TIPS FOR PREVENTING DAMAGE TO YOUR GLASS SURFACES

To avoid costly home glass repairs near Houston, there are a few tips that can help protect the various glass surfaces of your home. These tips, such as cleaning your windows regularly and protecting your windows from flying debris, can save you the stress of home glass repair .

Tip #1: Clean Regularly

It is very important to clean all of your glass surfaces on a consistent basis. Your glass shower doors, glass table tops, and windows should not be left with stains, dust, or any sort of buildup. By not removing these stains and grime, the integrity of your glass surfaces can begin to breakdown and become more damaged in the end. Use a designated glass cleaner that will protect the glass and effectively remove dirt and streaks. Not only will cleaning your glass surfaces regularly maintain their attractiveness, it will also keep them in good shape for many years and help you avoid the need for home glass repair.

Tip #2: Cover Windows

Whenever you do a home improvement project, such as painting the interior or exterior of the house, cover your windows and glass surfaces to protect them from damage. You may think a few paint stains will not do much damage. However, if left to linger, those paint stains can become difficult to remove, meaning you may scratch your house windows during cleanup. To avoid broken windows during other home improvement projects, ensure that the windows are covered and protected from flying rocks and debris.

Tip #3: Consider Soft Water

Part of the common stains found on glass shower doors and the exterior of house windows is caused by hard water stains. The calcium and other minerals found in hard water can leave a thick residue that becomes very difficult to remove. Consider installing a soft water filtration system to help combat these stains, and do not use your garden hose on the exterior of your house windows. Using the hose will damage your windows with hard water stains, increasing the chance that you will need home glass repair.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OEM AND AFTERMARKET AUTO GLASS?

When it comes to windshield replacement, which should you choose: an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) windshield or an aftermarket windshield? The choice can be a difficult one, especially because not many people understand the difference between these two types of glass. Your windshield repair service in Prescott Valley will offer both options, so it’s best to know which choice is right for you before heading to get your replacement.

OEM Windshields offer the benefit of being identical to the windshield that was installed when your vehicle was manufactured. OEM windshields are made by the same companies that manufactured your original windshield and will match the original windshields color, thickness, fit and shape. This means that it will fit right and ensure that other options connected to the windshield work perfectly. In addition, OEM windshields have matching logos to the original windshield. Prices for OEM glass can run 40% to 60% higher than comparable aftermarket windshields. Some insurance companies will not pay for OEM glass due to the higher cost while other insurance companies will only pay for OEM glass if the vehicle is no more than one to two model years old.

OEE or Original Equipment Equivalent Windshields are windshields manufactured by the same companies that make OEM but the logo on the glass is that of the glass manufacturer not the auto maker. These windshields are made to the same standards as the OEM glass and often in the same factories but don’t carry the premium price tag.

Aftermarket Windshields on the other hand are manufactured by glass companies that do not have OEM relationships with the car makers. They create copies of the original windshields without consultation from the original windshield’s or vehicle manufacturers. Thanks to copyright laws, the makers of aftermarket windshields are not allowed to create a replica of the original windshield that was in your car. While the fit and shape will obviously be the same, the new windshield may vary in thickness, durability or tint color and UV protection. In some cases, options attached to the windshield may not function properly. Typically, aftermarket windshields are the least expensive options available.

How to Install a New Window

Remove Window Trim and Casing

The first thing to do is to use a prybar to remove the window trim and jamb extension from around the old window. The jam extension is just a piece of wood that’s been ripped down and attached to the window jamb to bring it even with the wall.

Remove Old Window/Guide Track

Unscrew the window from the jamb and remove it. Take care not to break the glass while removing. Many windows will be multiple window sashes with moving tracks on the side. Those types of windows may be easier to remove one sash at a time.

Prep/Repair New Window Opening

With the window out of the wall, inspect the condition of the window jamb to make sure there is no structural damage. It’s not uncommon for an old window to leak, rotting out the jamb. If there is damage, you will have to replace or repair the damaged areas of the jamb before moving forward. Also, you will need to measure your rough opening to make sure that it can accommodate your new window. The rough opening should be 1/4” to 3/8” larger than the exterior dimensions of the new window.

Inspect/Replace Window Stop

The window stop is a piece of wood ripped down and placed around the exterior side of the window jamb. The function of the stop is to prevent the window from sliding out of the opening. It literally stops the window from moving. It’s very likely that the original stop is still in useable condition, but if it is damaged, you may need to repair or replace this as well.

Dry Fit Window

Before applying the silicone to the the window stop, dry fit the window to make sure there are no fitment issues. If you do have fitment issues, address them now and then dry fit the window again. When done properly the window should fit snugly into the opening. Do not move forward with the install until you are satisfied with the way the window fits in the opening.

Install Window

The actual install of the window is very simple. First, run a bead of silicone on the inside edge of the window stop (Image 1) and then slide the window into place (Image 2). Place a level across the top of the window and press cedar shims between the bottom of the window frame and the jamb as necessary to get the window sitting level (Image 3). The window will usually come with its own hardware packet, typically consisting of four screws that will go through the sides of the unit to anchor it to the jamb. Two screws should be put into each side of the window, one near the top and the other near the bottom (Image 4). There will be pre-drilled holes in the window frame for the screws.

Add Insulation

There may be gaps around the original window frame the wall studs, and this is the perfect opportunity to insulate those areas better. For larger gaps, cut pieces of roll insulation and pack them into the gaps. For harder to reach spots, you can use expanding spray insulation foam.

Add Extension Jambs and Trim Molding

Pick a style of molding that fits your home’s decor and create a frame around the window. Measure the length of each piece and use a miter saw to cut the trim to the appropriate length. Make your cuts on 45-degree angles so the trim will fit together with a nice picture-frame look. Attach the trim to the wall with finish nails. You may also need to add thin strips of wood trim (a jamb extension, see Step 1) inside the original window frame to cover the gap between the new window and the drywall.

WINDSHIELD REPLACEMENT INSTRUCTIONS

We do not recommend replacing your own windshield, but this is how we do it!

1.) Ensure the new windshield is the proper one for the vehicle.  Look it over and make sure there are no scratches or chip.

2.) Remove all trim around windshield,  the wipers and cowling exposing all edges of glass. (Be careful not to break any clips that hold the cowling down)

3.) Cut the windshield out.  There are many tools for doing this.

4.) Wipe off all Debris then trim the old urethane down to between 1mm to 2mm.

5.) Prep the new Windshield.  Install new molding Spray with glass cleaner and Scrub the area the urethane will be with a scotch brite, wipe it down with a paper towl.  Be sure it is completely dry, and prep the area the urethane will be with glass prep.  Do not install new glass for at least 6 minutes.  If the new windshield has any plastic or rubber attached to it you will need to prep that with the appropriate prep as well. 

6.) Prime the pinchweld.  (There is a open life of 2 weeks for primer so check the date you opened) During the cut out of the windshield and urethane there were probably scratches made.  To ensure they do not turn to rust prime them.  If rust is present, sand it down to bear metal and prime then wait for 2 minutes and prime again.  Wait for 2 minutes before laying urethane.

7.) Make sure there is no dirt/debris where the urethane is to be.  Lay the bead of urethane to the height of the roof line.  Smooth the butts together.

8.) Set new windshield in place. Wear rubber gloves to ensure you do not contaminate the windshield ( finger grease can make windshield not adhere properly.). and push around the entire windshield glue line.

9.) Re install cowling wipers and mirror.This is how we do it.  Not prepping the windshield, or wearing rubber gloves will cause a windshield leak.  Not priming scratches, will cause rust.  I highly recommend having a professional install your windshield.  Otherwise you could not only get rained on, but could be putting your life at risk in the event of an accident!

What Is Window Condensation?

Window condensation is a simple phenomenon that occurs under the right conditions of humidity and temperature.

When an object is cooler than the air around it, the water molecules in the air come together and “stick” to the surface, forming a thin layer of water droplets. It happens on your glass of cold lemonade during hot weather and on the windows of your car and even the windows of your home during colder weather.

How to Reduce Window Condensation

The presence of condensation on the inside of house windows can generally be eliminated with one or more of the following measures:

  • Use moisture eliminators: To reduce the amount of moisture that travels through your interior air, place desiccant bags next to your windows and mirrors. If placed in your drawers and closet, desiccants can also protect your clothing from moisture.
  • Buy a dehumidifier: If condensation has been especially thick and common during winter months, consider investing in a dehumidifier. Most units sell for about the same price as an air conditioner but can be just as essential to the comfort of your living quarters.
  • Turn off your humidifier: If humidifiers are a feature of your living environment, consider deactivating them on cold days when your windows are condensation-prone. The mist released into the air can fog up your windows on cold days.
  • Use your fans: Each time you cook or take hot baths or showers, turn on the corresponding fans for such activities. The fan in your bathroom can help minimize condensation on the mirror and prevent the spread of steam, thus eliminating fog buildup on your windows. Also keep the bathroom door closed whenever you shower.
  • Circulate your rooms: Warm air travels upward within an enclosed space. Run your ceiling fans clockwise during the colder months to circulate the warmer air downward.
  • Crack the door: If the outside temperatures are not too cold, crack your front or back door for a few minutes to release steamy indoor air.
  • Turn up the heat: If the air within your living areas is raised to spring temperatures, you could reduce the possibility of condensation on your inner panes, especially if the heat source is located near your windows.

Different Types Of Auto Glass

You think the windows of our vehicles are simple to know about. You have the windshield and rear windows, right? However, there are more windows than you thought. Say you find that a tree branch has smashed the back window of your car and cracked the side window. You call an Auto Glass Replacement Company to see what it would cost to fix it, but they ask if the window that was broken on the side of your car was the back window, vent or quarter glass.

It’s always important to know the different types of auto glass on your vehicle so you can give more detailed information to auto glass technicians. Overall, there are 6 types of auto glass on a typical vehicle:

  • Front Windshield
  • Front and rear door auto glass
  • Vent glass
  • Quarter glass
  • Back glass

Windshield

The windshield is your most important auto glass. Not only does it shield you from the wind as you are traveling but it provides up to 30% of the roof support.

Front Door/Rear Door Auto Glass

The front door auto glass and rear door glass can be different because of how they are tinted. In the state of Georgia, the windows to the right and left of the driver can not have tinting that reduces the light transmitted to less that 32% or light reflectance increased more than 20%.

Back Glass / Back Window

Back Glass always has the same restrictions concerning the grade of window tinting as the windshield, front and rear door auto glass.

Vent Glass & Quarter Glass

Vent and Quarter glass can be tricky just because they can be different sizes depending on the make and model of the vehicle.

Children and Auto Glass Safety

A broken or cracked windshield can make your car dangerous for your children. If your kids still sit in the back seat, they are vulnerable to impact or collision if your side auto glass or rear windshield is damaged. Dallas Glass and Auto can make your car safe again with an auto glass repair or a windshield replacement.

The Effects of a Collision on a Damaged Windshield

Every chip, crack, or break makes the auto glass in your automobile weaker. A full windshield is designed to withstand high levels of impact. The glass is tempered to stay intact during a collision. Cracks and breaks can compromise the glass’ structural integrity making it easier for an object to fly through the window. It doesn’t matter which window in the car is cracked. No seat in the car is safe for you or your children.

Car Seats Will Not Protect Your Children From Glass

We recommend that you keep infants and toddlers in car seats at all times. You should always place car seats in the rear to avoid a frontal impact. Car seats, however, elevate your children to window level. Therefore, if you have a broken or chipped side window, anything object that projects through the window can injure your child. Your safest option is to bring your car to Dallas Glass and Auto for a full replacement. We can secure your vehicle and make it kid-safe.

Cracked Windshield? Your Safety is at Risk!

Damaged Windshields are Not Safe
Structural damage to a windshield inhibits its ability to protect you in a collision. During an impact, the glass could explode back into the vehicle and injure you or the passenger in the car. A cracked windshield provides zero stability during an accident.

A cracked windshield cannot provide the support needed to the impact of flying objects on the road or in a wreck. You cannot guarantee a safe ride for you or anyone in your vehicle in an accident.

Small Cracks and Chips Only Get Worse
Auto glass damage only gets worse with time. A Dallas Glass and Auto technician can fix small issues before they turn into costly repairs. Fixing small dings and chips in your windshield takes less effort and reduces labor costs. We can remove small chips quickly and easily. Chip repair is also affordable.

Insurance May Not Cover the Windshield
If an insurance company can establish that you failed to replace a cracked windshield prior to an accident, it may not cover your the replacement under the conditions of the policy. You are better off getting the windshield replaced as soon as possible. Only Dallas Glass and Auto technicians can replace the windshield with a new windshield that will meet the conditions of your auto insurance policy.

Accident Liability
If you are operating a vehicle with a cracked or broken windshield, you may be liable for injuring the passenger in your car. In addition, if someone else is driving your vehicle, you may be liable for their injuries as well.

If they sustain a personal injury, they can file a claim against your insurance company or you. You or your insurance company may have to negotiate a settlement. Consequently, your insurance provider may drop coverage to avoid any future liability.

Class Auto Windshield Replacement

Only Dallas Glass and Auto can help you locate a windshield for your classic car or truck.  Although locating some windshields are either difficult or impossible, we can generally find the window that was specifically designed for your car.

If you want to search for a windshield, here are some places you can look:

● Dealers that specialize in vintage auto parts

● The auto manufacturer

● Junkyards

● Local auto restoration experts

● Classic car clubs

Installing the Exact Windshield Replacement
Although it is possible to find the exact glass replacement for your vehicle, it may not be a good idea. Glass safety standards have radically changed over the last 50 years. Therefore, if you purchase an actual vintage windshield, you may be compromising the safety of the passengers in your car.

While original windshields give you a sense of nostalgia and pride, you may find that there is no warranty to cover them or auto insurance company that will write a policy for them. Check with your insurance to find out more about coverage. You may also want to find out if the windshield meets Texas safety regulations. You can call your local DMV to find out about windshield laws.

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.