Auto Glass Safety
The Glassman believes that all consumers should be educated and aware of the facts regarding auto glass safety. Many people take for granted or simply are unaware of how important auto glass is to your safety while inside a vehicle. For example, the windshield gives key structural support to a vehicle's roof, and something as small as a simple crack or chip in your windshield can seriously increase your chances of injury during a car accident. During a rollover accident, it is estimated that the windshield supplies up to 70% of the roof's structural integrity.
If you have a damaged windshield, don't delay to get it repaired. Contact The Glassman today!
OEM Glass vs. Aftermarket
When your windshield needs to be replaced there is a choice of what type of glass to replace it with. Sometimes the decision is up to the insurance company, but other times the decision is up to the consumer. If the choice is yours but you're still unclear about what decision to make, call on The Glassman to help educate you and make a more informed decision.
OEM glass, or Original Equipment Manufacturer glass, is produced at the same factories that automakers use. OEM glass products will be identical to the factory-installed windshield that came with your car when it was brand new. This glass is manufactured specifically to meet your car maker's regulations and should match the original specifications such as size, shape, thickness, & durability. Another important fact: OEM glass is certified by the Department of Transportation, so you can be assured of their safety factor.
Aftermarket glass is manufactured from companies who don't necessarily have contracts with the automakers. Because there is no contract involved, these glass manufacturers don't have to abide by any of the automaker's specific guidelines. This means their end product will have the identical shape and size of your original windshield, but will probably differ in color or tint as well as thickness and durability. In some cases these differences are intentional because copyright laws prohibit these auto glass companies from producing identical windshields to the factory-installed originals.
The differences between OEM glass and aftermarket glass are usually small. Some especially discriminating consumers express displeasure with aftermarket glass because the color or tint differs from their original glass or because of a wavy quality in the new glass. Others complain that aftermarket glass leaks or produces excess noise, but most people, however, notice little to no difference in the new aftermarket versions.
One other important fact to consider: If your vehicle is leased, it is highly recommended that you consult the leasing contract before getting any new auto glass installed because it may state that any damaged glass must be replaced with OEM glass.