Car Windshield Crack Types

There are many different windshield cracks, chips, and breaks that can happen, mostly dependent on where the object that strikes the windshield hits. Here are some of the most common:

Chip: When a small rock or object meets your windshield, a tiny piece or chip is taken out of the glass. Chips will spread with time, cracking outward from their centers and evolving into a more significant affected area.

Edge Crack: Edge cracks speak for damage that occur at the perimeter of the windshield, along the outer three inches. Impact to this area often causes long, meandering cracks that usually result in the need for a full replacement.

Stress Crack: The one type of crack that doesn’t involve the impact of another object is a stress crack. When your windshield experiences an immediate, extreme temperature change, a stress crack can occur.

When Glass Breaks

What To Do When Auto Glass or Home Windows Break

Dallas and Plano home and auto owners will all eventually need to replace or repair broken windows or glass.  Contact Dallas Auto and Residential  and our local Dallas and Plano staff of certified glass pros will come out to your vehicle’s location or home to give a free, no obligation estimate.

When one of your home windows is damaged it can pose a serious threat and possibly harm to the home occupants. Take the following measures to insure nothing more serious than your auto or residential glass/windows being broke in the first place has caused:

Be sure to wear steel toed shoes and thick gloves to avoid personal injury.

Pick up the large pieces of glass and dispose of them.  Helpful tip –  use wide as possible masking tape by pressing it into the shards of glass and dispose of them this way.

If possible – thoroughly vacuum the area and surrounding area where your home or auto glass broke.

Safety measures like these when  your Dallas/Plano auto or residential windows and/or glass breaks can minimize headaches and any unnecessary future problems you may encounter.

Contact Dallas Auto and Residential today and schedule your FREE ESTIMATE

 

Home Window Installation Tips

Like many aspects of your valued home, you more than likely do not want to fix your residential windows unless they are in need of repair.

New home window replacements can help you improve the overall value of your home. Home window maintenance also helps you to properly protect and insulate your home. It’s important to take care of your windows because they work hard all day every day. They offer natural light, protect you and the interior of your home from the elements and from unwanted pests, and windows have a huge impact your electric costs. You should consider home window replacement services from Dallas Glass Repair, especially if you have an older home. Newer models of windows offer much better insulation, which will help you keep your utility costs lower.

If you have windows that are leaking or drafty, it is likely time to have them replaced. Don’t wait until you have a cracked window or something more serious to seek professional services. It will be less stressful and frustrating if you are proactive in making these improvements. Home window replacement and repair are important to consider, and you will enjoy many benefits from properly caring for your very important residential windows.

Buying Hail Damaged Car?

Some great advice if you are considering purchasing a new car with existing hail damage at a discount. Many cars were damaged in this week’s hail storm, and now they may be on sale at rock bottom prices. Wayne Carter tells you what you should consider before you make a purchase.

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Heat and Auto Glass

Windshields serve as an important aspect of your auto, truck or RV. Armoring all your vehicle occupants from on the road dangers, a  windshield in need of repair is a HUGE safety concern that needs to be addressed. Certain recommended safety measurements you can take during the DFW heat to avoid sometimes expensive auto glass repair bills and ensure the safety of  all your vehicle’s occupants.

  • Avoid driving behind large trucks on 635, 75, I-35 and other major DFW highways when possible
  • Only use manufacturer recommended auto glass cleaning solutions to prevent scratching your delicate auto, truck or RV glass.
  • Repair ALL Auto Glass issues immediately to avoid more costly repairs down the road.
  • REQUEST A FREE QUOTEWE OFFER FAST MOBILE SERVICE

If your Auto, Truck, RV or HOME glass/windows/windshield does need replacement do not hesitate to contact the Dallas Auto Glass Repair and Replacement. Dallas Auto Glass Repair and Replacements mobile repair team is ready to dispatch in Plano and the Geater Dallas area

Always use Certified Glass Techs

Contact Dallas Glass and Auto for a FREE QUOTE!! We often take our windows and glass doors in our houses for granted – until they break, that is. It’s hard to know where to start when you need to replace the glass in your house, and it can be tempting to think that you’ll be able to replace your glass yourself. Before you find yourself going down that road too far, you should know that glass is a very tricky part of a house, and it is very important to use a glass professional when replacing the glass in your home. The problems with glass are many, and they won’t necessarily present themselves until you have already bought your glass and are beginning the install.

The Right Glass For Your House

Do you need reflective glass? Or gas filled? Or do you need spectrally selective coated glass? There are many types of window glass, and you might not know which type is right for your house, or even right for specific windows around your house. Different glass types let in different amount of heat from the sun and insulate your house in different ways. Depending on where you live, you may need multiple types throughout your house. A glass professional can work with you and take the guesswork out of selecting the best replacements.

Installation is Hazardous  – and Glass is Not Cheap
Glass is a very fragile material, and installation of glass requires fitting panes into very tight spaces. Without proper know-how, it is very easy to accidentally break that pane of glass that you just bought and probably spent a long time trying to fit. That means another trip to the hardware store and and more hours lost with the very real possibility of breaking another pane. Simply put, professionals have spent thousands of hours doing this and are much more efficient and experienced than it’s possible for an amateur to be.

Glass Can Be Dangerous
Have you ever cut yourself on broken glass? Then you know it’s not a fun thing to have happen. Glass breaks easily, and when it does, it becomes dangerous. Shattered glass is incredibly sharp and many people have suffered serious nerve and tendon damage in their hands at the mercy of a shattered window. From taking out the broken pieces to be replaced, to the tricky installation, a lot can go wrong. When glass does break, disposal can be a problem on it’s own. Whether it’s a child or a pet getting into the garbage, or another unsuspecting person handling it, shattered glass remains dangerous even after you think you have disposed of it.

Drafty Residential Windows?

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Contact Dallas Glass Repair and Replacement today at: 972-408-6233 for a free quote and fix your home windows today!

Costly , windy, cold air leaks can have long term effects. During the hot DFW Summers, you want your windows to shut properly and keep hot air out, and in the winter, cold air shouldn’t sneak in and drive up your heating bills. To keep your home comfortable, affordable, and energy efficient, you need to find ways to keep your windows from leaking air.

The good news is that you have many options for fixing those drafts. No matter how your pocket book looks, you can find a solution to fit your budget needs.

If the source of the draft is obvious, like a cracked window, then you won’t have any trouble deciding how to fix it. However, you may not be certain where the air is coming in from. Most leaks from around your windows are small and unobtrusive.

If you need to find the source of the draft, light a candle, a match, or some incense. Move the object you picked slowly around the home window frame. When you see the flame move or if you see the smoke’s trail shift, you know you’ve found a spot where air is coming in. Mark the place where you saw evidence of a air shift.

Cost Effective Repairs

If you need to temporarily fix a small opening around the edge of your window, you have several options:

STORM READY WINDOWS

You can put storm windows up every autumn to help keep the cold drafts out. These convenient, removable windows will fit inside your window frame, adding an extra layer against the outdoors. If you buy and install these, your problem should be solved.

WEATHER STRIPPING

This inexpensive product is easy to add to your window frame. You’ll still be able to open and close the window.

CAULK or SEALANT 

Caulking is always an easy, cheap, and fast way to seal up a hole. Just make sure the area is clean before you apply the new caulk.

DRAFT SNAKES

If the hole you’re plugging is on the bottom of your window, a draft snake can provide extra insulation. You can buy these items online, or you can make your own. Just put dry rice inside an old knee-high sock and tie it off, then lay it against the bottom of the window.

PLASTIC FILM FOR WINDOWS NOT USED

If you’re worried about your window panes, a film can insulate them. Look for shrink film at a home improvement store or online. All you need is to lay it flat against the window and use a hair dryer to seal it on. If you want to remove it later, rubbing alcohol will take it off easily.

DRAFT BLOCKING HEAVY CURTAINS

Heavy curtains do a surprisingly good job of insulating your windows. Find quality curtains large enough to completely cover your home window.
If you need to get the draft fixed quickly and easily, these solutions may do the trick. However, if the draft is severe and you really want to get it fixed permanently, you may need a stronger solution.

HIGHER-COST FIXES LONG TERM REPAIRS AND FIXES

You will be looking at spending more $$, however, these are long term, value adding repairs and fixes. If you have the $$ to solve the problem instead of simply putting a band aid, you won’t regret the investment.

Contact Dallas Glass Repair and Replacement today at: 972-408-6233 for a free quote and fix your home windows today!

 

 

Hail Damage Repair

Dallas Hail Damage Glass

We can help you with all your Auto Hail Glass Damage – here are some tips that can help you with Auto body damage as well:

The calm after a storm is not so smooth when it has resulted in hail damage to your vehicle. In many cases though, getting the damage fixed is not so difficult.

The first thing you should do after the storm is get in contact with both an auto body shop and your insurance company. An auto body shop will help you figure out your hail damage repair options; your insurance company is likely aware that a hailstorm went through your area and can let you know your insurance coverage, as well as repair options.
More often than not, your car can be fixed using a technique called paintless dent repair (PDR). This is used when there are dents in the metal, but the paint job has not been damaged, which is often the case with hail damage.

PDR is relatively inexpensive, as many auto body shops offer this service in-house, work with insurance companies after a storm to ship cars to PDR companies, or can refer you to a specialized PDR technician. In areas where hailstorms are common, many insurance companies and collision repair shops will set up temporary PDR spaces to provide quick repairs at minimal cost.
At Dallas Auto Glass and Repair, we can help you locate a body shop that offers PDR near you, and help eliminate the hassle in locating the right PDR technician for your needs. Finding car repair technicians specialized in PDR and other specialties, is a breeze with Dallas Auto Glass and Repair.

This is how to De-Ice Your Auto Glass

Dallas Glass and AutoIce on your windshield is not fun, everyone want to remove it as fast as possible. DFW does suffer a few days a year from this so pay attention and be prepared. Questions? Call Dallas Auto Glass Repair at 972-408-6233.

Unfortunately, this causes people to pour hot water over their windshield or use metal scrapers to remove the ice fast. However, both of these can cause damage to your windshield. If you have ice on your windshield, here are three different ways to safely de-ice it without causing any problems.

Warm Car and Use Your Defrost

The quickest and smartest way to de-ice a windshield is to simply use the defroster on your car. If time is not a factor, use your defrosters to melt ice away. Unfortunately though, this method takes awhile and people are in a hurry in the morning. However, if you can add an extra ten minutes to your morning routine, this really is the safest and most efficient way to remove ice from your car’s windshield before you begin to drive it.

Use Room Temperature Water

Pouring hot water on your windshield can melt the ice fast. However, the temperature of the glass is low, thanks to the ice on it. If you pour boiling hot water on it, it can crack. Instead, pour water that is no hotter than room temperature on your windshield to slowly melt away the ice and bring the temperature of the glass up. When possibly, throw some salt into the water as well, as salt helps to melt ice too. Use this method until the ice begins to break up or melt away.

Use a Plastic Scraper

If you must use a scraper to remove ice from your windshield, invest in a plastic one. Many people simply grab an old paint scraper or use old metal scrapers. That bad thing about this though, is these can all leave scratches in your windshield. A plastic scraper that is designed for windshields is inexpensive and won’t leave your windshield damaged. A scraper is best used after spraying on a de-ice product or using water on the windshield. It is much harder to use on straight ice, so keep this tip in mind as well.

If you are reading this too late and you have already damaged your windshield, you may need your windshield repaired or replaced. Dallas Auto Glass Repair can help you with all of your auto glass repair and replacement needs.  Make an appointment or to get an estimate.

Commercial Vehicle Glass Maintenance

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Keep your commercial fleets in tip top shape with proper auto glass care. Dallas Auto Glass Repair and Replacement has assisted several commercial fleet clients and we dispatch asap to your location. Call: 972-408-6233

Commercial vehicle windshields are very durable. When you are on the road for many hours you do run the risk of damaging your valuable and important glass at some point.

Dallas Auto Glass Repair and Replacement knows how to help with big rig windshields. Experts at each of our four locations can help you with the care of commercial vehicle windshields, which ensures safe driving for your employees!

How is commercial auto glass care different from normal autos?
Care is basically the same, but you will want to pay extra attention to the following:

• Your drivers are always aware of hazards on the road. Especially on rural, rougher highways
• Your commercial vehicle employees who will be driving always park in safe areas away from hazards
• Your commercial auto fleet windshield cracks or chips are repaired immediately in order to avoid larger costs down the road

One huge difference, however, is commercial vehicle insurance. Most commercial, on the road cars and trucks must be in tip-top shape in order to be driven, so your drivers should immediately address windshield damage to make sure that you do not violate the terms of your business vehicle insurance.

What about the $$ for commercial vehicle windshield replacement? Is it higher than what you would find on a normal car or truck?
For the most part, yes. Larger, sturdier windshields are typically used for semi trucks, buses, cargo vans and other big commercial vehicles.

Keep in mind, basic rock chip repair or fixing minor cracks is not always more expensive. It is the same glass repair technique, just being used on a larger scale vehicle.

Are preventive maintenance plans available at DFW Glass Mart?
Yes! Contact our commercial auto glass and fleet techs at Dallas Auto Glass Repair and Replacement about creating an account. Click here