After You Replace Your Windshield, Recycle It!

It might not be something you think about, or even consider, but windshields can be recycled. Not only that, but the process is fairly simple too. If you’re getting a windshield replacement, ask the company performing the job if they have a recycling program. If they do, recycling the glass is as simple as handing it off to the company. If they don’t, you will have to ask for the glass after your new windshield is installed. In order to make it uncomplicated to travel with, see if your auto glass company can make it easier for you to transport the windshield. After that, you have two options. You can either take it to the recycling center of a nearby landfill, or you can utilize your local recycling bin.

Since windshields are comprised of two layers of glass, it is important to utilize recycling services so the glass doesn’t completely go to waste. Surprisingly enough, there are many uses for recycled auto glass! Fiberglass manufacturing companies utilize recycled glass from windshields very frequently. Other uses for recycled auto glass include using it to make ornate flooring, countertops, shower doors, greenhouses, and even reflective yellow paint for roadways. Auto glass companies have begun forming their own recycling programs to take advantage of the benefits of recycled auto glass. After all, the glass can be used to make more windshields!

Since glass has a variety of uses and functions, it is important for drivers to do their part and partake in recycling. Just because your old windshield was damaged does not mean it no longer has a purpose. Even if your auto glass provider doesn’t mention a recycling program, you should still ask. It is better to have your old glass utilized for some other purpose rather than have it thrown into a landfill. Recycling auto glass was incredibly difficult 20 years ago, so do your best to partake. Who knows, the next time you replace your counters they may contain bits of your old windshield!

What is the Difference between Laminated and Tempered Auto Glass?

Laminated glass and tempered glass are two of the most important and crucial types of glass for your automobile. But what is the difference between these two life-saving types of glass?

Laminated glass is made up of two plate glass sheets, which are stacked on top of each other, with an inner layer made of plastic called polyvinyl butryal, or PVB. When broken, laminated glass stays in one piece, so it is perfect for your windshield because it prevents shards of glass hitting the driver and passengers in accidents. This is why you see the spider web effect in broken windshields. This is because the glass breaks without actually shattering.

Tempered glass is used elsewhere on the car, including the back windshield and side window glass. Tempered glass is made by heating and cooling a sheet of glass in a tempering furnace. This process is referred to as “air quenching”, which makes the glass four to five times stronger than a standard sheet of glass. Tempered glass doesn’t have to be quite as strong as laminated glass because the windshield is key for the structural integrity of the car. Tempered glass will still, however, break into small shards that are not as painful as typical broken glass.

Don’t delay when it comes to windshield damage. Book an appointment with AllStar Windshield Centers today or call us at 800-900-1505.

5 Tips for Keeping Your Headlights Crystal Clear

Over time, your car’s headlights will be exposed to a number of things like, dirt, grime, insects, and the elements. These things work together to tarnish the plastic headlight covers, and heavily reduce your visibility while driving. Keep yourself safe, and your headlights shining with these tips!

  1. When is the last time you changed your lightbulbs? Depending on the type of lightbulb your car uses, they usually need to be changed every year or so.
  2. Give your headlights a wash with soap and warm water. This will remove any surface dirt and grime, and give you a look at any deeper abrasion.
  3. If you notice your headlights are still hazy you can try some DIY restoring with toothpaste, an old rag, and some water. Rub the headlights in a small circular motion with the rag and toothpaste, then rinse with warm water. This will clear any minimal scuffing.
  4. Still hazy? It might be time to head to your local auto store to pick up some cleaning and polishing compounds. For really bad scuffing, there are kits available which come with a cleaning solution and various grit sandpaper.
  5. After getting your headlights bright and shiny again, keep them clean with a UV sealant. Apply the sealant a few times a year to keep your headlights protected.

Auto Glass Repair Services in the Greater Chicago Area

We offer mobile windshield repair and replacement services from our two Chicago area auto glass shops. AllStar Windshield Centers has locations in Naperville and Addison, IL. Our mobile auto glass technicians provide on-location windshield repairs and replacements up to 50 miles away from each location.

Our AllStar Windshield Centers in Naperville is located on W. Ogden Ave, Rt. 34, in the northernmost part of the city. We are just south of Warrenville and Wheaton, IL. Our mobile repair technicians travel throughout the Chicagoland area.

Our Addison, IL Allstar Windshield Centers is located on Capital Drive, a few minutes off Route 20, to the southwestern area of town. Our mobile service technicians travel as far north as Waukegan, and as far south as Wilmington, IL.

AllStar Windshield Centers performs high quality windshield repair and replacement services throughout the greater Chicago, IL area and beyond.

The Development of Auto Glass

Modern windshields can be traced back to a fortunate accident made by French chemist Edouard Benedictus, in 1903. One day in his lab, the chemist dropped a flask filled with collodion. He observed that while the flask broke, it did not shatter. Benedictus would later realize he had discovered shatter proof glass. This would lay the groundwork for shatter-proof safety auto glass. Laminated glass would be used for windshields in the 1920s.

In the early 1900s, however, windshields weren’t being used in any automobiles. Windshields were luxury accessories that were typically considered an option for your car. Even though windshields at this time cost more for the driver, they were not very safe or helpful for drivers. They kept dirt and dust out of the driver’s eyes, but they would easily shatter if damaged. This would cause more harm than good if driver and passenger were covered in glass after contact with a projectile.

Over time, auto manufacturers began to realize the necessity for stronger windshields and other forms of auto glass, like side windows and back windshields. Henry Ford began producing his own auto glass at his factories, and eventually utilized laminated auto glass for his windshields. While the laminated windshield solved the problem of glass shattering in the driver’s face, it still was not strong enough to protect against heavy projectiles or offer protection in collisions. Manufacturers invested in the development of safety glass and innovations like using a thin layer of polyvinyl butyral (PVB) between sheets of glass helped strengthen windshields.

Around this time, auto manufacturers also began using tempered glass for side windows and back windshields. Tempered glass helped strengthen the overall structural integrity of the automobile.

Eventually, the NHTSA would make windshields and auto glass a legal requirement for all automobiles. They would also define the standards for windshield mounting, transparency, and strength.

Other Vehicles Serviced by AllStar Windshield Centers

AllStar Windshield Centers services more than just automobiles. The windshield is an important safety feature for more than just autos. Also, auto glass is important for the security of larger vehicles like mobile homes and buses. We provide windshield repairs and replacements to tractor trailers, buses, and mobile homes.

Mobile homes are often used for long trips. This makes it more likely that they will suffer some auto glass damage over time. Our windshield repair and replacement specialists are trained to repair this type of auto glass so that the mobile home is returned to its original structural integrity.

Tractor trailers use high quality windshields, but they are also on the road more than almost any other vehicle. This makes it almost inevitable that they will suffer windshield damage at some point in their lifespan. We provide auto glass replacements and repairs for tractor trailers, as they wear out significantly over time.

We also provide windshield and auto glass repairs and replacements for buses. Buses take frequent auto glass damage because they are on the road so often and have many sections of glass that can get damaged.

Contact AllStar Windshield Centers today at (800) 900-1505 to find out if we can service your specialty vehicle.

 

How Long Does a Windshield Replacement Take?

Windshield replacements involve removing the broken glass from the automobile, cleaning out any debris, making the replacement with Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) quality glass, and waiting the Safe Drive Away Time of 60 minutes.

Removing the old glass and making the replacement takes one of our windshield replacement technicians about one hour or less. The replacement technician can make the replacement in that time frame at one of our locations, or from the mobile service van at your location.

After the service is complete, you must wait about one hour or less for our premium adhesive to completely cool and set. This is our one hour or less Safe Drive Away Time, and is essential for a properly sealed and secured windshield. After the premium Sika brand urethane adhesive has set, your vehicle is safe to drive.

In total, a windshield replacement takes about two hours. One hour for service, and another hour for the adhesive to set. For more information about our windshield replacement services, give us a call or contact us online.