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Two High-Quality Replacement Windshield Options To Understand

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If your car’s windshield has been damaged, then you need to decide whether or not you want to invest in a repair or a replacement. A replacement is probably a good idea if a crack obscures your vision or if you notice a large chip. Also, any damage that sits close to the edge of the windshield will reduce its structural integrity, and a replacement is advised in this case. If a total replacement is warranted, then you probably think that you can have a standard piece of glass installed, since automotive glass must be made out of laminated safety glass. However, there are actually a few different options when it comes to windshield glass that can be chosen. Two high-quality options are outlined below.  OEM Glass Original equipment manufactured (OEM) glass is one type of glass that can be used to replace a broken windshield. This type is identical to the windshield glass that is being replaced. Most car makers do not create windshields themselves, but they contract with outside manufacturers to create their glass for them. For example, Pilkington provides glass for a wide variety of manufacturers like Toyota, BMW, and Ford. If this company makes the glass for your type of car, then the OEM windshield will also be made by this manufacturer.  Purchasing glass that was made from the original manufacturer is important if you want to retain safety. Windshield glass is made in a wide variety of different specifications. These specifications indicate the visibility, curvature, tolerance, shape, size, and thickness of the glass. These things can vary greatly depending on the type of vehicle you drive, and vehicle manufacturers will come up with the specifications for safety reasons. A vehicle windshield is meant to keep the car roof from being crushed in the event of an accident. The glass is also supposed to remain intact to keep occupants inside the car if the vehicle is hit. The original windshield made for your car is meant to optimize these safety features, and an OEM windshield will keep you just as safe. You should know that OEM glass is likely to cost quite a bit more than aftermarket windshield replacement options. This makes sense since each windshield is going to be slightly different from the rest, and special ordering is often required to obtain the right piece of glass. Dealership Glass If you have a high-end car, like a BMW or Cadillac, then many parts of your car will have the car maker’s logo on it. This logo is often a status symbol that car buyers like to display. In fact, logos are often placed on the windshield glass, and dealerships will carry the specific logo-stamped glass. Glass repair shops typically are not allowed to purchase the stamped glass, but dealerships will have contracts with car makers that give them the right to sell products with logos. Dealerships will have the same type of OEM glass that glass repair shops sell. Dealership glass is more expensive though, since you will be paying a premium for the logo. If this is important to you, then you can opt for dealership glass. Just keep in mind that the windshield will not offer any safety benefits over an OEM product.  However, dealerships will often have their own stock of windshields that are considered original to...

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How To Protect Your Health And Safety With Your Vehicle’s Window Tint

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Tinting your vehicle’s windows with the right level of tint can improve the look of your vehicle and protect you while inside your vehicle. Here are some tips to protect your health and safety by selecting the right window tint. Choose a Dark, But Legal Tint When you decide to tint your vehicle’s windows, the most important thing to remember is to select a tint that is legal in your state. If you install a non-legal window tint that is too dark, you may get pulled over by the police, receive a ticket, and have to remove the tint. Your vehicle also won’t pass state safety inspection until you remove the non-legal tint. Don’t waste your money on a tint that isn’t legal because you will have to eventually remove it. Be sure to check the tint laws in your state before deciding on your vehicle’s window tint. The tint’s number is the percentage of light, or light transmittance (LT), that can pass through it. So, for example, a tint of ten only allows ten percent of light to pass through the tinted window. If you live in a more sunny state, such as Arizona or Texas, you might want to go for a darker tint on your vehicle. The darker the tint on your vehicle, the more privacy you will have inside your vehicle, which an be helpful to prevent thieves from seeing any valuables inside your vehicle. Protect Against Skin Cancer Tinting your vehicle windows can block up to 65 percent of the build-up of solar heat gain inside your vehicle. And besides keeping your vehicle’s interior cooler in the summer, your window tint can also protect you from skin cancer. Window tint on your vehicle’s windows can block up to 99 percent of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. In addition to causing skin cancer, these harmful ultraviolet rays are also responsible for premature aging.  Non-tinted window glass keeps out all UVB rays, which are what scientists previously though were the primary cause of skin cancer. But according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, recent research has found that UVA rays play a more important role in the development of skin cancer, and non-tinted window glass can allow up to 63 percent of the sun’s UVA rays into your vehicle. Researchers at the St. Louis University School of Medicine reviewed the medical charts of nearly 900 cancer patients and found that 53 percent of them had cancer on the left side of their body. These results coincide with your body’s left side being exposed to the sun’s harmful rays coming in your driver’s side window.  Another interesting study found 74 percent of all melanomas in situ were found on the left side of the body. Melanomas in situ are a type of skin cancer that has not yet spread from its original site. Once this type of melanoma becomes invasive and spreads to other areas, it becomes the most deadly type of skin cancer, which window tinting can help prevent.  Protect Against Flying Shards of Glass By tinting your vehicle’s windows, you are reducing your chance of injuries from glass shards during an accident. A window that has been covered in tint adds an extra durability to the glass. The glass will still crack or shatter when impacted during an accident, but all the...

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3 Tips For Preventing Fowl Repercussions To Your Windows

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Have you ever heard a loud thump followed by the sound of glass breaking? Chances are, you have. It is not uncommon for birds to fly into the sides of a house, particularly the windows. It is estimated that around 365 to 988 million birds die from flying into windows. If a bird hits your windows hard enough, it can cause them to break. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent such fowl…err…foul instances from occurring. Window Replacement the Right Way After a bird has annihilated your glass window, your first step would be to replace the window. However, birds often crash into windows because they are either unable to see the glass or they see a reflection of the sky in the glass. Rather than simply replacing the window, replace the window the right way. Ask a window repair specialist about installing mesh screens on your window. Mesh screens help protect your window and may even save the life of birds in flight. Rather than slamming into your window, the bird would instead hit the mesh screening, which can help prevent another broken window. Furthermore, the mesh makes the window more visible to birds, meaning they are less likely to hit the window to begin with. You can also ask the specialist about windows that are less reflective. Many new windows have various options that you can choose from ranging from the number of panes they have – single, double, and even triple – to their reflective properties. Choosing a window that is less reflective when you replace your window can prevent birds from flying into them. Window Film for Visibility The goal is to ensure that windows are visible to birds in flight. One way you can do so is to have your windows replaced with frosted glass windows. Of course, not everyone has the money to replace their windows entirely. For some people, it is a matter of having the glass replaced or repaired. Fortunately, you can still make the windows more visible. If you opt to have the glass itself replaced or repaired rather than the entire window, apply a highly visible window film to the glass. Ensure that the pattern is relatively close together, otherwise birds may still perceive openings in the design that they can fly through. For example, striped patterns spaced too far apart can look like openings wide enough for a bird to fit through. Instead of using a striped pattern, use something that offers decent enough coverage that will deter birds away from you window. You can purchase stained glass decals to place over your windows. Not only do stain glass decals make your windows look pretty and let some color into your home, they also make your windows visible to birds. Proper Placement of Bird-Friendly Items If you have bird feeders and birdbaths outside your home, move them closer to the house. Moving bird-friendly items closer to the house ensures that birds cannot pick up enough speed to harm themselves or your windows when they fly away. Ensure that these items are with a few feet from your home at the maximum. At most, a bird may still hit the windows, but only hard enough to stun them rather than kill them. If you find that birds are still flying...

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Shopping For New Windows? Vocabulary You Should Know To Avoid Fenestration Frustration

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Are you thinking about upgrading your house with brand new windows? If you are like most people, you probably feel like you are visiting a foreign country when you step inside of the window showroom. As salespeople throw around unfamiliar jargon, it might be easy to feel intimidated by your decision. However, by brushing up on your window terminology, you can streamline your shopping trip. Here are some vocabulary words you should know to avoid fenestration frustration: 1: Window Types Which type of windows from a site like http://fivestarwindows.com do you need? Although you might have a rough idea of the general shape you are after, the fact of the matter is that there are several different kinds of windows—each with their own set of advantages and disadvantages. Here are the descriptions of a few basic window types, so you know what to ask for: Double-Hung: Are you looking for standard rectangular windows where the bottom slides up and down? If so, ask for double-hung windows. The double-hung variety is perfect for most rooms of your house, including areas near decks and walkways. Casement: Instead of having separate sashes that slide up and down, casement windows are fixed on a single hinge and open like a door. Some casement windows even swing indoors, so that you can clean them easily.  Picture: Unlike other types of windows, which are meant to open and close to improve ventilation, picture windows are fixed. However, because these windows don’t contain opening mechanisms and extra panes, they offer a completely unobstructed view of the outside world. Gliding: Gliding windows are like double-hung windows, except they open side-to-side instead of up and down. Bay: To give your home a nostalgic twist or to add a little extra floor space, some people choose bay windows. These special windows project out of your home, so that you can create interesting reading areas or exterior architectural details. To make your window installation a little easier, analyze which types of windows your home already contains and look for a similar style. However, if you work with a professional window contractor, you can update your home however you like.     2: Glass Types After you have an idea of which type of window you are looking for, you will be asked which type of glass you want for the panes. Unfortunately, unless you work in construction, it can be hard to know what you need. Here are some types of glass, and which rooms they work well for: Float Glass: If you are looking for run-of-the-mill, flat, clear glass, you should ask for float glass. This type of glass is created by mixing sand, calcium, and other additives together and then melting it at around 1500°F. Afterwards, the mixture is poured into a molten tin bath, where it floats on the surface before it cools. Float glass is perfect for upper windows, or parts of the house where they wouldn’t be subjected to intense heat or impact. Low-E: When light pours into your home, it can heat up your space fast. Unfortunately, if you have windows on the west side of your house, the afternoon sun can spell trouble for your energy bill. However, Low-E glass is glazed so that it reflects as much as 96% of long-wave, heat generating sunshine....

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3 Considerations When Replacing Or Repairing Your Auto Glass

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Auto glass is surprisingly strong and resilient, especially in modern-era vehicles. But in the end, glass is still glass, meaning that your windshield and other windows will always be vulnerable to breaks, chips and scratches. Unfortunately, addressing these issues isn’t always as simple as slapping a new piece of glass into place. Here are three potential wrinkles in the process that can be smoothed out with the aid of skilled professionals. 1. Cure Time No matter how expert the installation, an auto glass replacement requires a certain amount of time to “take.” That’s because the urethane adhesives used to create a tight seal between windshield and frame need to cure, hardening into a reliable, waterproof join. If you simply drive away immediately after the installation, your windshield won’t be firmly attached — meaning that your car won’t be safe to drive. The adequate amount of cure time for your windshield replacement depends on factors such as: One-part vs. two-part urethanes – One-part urethanes typically take up to 12 hours to cure even under optimal conditions. Two-part urethanes use chemicals to speed the curing process but still require at least one hour of curing time before the vehicle can be used. Humidity and temperature – One-part urethanes are dependent on environmental conditions. The more moisture is present in the air, the more oxygen is available to the curing process, allowing for faster curing. The outdoor temperature must be above freezing for curing to occur. 2. Special Needs Of Vintage Automobiles One of the great benefits of owning a recent-model, mass-production car is the plentiful availability of replacement parts — either new parts directly from the manufacturer or like-new ones from “donor” vehicles. But when you’re need to replace the glass on your classic car, that convenience may go out the (broken) window. This holds true both for vintage cars and the rear windows on vintage trucks. What can you do? For most replacements, your only option is to consult an auto glass repair specialist about the possibility of ordering a custom-made windshield or window for your particular make and model year. Make sure the company crafts your glass according to the appropriate NAGS (National Auto Glass Specifications) pattern. Repairing chips in a vintage windshield may prove difficult or impossible, since antique windshields are constructed with different materials and techniques than today’s repair techs are equipped to handle. Ask your auto glass specialist whether it’s wiser to leave those little chip marks alone. 3. Dealership vs. Auto Glass Shop Should you take your auto glass issue to a local dealership or simply head directly to an auto glass repair shop? Either approach has its pros and cons, namely: Cost – A dealership repair will almost certainly cost you more money. That’s because most dealerships simply subcontract the work to the same auto glass shops you could have visited yourself, adding their own markup in the process.  Convenience – If you need to have other work done on your car, from a nagging repair issue to regularly scheduled maintenance, consider leaving the auto glass job to the dealer. You may have more profitable uses for your time than running from shop to shop. Quality – A dealership will almost always use dealer glass, ensuring that the parts you receive are identical to the...

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