What You Need to Know About Your Windshield
Every day you do small things to ensure the safety of the passengers in your car. You make sure everyone is wearing a seatbelt. You glance at the tires, careful to note any evidence of a leak or damage. You listen to the engine for unexplained noises and monitor the way the vehicle handles for signs of mechanical issues.
Auto glass care is an area that often gets overlooked. You start to think that a tiny chip in the corner of the windshield does not seem like a big deal, and the inconvenience of having the glass repaired is not worth the time. In reality, automotive glass is an essential part of your car's safety package, and damaged glass can make you and your passengers less safe. Glass Doctor® of Barrie offers a quick and painless repair process that will return structural integrity to your auto glass.
Laminated glass is found in your windshield. The glass is made by layering two pieces of glass with a clear vinyl layer in between. Using an autoclave, the pieces are laminated together into a solid piece. The glass is strong enough that it can withstand a direct impact from road debris with only damage to the outside layer of glass. When this occurs, auto glass care is necessary to repair the chip before it grows larger. For a more violent impact, the glass will shatter; however, the laminated vinyl in the middle acts as an adhesive surface where the shards can stick. This prevents glass from flying around the inside of your car after a collision.
Side and rear windows are made with tempered glass. The glass is superheated to over 590° C and allowed to cool rapidly. During the cooling, the glass experiences extreme compressive and tensile stresses that make the glass 5 to 10 times stronger than traditional glass. The extra strength is necessary to keep the glass from breaking when your car hits a pot hole or vibrates. The tempering process is important, because when the glass is damaged, the stresses cause the glass to break into hundreds of tiny chunks rather than sharp shards. The small chunks are much less dangerous and cause fewer injuries than the larger shards.
Without adequate auto glass care, your car and your passengers are vulnerable to injuries from road hazards and at risk in an accident. Repairing chips, cracks, and other damage is a short procedure that will help keep you safe and give you peace of mind. The experts at Glass Doctor of Barrie will perform the work to the highest industry standards. Contact our team to learn more.