Windshield Replacement

FAQS:

You will need the Year, Make, Model and possibly the body style of your vehicle.  You will also need to know if your vehicle is equipped with:

  • A Rain sensor or a Rain/Light sensor
  • Electrochromic (mirror with electronic function such as a compass, on-star, self dimming, etc…)
  • Lane Departure Warning System or Keep Lane assist
  • Heated wiper park area
  • Heads up display
  • condensation sensor
  • forward collision alert
  • acoustic inner layer
  • full windshield micro tungsten fillament  defrost system
  • Intelligent high beam
  • night vision
  • reflective solar coating
  • other misc hardware features

If you do not have this information available, you may need to provide your VIN (vehicle identification number) for an accurate quote.

Standard installations take 1 to 1.5 hours to complete for most vehicles.

The price of a new windshield varies based on your vehicle type and the features associated with your windshield.  Most windshields are not interchangeable if they come with a set of features, even if the customer does not use these features.  Vehicle manufacturers usually attempt to place differing mirror brackets on windshields with differing hardware.  If you have a windshield with a sensor, you can not necessarily interchange it with a plain windshield, because your mirror would not mount on the new glass.  We recommend contacting us for a quote.

Yes, we do offer mobile service, however it is limited to within a 30 mile radius of our location.

Follow up instructions after a vehicle windshield installation are as follows:  No pressurized car washes for the next 24 hours.  Needless to say, do not take turns at high speeds, no off road driving, and drifting for 24 hours after the installation.

We use SikaTack MACH 60 urethane & primer kits on all our windshield, quarter, and back glass installations.  This means any tape that is on your windshield can be removed within one hour of the windshield installation process.  

We have a lifetime warranty against leakage, both air and water and on the workmanship of the installation.  Due to the nature of the part (Glass), we do not warranty against breakage.  We do offer two complimentary rock chip repairs for any windshield that we have installed.  To receive this service, you only need to provide your invoice.

The urethane adhesive & primer kit. 

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We have offered professional windshield replacement services for over 20 years to the local Las Vegas Community.  That being said, we hear the same questions or concerns voiced by the vehicle owner year after year.  To offer transparency, we would like to answer most of the common concerns and provide our outlook and basic information regarding a replacement.

A standard windshield replacement usually takes one to two hours to complete depending on the vehicle.  There are, certain vehicles which will take longer depending on their sized and the complexity of some moldings, cowls, garnishes, and other removable parts surrounding the windshield.  There are some models that will take longer, depending on how many sensors, cameras, heating functions or other hardware that come mounted to the inside of the windshield.  These add extra time to the installation process.  It is best to call and get an exact time frame when scheduling your appointment.

Your windshield will not cave in on you from a crack.  That is not to say we haven’t seen windshields that are caved in.  These cave-ins were created by the impact (a paint bucket flying off the back of a truck going 80 MPH smashing into an approaching vehicle traveling at the same speed will do it).  However, your windshield is not simply glass.  It is two layers of glass sandwiching a laminate (plastic) layer.  It is the laminate layer and the inner layer of glass keeping your windshield intact.  That being said, a broken windshield should still be replaced in a timely manner to maintain the safety standards of the vehicle in the event of a crash or a roll over.

We will need the exact Year, Make and Model (and sometime the body style) to give you an accurate quote on your windshield.  If you do not have this information, you will need the vehicle VIN (vehicle identification number) found at the bottom driver side corner of your windshield through the viewing window.  The seventeen digit alphanumeric code is also found on the door panel sticker along with the date of manufacture.  We have provided examples below for your reference.

 

 

Is “Dealership” glass different from OEM and aftermarket glass?  Well, that depends.  OEM stands for original equipment manufactured/manufacturer.  They are the glass manufacturer that the vehicle manufacturer contracted out to produce the glass.  Glass sold by the dealership differs in only one way from OEM glass – the dealership logo.  The copyrighting fee for this logo can add several hundred even thousands of dollars to the cost of the glass.  Regardless, there are still consumers who request dealership OEM parts.  

Aftermarket glass has come a long way, and become substantially better from just a decade ago.  Ironically, an aftermarket company based out of China, FYG (Fuyao Glass Industry Group) has opened a glass manufacturing plant in Ohio.  As of 2017, they have invested $1 Billion dollars to this plant.  This officially has made FYG a “MADE IN USA” brand, as of 2017.  This does not necessarily mean all their glass is manufactured in the USA, however most glass manufacturers have plants in many different countries over different continents to expand their global market share.  They are known as OEM for Hyundai and now GM.  Other glass manufacturers that have had OEM contracts with various vehicle manufacturers are Sekurit (Saint Gobain), Guardian, Crinimex (Vitro), APTech (aka AGC), ATI (Auto Temp Inc), Pilkington (glass division of Libbey Owens Ford), PGW (Pittsburgh Glass Works recently repurchased by LKQ), Carlite (Ford), and Mopar (glass division of Dodge now owned by Fiat).  

Most people can’t decide between a dealership glass, an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) windshield, or an aftermarket windshield.  This is when I would like to reference one of the numbers at the driver side base of the windshield.  Below the dealership logo (you will have this on your windshield until the glass is replaced), you will have several numbers. AS1 is the thickness of the laminate glass of your windshield.  In the example below, this tag is on a Nissan vehicle where the glass was manufactured by Crinimex (Vitro).  The number that is crucial is the DOT number.  This number means that the windshield has been approved by the Department of Transportation to follow all safety requirements for your vehicle.  All windshield that are installed in the US, regardless of where the glass originated from, should have this tag.  

It is prudent to note that the difference between dealership OEM glass, and aftermarket glass is diminishing, mainly due to the sheer complexity of the glass industry, and the propagation of varying selections of windshields on most vehicles.  Unlike twenty years ago where there was only 1 – 3 options for a windshield on a vehicle, today there could be as many as 20, or more.  As the global marketplace shrinks, domestic manufacturers are opening or outsourcing to plants worldwide, and implementing quality control measures in these plants, similar to those implemented here at home.  This, along with manufacturing contracts with domestic and foreign vehicle manufacturers, has created the inevitable result of transforming aftermarket companies into OE Manufacturers of glass.  

 

 

One common question presented to us is, “What is the most important aspect, or part of a new windshield installation?”.  Besides the windshield itself, your windshield installation is only as good as the urethane adhesive kit used to bond the windshield to your vehicle.  Your windshield sits on a continuous bead of urethane that has been applied to your pinch weld.  This is the actual bonding agent holding your windshield to the body of your vehicle.  The standard application is one unipac (a foil wrapped sausage cartridge of 20.6 oz or 600mL) or two metal tube cartridges (10.5 oz or 310 mL).  This kit comes with two separate primers to be used, one for metal (voids on the pinch weld) and one for glass.  There are several automotive urethane manufacturers (SIKA, DOW, SRP, Dinitrol, CR Laurence, & OE Tech).  We use the Sikatack Mach 60 kit with both primers for all our installations.  It is known as a high modulus, non-conductive one hour quick set adhesive kit.  

A proper windshield installation can not only maintain the aesthetics of your vehicle, but also its ability to follow vehicle safety standards in the event of a high impact car crash.  We can insure that each vehicle windshield we replace follow all these safety guidelines, because of the superior Sika Mach 60 urethane adhesive kits that we use.  For reference, we have provided a video below.

This is a timed one hour installation and crash test demonstration by an independent testing agency to test Sika Tack Ultra II, a one hour quick set adhesive kit similar to Sika Mach 60.  Note that the windshield stays affixed to the body of the vehicle, even after the deployment of both airbags during a high impact crash.  This is crucial for the airbags to function properly.  (Please note that this video will only run on laptops not cell phones and tablets)

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Your windshield should also provide strength in the event of a rollover accident, keeping the roof from crushing in. In some cars, the windshield provides up to 50% of the vehicle’s rollover strength.

In a collision, the windshield acts as a backstop to support the passenger side air bag when it deploys. If the windshield pops out, the air bag doesn’t have anything to deflect against, and is not effective in protecting your passenger.

The windshield should help keep unrestrained passengers inside the vehicle in the event of a crash. You are 25 times more likely to survive a crash if you are contained inside the passenger compartment.

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