COVID 19

These are unprecedented times for America and the world. At Allstar Glass Corporation, we recognize the global impact of COVID-19 and we are closely monitoring reports from the World Health Organization; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; along with federal, state, and local agencies to make sure our guidelines adhere to relevant health authority recommendations.
 
As an “Essential Business” our number one priority is the health and safety of our employees, customers, and families. We want all of our customers to know that we are maintaining our ability to serve our customers and operate without disruption.
 
We are monitoring developments and taking protective steps as the COVID-19 outbreak progresses. Below is a summary of the significant protocols and actions we have implemented at Allstar Glass Corporation: • Maintaining regular deep cleaning of all sites and employing various on-premises virus prevention and mitigation strategies including social distancing, sanitization and other techniques; • Reviewing our policies and processes to allow our employees to make practical decisions for themselves and their families. Thank you for your continued trust in Allstar Glass Corporation. As a leader in auto glass replacement and repair, we have the means to sustain our operations and support our customers as we collectively confront the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
 

ADAS – What is it?

ADAS What is it? How does it effect me and my family? Will I ever use ADAS?

ADAS ( Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) technology, available in most all of today’s newer vehicles is the most advanced technology ever offered for safely navigating today’s heavily congested roads, freeways and pedestrian occupied downtown streets. While your probably thinking your a better driver than most, life can change in a nano second. This is how quickly these systems activate to keep you and your family as well as the people , pets and other drivers around you at a safe distance.

Allstar Glass is one of the first to offer this highly technical service. We are your leading source for restoring your vehicle to manufacturer specifications. At Allstar Glass, your safety is our top priority. We accept all insurance carriers and give a written lifetime warranty. Why wait any longer, We’ll have you back on the road in a few hours. Call today! 281-575-7575.

Is Windshield Crack Repair Possible?

Imagine driving down the road trying to hurry up and get to that 8 AM meeting when suddenly, a truck speeds by and kicks a rock up on to the windshield, cracking it on impact. Ugh, better hurry and fix that before it lengthens.

Windshields are meant to stand up to the wear and tear of traveling on highways but damage does happen eventually. They are made of sturdy stuff, that’s why they don’t cave in on the driver immediately but windshield damage can cause problems down the road if not fixed soon.

Here are some ways to tell if windshield crack repair is possible, or if it would be better just to replace the whole thing.

1. Repair or Replace

The good news is most chips and cracks can be repaired. The possibility of windshield crack repair boils down to the size, depth, type, and location of the damage. The results will depend on the age of the crack, the amount of contamination, the location, and the severity of the damage.

A good auto glass repair technician will have to evaluate all these factors before deciding if they can repair it. Their answer will be based on their skill with equipment, their customer’s expectations, and the probability of a high-quality repair.

2. Size and Depth

Most any shop can repair chips that are about one-inch in diameter and cracks that are 3 inches long. Originally, before upgrades in technology, if the crack was the length of a dollar bill there was no repairing it.

It is now possible to fix wider cracks and chips. These days, auto repair shops can easily repair cracks up to 18 inches long. Got to love technology!

3. What Kind of Damage is it

Time to flip over to the technical side of things. There are many different types of windshield damage though the common term for them are chips and cracks. Here are the different types of them that a driver may run into.

Bullseye

A bullseye is damage that is marked by a separated cone in the outer layer of glass. It results in a dark circle with an impact point.

It can usually be fixed as long as the diameter is one inch or smaller and there is no dirt in the head. It also needs to be out of the driver’s line of vision.

Combination Break

A combination break is a break with some personality. It will have multiple characteristics like a star within a bullseye or short and long cracks that stem from the damage.

It can typically be fixed as long as the diameter of the body (excluding legs and subsurface breaks) doesn’t extend longer than 2 inches.

Half Moon

In simple terms, a Half Moon is a partial bullseye. It can be fixed as long as the diameter of the damage is an inch or smaller.

Star Break

A star break will have a series of legs extending from the break. It can sometimes be fixed but only if the legs don’t extend past 3 inches and it’s not in the driver’s field of vision.

Surface Pit

A surface pit is a nick in the glass that comes from usual wear and tear. It doesn’t penetrate the plastic interlayer.

It can be fixed if it doesn’t exceed more than 1/8 of an inch in diameter. Be cautious about this. Many surface pits cannot be repaired if the damage is too extensive.

4. Location

Even the best repairs usually leave behind some sort of discoloration or unevenness. If the damage is in the driver’s line of sight then it can decrease visibility and be quite dangerous. The technician will have to consider all potential drivers before repairs are done because visibility will vary depending on the height of the driver.

Any crack that is at the edge of the windshield threatens to reduce the strength of its hold to the metal frame. This can put passengers in danger.

5. Repairs

Repairing a single chip or crack will usually take 30 to 40 minutes. If the damage is deep or dirty, more steps will be needed in order to fix it.

The repair involves a clear resin into the outer layer of glass. This will restore its strength and fix its appearance. Once the resin is injected it is then cured and polished, leaving the area nice and smooth.

6. Replacement

Any chip that is larger than 2 inches across or a crack that’s one foot or longer won’t be able to be repaired. This means there is no hope for it and a replacement is inevitable.

The process usually takes an hour with an additional hour to weight for the adhesive to dry. So grab a book because it might take a while.

7. Cracks that Cannot be Repaired

There is a small list of cracks and chips that cannot be repaired. If a single look at the damage indicates any of the following, bring something to do to the repair shop because it’s going to need replacing.

  • Damage on the inside of the windshield
  • Deep damage on both layers of glass
  • Damage over rain sensor or internal radio antenna
  • Damages that bleed into the driver’s line of vision
  • Complex, multiple cracks
  • Very long cracks
  • Contaminated cracks
  • Edge cracks and chips

These are all indicators that your windshield isn’t fixable and must be replaced as soon as possible. If you put it off you run the risk of the crack getting worse, or other dangers on the road.

Windshield Crack Repair: Fix it up Quickly

There is a fine line between windshield crack repair and windshield crack replacement. It all depends on how deep the damage is, the kind of damage, the location of the damage, and if the spot is contaminated or not. A replacement isn’t wanted, but necessary if a repair just won’t do it.

If it’s time for a windshield crack repair, click here to request a quote and discuss the damage.

Replace or Repair a Windshield with a Crack: The Ultimate Guide

It happens to most of us. At the most inopportune time, there’s a whack on the windshield. You take a closer look and notice a nice-sized chip or crack in the glass.

Not only is it distracting, but you know it’s the beginning of a serious issue with your windshield. That chip may soon turn into a crack that spreads out of control.

At which point, you’ll have to decide whether to repair or replace your windshield.

Not all chips lead to cracks, and not all cracks mean you have to buy a new windshield. But you don’t want to wait too long to test either theory.

Should I repair my chipped windshield or should it replace it? You may be asking yourself this while glaring at a fault in your windshield.

If so, check out this guide to learn more about when to replace or repair a windshield.

A Chip or a Crack: What’s the Difference

Two kinds of damage normally happen to most windshields–chips and cracks. You can repair the majority of them, but there are some that are impossible to fix.

A chip is a small nick in the glass that happens at the point of impact when something hits the windshield. Small pieces fall off the glass in the process. These nicks form in different ways:

  • A Star Chip: tiny cracks form outward from the center of the chip.
  • Flower Chip: the edges of the chip resemble a flower.
  • Bull’s Eye: a circular nick whose center looks like a small bull’s eye.
  • Half a Bull’s Eye: gives the appearance of a half-moon.

A technician can repair most of these chips through a filling process. But that depends on how they enter the surface of the glass. If the chip forms into the glass at a perpendicular or shallow angle, repair is possible.

The same works for cracks.

Cracks are clear lines in the glass that can stretch from under an inch to across the entire windshield. Cracks spread across glass in several ways:

  • Small Edge Crack: inch small type of crack that starts at the edge of a windshield
  • Pit Crack: starts as a tiny gauge that floats two inches from the center.

Similar to chips, cracks may be repairable, but it depends on how they enter and sit in the glass.

What Causes Windshield Faults

Anything can cause a fault in a windshield–vehicle debris, flying pebbles and rocks, and inclement weather.

Pebbles and Rocks

Loose pebbles and rocks come from common roadside construction. Strong winds along with passing cars come through and send particles airborne. Most of the time it’s small fragments of stone broken off larger pieces during construction.

The chips fly free along the road causing damage to oncoming vehicles.

Vehicle Debris

One of the first lessons you learn in driver’s education is to never drive behind large, commercial trucks. They obstruct your view, plus all types of stuff flys off the back of them.

A lot of times, workers don’t secure trash, parts, and cargo on the back vehicles. In turn, things fly off and damage vehicles traveling behind them. Windshields take the brunt of the damage.

Inclement Weather

Although we need the rain, driving in severe weather may cause damage to your vehicle. Strong winds can send things hurtling into your windshield. And a weather element like hail could cause chips and cracks depending on the size of the hail balls.

Whatever the case, these are the common culprits. They cause most chips in cracks in windshields.

Repair Windshield or Replace

When should you repair or replace? This depends on the type of windshield fissure and the factors surrounding it. How big is it? Where is it located in the glass? Is the flaw too deep to mend?

As stated earlier, it’s possible to repair certain chips and cracks, depending on their size.

Advancement in technology allows for modern ways to repair windshields but based on certain criteria.

Size and Shape

If a chip or crack is less than the size of a quarter and no longer than four inches, repair is possible. But this takes a professional opinion.

Once a professional determines repair is possible, they employ the use of resin. Resin is a viscous substance, with a natural or synthetic origin, used to make or repair things.

Window repair specialists inject chips or cracks with resin then use a vacuum to spread it. As soon as the fissure fills, the windshield’s considered repaired.

Depth

For the safety of the driver, the law requires laminated glass on windshields. Laminated glass has several layers–a plastic layer enclosed in two layers of glass.

If the damage permeates all three layers, repair is impossible. You will have to replace the windshield.

Placement

Where the damage happens in the windshield also determines repair or replacement.

Damage that runs along the outer edge of the glass is not good. This typically means there’s more damage to the structure of the glass than it appears.

Trying to repair the damage that reaches the edge will cause more harm. You’ll end up having to replace the glass regardless.

Forego trying to repair damage in the driver’s line of sight. Manipulating glass in this area further warps it, making it difficult for the drive to see the road.

Also, keep in the mind that damage on the inside of a windshield is tough to repair. Chips and cracks in this areas require glass replacement.

Considerations

To repair or replace boils down to whether or not a professional technician can see the damage. There are also some areas that if repair’s attempted, more damage than good may result.

For example, cracks near the rain sensor, multiple cracks, and damage longer than a ruler are indications of replacement. Always enlist the opinion of a professional.

Moving Forward

Knowing when to repair a windshield or replace it often requires more than a glance. Sometimes it’s hard to determine a chip from a crack and if either is repairable.

Use this guide to make general observations about your window then talk it out with an expert.

Request a quote today and have someone speak with you concerning your auto glass needs.

Windshield Replacement Time: Safe Drive-Away Time vs. Minimum Drive-Away Time

You see that crack on the edge of your windshield and you know you need to get it replaced. You aren’t alone, 70-80% of windshield replacements are due to a crack less than 2 inches from the edge.

Having your windshield replaced my seem like a time-consuming project. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

Many replacement technicians can come right to you. This lets you continue on with your day as your new windshield cures.

That curing part of the windshield replacement time is vital for your safety. We’re going to explain terms you might hear and what they mean.

Safe Drive Away Time

The safe drive away time is how long your vehicle needs to sit before it’s considered safe to drive. This amount of time depends on the glass, weather, and adhesive used.

The range could be anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours. You need to wait for the adhesive to cure and harden before driving the vehicle.

Minimum Drive Away Time

Adhesive companies have begun to change the terminology that they use. Instead of saying the drive away time is “safe” they refer to it as the “minimum”.

This change in vocabulary is a subtle one but changes the meaning of the time. Safe implies that the car needs to sit that exact amount of time to be safe.

In reality, this time is the minimum amount of time needed for it be operational. There is also less liability for the adhesive company to say minimum instead of safe.

Regardless of the term, your glass replacement company should stand behind their work. They should not underestimate the influence of temperature and other environmental conditions.

Effects of Weather on Curing Time

Windshield urethane cure time gets shorter during the summer months. The increased humidity and warm temperatures create an environment for faster curing.

When weather temperatures fall the curing time increases. If the temperature goes below 40 degrees your technician will use extra products.

They will aid the curing process. It is best to have the vehicle in a heated location with the atmospheric temp drops below 40.

Specialty Windshields

More often vehicles newer than 2015 have smart windshields. You have a smart windshield if you have one or more of these features.

  • Heads-up display
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Condensation sensor
  • Humidity sensor
  • Solar and ultraviolet light blocking
  • Acoustic interlayer
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Lane keep assist
  • Forward crash alert
  • Night vision

The technician performing your replacement needs to have knowledge of these features. The replacement will likely take longer due to these extra features.

These extra components will have to connect tot he new windshield. This adds to the installation time but should not affect the cure time.

Different Types of Urethane

Some auto glass technicians will use a lower quality and cheaper windshield glue. Another common problem is using the wrong urethane for the region you live in.

These urethanes are going to take longer to cure. The best brands that reputable technicians use are Progrip, Sika MOVEIT, and Dow BEATASEAL.

What Is It?

Urethane is a super sticky black glue that will adhere to everything it touches. It starts out as a soft caulk like material.

Once it cures, it becomes a strong material for holding your windshield in your car. This is different from the rubber gaskets you might find on other glasses pieces.

The urethane gets applied the frame around the opening where the windshield sits. Then the windshield lays on top and pushed into the glue.

Once cured there is a solid seal around the outside edge of your windshield. This method is strong enough to withstand impacts to the windshield.

What if You Don’t Wait?

Your windshield is a main component of your vehicle’s structural and safety systems. Driving before the adhesive cures compromises both systems.

If you are in an accident the adhesive may not hold the windshield in place. Without the windshield in place, the roof can cave in on those inside.

Roll Down Your Windows

You need to do more than not drive your vehicle for the required time. If you plan on getting in and out of your vehicle, roll down the windows.

When you close your car doors you create increased air pressure inside the vehicle. This air needs to go somewhere, and it can create small holes in the urethane seal.

When you go to drive after it cures, you will hear a wind noise or have a leak. This will result in your having to get the windshield replaced again if cannot locate the hole.

It’s Not Only Your Windshield

Your windshield isn’t the only glass installed with adhesive. If you get your sunroof replaced you will have to wait the required curing time before driving.

If you do not wait the sunroof glass can lift out of the top of your car. This is due to the reduced air pressure created from the speed of your car traveling down the road.

The same principles apply to the how a plane takes off. Your sunroof getting sucked out causes a great danger to the person driving behind you.

Windshield Replacement Time

Ask your technician how long does it take for a windshield to cure. If it is during the summer your windshield replacement time could as little as 30 minutes.

Keep in mind that this might be the minimum time. The longer you wait, the more secure and cured the windshield adhesive will be.

Take into consideration what the weather is like. Depending on how cold it is, the curing time will take longer or need special products.

Sure it’s tempting to ignore the wait time, but this can put you and others at risk. If you are in an accident before it cures, the windshield can’t protect you.

Schedule your windshield replacement today at a time convenient for you.

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