Mobile Windshield Replacement in Chattanooga, TN
What to Expect with Windshield Replacement
Maybe it started when a piece of rock flew into your windshield on the highway. Or it could have been the result of a minor run in with another vehicle. But your windshield ended up with a chip. Over time, that chip developed into a crack, which grew more cracks around it. The resins and repair jobs may have done the trick in the past, but the time has come to bid good-bye to old faithful. Get your vehicle to an automotive glass repair shop, and get your windshield replaced.
Where to Go and the Questions to Ask
It never hurts to get a second (or even a third) opinion. Call around to ask for quotes from a few automotive shops. Be aware that if you arrange for a windshield replacement from a car dealership, the work may not be done on the premises. In this case, the work will be subcontracted out to another shop and of course the price gets marked up. You will want to make sure that any automotive glass shop uses the best quality “original equipment” laminated glass. It takes time for the windshield to set after installing the new glass. Make sure you know when the car will be drive-able. Auto Glass Chattanooga offers its services to other areas as well, including mobile windshield replacement – Cleveland, TN and auto glass repair – Dalton, GA.
What Will Need to be Done
Laminated glass is used to make windshields. Layers of glass and PVB undergo heat and pressure treatments to make the glass shatterproof and strong. However, it is rare that a windshield needs to be specially ordered or altered to fit a particular vehicle. If your car is an import or a new model, you may need to go back to the dealership where the car was purchased in order to source a replacement. But most automotive glass repair shops will be able to service your vehicle. Some companies will even come to you, and do the windshield replacement in Chattanooga at your home or office.
The first step will be to remove the old windshield. Rear and side view mirrors as well as any other items near the windshield (on the inside or outside of the vehicle) will be removed. Around the outside edge of the windshield is a rubber gasket. This will be cut to separate it from the glass. The old windshield will be pushed out from the inside of the car and taken away.
Next the installer will check the frame for damage, dirt or debris. After he is sure it is clean, he will put a new rubber gasket around the edge of the new glass. The new windshield is then put back into the frame and secured with adhesive. The adhesive must be allowed to set and dry for at least an hour, sometimes longer.
Why it Must be Done
Like your brakes, your engine, and your airbag, your windshield is a safety feature in your vehicle. Obviously it protects you every time you drive. Not just from dust and debris, but from the rain and too much sunshine! In the unfortunate event of an accident, the laminated glass does not shatter into shards and injure the occupants of the vehicle. Just as important however, is the fact that it stays intact. By being there, even broken; your windshield prevents you from being thrown from your car or truck. And being ejected from a vehicle in an accident is one of the leading causes of automobile accident fatalities.