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Top Terms to Know About Auto and Home Glass Installation
Over half of all windows that were not installed within the past decade are likely to leak air, have surface cracks, or pose a threat if you live in an area susceptible to strong wind storms. Even the ones in an older vehicle may not be up to par with your driving environment. Glass installation can be a pricey investment so it’s important to know a few things before you begin browsing.
Tint – A dark film applied to glass that provides shade, privacy, and protection from damaging UV rays. Most commonly used in cars, make sure to check your state laws as to how dark you can tint your car.
Screening – See-through protection from insects or other intruders, screens can come in vinyl, aluminum, and fiberglass materials and install easily on wooden panes.
Laminated glass – A type of safety glass that is difficult to shatter upon impact by flying debris and therefore is less likely to need repair. It is most commonly used for windshields and in homes.
Double-pane windows – An older home is likely to only have single-pane windows, which very often leak heat and cause drafts. Insulated double-pane windows trap air between two panes of glass, reducing heat loss during the wintertime by as much as 40%.
Tempered glass – A lighter type of safety auto glass used in the back and rear seat windows.
Auto glazing – Strictly for custom car and auto body enthusiasts, auto glazing is produced by injecting a sturdy polycarbonate molding that is 50% lighter than standard glass. As an added bonus, it can be used for creative body panels.
Resin polymer – A protective liquid used for small window cracks or chips. Most insurance carriers will cover resin polymer fixes.
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Windows can become broken very easily. In rare cases, a broken windowpane can be the result of foul play, with a burglar smashing one to gain entry to a home or vehicle. Most, however, are the results of accidents.
Additionally, window frames can warp or shift with time. Wooden frames can rot, which is one reason why many modern windows are made with vinyl or PVC frames. This can result in panes coming loose or even falling out. Broken glass can, thus, be the result of something striking the window or of part of the window hitting the ground.
Automotive windows are often broken or cracked as a result of accidents. Windshields need to be replaced after even a small crack is found. However, due to the fact that auto glass is laminated and tempered, it tends to break less often than that used in house windows. Some autos are designed with bullet resistant glass. Sunroofs may also be broken. Auto windows are also commonly tinted, compared to those in the home. Repair companies may also replace windows with custom ones such as darker tints.
Building window replacement and repair may involve the window itself or other related parts. French doors, for example, can suffer the same damage as windows. Storm shutters may also be damaged, as may insect screens. Some window repairs may involve only replacing plate glass, sometimes a single pane. Many, though, may include the entire window unit. Additionally, security features may be added to prevent the window from being easily broken again, such as bars or mesh. Insulated inserts are also sometimes used. Window repair companies may also install a new set of windows. Much like houses, commercial buildings often require new windows.
Finally, other glass items such as display cases may be repaired or installed.