The Glass in Your Car
It is important to hire the right car glass repair and replacement company because the glass in your vehicle plays an important role in protecting you (and other passengers) from road debris, weather elements and more. Today, all automotive glass contains “safety glass”.
What is Safety Glass?
Safety glass is a special type of glass that is manufactured to help reduce the chance of serious injury in the event that your vehicle’s glass breaks, gets nicked, or shatters. Believe it or not, your vehicle has several different types of glass contained within it – each serving a slightly different role.
Types of Auto Glass
Most modern vehicle windshields are made via a lamination process. In a somewhat similar way to getting a piece of paper laminated, laminated glass is comprised of two pieces of glass + a thin layer of vinyl sandwiched between them.
Together, all three pieces of glass are laminated together in an autoclave, which is a special type of oven that applies heat and pressure to complete the lamination process. After the lamination process is complete, and the new windshield is installed on your vehicle, you are now triple protected. In the event that you are involved in an accident or an object strikes your windshield, your windshield may shatter, but it usually won’t fly apart. This is because the broken glass pieces stick to that vinyl layer.
Glass in Your Side + Rear Windows
Side and rear windows are typically made of tempered glass. Tempered glass is made by heating glass to more than 1,000 degrees fahrenheit and then rapidly cooling it. Tempered glass is significantly stronger than glass that is not tempered.
In an automobile, tempered glass is also designed to help protect passengers. In the event of an accident, tempered glass may break, but when it does, the glass is designed to shatter into tiny pieces (roughly the consistency of rock salt). In this way, there are no jagged pieces of glass to injure passengers.
Contact Us for Car Glass Replacement and Repairs in Raleigh
At Glass Solutions, we offer the experience needed to safely and effectively repair and replace the glass in your car, including windshields, windows, and even sunroofs and accent glass. We work with all types of vehicles in and around Raleigh and offer the experience and efficiency to get your car fixed and back on the road quickly. Contact us at (919) 772-1007 or fill out the form below to request your free estimate.