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 >
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