What to Look For in an Auto Glass Repair Service

Hopefully you don’t often find yourself in an auto glass repair center, in which case you might need some pointers on what to look for when searching for one. After an accident, freak weather, or a vehicular break-in, you’re going to require speedy auto glass services. Windshield Centers is the only place for you, if we’re in your area. If you’re outside of our service areas, we want to help you find a reputable company who is knowledgeable in the industry. The following are a few of the things you should want in an auto glass repair company.

1.) They Work with Insurance Companies

This is an important aspect of any auto glass servicer, considering many repairs and installations are covered by your auto insurance policy. Since plenty of auto glass repairs and installations are covered by car insurance, you can opt to file a claim as opposed to paying out of pocket. This helps keep both you and your bank account happy!

2.) They Offer Mobile Repair Services

When you work 9-5 from Monday through Friday, it can sometimes seem impossible to get anything done. This is why it’s important to find an auto glass repair shop that sends technicians to you. Mobile repair services are super convenient since all you have to do is book an appointment, provide the shop with the location of where your call will be, and have your windshield fixed! With all the stresses the world throws at us, it’s nice when windshield and auto glass repair are a breeze.

3.) Auto Glass Associations

Another thing to keep an eye out for is whether your auto glass servicer is registered with, or certified by, any auto glass associations. When the company you choose is certified by an auto glass association, you can breathe easy knowing they follow all standard safety procedures while utilizing the best technology to tend to your auto glass.

You might think that all auto glass servicers are relatively similar, but there are certain aspects you really should be on the lookout for. The difference between a quality service job and a shoddy one is like night and day, so do your research before pulling up to any random auto glass center. For all of your auto glass repair and replacement needs, trust Wisconsin Windshield Centers. Call us at 262-832-1160, or fill out an online contact form!

Tips to Improve the Security of Your Car Windows

It’s often considered sage advice to keep all valuables out of your vehicle, or at least hidden from view. If you keep these items on display it is very likely you’re making your vehicle a prime target for theft. You might feel safe when you hear the “beep” of your car lock, but most thieves aren’t going to pick the lock to your door. What they will do, however, is smash your window. That’s why we’re here to tell you about a few ways you can improve the security of your car.

1.) Install a Window Security Film

The way window films are installed is similar to how window tinting is done. However, a security window film reinforces and protects the window. These security films are specifically designed to thwart thieves when they attempt to smash your windows. Even with security film installed, your window can still break but it won’t shatter. The film keeps the broken window in place, which forces the thief to flee due to the fact they already attempted a break in and failed.

2.) Tint Your Windows

Drivers typically install window tint because it looks nice and also protects the interior of their vehicle, but it also provides a level of privacy. With tinted windows, it can be difficult to peer into a car and see what’s in there. Most car thefts occur because thieves can see right into a vehicle and know what valuables are stored there. Anything from a stereo system to a purse is fair game, which is why adding window tint is beneficial because it makes it much more difficult for potential thieves to glance inside of your car.

3.) Roll Up Your Windows, Always

When the weather is hot it can be awfully tempting to leave your window opened just a crack, but know that this also makes it easier for crooks to break your window. Car windows are typically quite resilient, since they have to be able to withstand daily driving and potential collisions. If your window is opened just a bit, it gives thieves the right amount of leverage they need to smash through it. Also, if you leave your window cracked open it provides ample opportunity for crooks to open the door by jimmying the lock inside the car. As you walk away from your car, be sure to check and make sure all of your windows are completely closed. You might just thank yourself later.

There is only so much you can do to prevent thieves from stealing your valuables, but these tips can help save the valuables in your car from unwanted hands. For all of your auto glass needs, come on down to Wisconsin Windshield Centers. Call us at (262) 832-1160, or fill out our online contact form!

Windshield Cracks Should Be Fixed Before Hot Weather Hits

When your windshield is damaged, and sustains a crack, it is very important to get the crack filled. Not only does this prevent the crack from worsening, but it also gives you peace of mind about your windshield. Often times, however, people continue to drive and put off their windshield repair. With summer in full swing, you really should have the damage addressed sooner rather than later.

Higher temperatures make your windshield glass heat up, which cause the glass molecules to expand. When the glass molecules expand, the damage to your windshield also begins to expand. It is a gradual process, but over time the crack or chip will continue to grow due to expansion. Filling the crack before summer heat waves can help prevent this. If you wait too long, and allow the damage to linger throughout the summer months, the crack stands the chance of growing past the point of being eligible for repair. This is incredibly important to keep in mind, as a repair job is much cheaper than a full replacement.

If your windshield has sustained damage, but you aren’t able to get it fixed before a strong heat wave, do your best to keep it in the shade. Keeping the windshield out of the sun will help keep the crack from growing while you figure out what to do about the damage.

For all of your windshield repair needs, get in touch with the professionals at Wisconsin Windshield Centers! Call us at (800) 900-1505, or fill out our online contact form! We also offer convenient mobile windshield repair services.

Tips to Prevent Needing Windshield Repair

Let’s face it, there are always going to be accidents and unfortunate scenarios to encounter when operating a motor vehicle. However, there are things within our power as drivers that we can keep at a minimum. Windshield repair is one of those things. There will always be rocks and road debris, but we can help mitigate the damage.

1.) Use Windshield Protectant

Windshield protectant can be rubbed onto your windshield to help strengthen it. This creates a layer over the windshield that will help absorb the impact of any road debris your windshield may come into contact with. However, this only applies to rocks and road debris on the smaller side, as no amount of protectant will help deflect large objects.

2.) Don’t Drive Close to Trucks

As we’ve all likely experienced, trucks like to spit up rocks and other road materials. This is often how a lot of us get our windshields damaged in the first place. Staying back, or avoiding driving behind trucks altogether, can greatly reduce the chance a truck will fling debris at your car.

3.) Never Dump Hot Water on Your Windshield

When you’re running late in the winter and your windshield is encased in ice, this tip can be a tough one to keep from entering your mind. After all, it makes sense, right? However, this is highly unadvised. Dousing your cold and icy windshield with hot water can cause the windshield glass to expand and contract, which will result in a crack. The better option is to use luke warm water to help melt the ice away. It will certainly be a longer process, but your windshield will remain undamaged in doing so.

These three tips do not encompass all things you can do the mitigate windshield repair. However, they are three important tips all drivers should keep in mind. Keeping these points in mind, while also remaining vigilant both on and off the road, will help keep your windshield fully intact for longer periods of time.

How Your Windshield Protects You

Can you imagine driving without a windshield? Driving is already one of the riskiest things we do every day, so it’s mildly stressful to think about what it would be like without protective glass shielding us from the various hazards we encounter on the road way. Not only would we get pelted with rocks and other stray road debris, but the wind whipping at our faces would make it incredibly hard to operate a motor vehicle. While this may not be something you often think about, let’s take a look at a few ways our windshields protect us every day.

1.) They keep the inside of our vehicles safe.

In addition to the windows on our vehicle, our windshields take up a large amount of real estate at the front of our cars. Without them, people and animals would have complete access to the contents of our vehicles. Our cars act as extended storage for things we like to have on the go, and without a windshield there would be nothing keeping those things from being taken or tampered with.

2.) They protect us from wind and debris.

As mentioned above, one of the major benefits of windshields is that they keep us from getting struck by items located on, or next to, the road way. That random shopping bag you just drove by would likely be clinging to your face without a windshield. Not to mention the fact that we would constantly be hit with rocks, dirt, and other unexpected detritus. Needless to say, we would all look a bit worse for wear without windshields protecting us every day.

3.) They protect us from the elements.

Similar to how windshields keep us safe from wind and debris, they also guard us from the elements. They shield us from extreme cold, heat, rain, snow, and hail. Without windshields, the sun would beat down into our vehicles and fade our interior too. They also serve to shield us from the rays of the sun. Without them we would all be doing a lot more squinting, even with sunglasses.

As you can see, windshields are a vital aspect to our daily lives as drivers. They offer protection against various rogue elements, in addition to the weather. It can be easy to take the glass at the front of our cars for granted, but the next time you’re cruising along the highway be sure to consider how different driving would be without your trusty windshield keeping you safe.

Get to Know Your Windshield

If you’re a frequent driver, there is a high chance you look out your car windshield more than the windows of your own home. The only time we tend to consider our windshield is when something happens to it, like a scratch or crack. We often do not even think about how they are made. Since they serve a myriad of purposes, let’s learn a bit more about windshields.

Without windshields, driving would be far more dicey than it already is. Aside from having to keep an eye on other drivers, we would find ourselves getting pelted with rocks, bugs, and other road debris. Not to mention the wind rushing into our eyes would make operating a motor vehicle extremely problematic. In order to protect passengers as much as possible, windshields are comprised of safety glass. If the worst happens, and the windshield breaks, there is lamination within the glass that keeps the windshield from shattering outright. This lamination is composed of two types of glass, and a small layer of vinyl is placed between the two types to separate them. Due to this, if the wheels of a truck spit a rock at your windshield, only a small piece of the outer layer of glass is impacted.

The way a windshield cracks ultimately depends on what the windshield was struck with. Most cracks your windshield sustains will be from driving, but weather can also play a huge part in the condition of your windshield. Most of the time, cracks will continue to spread in the same direction they began. To prevent weather related damage, try to park your vehicle in a garage or protected environment. It is also important to note that a windshield becomes increasingly more fragile when it is exposed to heat or cold for extended periods of time.

In regards to how windshields are actually built, they are made using a process called the “Float Method”. Just like the name suggests, the “Float Method” is when glass floats inside of a chamber. After glass is constructed through the floating process, the sheet is molded into the exact shape desired. The molded sheet is then quickly cooled with blasts of cold air. Two sheets of tempered glass are then placed on either side of a vinyl layer, heated, and pressed between two rollers. The last step of the process is to bond the newly constructed windshield into a metal frame to fit the vehicle it was made for.

It can be easy to dismiss your windshield as just a piece of glass, but in reality it is so much more than that. It protects you from the elements as you drive, and is meant to withstand a decent amount of punishment before becoming damaged. However, you are also a factor in how resilient your windshield is. The next time you find yourself behind the wheel, think about the process that went into constructing the windshield of your vehicle. After all, it is the glass you likely look through the most.

Glass Terminology 101: Automobile Edition

At first glance, a windshield might appear to just be a regular piece of glass and not the first line of defense in your car. We have come up with a few glossary terms for you so you know what’s going on it your car.

PVP: Polyvinal butyral is the substance that makes up the middle layer of your windshield. It holds glass together when shattered, creating a spiderweb pattern on the top layer instead of letting the glass split into shards. Polyvinyl butyral does not break easily, making it the ideal substance to use in a windshield.

Safe Drive Away Time: the time after a windshield replacement when your car will be safe to drive. The minimum drive away time is one hour in order to let the adhesive take effect so your vehicle would pass crash tests.

Fritt: the painted border across the top of your windshield. Its purpose is both aesthetic (it will cover any imperfections at the top of the glass) and functional (protecting the adhesion from the sun’s rays over a long period of time).

HUD: A technology first developed for fighter jets in the 1940s, a Heads Up Display shows important information on the windshield of your car so you never have to take your eyes off the road. Currently, fuel readings and speed are the only information shown, but this technology is looking to grow over the next several years to include points of interest and advertisements.

Anti-Theft: a windshield made of tempered and laminated glass, used to prevent smash-and-grabs.

Wisconsin Windshield Centers is a leading auto glass repair shop located in the greater Milwaukee area. Contact us online or at (800) 900-1505 to schedule windshield repair or replacement services today.

 

Where are America’s Best Drivers?

Did you know that the average driver will experience a collision every 10 years? According to the 2016 Best Drivers Report created by Allstate Insurance, this is how often a driver would experience a collision in a city that’s ranked average. Do you think your city falls in the top ten safest cities for drivers? Take a look below and find out where Wisconsin cities rank!

First off what is the Best Drivers Report and why is it important? The report is an annual ranking that figures out which of the 200 largest US cities and their respective metropolitan areas have the safest drivers. This data is crucial in showing drivers how important safe driving practices are.

Folks in the Wisconsin area will be pleased to find out that Madison, WI is ranked #3 for the safest driving cities overall in the country! With only Kansas City and Brownsville, TX ahead, being #3 is nothing to shake a stick at, beating out over 196 other large cities across the US. Allstate also estimated that there were only 9 Drivewise Braking Events per 1,000 miles for the average Madison, WI driver.  Drivewise is the correlation that Allstate found between hard braking and collisions. Nationally on average, drivers experience 19 hard braking events per year, so Madison is in pretty good shape compared to the rest of the country.

When taking population density into account, Madison is actually ranked #1 in the country for safest driving cities in the US. Also, Milwaukee makes an appearance at #5 with congestion taken into account adding another Wisconsin city in the mix. This brings two major cities in Wisconsin making an appearance on Allstate’s annual best driver’s report, which only three other states in the country saw.

To see the full report you can take a look here and see where other cities and states stack up when it comes to safe driving.

Driving safely is important for not only you and your passengers but other Wisconsin drivers and pedestrians. The first step to ensure safe driving is making sure your windshield is in good shape. If you notice any chips, cracks or holes in your windshield it is crucial to make sure they are addressed immediately as they can lead to much bigger issues. For Wisconsin drivers, Wisconsin Windshield Centers makes auto glass replacement fast, convenient and easy to ensure you can get back on the road as fast as possible. If you want to get a quote or schedule your next appointment give us a call at 800 900-1505 and we’ll take care of your auto glass needs.

Members of the Auto Glass Safety Council

Wisconsin Windshield Centers is a proud member of the Auto Glass Safety Council. The AGSC is a non-profit organization that promotes safe auto glass repair and replacement practices.

We have been a member of the AGSC for many years, and both our Brookfield and West Bend locations are members.

The AGSC developed the Automotive Glass Replacement Safety Standard, or AGRSS. This is the only set of standards developed in North America for auto glass replacement procedures. The AGSC provides multiple valuable training programs and certifications that brings all technicians up to the industry standards of safety and quality.

We support the AGSC’s mission to make auto glass replacements safer and more effective.

For more information about our auto glass replacement services, contact us online at 800-900-1505.

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.