Your safety is paramount — replacing a windshield isn’t a car repair you should put off. In the event of an accident, a windshield prevents vehicle collapse, it keeps occupants in the car and it facilitates proper airbag deployment.
When you have windshield damage, you need immediate service, but not just any kind of service; you need a professional to handle the job.
Out with the Old
Replacing a windshield is a complex process that requires experience and training. Many steps are involved in the project.
First, the technician will remove the molding from the edge of the windshield, then take off any windshield stickers and the interior rearview mirror. They will use special tools to cut around the edges of the windshield, being careful not to nick the vehicle’s paint.
Once the windshield is detached from its seal, the technician will use suction cup handles to lift it out. They’ll clean the inside edge of the frame, making sure to remove all traces of adhesive.
In with the New
Next, it’s time to apply a new adhesive to the frame’s edges, then install the new windshield. This is a critical point in the process, as there is only about a 15-minute window to work with the adhesive, and the windshield can’t slide from side to side once it’s placed — the technician has to lower it exactly right the first time.
The technician will replace all the trim and molding and clean up the edges. Once the new windshield’s adhesive has a chance to cure, the project is complete.
Only Depend on a Certified Technician
Never hire a professional who isn’t certified by the Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standards Council (AGRSS). This is the leading auto glass industry association that tests the training and expertise of auto glass technicians, ensuring that those who gain certification always follow manufacturer guidelines and offer a service standard that ensures motorist safety.
Make Sure They Use the Right Adhesive
One of the most common mistakes when installing a windshield is not using the right type of adhesive. If you are working with an AGRSS professional, you won’t have to worry about this issue. Subpar service providers may try to cut corners, and using cheap materials is how they save money. But they put you at risk in the process. A windshield that can break free in an accident isn’t a safe solution.
Glasshopper Is on Your Side
We are an AGRSS certified provider, so you never have to worry about the quality of our work. Replacing a windshield is a serious job — it directly relates to the safety of you and your passengers. We treat your vehicle with care. Call us today to set up an appointment with our auto glass specialists!