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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.

The Secrets of Glass: A Brief History of Your Windshield and Auto Glass

You probably don’t spend a whole lot of time contemplating the makeup of your front windshield. Chances are you only think about your vehicle’s front window if it’s broken, if an unfortunate pigeon has met his end against it, or if you’ve neglected to clean it for weeks and can now barely see through it. We’ve all been there. That poor pigeon never saw it coming. The truth is that your front windshield plays an important structural role in your car. The glass is specially made to withstand pressure and help maintain the structural integrity of your vehicle in the event of a crash or rollover.

The Beginnings

The strong resistant glass, however, was not always a reality. Early drivers would often be forced to wear eye protection, like goggles, to protect themselves because of a lack of fragility of their front glass. Early windshield wipers were introduced in 1916 and required the driver to use a crank to move them from side to side. Automatic wipers came along around the 1920s.

It was clear early on that the front glass needed to be thicker and more resistant, so as not to shatter into a million pieces that could cut you open in the event of a collision or crash. It was around the year 1919 that Henry Ford started implementing early versions of windshield technology and placing a cellulose layer between two plates of glass. The layer would hold them together in case of impact. About fifteen years later the windshield was curved. This improved aerodynamics and helped the glass keep from breaking.

In 1970, the government created the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has since developed strict standards for automobile glass. This encouraged a quick development of stronger and safer glass. All auto glass manufacturers are now forced to meet these standards of transparency, mounting standards, and roof rigidity of vehicles.

Windshields Today

Your front windshield today is made out of safety glass and has a very precise installation process. They are made from a lamination process. Laminated glass offers the greatest amount of protection from shattering and it’s similar to the idea of the early windshields mentioned above.  Laminated glass is two panes of glass separated by a layer of vinyl. When objects hit your windshield, typically it is the outer layer that suffers most of the damage. In extreme situations, like severe collisions, the glass won’t fly out in a million pieces because the layers will attach to the layer of vinyl in between.

Your side windows are made out of tempered glass. This refers to glass that has been heated to above 1,100 degrees and then rapidly cooling it. This means that in case of a collision the glass will not shatter into sharp-edged pieces. Instead, it will break into small bead-like pieces that do not pose a great danger to passengers.

Trust Your Glass Experts

Your automobile glass is manufactured to protect you. This is why it is not something to take lightly. Trust only the professionals with your safety glass. Installation is as important as the glass itself and a bad installation can also compromise the longevity and the safety of your windshield. Here at Complete Auto Glass, we will leave no detail unturned.

 

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!

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.

Why You Should Care About Car Window Replacement

broken car windowMost drivers often forget the truth about cars. Since they’re machines, they require constant upkeep and maintenance. As time goes on and new cars go on the market, new technology and mechanics are implemented in order for vehicles to be as reliable and efficient as possible. Although this continues to happen, cars are machines and machines need to be looked after. Even the less mechanical aspects of cars need maintenance. Take your car’s windows, for example. Their only purpose isn’t to simply let some fresh air in from time to time. If your car’s windows are damaged, car window replacement services might be necessary. Complete Auto Glass is ready to help.

The Truth About Car Windows

Although car windows serve an aesthetic, superficial purpose, they also provide immutable safety assistance to drivers and their passengers. Car windows may look like any other type of glass window but, in reality, they’re much more. Your car’s windows are made of tempered glass which means that, by heating the glass to up to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, it becomes much stronger and resilient than regular glass. Tempered glass also shatters differently than regular glass. If a regular piece of glass breaks, sharp and jagged pieces will take flight. Imagine if car windows shattered like regular glass, it’d be incredibly dangerous!

Car windows are designed to shatter differently. If a rock or other flying projectile hits a car window, the window will shatter but it will remain in place. This is why broken windows look more like a mosaic or stained glass when they receive damage. Regardless, in the event of damage, the vehicle’s passengers will be safe from flying blades of glass.

Car Window Replacement Is Necessary

Although car windows are designed to shatter responsibly, they must be replaced once the damage is done. Car windows are fallible. If they’re damaged, the next time they receive damage will not yield safe results. On top of that, a damaged window will become unusable. There are instances in which a car window may simply require repairs but there are other instances in which a total replacement will be necessary. It all depends on the state of your vehicle.

Seeking Car Window Replacement Assistance

When it comes to cars, they need to be as safe as possible. Whether is engine trouble or a shattered window, you need to take care of it as quickly as possible. For car window replacement assistance, contact Complete Auto Glass today.

How Side Window Replacement Works

 

car sunset reflectionComplete Auto Glass offers side window replacement for their customers. Side windows are vital to driving. You need these windows to check for blind spots and help you avoid accidents. In addition, they are required by law to be on your car. Regardless of if your side window has been broken or is severely chipped, it needs to be replaced. Driving without a side window is not impossible, but it can be dangerous. Imagine trying to change lanes without being able to see the next lane or trying to merge into traffic without being able to see your blind spot. Why wait for accident to happen? Instead take your car to Complete Auto Glass to get your side window replaced. Their professionals are ready and willing to help you get your side window replaced. Complete Auto offers fast, easy and quality service in replacing your side window.

Fast

Getting your side window replaced can take some time depending on the kind of side window you have. If your side window has lights wired in, then it may take a bit longer. If your side window does not have a light wired in, then the time is cut in half. However, Complete Auto Glass side window replacement is quick. They have experience in replacing side windows and have worked out a decent wait time. This means you will have time to do other activities.  

Easy

Complete Auto Glass offers easy side window replacement for their customers. Having a side window break or get damaged is stressful. Imagine having to add the stress of paying an arm and a leg and also waiting all day. Complete Auto makes each step of the replacement process easy for you.

Quality

Complete Auto Glass prides themselves in quality side window replacement. They have certified workers ready to replace your side window. Complete Auto Glass uses the best materials, from glass to metal to wiring. Why go somewhere that has little to no experience with side window replacement? Choose the company that is doing everything in their power to ensure quality. Your care will be in the best hands.

If you need a side window replaced, Complete Auto Glass is the place for you.  Regardless of how your side window was damaged, they can help you get it fixed. They will do everything in their power to make sure you get the best window at the best price. Call them today.

Benefits of Rear Window Replacement

A car's rear windowComplete Auto offers a variety of services for your car. One service offered is rear window replacement. If your rear window has a crack, or is damaged, you need to have it replaced. Small cracks compromise the integrity of the window, and will spread. Eventually your window will break completely, but you will not know when. Imagine driving on the freeway and your back window breaks in half. Such a thing is possible. Why wait until disaster strikes? Instead get your rear window replaced by professionals. The people at Complete Auto Glass are ready and willing to replace any of your windows. Complete Auto Glass offers fast, easy, and quality service.

Fast

Complete Auto Glass offers fast rear window replacement. Rear window replacement does not take a long time. In fact, most replacement only take an hour. When you take your car in, you will not lose an entire day. This means you will have plenty time left to still run errands. In addition, having a fast replacement means less interruption of your routine. You can still go to work, or school, or the store. 

Easy

Complete Auto Glass offers easy window replacement. No need to stress! Our services are easy to understand and easy to set up. From scheduling to paying, we try to make every step easy for you. There are no surprises! Getting a crack in your window is stressful enough, so we do our best make the replacement easy for you. You have a team of people working to make the process smooth and easy.

Quality

Every rear window used by Complete Auto Glass is a quality product. We use the best glass, designed to withstand pressure and weather. Our installation process is also done by certified experts. No beginner is working on your car.  You do not have to fear that your window will be installed incorrectly or that your rear window will easily break again. We do everything in our power to make sure your rear window replacement is does properly and with care.

If you need to have your rear window replaced, Complete Auto Glass can help you. Not only do we have certified workers ready and willing to help you, we also have a vast store of knowledge. We will do everything in our power to make sure you get the best window at the best price. With Complete Auto Glass, you are sure to get the best service for your window replacement. We provide fast, easy and quality service every time! Contact us today!

Which Car Models are More Likely to Need Car Window Repair?

 

Young Male Mechanic Holding Lockpicker To Open Red Car DoorWhen looking for your next car in Denver, you should consider which ones are most likely to need a car window repair. While all cars are valuable, some have been statistically proven to be broken into more often. Whether you are looking for a new vehicle or curious about your vehicle’s status, it is information worth knowing. Here at Complete Auto Glass, we have seen a large variety of broken car windows. Here is a list of models we see the most of in our business.

 

Models that need Car Window Repair

In a variety of studies, the vehicles most likely to be broken into is the Honda Accord and Honda Civic. This is because out of all the sedans in the market, Honda is the most popular in the United States. For a thief, this means they can steal a Honda have a high chance of selling it for parts.  For you, it means a car window repair and the loss of hundreds of dollars in stolen items.  Another commonly broken into vehicle is the Ford F-150 truck. As a conventional vehicle for off-roading and city life, the F-150 is a highly sought after truck for thieves.

 

Avoiding a Break-InThe active roles in windshield repair

While having a popular car is a common reason to have your vehicle broken into, there are others. When you park your car in the city, always find parking that is well lit and with other vehicles. Many thieves avoid breaking into cars under well-lit spaces. Another thing you can do is put away items of value when you park your car in the city or home driveway. This is not limited to electronics but includes pieces of mail where thieves can steal your identity.

If you need a car window repair in Denver because of a break-in, it may be because of your vehicle. When making your next purchase, it is worth knowing the most commonly stolen vehicles in your area. At Complete Auto Glass, we want you and your vehicle to be safe and secure. More importantly, without worrying about a future car window repair. Contact us today!