When to Replace the Windshield
When the damage to your windshield is larger than a U.S. Quarter in size, or if the damaged area is in your direct line-of-site, it is probably time to have your windshield replaced. At Blue Chip Auto Glass we believe that there are three important things to consider before having your windshield replaced.
The Auto Glass Brand
Most auto glass companies here in Phoenix don't like to talk about it, but discussing the brand of auto glass that is going into your car or truck is extremely important. Just like anything else in the market, there are different brands of glass and corresponding degrees of quality in the parts that you choose. Remember that it is your choice when it comes to what goes into your vehicle. Many auto glass companies here in the valley don't mention the glass brand because it allows them the freedom to put in the lowest grade of glass which assures them the greatest profit. This profit comes at a cost to most consumers that don't know what to ask for.
Although all automotive glass has to meet certain federal safety standards, there is nothing that forces glass manufacturers to make automotive glass clear and distortion free. Right now in our market, the glass we see that most commonly has distortions comes from China. Even some of the new car manufacturers are putting Chinese glass in their brand new cars.
Call Blue Chip Auto Glass today to learn about which auto glass brands we recommend for the clearest distortion-free windshield experience.
The Urethane (adhesive) used to connect the windshield to the frame of your car is a topic that is rarely discussed when a customer calls to schedule a windshield replacement. It is, however, one of the most important parts of the windshield replacement process from a safety standpoint. Many auto glass companies in Phoenix simply use the least expensive Urethane they can find to install your windshield. At Blue Chip Auto Glass, we use a product called Sika and more specifically, one of their products called SikaTack COOL that allows for a 1 - 2 hour safe drive time. Many other adhesive products can take up to 24 hours to cure although often the auto glass shop doing the work will just tell the customer it is safe to drive immediately. Sika Corporation was founded in 1910 and is the largest manufacturer of polyurethane adhesives worldwide. Their product costs us a little more, but we feel like your safety is worth it. All of our master certified auto glass technicians are certified in the Sika Adhesive System that we use.
Even with the best auto glass parts and highest grade urethanes, you can't count on a clean and safe windshield installation unless you have an auto glass technician with the best training and experience. At Blue Chip Auto Glass, we seek out technicians that live up to our exceptionally high standards. Our company growth is limited only by the number of quality glass technicians that we can locate and hire. All of our technicians are NGA Master Certified and also hold certifications in the Sika Urethanes that we use. An incorrectly installed windshield can result in air noise, water leaks and can even jeopardize the safety of you and your family in the event of a rollover accident. Our corporate philosophy is to do the job safely and correctly the first time, using only the best parts and employees. This reasoning has allowed us to experience continued growth through satisfied, happy, repeat customers.
When you call in to schedule your auto glass replacement with Blue Chip Auto Glass, one of our friendly phone representative will help you to determine if a repair or replacement is the best course of action based on your damage description. After that, the associate can help you to set up your insurance claim (if applicable) and find an installation time that works best with your schedule. When our skilled auto glass technician arrives for your free mobile service, the replacement process will generally take less than an hour to complete. The average wait time before you can drive your car is about an hour, although in cars with air bags it can be as much as two hours. Then you simply drive away with your clean, safe, professionally installed windshield.
Call Blue Chip Auto Glass to find out more! 602-885-5330