Should I Repair or Replace My Car Windshield?

Regardless of whether you are replacing or repairing a windshield, you will be faced with a variety of safety concerns that are worth considering when contemplating whether to repair or replace your windshield. Many individuals do not know how valuable a correctly installed and fully functional windshield is to the safety of those inside of the vehicle. This is because a variety of issues can arise when problems take place during a repair or replacement that can lead to safety concerns such as a failure in airbag deployment and much more.

What To Consider

The first thing that should be considered when questioning whether to repair or replace a windshield that has been damaged is the size of the crack. Some windshield may not even be considered for a repair due to the large size of the cracks present on them. The dollar bill trick is one that is commonly used to determine whether a windshield can be repaired. If you find that the damage on your automobile’s windshield cannot be covered by a dollar bill most insurance companies will mark you for a total windshield replacement automatically.

Another question to ask yourself is will the crack on the windshield be visible after a repair is completed? Although the answer to this question depends on a variety of aspects such as the experience of the auto glass technician, type of crack, and tools being used, it is important to consider. Depending on the size and position of the crack, it can often disappear from site completely after a proper repair although there are times that a crack remains visible even after a repair.  When this is the case it can become a real danger if the discrepancy is within the line of site of the driver. This is why another important thing to consider when questioning whether to repair or replace a windshield is the position of the crack.

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The position of the crack is so important to consider when you are trying to figure out the best route to take because you do not want any leftover repair “scars” having a negative impact on the visibility of the driver. If you find that a repair is going to or has left behind a visible patch that impairs your driving visibility, be sure to contact professionals like the experts at Wisconsin Windshield Centers for help today!

History of Windshields

Windshields in the 1900’s

The early 1900’s were the very start of what we now call the windshield which has dramatically evolved, just as transportation has. In the past, extremely thin horizontally-divided pieces of plate glass were put around the outskirts of the car to protect all passengers from outside elements such as bugs, dust, and rain. The type of glass used was as thin as a single sheet of paper you would find in your home.  The horizontally-divided design was used for the purpose of being able to fold over, so the driver was able to continue driving when the windshield got too dirty to see through. Unfortunately, this would leave the driver and passengers exposed to the elements. They would then have to set aside time to pull over and clean the glass or leave it as is.

Although the idea, as well as the labor, was quite impressive considering the era and the limited supply of materials, the paper thin protective glass was not as protective as the windshield today. With a protectant so thin, treacherous rainstorms, hail, and flying tree branches would tear right through the glass with little to no effort. Windshields as such had to be replaced continually, but as materials were scarce, they did whatever they could to protect their windshield from falling apart.

Windshields Today

As time progressed, so did the development of windshields. Windshields today are made of tempered glass, which is glass, put through a forming process that makes it stronger than your average piece of standard glass. Just when you thought tempered glass would be enough, they added an extra layer of protection called “lamination.” If you remember from school, laminating is covering something in a sheet of plastic – this is done to your windshield but from the inside. The plastic is sandwiched between two or more layers of tempered glass which prevents pieces of glass flying everywhere when directly hit.

The strength of this tempered and laminated glass varies by company but, all meet a safety standard to protect you from the most common elements. Even a baseball bat would need to be swung several strikes before breaking through the class. And even with a few hits, the glass will only shatter within itself but remain a solid piece resisting penetration. In this day and age, we have advanced to a point where windshields can be made strong enough to resist or be completely bulletproof.

Why You Need a Professional for Windshield Repair

If your windshield has cracked or splintered and you need it replaced, replacing it yourself is not nearly as easy as taking it to a body shop, where it is properly removed, cleaned, replaced, and sealed. The process of replacing the windshield has evolved as well and in some cases is a structural component of the vehicle. It is advised that a professional should remove and install the windshield of your car or truck to prevent damage and ensure the proper method of installation.

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.

There is only so much you can do 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!

Methods for De-Fogging Your Windshield

We’ve all been behind the wheel in less than stellar weather conditions when suddenly our windshield begins to fog, heavily, and before you know it, you can’t really see anything. Regardless of whether you’re going 10 miles per hour or 65, this can be particularly troublesome. Instead of contorting in strange ways behind the wheel just to see a slight bit, take a look at a few of our suggestions for what to do when your window fogs up at the wrong time.

Dry It Out with Cold

One of the best ways to de-fog your windshield is by running the air conditioner, especially when temperatures outdoors are above freezing. While putting on the air conditioner in cold temperatures may not sound entirely ideal, you can elect to tick the air a bit towards the warmer side if you want to be more comfortable while the fog abates.

Heat Works Too

Another option for clearing pesky windshield fog is by running the heat through your defrosters. This approach works especially well when catching the fog right as it begins to develop. You’ll want to put the defroster on the “high” and set the temperature relatively hot. Be sure to turn off your car’s recirculation setting and crack your windows slightly. This should see you driving down the road with a very clear windshield.

 

Next time your windshield fogs up, don’t panic! Utilize the methods listed above and you should see that fog scattering to the edges of your windshield in no time flat. If you require any other auto glass help, always trust Wisconsin Windshield Centers.

Car Maintenance Tips for Spring

While spring may officially be here, the weather is lagging a bit. Isn’t that always the way? Regardless of if the warm weather is still taunting us in the distance, there are some things you can be doing to get your car prepared for the upcoming spring season and beyond. Take a look below at a few different ways you can help your vehicle this spring!

Evaluate Your Wiper Blades

It can rain a lot in the spring, so it’s important to ensure the health of your wiper blades is sound. If you notice a good amount of wear and tear on your blades, or if they emit a strange noise when running across your windshield, you should look into replacing them. After all, they are relatively cheap to replace. Just be sure you choose the correct blades for your vehicle and you’ll be seeing clearly in inclement weather in no time.

Inspect Your Tire Pressure

The temperature outside can influence your tire pressure, so as the weather warms up you’re going to want to keep a consistent eye on your tires. Warm weather can actually increase your tire pressure, and if it gets too high then your tire stands the chance of blowing out. An easy way to keep a consistent eye on your tire pressure is to use a pressure gauge to make sure your tires are at the proper PSI. Recommended pressure is usually between 30 and 35 PSI.

Check Your Brakes

There can be some hard stops all throughout the winter driving season but being able to bring your vehicle to a halt in icy weather is tantamount to overall safety. Now that spring is here, it’s important to check if all that hard driving throughout the winter has impacted your brakes. If you don’t hear any strange noises or feel shuddering throughout your vehicle, your brakes are likely in good shape. But, if your car emits a grinding noise when you put pressure on the brakes, you’re going to want to get that looked at immediately. Having faulty brakes makes driving unsafe for you and others on the road.

 

These are just a few of the things you can do for your vehicle this spring season. The season just started too, so take advantage of time. If you notice your auto glass needs tending to during your spring check-up, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with us here at Wisconsin Windshield Centers!

When Auto Glass is Beyond Repair, What Happens to It?

With so many auto glass repairs year after year, it sometimes might strike you to ask just what happens to all of that damaged auto glass. The answer is, it could end up in a few places! It really depends on a few factors, such as the composition of the windshield itself. Let’s take a look at what happens after your auto glass meets its end…

It’s Recycled

Not too long ago, windshield recycling was incredibly uncommon. What makes windshields hard to recycle is the fact they are made from laminated glass. The resin in the glass keeps it from shattering which enhances the difficulty of the recycling process. However, large manufacturers have come up with innovative ways to recycle auto glass for reuse. This practice isn’t widespread, but it is gaining traction.

It Winds Up in a Landfill

What’s sad is that damaged auto glass finds its way into a landfill more often than not. This doesn’t only happen in the United States, however. This act has repeated the world over, which has an incredible impact on many surrounding communities and environments. There have been strategies put in place to reduce the amount of glass in landfills in order to prevent environmental toxins.

It Can Be Salvaged!

If your auto glass isn’t too damaged, it stands the chance of being repaired. It’ll likely have additional laminate inserted into the glass to restore structural integrity. If performed properly, this technique will put your glass back in action. Used auto glass can usually be purchased at a discounted price and is often an ideal choice for classic cars.

 

This is what happens to auto glass when it is severely damaged. For all of your auto glass repair and replacement needs, please come down to your nearest Wisconsin Windshield Center. To book an appointment online, fill out our online contact form!

Always Trust the Experts to Reset Your Door Glass

While you essentially can do your own, or at least try to do your own, windshield repair or replacement, you really should leave it to the professionals. Besides, you run the risk of not correctly setting the glass and creating a huge risk for both you and your passengers. So, if your window glass is off track, trust the technicians at Wisconsin Windshield Centers to remedy your problem fast. Let’s go over a few details on why this type of job is most suited for the pros.

They Know How Power Windows Work

It’s rare these days to see a hand crank for getting one’s window up or down. All modern vehicles come with power windows you can use with the push of a button. These windows rely on regulators, which are small motors that manufacturers install within the door to create a push and pull motion to regulate the speed and direction of the window. When everything is running smoothly, you shouldn’t experience any errors. However, if the motor, regulator, window, or door becomes damaged, opening and closing the window can become rather difficult. When you take your car in to the professionals, they’ll know their way around like the back of their hand.

The Benefits of Going to the Professionals

The allure of repairing things yourself is certainly there, seeing as you can sometimes avoid the cost of replacement parts and professional service. However, people often do more harm than good when they try to do things themselves and the repairs they perform often act more like a band aid than a real, permanent solution. Below are some situations best left to the pros…

  • General Repairs

 

When doing repairs on your own, the problem could be a broken regulator or something else entirely. Aside from wasting a bunch of time trying to figure out the source of the issue, professionals can provide a more straight forward solution. After all, it would be something as small as a broken fuse or a window off track.

 

  • They Can Get Your Parts Fast

 

There are many aspects to the power window system, such as door panel pieces, regulators, and window components. Professionals will know how to take these doors apart and put them back together no problem, which will also keep you from losing key components of your door.

 

  • Damaged Regulator

 

If you get so far as to discover the regulator has been damaged, and you decide to buy a new regulator, you may run into problems upon installation. Without any professional training, you risk the chance of damaging the replacement regulator which costs you both time and money. Leave the technicalities to the pros and leave the shop with peace of mind.

 

Avoid DIY catastrophe and come into your nearest Wisconsin Windshield Centers location for impeccable service. We’ll have you in quick and back on the road fast. Contact us to book an appointment!

What is Windshield Pitting?

Have you ever been driving down the road when suddenly the light from the sun, or another vehicle, is right in your eye and utterly blinding? Now, obviously lights are bright, but these intense bursts of light can actually be caused by windshield pitting. When there are pits in your windshield, they can cause light to shine intensely in your eyes for a couple of seconds. Not only are these bright lights distracting, but they are also dangerous. Being blinded for even a brief time on the road can lead to some serious problems. Let’s go over the causes of windshield pitting and how it impacts your auto glass.

What Causes It?

Windshield pitting is caused by things such as sand, dust, pebbles, and other road debris hitting your windshield and wearing it down over time. These small things won’t be enough to cause significant damage, but they can create pits in your auto glass over extended periods of time. If you look closely at your windshield, you might discover there to be tiny dents or specks. Those are windshield pits.

How Does It Impact Me?

It doesn’t take a lot of pits for them to rear their ugly heads and let bright light right into your eye. When a beam of lights hits the pit(s) just right, the beam is either distorted, magnified, or refracted. The light typically only lasts for a brief moment, but it’s enough to make driving a problem for the person behind the wheel. Any type of damaged auto glass is hazardous for drivers.

Weakened Auto Glass

Having a couple of pits in your windshield isn’t the end of the world and won’t immediately weaken it. However, over time, several pits om your windshield can lead it to become unstable and unable to withstand even minor impacts. Weakened auto glass is a major safety issue and we suggest coming down to our nearest center so that we can remedy the problem for you.

Are you currently dealing with a pitted windshield? If so, head on over to your nearest Wisconsin Windshield Center. We can fix your problem quickly and have you back on the road with non compromised auto glass in no time! We look forward to helping you.

Fall is Perfect for Car Maintenance

We’ve arrived at that time of year where there’s a brief lull between the warm summer months and the cold, sometimes brutal winter months. This lull is otherwise known as fall, and is a lovely reprieve for a short while. Fall is also the perfect time to get in front of the ball in terms of car maintenance. The last thing you want when navigating frigid winter temperatures is for your automobile to give out on you. So, to avoid such unpleasant situations, let’s take a look at a few of the things you can do for your car before winter settles in.

1.) Oil

This is one aspect you really need to keep on top of. Whether you prefer to change your oil every 3,000, 5,000, or 7,000 miles, just be sure to get it changed regularly. You’d be surprised the issues you can avoid by simply changing your car’s oil. If you fall into the “change every 7,000 miles” category, you might want to consider changing more often if you often make frequent short trips or find yourself in stop and go traffic a lot.

 

2.) Heater/Defroster

 

This is essential for any winter driving, so be certain make sure this works during the fall because it gives you ample time to remedy the problem. There have been more than a few junk cars in my past where the defrost did not work, and let me tell you those could be some questionable drives. Save yourself the stress in the cold and get it mended now.

 

3.) Windshield Wipers

 

Windshield wipers can see a lot of use throughout the spring and summer, so once fall rolls around it’s a good idea to change out the old blades. If you want to fight ice build-up come winter, then grab yourself some rubber-clad wipers. Always be sure to keep windshield washer fluid on hand, and never forget a trusty ice scraper.

 

4.) Tires

If the tires on your vehicle are pretty worn out, they won’t be of much use to you come winter time. Take a look at each of your tires for remaining tread life and uneven wearing. Don’t forget to keep an eye on the sidewalls for nicks and cuts, either. It’s smart to always keep a good conditioned jack in the car in case of emergencies, as well as a spare tire. Also, it’s wise to check your tire pressure once a month.

 

These are a few simple things you can do for your car as the seasons transition from one extreme to the other. If auto glass if more your concern, then there’s no other choice than Wisconsin Windshield Centers. Get in touch and give us a call, or fill out an online contact form!

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!