Your car windshield is an extremely important safety feature. Learn the different types of auto windshield glass.
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If you are needing a auto glass repair, this article outlines the different types of windshield glass for automobiles and their common differences. It points out the factors you should consider when choosing the best windshield for your vehicle.
A good windshield needs to be shatterproof, and that’s why windshield glass is made from laminated glass. The lamination process involves placing two sheets of glass on different sides of a thin sheet of PVB (polyvinyl butyral). These sheets are then bonded under heat and pressure to form a single piece. The three layers are fused together making them strong and shatterproof.
Aftermarket windshield glass is not manufactured by your car’s original manufacturer but it’s usually built of a great standard. This kind of windshield glass comes with principles similar to aftermarket accessories and electronics. As such, the glass has similar specifications as Original Equipment Manufacturer or dealer glass. Nonetheless, the glass is presumed to be an equivalent of the original equipment.
You can purchase an aftermarket windshield glass to save money as it’s usually a bit cheaper than the other two types of windshield glass. The low price doesn’t compromise on the quality of the glass as it’s usually the same thickness as the glass on your car. The downside, however, is that you will rarely have an idea of its origin. So, it’s either “off-brand” or “generic”.
Dealer glass originates from a manufacturer – same as OEM glass. The only difference between dealer and OEM glass is that the former is marketed and sold under the auto repair or windshield installer’s brand. This means you can only purchase dealer glass from the car dealer that has been authorized by the car manufacturer to service your vehicle.
When it comes to fitting windshield glass, every precaution must be taken to ensure the glass fits perfectly as the original one. Therefore, if you need to replace your windshield, it is crucial to ensure any replacements are made by professional installers with experience in installing windshields.
Though the three types of auto windshield glass are OEM standards, you should be cautious to ensure the glass has been tested, rated and approved for your vehicle. If you’re in doubt whether to go for a manufacturer, dealer or OEM glass, our professionals here at Chambers Auto Glass can advise which option is more viable for you.
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