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Auto Glass Basics Explained – Auto Glass in Chicago

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Auto Glass Basics Explained – Auto Glass in Chicago

You might think at first glance that glass is glass, but it really isn’t. For safety reasons, vehicle glass is very different from the window glass in your home.

Initially, cars had no windshields and no windows, and there was no such thing as auto glass repair! Drivers and passengers wore goggles, hats, and long coats for protection from bugs, dust, dirt, and other debris. Manufacturers soon began putting windshields on vehicles, but the earliest windshields shattered on impact, often inflicting painful and potentially fatal injuries.

In the automotive world, a huge step forward occurred with the development of laminated and tempered glass that was vastly different from the ordinary window glass first used in vehicles.

Laminated Windshield Glass

One major difference between your vehicle’s windshield and window glass is its makeup. Windshield glass is largely made of silica sand mixed with other materials like cullet, dolomite, limestone, and soda ash. This combination of components increases the durability of the glass while making it easier to shape and form during its production.

Basically, your vehicle’s windshield is made of two sheets of glass fused together with a layer of vinyl between them. The glass is then laminated, providing an extra layer of protection that allows it to absorb more damage than regular window glass without shattering.

Because of the way it’s produced, windshield glass doesn’t break into large, sharp pieces on impact. Instead, it either shatters into thousands of tiny pieces or remains in one large, damaged piece.

It may seem strange to design glass to shatter into small fragments, but that’s one of its most important safety features. Because the glass shards are small and less ragged, people riding in the vehicle are far less likely to be cut by jagged glass. If the glass doesn’t shatter but breaks on impact, the damage will resemble a spider web.

Auto Glass Basics Explained - Auto Glass in Chicago

Laminated windshield glass also provides protection against gravel, rocks, and other flying road debris. Rather than smashing through the glass, the debris will usually just damage the outer layer of the windshield. The glass may have to be repaired or replaced, but no one inside the vehicle was injured.

Tempered Side and Rear Window Glass

In contrast to windshields, side and rear windows are made of tempered glass that is heated to 1,000° Fahrenheit and then rapidly cooled to room temperature. This process greatly increases the strength of the glass while also ensuring that if broken, it will break into small pieces rather than sharp, jagged shards.

You might ask why laminated glass is not used for the side and rear windows, as well as for the windshield. One major reason is passenger safety. For example, if your vehicle plunged into water, it might be impossible to open the doors, and it would be equally impossible to break the laminated glass to get out. Tempered glass, in contrast, can be broken into small, dull pieces, allowing you to escape through the side windows.

New and Used Auto Glass Replacement

The laminated and tempered glass used in vehicles today is far superior to the glass used generations ago. Still, Chicago winters create a lot of hazards for the glass in your vehicle, and if you suffer any chips or breaks, don’t let those get worse.

At Frank’s Auto Glass we have a great selection of both new and used auto replacement glass. Whatever your insurance coverage, we offer the lowest prices for glass repair and replacement in Chicago, Il, along with free estimates and both in-shop and mobile service. Whether you need windshield repair or window replacement, our certified technicians will have you back on the road in no time at all.

For the very best auto glass service based on our unwavering commitment to complete customer satisfaction, come see us at Frank’s Auto Glass today.

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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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