We all know how glass works when it is installed on your car, but it can be helpful to know how glass is made before you head in for a repair. Car glass may look like regular commercial glass that you can find on buildings or in a window. However, it is actually quite different. Let’s take a closer look to see what goes into car glass manufacture and repair.
Car Glass Damage
It is important to understand how various types of damage to car can happen. Also, it is important to know the side effects of that damage. This information can help you plan for the proper type of repair or even replacement if required. This post written by the experts at Fast Car Glass offers information regarding windscreen replacement, side window replacement and other repairs for the car glass.
Windscreens are a special type of glass called safety glass. Unlike normal glass, windscreens are made up of two sheets of glass with a sheet of plastic sandwiched between them. This glass has this specific formation for a few very important reasons.
The plastic sheet that makes up the middle layer of the screen prevents the glass from shattering into sharp shards during an impact. That same layer also helps keep debris from puncturing the windscreen during regular driving or inclement weather. Most windscreens also provide critical support to the structure of the car which helps reduce or even prevent crumpling during a collision. This car glass also plays a key role in how airbags deploy.
How Are They Repaired?
When there is damage to your windscreens such as a chip, scratch or crack, a glass repair specialist will use a special method to repair the damage. A special resin is used to seal the chip or crack. This is done by injecting the resin into the damaged area. Repairs that are properly completed won’t affect the visibility for the driver. However, if dirt or debris gets stuck in the faulty area it can cause a cloudy appearance.
How Is Glass on Other Parts of the Car Made?
Windscreens are made of a special double-paned glass, but the glass on the doors and windows are made of tempered glass. Tempered glass is stronger than the glass you will find on homes or in offices. Tempered glass is most often found on ovens, smartphones and on the glass used on shower doors. Tempered glass is created by making glass, then heating it to a high temperature to create tension which results in a stronger glass.
How Is Glass on Other Parts of the Car Repaired?
Although tempered glass is stronger than normal glass, when it gets damaged it has a tendency to fully shatter. Cleaning up shattered glass is always difficult and unlike windscreens, any type of damage often ends in the need for a full replacement.
How We Can Help
If you are interested in learning more about windscreens or tempered glass for your car, we are happy to help. Give us a call at 7707550375 to get more information or to find out more about our Manchester windscreen repair services.