History of Auto Glass

When automotive manufacturers began including glass windshields in their vehicles to protect drivers and passengers, many believed that the idea was revolutionary. The addition of glass would protect the driver from debris or shrapnel on the road and attribute to the overall safety and comfort for both the driver and passenger. Shortly after the installation of auto glass, many people then soon realized that the added protection did more harm than good. The glass material was similar to the glass used for house windows; lying flat across the front of the car without any curvature that we are accustomed to today.  There was the risk of the glass shattering and causing further injury to the driver if the carriage was to crash or be involved in an accident.

When modern car windows are hit by objects, the glass does not shatter because of how the glass is laminated with a thin clear plastic film between 2 or more pieces of glass. The film keeps the glass from shattering and falling apart when being hit and providing overall protection to the driver.

Edouard Benedictus:

The person who first developed safety glass was a French scientist by the name of Edouard Benedictus. In 1903, Edouard came up with the idea of creating safety glass after an incident where he accidently broke a glass flask. Edouard noticed how the flask stayed in once piece instead of shattering. The reason for that was due to the cellulose nitrate that the glass was made from. Around the same time that Edouard made the discovery, there was a report that stated how car drivers were being injured by the shattering of glass windshields at the point of impact when involved in an automotive accident. Soon after Edouard came up with the idea of using the same material in the broken flask to create safety glass in automotive vehicles. Edouard called the product triplex. Auto manufacturing companies did not adopt the new safety glass because of the added cost to the manufacturing the car.

Early Adopters:

Safety glass reappeared during World War I when manufacturers began to use the material in eyepieces found in gas masks. Creating eye pieces out of the safety glass was much easier because of the smaller size. Automobile makers saw how well the safety glass worked for the gas mask eyepieces that they began to consider using the safety glass in their vehicles.

Early Use in Cars

Safety glass was first used in cars in 1927. In 1928 Pittsburgh Plate Glass (PPG) introduced its version of safety glass and called it Duplate. As the design of safety glass improved, the more popular it became. Safety glass became mainstream in every car in the U.S. by 1966. Now safety glass is standard on every automotive vehicle.

Windshield Repair at Home?

Getting your auto glass or windshield repair or replaced has never been easier with home auto glass service. Wisconsin Windshield Centers has a team of mobile windshield repair specialists that travel 50 miles (and sometimes farther) from our Brookfield and West Bend shops to perform expert windshield replacements and repairs right in our customer’s driveways and garages.

You don’t need to be further inconvenienced by auto glass damage. We take care of the hassle of travel by coming right to you to take care of the auto glass service. This is especially convenient when the windshield damage is so severe that you cannot drive at all.

Just like with our in-shop service, windshield repairs are accomplished in less than 30 minutes, and windshield replacements are finished in less than 60 minutes. With all windshield services, there is a Safe Drive Away Time of about one hour before you can drive your car and the adhesives have set. This is another reason why at-home services are so convenient: you can leave your car in your driveway for the safe drive away time, instead of at one of our shops.

For more information about our mobile windshield repair services, contact us at 800-900-1505.

How Does Summer Heat Affect your Windshield?

The summer heat is a very common cause of windshield damage. Heat causes windshields to expand, causing cracks and chips in the glass as it is in a vulnerable position within the frame.

Summer heat can also cause small chips or cracks to quickly spread into larger breaks. This is why we recommend getting a windshield repair as soon as you see minor windshield damage, in order to avoid needing a full windshield replacement.

Another reason why windshield cracks are common in the summer is because drivers usually crank up their air conditioning when they jump into their hot car during the summer. Imagine when you pop a couple of ice cubes into a warm drink. That popping sound is similar to what is happening to your windshield when you are blowing ice cold air onto it after it has been baking in the hot sun for hours.

Use caution during the summer if your windshield has any minor chips or cracks. Get your windshield professionally repaired as soon as possible, but in the meantime, do your best to park in the shade whenever possible. Also, keep your windows slightly cracked when it is parked so that the heat in the inside of your car does not get too intense. And if you can help it, slowly turn up your air conditioning so that you do not stress out your glass.

For more information about our windshield repair services, contact Wisconsin Windshield Centers at 800-900-1505.