each one includes instructions, a tool to clean out any slivers of glass from the chip, an injector tool that allows you to apply resin down into the void, and a piece of film to put over it as it cures. After the resin cures, and any excess is removed, you should have a smooth, blemish-free windshield on your vehicle. 

The Benefits and Drawbacks of a Windshield Repair Kit

The two main benefits of using a windshield repair kit is the upfront savings of cost and time. The kits are usually below $25 which is significantly less expensive than calling a professional to fix the crack in your windshield. Also, you can do it any time, usually in around an hour or two, no need to take your car anywhere.

Notice we say, “upfront savings.” First, these kits don’t work on most kinds of windshield damage. Specifically, they only work on chips, specifically the kind that looks like a star, flower, or bulls-eye, and they can’t be used for chips that have spiderwebbing or long cracks and surface scrapes. Also, if you use the kit and it doesn’t work bond or the area didn’t fill completely, cracks can begin to form, and often, windshield repair doesn’t work once a kit has been used. A botched DIY may end up being a windshield replacement.

Why Call a Professional for Windshield Crack Repair

Instructions with a DIY kit are all well and good, but a professional glass repair technician has fixed countless of windshield chips. For example, at our shop, we know how to fix all types of damage, including cracks, spiderwebbing, and starburst chips. Our techs know how much pressure to apply to the resin to prevent cracking around the damaged area, and most important, they use high quality tools and resin to ensure it bonds to the damage and fully fills the chip. 

While you may think that taking your vehicle in to a professional glass repair company is going to set you back hundreds of dollars, it probably won’t be as bad as you think. First, if you have comprehensive insurance coverage, your repair may be free as many insurance companies waive the deductible for windshield damage. 

Even if you do have to pay, getting the chip fixed quickly is much less expensive than waiting until a small chip has a five inch crack extending out across your windshield. 

Bring Your Car to Our Glass Repair Shop in Raleigh

If you have a crack or chip in your windshield, make sure the work is done right by bringing it to our experienced car glass repair team. We have decades of experience and a dedication to customer service that will ensure we get the job done right. Schedule an appointment today at 919-772-1007 or fill out the form below to get started.

 

 

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5 Benefits of Using Glass Partitions in the Workplace

For much of 2020, the spread of COVID-19 means that businesses have either had to close, shift to remote work, or attempt social distancing in a setting that makes it nearly impossible. As we attempt to move back to normal, businesses are seeking out ways to keep people safe but also still provide an environment that facilitates productivity and communication. Glass partitions in the workplace are making this possible, and our custom glass company in Raleigh wanted to share the five benefits you can take advantage of by installing them around the office or workplace.

Reduce the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace

The number one benefit right now to having glass partitions (often called “sneeze guards“) installed is that it minimizes the spread of COVID-19. In open-layout offices, reception areas, and other open workspaces where social distancing recommendations can’t be maintained, there’s nothing to stop respiratory droplets known to contain the novel coronavirus. A sneeze, cough, or even a yawn can lead to several people testing positive, which can cause an entire office to have to shut down for a period of 14 days. By providing barriers around work spaces in open-layout offices or installing them in customer-facing areas like reception desks, the germs hit a physical barrier and stop the spread of illness, keeping your team healthy and your business open. 

Glass Partitions Minimize Seasonal Illnesses (and Sick Days) 

While COVID-19 is at the forefront of public health, consider other seasonal illnesses, like colds, stomach bugs, and the flu, and how they can sweep through an office. One round of flu can lead to a majority of your team being out sick for several days, grinding productivity to a near-halt and putting added stress on the people still able to work. Just like how glass partitions in the workplace can reduce the spread of coronavirus, they can also stop the spread of common seasonal illnesses, keeping your team healthy and reducing the amount of sick days people have to take. 

Physical Barriers Reduce Noise Pollution

Open office layouts, call centers, and similar work spaces are a constant jumble of voices talking, fingers typing, chairs squeaking, and countless other sounds and noises. This can be distracting to both your team and also to clients who are visiting the office or who are on the phone and can hear the background noise.

Adding physical barriers around individual work areas can minimize the din around the office as sound doesn’t transfer through glass well. Even just a few strategically placed partitions can make a significant dent in the decibel level around the office, improving concentration, reducing distraction, and making the workplace more conducive to productivity and better customer service. 

Extend Existing Cubicles with Minimal Cost

If your current office set up has cubicles and partitions, but they aren’t high enough to minimize or reduce the spread of illness, you can have glass partitions installed on top of them. This is a much more efficient, economical option compared to having to switch out the existing set up, and because they are glass, it doesn’t reduce visibility around the office. 

Glass Partitions Are Easy to Maintain

Compared to fabric covered cubicle walls, clear acrylic, and other options for physical barriers, a glass partition is one of the easiest to maintain. Tempered glass is heavy-duty, so scratches, cracks, and breakage is unlikely, and is much more durable than thin sheets of plexiglass, and it’s much easier to clean, especially when disinfecting and sanitization is a concern. 

Glass also has the added benefit of being attractive. Unlike acrylic or plexi that can have a hazy look to it or have a “fun-house mirror” effect, high-quality custom glass is beautifully transparent, or can be customized to have a pattern, frost, or other aesthetic preference added to it. 


Contact Us for Your Custom Glass Partitions in Raleigh

If you want to provide a safer, healthier environment for your employees, we can help. At Glass Solutions, we can work with you to design and install custom glass partitions and physical barriers to reduce risk of spreading illness while maintaining a proper work environment. 

Give us a call to schedule an appointment, or request a FREE estimate on services by filling out our contact form.

 

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How Sneeze Guards Can COVID-Proof Your Business

This spring, our world changed almost overnight due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of how easily and quickly this illness spread, much of the nation, including North Carolina closed down, and daily activities like going to work, taking the kids to the playground, or going shopping all ground to a halt. In just a few months, 100,000 people lost their battle with this illness, but as the spread has slowed, we’re trying to get back to some semblance of normalcy. 

However, the risk is still there for contracting COVID-19 and will continue to be for the foreseeable future, and people who work in customer-facing jobs, like cashiers, receptionists, and pharmacy technicians, are still susceptible to not only getting sick, but to spreading it. Fortunately, there are simple ways to protect our frontline workers, and our glass installation company in Raleigh is breaking down how sneeze guards can COVID-proof your business. 

How COVID-19 Spreads

COVID-19 primarily spreads through person-to-person contact via respiratory droplets. This could be a cough, sneeze, or even a laugh as these droplets are often microscopic yet still contain the virus. The virus, once airborne, can travel up to six feet from an infected person, which is why the CDC recommended the “six feet apart” guideline.

COVID-19 can also live on surfaces, so if someone who has it touches a surface, like a door handle or ink pen, someone else who touches that surface may then become infected. It’s important to note that transmission is less likely through this method and that the majority of cases are through direct contact with someone who is carrying the virus, whether or not they are symptomatic. 

COVID-19 Incubation

While people who are showing symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, and/or digestive problems, are generally self-isolating, often, these symptoms do not appear for up to 14 days after exposure. This means that someone is contagious and not know it for up to two weeks before they show symptoms, and in some cases, people may not show symptoms at all, or they are so mild they go unnoticed. 

Creating Barriers Through Sneeze Guards to Block COVID-19 Transmission

While maintaining a social distance of six feet can help slow or stop the spread, it’s not always possible to keep that space. For example,  at grocery stores checkouts, salon stations, and library computer areas, people often sit or work in close quarters. 

Fortunately, it’s possible to reduce risk and minimize transmission by creating barriers in which people can still communicate and interact without spreading illness. Glass partitions and glass sneeze guards are highly effective at creating an impenetrable barrier to respiratory droplets – that’s why they are used in buffets and food tables to block contamination. In spaces where it’s not feasible to maintain six feet of distance, these partitions keep people safe because they do not allow germs to pass through while still allowing people to communicate freely. 

Why Choose Glass Partitions?

Businesses and public locations who are re-opening are choosing to install glass partitions because it has several benefits over acrylic, wood, and other materials. 

  • Easy to install – Glass walls and partitions can be hung and installed quickly, making them ideal for creating full, floor-to-ceiling partitions or small windows
  • Easy to clean – Glass is completely non-porous, making it easy to clean and sanitize in between customers, patients, or other people. 
  • Highly durable – Tempered glass used in sneeze guards doesn’t scratch or etch, and are resistant to damage.
  • Customizable – For partitions between work spaces, opaque or tinted glass can be used, while transparent partitions can be installed for client-facing spaces. 

Industries and Locations Relying on Glass Sneeze Guards

You may have already seen that sneeze guards have been installed around customer service areas, but in order to keep people safe in all types of settings, glass partitions, sneeze guards, and “wellness walls” are being installed. This includes:

  • Co-working spaces where people often sit and work at long tables or closely situated desk areas.
  • Reception desks 
  • Cash register areas
  • Library computer areas 
  • Patient waiting rooms – whole “wellness pods” are creating single person waiting areas
  • Locker rooms 

Contact Glass Solutions for Your Custom Sneeze Guard in Raleigh

If you’re a business owner or want to make your public space safer for people to use, we can help. At Glass Solutions, we can work with you to design and install custom glass partitions and sneeze guards to minimize risk and instill confidence in both your employees and customers. While we understand that COVID-19 has made things challenging and stressful, we are dedicated to helping restore normalcy through safety.

Give us a call to schedule an appointment, or request a FREE estimate on services by filling out our contact form.

 

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