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How Auto Glass Works

How Auto Glass is Different

Auto Glass is different from other types of glass because it is made with your safety in mind. Auto glass for your windshield is made from laminated glass, which is resistant to shattering and creating large dangerous shards of glass when it breaks. Instead, when laminated glass breaks, it breaks into pebble-like pieces that remain bound to a layer of lamination, so it is less likely to harm passengers. Safety glass used in the auto industry must meet quality control specifications in regards to durability and impact resistance. Auto glass is actually an integral part of the safety of your vehicle. It is designed to provide structural support to the vehicle. The windshield keeps the roof from caving in when the car rolls, it allows the airbags to behave correctly, and provides a barrier between passengers and hazards in a collision.

How Auto Glass is Made

The process for making auto glass differs from other types of glass. The beginning stage requires melting down raw materials into a molten state. The molten glass is fed into a chamber that flattens the glass before it is cooled. It is then cut and shaped to its specifications. Here’s where auto glass deviates from the traditional process. Auto glass must be laminated after it is tempered and cleaned. This means that a thin layer of plastic is placed between two sheets of glass. If the glass breaks, it remains fixed to this layer of plastic lamination. From here, the glass is cut and processed further before moving on to an automobile assembly line.

How Auto Glass is Repaired

When your auto glass becomes cracked, chipped, or broken, you’ll have the option to repair or replace the windshield. The size and severity of the chip or crack will determine whether or not it will need to be repaired or replaced. If the chip is small enough, it will be repairable. If it is, a technician will use resin to fill in the broken parts of the glass. If the crack or chip is too large, however, the technician will need to replace the glass with a new windshield or window. Replacement is more expensive, so if you find yourself with a small chip or crack in your windshield, it is always recommended that you get it repaired early, because it can easily become a bigger problem which will cost you more money later on down the line.

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I recently brought my car in to have the broken passenger window replaced. The guys at Frank’s were very professional and the prices were good compared to other places. I’d recommend to anyone. Thanks guys!

Sandra G. - Google Reviews

Couldn't ask for a better establishment! I been driving around with a cracked windshield for longer than I should have. Finally had am off day and dropped them off my car. I was running late to pick up the car and they were very accommodating. Some places would make you wait until next day. Reasonable straightforward prices. They have gained a customer for life.

Eric B. - Google Reviews

Once again, frank’s auto glass came through. The price was exceptional the service was great, I would highly recommend anybody who needs class work, Should come here. I’ve done business with Frank and his family for many years, and I always leave satisfied. They don’t make them like this anymore. So five stars in Bravo.

Matthew W. - Google Reviews

Frank’s was great. They didn’t have my windshield in stock and had to order one, but they were ready for me the next day. The work was completed very quickly, and the staff were all friendly. The price was fair. Would go back again if necessary!

Aislinn - Google Reviews

I am extremely happy with the service I received from Frank's Auto Glass Repair. The replacement took a few hours because of the business' excellent service that it is first come first served. I have nothing but good things to say about this business. I pray I do not need another one anytime soon but I will definitely refer family and friends for premier services!

April W. - Google Reviews

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