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Repairing Car Windshield Glass

There are many types of windshield cracks that can be repaired. This article will outline that variety, as well as cover some of the history of windshields. See our quote page for an instant quote on car windshield repair.

Car windshield glass has come along way since the first cars rolled off the lot around the turn of the century. The first cars were made with regular panes of glass as windshields. These windshields were extremely dangerous in the event of an accident, as they were prone to shattering into chards and fragments, injuring both the driver and any passengers in the vehicle.

In response to this, manufacturers began using more durable glass set in a rubber seal. These windshields weren't nearly as dangerous, but still shattered rather easily. The introduction of laminate glass from France in the 1920's revolutionized the auto glass industry. Originally, laminate glass was made by applying a layer of cellulose between to pieces of glass, keeping the auto glass in one piece despite cracks in the event of damage or accident.

Today polyvinyl butyrate (PVB) is commonly used in place of cellulose in laminate glass. Improvements in the technology of auto glass over the years have made repair a feasible option, whereas in the past it may not have been possible. Car windshield replacement is still necessary in some instances, such as in the case of severe hail damage or other impacts that break through the surface of the glass. Extensive cracking and combination breaks may be beyond repair as well.

Car Windshield Replacement and Repair

GMS Auto Glass has solutions for you whether your windshield has a small crack, or if it is severely damaged. Our car windshield replacement and repair services are top notch. There are many different types of cracks that can form, including:

  • Edge Crack
  • Floater Crack
  • Bull's Eye
  • Half Moon
  • Stress Crack
  • Chip
  • Combination Break

Depending on the extent of the damage and whether you decide to have it fixed soon enough (in the case that it's initially repairable) you may be able to avoid replacing your car windshield glass.