Replacement windshields are a vital part of vehicle safety, providing a barrier between the occupants and the outside world. Whether you’ve been in a car accident, or just need to replace a cracked windshield, there are a variety of replacement windshields to choose from. Here are the different types of replacement windshields available.
Different Types of Windshield Glass
Tempered windshields are made from a single piece of tempered glass that is heated to extreme temperatures and then cooled quickly. This process creates a windshield that is four to five times stronger than regular glass and is less prone to shattering. If the tempered windshield does break, it will break into small, relatively harmless pieces instead of large, sharp shards. This makes them ideal for use in vehicles that will be driven in areas with a lot of flying debris or areas with high winds.
Laminated windshields are made from two pieces of glass that are fused together with a layer of plastic. This creates a windshield that is more resistant to shattering than tempered glass but still has the strength and durability of regular glass. Laminated windshields are often used in vehicles that require extra protection from the elements, such as convertible cars or vehicles with a convertible top.
Different Qualities of Windshield Glass
OEM windshields are made by the same company that made the original windshield for the vehicle. This means the exact same materials and standards are used, so the fit and quality should be the same as the original. OEM windshields also come with a warranty, so if there are any issues after installation, they will be covered. The downside of an OEM windshield is the cost – they are typically much more expensive than aftermarket & used windshield options.
Dealer glass is designed and manufactured to meet the same exact specifications as OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) glass. This means that it is of equal quality and durability as the original glass and can be used to replace any damaged or broken OEM windshield glass. The main difference between dealer glass and OEM glass is that the dealer has produced and marketed the windshield itself.
Aftermarket windshields are made by a different company than the original manufacturer but with the same materials and standards. These windshields can offer a good fit and quality, but may not be as reliable as an OEM windshield. They also tend to be much less expensive than OEM options.
Contact Us for Quality Windshield Replacement
At Omni Auto Glass, we offer the best quality windshield replacement services. Our experienced and certified technicians use only the highest quality materials and products to ensure a safe and reliable windshield replacement. We work with the same depots that manufacture the OEM glass used by dealerships to ensure your vehicle’s glass is of the highest caliber.
We are committed to providing our customers with the best customer service and the highest quality windshield replacement at an affordable price. Our technicians are trained in the latest techniques and use only the highest-quality adhesives and primers. In addition, we guarantee all of our work and stand behind our products. Contact us today to get a free windshield replacement quote!
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