Windshield Replacement – Done Right
Windshield replacement services have been the primary service focus of A & E Auto Glass for more than 17 years. We have serviced more than 100,000 customers over that time, with a 98% satisfaction rating. We are proud of our A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau and of our 4.5 star rating on Yelp, and 4 star rating on Google. If you need to schedule a windshield replacement, give us a call today at (480) 228-5390.
Windshield Replacement – Technology
Windshield replacement technology has improved greatly over the last 100 years. Originally, windshields were made of a solid panel of glass, that broke into shards in the event of a car accident. As a byproduct of the Pane vs. Ford case, Ford Motor Co. began installing hardened, or tempered, glass as early as 1917. Tempered glass was better, as it shattered completely when it broke, eliminating most of the risk to serious injury in an accident- hence it awas labeled “safety glass”. Everything changed when Ford learned of the new French technology called “glass laminating“. Windshields that were produced using this method contained 2 layers of glass with a cellulose inner layer. This layer prevented seperation of the glass during an accident, and greatly improved the safety of auto glass once again. By 1929, Ford had implemented laminated windshields in all of their vehicles produced.
Call To Schedule Your Windshield Replacement
How to Schedule Your Windshield Replacement
Scheduling your windshield replacement generally takes between 5-15 minutes. Once we receive your call, we 3 way in your insurance company, and get the claim pushed through. Once we have verified coverage with your insurance and have a claim/referral number, we get you on our scehdule. We schedule both in shop and mobile windshield replacement so that you can get the work done on your terms.
Windshield Replacement – Quality You Can Trust
The windshield parts that we use are OEM Quality, that are tested and certified for usability and durability. Every windshield that we put in is brand new, right from the factory. Certain makes and models have enhanced features relating to the windshield, such as rain sensors, electrochromic mirrors, lane departure warning systems, and 3rd visors. We purchase the correct windshield for your vehicle using an advanced V.I.N. decoder, so that we get the best windshield for your vehicle. Check out our Coupon page for some $$$ back!
Windshield Replacement Scheduling Made Easy
Windshield Replacement FAQs
How long does windshield replacement take?
Replacing a windshield usually takes 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the vehicle, and installation conditions. With low visibility the replacement may take longer so that care can be taken with the vehicle.
How much does windshield replacement cost?
For cash paying cusotmers, cost varies dramatically depending on which vehicle the work is being done on. For exemple, we may be able to replace a 2005 Chevrolet 1500 for $200, but might charge $900 for a 2017 BMW M4
Windshield Replacement – The Process
Windshield Replacement – The Claim
In order to replace your windshield, we need to have set up an insurance claim, or given you a cash price, and scheduled an appointment. Once those things are done, you will either drive to our shop, or we will come to you to replace your windshield.
Windshield Replacement – The Removal
Before we get started on any work, we note any damage or imperfections with the vehicle, so that we make sure we leave the car as good as we found it. After we are finished inspecting the vehicle, we begin by removing the windshield wipers and then the cowl, the plastic piece generally partially covered by the hood of the vehicle. After the wipers and cowl are off, we remove any side mouldings as necessary, and begin the cut-out of the windshield. Cutting out a windshield is extremely dangerous, and should only be done by certified technicians. After the windshield is cut out, the inside edge of the opening, call a pinch weld, is then stripped of any excess urethane, and cleaned. After the pinch weld is cleaned, we get the new windshield prepped for the install.
Windshield Replacement – The Installation
When we prepare the new windshield for installation, we take a very close look at every part of the windshield, making sure that there are no imperfections, and no defects from the factory. After the windshield has passed visual inspection, we clean the inside of the windshield, and remove any stickers and labels from the outside ot the windshield. Once the glass is clean, we apply any on-glass mouldings as needed, and give the windshield one final wipedown.
Now that the windshield is clean, we are ready to apply new urethane to the newly cleaned pinch weld of the vehicle. This part must be done carefully as fresh urethane is very messy. We take care to make sure that the hieght and thickness of the bead of urethane is proper for the vehicle that is receiving the windshield, as certain vehicles require more or less urethane. Immediately after the urethane has been placed, you use a “bone” to connect the beads together, making sure to create a perfect seal, so that no water or air will be able to leak through.
Once the adhesive is ready, you attach suction cups to the outside of the new windshield, and carefully place the new windshield on the fresh glue. After it is placed, we pat firmly around the windshield so that the bead is properly bonded to the frit band. Tape is then applied to the windshield to hold the windshield in place so that the weight of the windshield does not alter the postition of the windshield on the vehicle.
Windshield Replacement – The Drive Away
Finally, we reinstall the side mouldings, cowl, and windshield wipers. Your vehicle is safe to drive right away, and has what is referred to as a “2 hour roll away time” which is the amount of time it takes before the widnsheild could be in an accident and serve the purpose that it was designed for. Leave the tape on for 2 days, and don’t take it to a commercial car wash for a week, and if possible, leave the windows rolled down 1/2 inch for a couple days.
That’s it! If you need to schedule your windshield replacement, give us a call right away! (480) 228-5390