Monthly Archives: October 2013

Asymmetrically Strengthened Glass: Goodbye to Windshield Replacement?

Asymmetrically Strengthened Glass

Asymmetrically strengthened glass might be able to revolutionize windshield replacement in the coming years. An asymmetrically strengthened windshield is bolstered with an outside piece of glass attached to the windshield that is harder than the inside piece of glass. The two pieces of glass are attached with a laminant. The outside layer is more impact resistant with the inner layer acting as a shock absorption material in the traditional mode of typical windshields. The result is a more solid windshield that is resistant to heavy impacts and smaller impacts of objects. In essence, the windshield is much stronger and more resistant to all impacts you would typically see on the highway.

The double layered windshield adds safety to drivers and passengers due to its ability to resist cracking and its impact resistant nature. The double layer also helps prevents dangerous cracks that can turn into larger problems later on if allowed to spread. Asymmetrical strengthened windshields keep occupants safer because they are much more resistant to sharp and blunt objects flying at the windshields.

Whether or not this double layering will change the windshield business significantly or not remains to be seen. One thing is certain; replacing the windshield is always a good idea for your car. Cracks and other small damages can turn into big problems even with double glass protection. Keep in mind that even small objects can create large problems if left untreated for too long. On the highway, traveling at a speed of 64 miles per hour or faster, increases the risk of windshield damage. If you have even a small crack in your windshield, you are asking for larger problems later in your windshield’s life. This is true whether or not your windshield has an extra piece of hard glass on the outside.

 

 

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Carefully choose your windshield repair provider, San Diego!

There is an increasing number of untrained, unlicensed people claiming to do proper windshield repair in San Diego. Most of these people are lurking around gas stations and car washes.

Many problems can come along with doing business with these characters. Here are a few problems:

– You cannot properly repair a windshield after a car wash. Soap, wax and rain repellants enter into your damaged windshield. These chemicals are designed to repel water and materials. Windshield repair is the science of adding materials to your glass. Trying to repair a windshield crack that has just come out of a car wash tunnel is like trying to glue two Teflon cooking pans together. Windshield repairs should always be done PRIOR to a car wash. If the damage has been treated with chemicals, a 2 hour minimum wait is required to make sure all moisture has left naturally. Some so-called techs will try to apply heat to the glass to dry it out, but this can have terrible consequences in the months following the repair. If you have damage that is apparent after a car wash, wait 2 full hours and drive to your nearest Pitstop Autoglass & Windshield Repair Service Center. We can apply a proprietary set of chemicals to counteract the contamination that was done by the car wash.

– There is an increasing number of “windshield bullies” who approach you at gas stations. Most often, they will tell you it is “customer appreciation day and we are washing windshields for free.” First things first…never let a stranger put their hands on your car! These people will almost always find a chip in your windshield and will ALWAYS ask you about your insurance information. They call it in, get paid and typically do not do any actual work, yet they get paid. If this happens to you, contact your nearest Pitstop Autoglass® for free advice. Even if we are booked and cannot service you, we will do our level-best to match you with a legitimate shop that you can trust to get quality windshield repair.

Additional information can be found by contacting the local windshield repair association for guidance. Visit the San Diego Windshield Repair Association for more information or to report shady activity.

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Pitstop Autoglass®

11905 Carmel Mountain Road

San Diego, California 92128

858-675-4527

PitstopAutoglass.com

 

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Repair your car glass before it’s too late

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We’ve all been through it before, you’re driving to the grocery store listening to the radio and you happen to notice a small chip in the corner of your windshield. What you do next depends on what kind of person you are; are you slow to react and irresponsible person, or an intelligent and informed person? Well let’s not worry about that now, because experience says that the small chip in your glass will soon grow into a full size crack, and if left unmaintained will turn into a hefty bill covering the cost of a new windshield. So what are your options if you decide to be a reactive person this time, and do something about the problem before it develops into a full-on disaster?

Well, unlike many other car misfortunes, you have the option to get your windshield crack repaired before it becomes so big that it needs to be fully replaced by a professional car shop. Windshield chips and crack repair stops the damage from spreading further and helps to keep the glass safely intact, letting you move on with your busy life safely and happily. Windshield cracks are often unpredictable and can develop into a huge problem unexpectedly at any time. The price you pay for repairing it quickly and efficiently could save you thousands in damages down the road, if the damage to your windshield leads you to cause an accident because you can’t see the road clearly. What’s just as bad as that, is if you have a light fender-bender or bump into almost anything with your vehicle, that small crack could quickly shatter the entire windshield and leave you vulnerable to getting injured.

So next time you notice that you have a crack in your windshield, don’t put it off until next week, or even tomorrow, get it fixed as soon as possible before it turns into a full windshield replacement, or even worse, a safety hazard. Your ability to operate your vehicle safely in public is one of the most important things you can do every day. Save your money and perhaps your well-being by making a smart and responsible decision today.

Come visit your local Pitstop Autoglass® + Windshield Repair Service Center® today at 11905 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego, California 92128.

 

 

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Window Tint Laws in California: What You Need to Know

Window TintIf you’re thinking about tinting your windows in California, there are a few laws that you will need to follow. California has regulations depending on which area of the vehicle you wish to tint, and these regulations are based around a darkness rating called the Visible Light Transmission percentage. There are also certain laws in regards to how reflective your window tint can be. Unlike many other states, California’s tint laws are the same for sedans, SUVs and vans.

Window Tint laws in CAWhat are the window tint laws in California?

  • Windshields allow non-reflective tint at the very top of the windshield only, which can extend 4 inches downwards.
  • Front side windows are required to let 88% or more of light in and cannot be reflective.
  • Back side windows can be any darkness but cannot be reflective.
  • Rear windows are allowed to have any level of darkness and can be reflective.

There can sometimes be exceptions to window tint laws for people who have medical conditions requiring additional tint. Window tint laws are intended to both preserve a driver’s ability to see the road and to protect police officers and other emergency personnel from the possibility of entering into an unknown situation. Consequently, law enforcement officials tend to take the issue seriously. Those that do have tint that is too dark may run the risk of being pulled over and issued a citation.

Auto Glass experts can ensure that your vehicle meets all of the applicable laws and regulations in the state of California. The best ones can guarantee that your windshield will be safely and correctly installed and that your tint will be appropriately applied, attractive and durable. But some companies that install windshields and apply tint are not fully aware of these regulations. This can lead to problems for the driver later on. So be very careful while choosing among them.

 

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What To Do When Your Windshield Fogs Up

It’s a cold morning, you open your car door, sit start the car and immediately notice the windshield fogging up. What now?

Everyone has had to deal with a foggy windshield at one point or another, and everyone seems to have their own way of fixing it.

Some might use a small, portable squeegee,  others a dry cloth. Some use the car heater, other’s use the A/C. And then some people just fiddle with the controls to no avail, not realizing that the condensation is actually on the outside of the windshield! So what should you do?

Why Windshields Fog Up

To find the best solution, let’s take a closer look at the problem – fogging. Windshield fogging is caused by water vapor condensing on the inner surface of the glass on a windscreen. It can happen one of two ways.

  1. The first way begins with air that gets trapped inside a car from the previous day. This previous day air is more humid than the current cold outside air. Warmer air is able to hold more moisture than cold air, in fact it can hold up to double the amount of moisture! When the more humid air inside the car comes in contact with the cold windshield glass it releases some of its moisture, leaving condensation or fog on the glass.
  2. The other way is caused by us. When we sit down in a cold car, we inhale cool air and exhale air that is warm and humid. As a result, every breath we take puts more humidity in the inside of the car, which condenses on the glass and fogs up the windscreen.

How To Fix A Foggy Windshield

Fog can be cleared many ways. While there is no master solution that works the best every time, there are two common strategies that are likely to work really well.

Dry Out The Air

Depending on your comfort levels, the better option could be to run the A/C. We recommend using this method when temperatures outside are above freezing and the fog is caused by wet, damp humans inside the car. Running the A/C on cold is best, but you can turn the dial to a warmer temperature while still running the air-con and still get good results.

Evaporate The Water Vapor

For a usually quick and easy fix, run heat through your defrosters and it will cause the condensation to evaporate sort of like how a clothes dryer uses heat to evaporate moisture. This method usually works well when you catch the fog building up early on and when the temperatures are cold.

For extremely foggy windshields, you can use a dry cloth or small squeegee to quickly clear the fog and then run the air-con on cold. If running the air-con on cold makes you too chilly, then slowly increase the temperature until the air dries out inside your car. Remember when trying to dry up the air inside your car to bring outside air in instead of circulating inside air. Most cars nowadays do this automatically when the defrosters are on.

If you have other methods that work well for you, please share in the comments below! We always look forward to hearing from you here at Deco Windshield Repair.

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