Customers understand that having a windshield is important, but it is often overlooked that it is actually part of the vehicle’s overall structural integrity. Windshields are laminated glass, where generally a polyvinyl butyral film is sandwiched between two pieces of tempered glass. The windshield usually only seems to get attention when it is in need of a chip repair, or full replacement. In the upcoming years windshields will become even more important, as many modern day electronics and safety features are now integrated into the glass. Before getting into the modern day windshield, we will reflect back on the history and how the windshield came to development. Back in the early 1900s, windshields were first made using regular glass. This meant that if it broke, it shattered into jagged shards upon impact. It wasn’t until 1904 where French chemist Edouard Benedictus found that glass flasks with a dried resin flim inside broke when dropped, but still kept their shape and...Read More >
One of the most integral components to any car or vehicle is the windshield. It is essential to the structure of the vehicle and assures proper visibility and safety for those inside. It is crucial to assure that the windshield is safely installed and free of any damage such as chips or cracks. There are three main types of windshields that manufacturers provide. These are Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM); dealer; and aftermarket glass. When you purchase a car for the first time, the windshield is considered dealer glass. It is not typical for car companies to manufacture their own glass. Instead, they contract their glass needs out to another manufacturer and install it in new cars as they are built. Oftentimes, the make of the car is stamped on the windshield as well. If a windshield replacement http://www.autoglassnj.com is ever necessary, either OEM or aftermarket glass will be installed. OEM glass is nearly identical to the original dealer windshield; however,...Read More >
All glass is NOT the same. The main difference is that your windshield is laminated and the other glass in your vehicle is tempered glass http://www.autoglassnj.com . What makes the windshield unique is that there is an extra piece of vinyl in between two layers of glass. The three pieces are laminated together in a special oven called an autoclave where heat and pressure is applied to the glass. Oftentimes when a small object such a rock or piece of debris strikes your windshield, only the outer layer breaks. This is the reason it is possible to repair a rock chip in your windshield. As long as it does not penetrate through the layer of vinyl, it is possible to fill the chip in with resin. If the glass does shatter, the windshield is designed to keep the glass in place so that there are no broken pieces of glass. They are designed to stick to the vinyl interior...Read More >
Absolutely! This is a question we are often asked from many of our customers. The back piece of glass breaks on their pickup truck, and they figure it’s the perfect time to upgrade to that slider they have been thinking about. Usually, it is no problem upgrading to a sliding glass unit. On certain models, some adjustments do need to be made. For example, on the new Ford pickup trucks, the headliner needs to be cut and modified in order for the slider to fit into place where the stationary piece of glass used to be. This is no problem for the auto glass technicians at American Mobile Glass, http://www.autoglassnj.com as each one has at least 10+ years of experience in the industry. As an additional service, American Mobile Glass is equipped with the latest technology, which enables us to remove the back glass of any vehicle without breaking it. What we use is advanced magnetic heat technology from Inductor....Read More >
Pilkington is the global leader in aftermarket glass distribution & wholesale. In servicing the aftermarket, Pilkington Automotive is able both to leverage its global OE supply programs and to utilize its flexible, short-run manufacturing expertise to produce glass for models which are no longer current, or for which Pilkington Automotive is not the OE supplier. Pilkington Automotive is a leader in the development and user of computer simulations for advanced glazing technology. Though probably most frequently associated with the invention of the float process to manufacture the high quality glass used by the automotive industry, Pilkington Automotive has also pioneered other techniques that have led to automotive glazing industry firsts such as: the production wraparound windshield the S-bend backlight dark tint glass solar reflective automotive glazing full vehicle glazing systems including encapsulation, extrusion, bond-on components and mechanical assemblies electrically heated filament windshields. Safety at Pilkington is paramount and our testing regimes are extremely rigorous. They include impact tests, durability and strength tests and...Read More >
American Mobile Glass has selected Alex Davila to represent the company in this year’s Auto Glass Olympics. Alex has over 15 years of experience and is fully trained, licensed, and certified. He is extremely excited about the challenge and opportunity to compete against the top technicians in the country for a shot at $10,000 and a 1st place trophy. During the next couple of months Alex will be training hard to hone his skills which will be judged on 9 vigorous categories including proper product usage, windshield removal, installation technique, and proper equipment & tools usage just to name a few. We will keep you updated on his progress along the way. The NordGlass Auto Glass Technician Olympics (AGTO) is an international competition that is based on the Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standard (AGRSS®). The competition was founded in 2005 by AGRR™ magazine. Competitors are allotted 75 minutes to complete a windshield installation in the first heats of the competitions....Read More >
Yes! There are several dozen manufacturers of automotive glass in the industry and no two are alike. These manufacturers employ a variety of fabrication processes to produce the end product. The product that is made from the different processes depends on the equipment and the quality assurance procedures that are used. While two windshields may look very similar and both may fit the vehicle opening, there may be very distinct physical characteristics that can affect the final performance of the windshield once its installed into your vehicle. Pilkington and PGW are two brands that American Mobile Glass likes to use because of their OEM quality.
Unfortunately, auto glass safety is not something that most people take seriously. When it comes time to replace auto glass, you need to realize the importance of going to a shop where safety is key and the highest quality of glass and sealant are used. To ensure your safety, and the safety of your passengers and family, make certain the auto glass installer you choose is properly trained and fully certified. Here is a recent news article where 2 people were killed due to a faulty windshield replacement. http://www.ultrabond.com/windshield-repair-and-replacement-news.html
Thank you for a great 2012! We look forward to continuing to build relationships with both our current and future customers. We will continue to strive to be the best full service glass company in the tri-state area throughout 2013. Happy New Year!