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How To Avoid Windshield Damage and Cracks

Broken window close up. With shallow depth of field. Smashed windscreen of a car, cracked glass.

We use our cars and vehicles so much that we tend to forget that they are exactly what helps us commute from point A to point B on a daily basis. We have to look after our cars just as much as we are considerate towards our homes, personal belongings, and so on. People also often find themselves guilty of holding off on taking their vehicles to have repairs or maintenance done, when in reality, we should be quick to get this done as soon as possible. Car damage is inevitable at times, which includes damage that is done to our windshields. Thankfully, we have some tips for you to keep in mind while you are on the road to prevent these damages.

 

Space Your Vehicle

Have you ever driven on a backroad that has edges worn down to little rocks? Those rocks are strong enough to scratch and crack your window when being thrown in your direction. It is best that you try to drive in the middle of your lane as possible, so that your tires do not send any spare rocks flying, especially towards your windshield.

 

 

Be Mindful of the Temperature

The changes in temperature are capable of causing the glass to contract and expand. Parking your car in your garage or being able to place it in a controlled environment would be a smart and helpful decision in protecting your vehicle’s windows.

 

Replace the Windshield Wipers

Your vehicle’s windshield wipers tend to wear down over time, and can eventually lose the grip that they have on the glass of your windshield. As the windshield wipers weaken over time, it makes it possible for little rocks or sharp objects to be wiped across your vehicle’s glass. Replacing them when they no longer do the job of wiping water off is when it’s considered best.

 

Your Concerns are Our Concerns

Here at Complete Auto Glass we are fit to take care of your needs for the sake of your vehicles. We work with even the smallest scratches to large cracks and busts. Call us today to learn more about how we can further serve the well-being of your car!

Reasons to Not Put Off Your Windshield Repair

Severe damage to a windshield caused by a heavy hail storm

Everyone has had that repair job that they just want to put off. Maybe the garage door is acting funny, or your dishwasher has been making a weird noise every now and again. While some projects can definitely wait a while, getting your windshield repaired should never be put off. We at Complete Auto Glass have seen the perils of putting off glass repair for many years. Here are just some of the reasons why getting your windshield fixed now is the best option for your safety and your wallet. 

A Tiny Crack Can Become A Big Problem

Tiny cracks in your windows can be the worst, but it can always get bigger and bigger, which means more and more money to fix it. Small cracks can become larger over time for a number of reasons—debris like rocks and sticks, wind pressure from high speeds, or bumpy and rocky roads making the car vibrate or shake. Cracks make the glass less sturdy, and bigger cracks will form from ones that may look benign. Don’t let those cracks grow, bring your car over today.

Cracks Make Accidents Much More Dangerous 

Having a cracked windshield can make driving exponentially more dangerous. Large cracks that impair vision can lead to accidents, and those accidents may be even worse with a bad windshield. Incidents where an intact windshield would have stayed intact may be drastically different with a cracked windshield, and that can lead to major injuries or even worse. The windshield plays a big role in keeping you from a frontal ejection, and can even make the airbag deployment malfunction as well. The hospital bills from the accident will certainly be much higher than the price of your windshield repair, so don’t put off your glass repair any longer. Federal guidelines require no cracks in the windshield wiper area, so leaving cracks there may result in getting pulled over and getting a ticket as well. Instead of paying thousands and thousands on hospital bills and traffic tickets, let us repair your glass and give you the peace of mind to enjoy the road.

Complete Auto Glass cares about all the drivers in Denver, and we pride ourselves on the work we do for our customers. Call us today or come visit us to find out what we can do for your windshield today! 

 

The Wonders of Mobile Auto Glass Repair

Complete Auto Glass offers the option of mobile auto glass repair. Thanks to today’s technology and equipment we can offer the convenience of repairing your windshield at your home, work, or wherever your car is located. This has many benefits and one of them is primarily the fact that if your glass is damaged enough, it might be difficult to drive and even dangerous. 

 

Mobile auto glass repair works because it is mobile. That is, it comes to you. And while there are factors that can determine the safety of doing the work outside, your expert car technician can let you know and inform you of your options. If the weather is not one of extreme cold or heat, your car can likely be looked at on the spot. Depending on where the damage is—front windshield, side, or back—the process can take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour. 

 

Drying Time. One convenience, for example, is having your windshield repaired at your place of work. Repairing your car window early in the morning gives the adhesive all day to drive before you have to drive it again. This allows you to avoid going into the shop and losing a day of work. Depending on the kind of damage sustained by your window your car may have to be stationary anywhere from one hour to a couple of hours in order to be safe to drive. 

 

Safety. As mentioned above, one of the main reasons why the mobile option is a popular one, is the fact that you don’t have to drive your car in unsafe conditions in order to get it to the shop. At the same time, you don’t put yourself or others in danger. 

 

Time frame. If you call for our mobile service, you will receive an approximate time of arrival. This helps you plan your dad and be prepared for when we arrive. 

 

Today’s technology has allowed the needed equipment to be very versatile and mobile. It allows for whole repair stations to travel and so everything the techs need is there in front of them. 

 

All of Complete Auto Glass repairs are guaranteed labor. We are confident in our work and in our specialized techs. This is why we urge you to take care of your auto glass asap and avoid any hassles or unnecessary problems. A bad installation can cause a number of bad mistakes. 

New Technologies and Innovations in the World of Car Windshields and Beyond

There is no industry that has been untouched by the rapid change in technology our society has seen. It seems that it accelerates every second and with every passing year, new ways of looking at the world and new ways of interacting with our world have come about. The auto industry has had its fair share of technological advancements and innovations and you might be surprised to know that there has been a lot of innovation in the field of windshield technology as well. Let’s take a look at some important auto technologies and how they affect the way we drive.

A Window is a Window Right?

Not exactly and certainly not when it comes to car windshields. From your front window, to your sunroof, to your side windows, and rear, every pane has a different purposes, therefore a different composition, features, and technologies. Even from older models, like your dad’s favorite 70’s jaguar to your grandson’s 2019 Mustang, the difference in quality and technology is pretty clear.

Common Technologies—Windshield and Beyond

Today’s windshields are not composed of simple glass. Many are jammed packed with a lot of different materials that allow them to fulfill the job more effectively. All of these advancements are aimed at the same purpose: to keep you safe behind the wheel. Some new windshield innovations include:

The Latest Advancements and Innovations

People like Elon Musk, engineer and CEO of Tesla, have been leading in the way in the automation technology of some high-end vehicles. Here are some examples that you may be surprised to find out about:

A Happy Windshield Makes for Happy Drivers!

Whether your vehicle has heated windshields, rain sensors, or special features, it still has a windshield that is key to your driving and allows you to ensure the safety of you and your passengers.  Here at Complete Auto Glass we are dedicated to the safety and longevity of your glass. Without a safe and sturdy windshield, you would be easily at risk after any minor crash or collision. Today’s windshields are trying to do their job much better and ensure that driving is ever more convenient, safe, and fun.

 

The Windshield Shot: Famous Movie Scenes with Car Windshields

It’s never a bad idea to try something a little different. There are probably too many to count but we thought it would be fun to pay homage to the car windshield and look at famous and classic scenes (maybe some obscure ones) that use the windshield as a key part of the scene or setting. Let’s see if you remember any of these and if you have another one to add, let us know!

It’s probably not something you spend a whole lot of time thinking about, but, in fact, the windshield has played a tremendous role in movie history. Countless of films have used the windshield as a way to portray an intimate setting of characters in a car, the freedom of the road, and a visually compelling opportunity to show setting while concentrating on the conversation or interaction at hand. America was, after all, the inventor of the road film, fascinated by the concept of the open road and it only make sense that the windshield is the window to the soul of many many films and characters. Windshield scenes have appeared in films such as the Blues Brothers (the famous car chase scene as they evade police by driving through the local mall), Ace Ventura, Back to the Future, Clockwork Orange, Rush Hour and more. Here are just a few that you might remember:

Jurassic Park – Saved by the Windshield

The 1993 Steven Spielberg movie catapulted dinosaurs back into the popular imagination. And even with the less-than-sophisticated movie effects (as compared to today), Spielberg managed to create a spellbinding film that pondered the possibility of dinosaurs coming back to claim their territory against humankind. In one particular scene, the two kids are trapped in a jeep and inadvertently anger the T-Rex with a moving flashlight. At some point, the angered ancient reptile breaks through the jeeps exterior and is stopped only by the glass sunroof. Now that is one strong piece of glass!! The only thing standing between the jaws of the T-Rex and the kids is the glass and while part of it shatters, it holds just long enough to buy them some time.

Wayne’s World -Bohemian Rhapsody Framed by the Windshield

The somewhat cult-like figures of Wayne’s World have etched their place in the cultural memory of movie-goers of all ages. The film features a young Dana Carvey and Mike Meyers—in one of his most iconic roles—as they drive through the streets of Illinois belting out Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. There is something about the scene, as framed by the windshield of the car, that has become a famous image that represents the wild and crazy party days of these two rockers and public-access television hosts embroiled in a ridiculous plot.

Ace Ventura – Driving Out the Car Window

This may be an odd choice, but who can remember the bizarre character of Ace Ventura, Pet Detective? A young Jim Carrey shows off his comedic slapstick skills and erratic character portraying an unorthodox detective whose focus is solely on locating and finding missing animals. In one scene, he is attempting to rescue a small dog as an angered man pounds at his car with a baseball bat. The man slams the bat down into the windshield. If you notice, this scene —like the T-Rex above— shows just how sturdy these front windshields can be, for the bat coming down on it full-force does not manage to shatter it completely, instead it causes bad damage that forces Ace Ventura to drive his car while sticking his head out the window because he cannot see through the front windshield. We don’t condone this type of erratic driving, by the way— if your windshield has been smashed by a bat, we will gladly repair it for you!

Get Your Windshield Repair from the Experts

If you’re a movie fan, you likely thought up your own list of movies that feature the windshield. There are countless out there. And while we are not movie experts, we certainly know all about windshields and are ready to repair yours no matter what kind of damage it has sustained. T-Rex damage? Angry guy with the bat? It doesn’t matter, come by and we’ll fix it like new right away. Call Complete Auto Glass for complete service.

Every Day Tips For Taking Care of Your Windshield

As you know, your front windshield provides important support for your entire vehicle. The windshield is there to provide structural support for your car and to protect you in case of a roll-over. While the front windshield is designed to be tough, it is still susceptible to damage. There are a few precautions you can take day-to-day in order to better protect your auto glass.

Winter Tips

Depending on where you live, you will also run across certain weather oriented problems. If you live in the Denver area, it is almost guaranteed that you will see snow and ice throughout the winter. If you’ve recently moved to the area, you may have never experienced weather like this. Here are some winter tips to consider:

What about during the summer months? Just like the winter, summer can bring its own conditions and require a different kind of approach.

When Things Hit the Glass

Of course, no matter how much care you take, being out on the road comes with a certain amount of risk. This means putting your car at risk of collision and your windshield at risk of damage. If you notice cracks, dents, or it suffers damage, make sure to fix the problem immediately. Take it to the professionals at Complete Auto Glass.  

 

How Your Vehicle’s Auto Glass Makes A Difference

auto glass

The glass used on the windows of cars and trucks is different than the glass used for other purposes such as your home’s windows and those on storefronts. It’s thicker, especially on the windshields. Side and rear windows are marginally different, but auto glass is much more different than the panes in your home windows or doors. Why? The answer is simple: your safety. Auto glass is made specifically to withstand the elements, temperature fluctuations, and to keep you safe, even in the case of auto accidents. That is why it is important to know where you can find quality repairs and replacements. The experts at Complete Auto Glass know there is more than meets the eye when it comes to your car’s windshields and windows. When it comes to your safety, we don’t mess around!

How is Auto Glass Different?

Auto glass is made with the purpose of keeping you and passengers safe. Much thought was put into the modern car, including the type of glass that would be used. So what makes it different? Let’s explore!

Windshields

Windshields are made with what is called laminated glass. This means that it is made from two pieces of glass that hold a thin layer of vinyl in between. They are fused together through heat and pressure. It makes for a tough glass layer between you and the outside world. This is why when your windshield gets struck by a piece of random debris, it causes a chip or crack that is only on one side of the glass. It’s also why repairs are easily attainable for most chips and cracks. In the case of a serious accident, this glass is designed to shatter. The pieces usually stick to the vinyl layer in order to prevent glass from potentially injuring you or your passengers.

Side Windows

These windows are made with what is called tempered glass. The process involves heating the glass to a certain temperature, then rapidly cooling it. It makes the glass become much stronger and is designed to also shatter into tiny pieces. This avoids any flying glass from becoming a hazard, as well as avoiding jagged edges that can cut a passenger or first responder.

Why is it Important to Find Quality Repairs and Replacements?

Every windshield and car window is put through a rigorous inspection to ensure quality design before being put on a car. It is also matched to the car’s size, model, and make. Due to these specifications, it is important to make sure that when you have windshield or window damage, you find capable and knowledgeable experts to evaluate the problem. They can inspect the damage and determine whether you need a simple repair or a complete replacement. They also need to know how to repair or replace it correctly to ensure your safety.

Complete Auto Glass is Here to Help

At Complete Auto Glass, you can be confident knowing our experts know auto glass. We are experienced and well aware of the need for anything concerning your car windows to be done meticulously. We don’t play around when it comes to your safety. Contact us today!

Don’t Let That Car Window Chip or Crack Put You at Risk

Car blurred through a spider cracked auto glass window that needs car window repairIt finally happened. Your car fell victim to one of the most common things that can happen: your windshield, back windshield, side car window, etc., got hit. There’s a chip or crack that is staring at you everyday when you go anywhere. But instead of finding reliable car window repair, you keep putting it on the back burner. We understand- life happens. Doctor’s appointments, work, and other aspects of life are always on the forefront of your mind. However, we’re here to explain why it’s important you take care of that little crack or chip as soon as possible.

Don’t Put Yourself at Risk- Find Car Window Repair ASAP

Sure, a crack or chip in your car window seems like nothing now. Yet, the world keeps going- specifically, the weather. As tough as car glass is, temperature does affect it, especially if it is weakened by a crack or chip. That crack or chip will eventually start to spread, weakening the glass even more. Your windshield is designed to protect you and keep out the elements. It is also designed to break a certain way so that during a car accident, it doesn’t pose a danger to you. If you have a crack or chip that is starting to spread, it compromises the glass strength. This means that if you are in a car accident, it won’t shatter the way it is supposed to, putting you and your passengers at risk.

Save Money by Fixing Damaged Auto Glass Quickly

While the damage may seem minimal, it is actually deceptive. Due to temperature fluctuations and other minor hits your auto glass, it is guaranteed that the damage will get bigger. A crack will spread, a chip will spider out- and eventually, the damage will be to great to ignore. When it does, the damage that could have been a simple fix initially will be a much different and expensive story. Instead of looking for car window repair, you will end up looking for auto glass replacement. Replacing your auto glass takes much more time and effort, so as a result it is much more expensive than a simple repair job. Save yourself a financial headache and get that crack or chip fixed sooner rather than later.

Also, aside from being more expensive, you also have to consider how precious your time is. Most of us are always on the go and most of the time, that requires our cars. A car window repair job can take under an hour. If you wait and the damage gets to the point it can’t be repaired, a car window replacement will take a lot longer. So you have to ask yourself how long you can be without your car- an hour, or longer?

Be Kind to the Environment

Believe it or not, by getting a car window repair job quickly, you are being green! Because of the way auto glass is made, it is not recyclable. That means that by giving up less than an hour of time to get your car window repaired, one less shattered window ends up in a landfill somewhere.

We Provide Reliable, Quality Car Window Repair Services

At Complete Auto Glass, you can trust that our experts know what they are doing. We provide quick evaluations to let you know if you need car window repair or replacement, and are always keen to ensure our work keeps you and your passengers safe. Don’t risk your safety or the planet- make your car window repair appointment today!

Mobile Auto Glass Repair

man performing mobile auto glass repairYou running out the door, already late to work and of course, the freeway is packed. Then it happens, a mix of bad luck, frustration and speed collide together to create damage to your windshield. This is the last thing you need on an already difficult day, but there is a way to fix the problem with ease and quickness. Mobile auto glass repair services offered by Complete Auto Glass can help you get back on the road quicker. They have helped many drivers in the Denver area stay mobile and they can help you.

Glass Repair is Not as Bad As You Think

Many people think that mobile glass repair seems like a huge headache. How do they find you? How expensive is it anyway? Does the repair guy really know what he’s doing? All of these concerns can make mobile auto glass repair seem more trouble than it’s worth, but it doesn’t have to be. It all depends on the company you pick to service you. Hiring an experienced and qualified expert will make you wonder why you’ve never had repair done on the go before.

Different Types of Glass Repair

There are many different types of glass repair, but the two most common are windshield and side window repair. Both of these have different times and needs attached to them. First, for windshield repair, you may need replacement or filling. If the crack or hole is small, say no bigger than a quarter, then you can get it fixed. Any bigger than that though and you need full replacement. Any crack or break on a side window will likely need full replacement. Both of these can be serviced with mobile auto glass repair options.

Mobile Glass Repair Benefits

The benefits to having mobile auto glass repair are great for a person on the go. First of all, fixing the glass of your car is much easier than you might think. Depending on the severity of the damage, the repair can either fill or replace the glass. Both of these options do not take much time, either. Which means that your car will be ready to get back on the road sooner. Next, having the repair man come to where you are saves you the time and effort needed to take your car to a garage. Your car can be fixed while you are in a meeting, or out to lunch. All this makes mobile auto glass repair a great choice for the busy person.

Contact Us Today

Finding quality mobile auto glass repair in the Denver/ Thornton area is not hard. Just turn to Complete Auto Glass, they have the knowledge, skills and flexibility you need to keeping moving!

Different Types of Auto Glass Repair

hand polishing a new windshield after auto glass repairWhether it is a broken passenger side window from a break-in or a long ugly crack across your windshield, having broken auto glass can be completely unsightly. It is also a nuisance that you have to deal with. However, the truth of the matter is, auto glass repair is actually not as bad of a process as many people think. For one thing, most insurances will pay for auto glass repair. Secondly, the process doesn’t take too long depending on what you need. There are different kinds of glass repair for every need.

Windshield Auto Glass Repair

When it comes to windshield repair, there is either small repairs or whole replacement. What you need depends on the damage to the windshield. Normally cracks smaller than three inches or chips that are smaller than a quarter can be repaired. However, large cracks can lead to extreme damage if they are not taking care of promptly. The same goes for large chips. All too often drivers risk a great deal when they drive at high speeds with such damage to their windshield. The better option is to get the repair taken care of right away.

There are actually several types of glass damage that can be repaired. This includes circular chips that are caused by a rock hitting the windshield. A chip can be repaired as well. There’s also floater cracks that begin two or three inches from the edge of the windshield. A star break, which is a small short series of cracks extending from one point, can be fixed as well.

Door Window Replacement

Whether your door window is broken due to theft, vandalism or an accident doesn’t matter. This type of auto glass repair is a fairly easy fix. The unfortunate part is that you do need to get it fixed right away. Having a broken side window leaves you exposed to the elements of the weather. Whether it is hot out or extremely cold, you are left with a big problem. The good part is the fix only takes a few hours and you can get your car back right away. The hardest part is matching the tint with other windows.

Visit Complete Auto Glass Today  

Auto glass repair is actually an easy fix. Whether you need a side window or your windshield repaired or replaced, are experts at Complete Auto Glass provide excellent service. You can expect a certified technician to conduct your auto glass repair. Contact us today for more info.