Windshield Repair & Replacement
We understand safety at S&S AutoGlass. We strive to not only ensure your 100% satisfaction, but to deliver our product to you, hassle-free. We understand how important your time is, so we conveniently make appointments at a time and place convenient for you. We strive to use the most durable products in regards to our windshield repairs & replacements. Our glass distributors are one of a kind, and we share similar goals in our businesses, to deliver a product and experience worth sharing. We want you to come back to us, and to tell others about us. What all is involved in repairing or replacing a windshield, you may ask? Well, let us tell you!
Removing the Trim
The first step in the windshield removal process is to remove the old trim that is holding the windshield in place. Think of this like removing the caulking around your home's window in order to remove the window. A razor is often used to removing the trim, loosening the windshield.
Removing the Windshield
Once the trim is removed, the windshield should be able to be lifted away from the car. Large suction cups with handles may be used to pop the windshield out of place, helping to ensure it does not break.
Cleaning Out and Preparing the Pinch Weld
Once the windshield is removed, the pinch weld needs to be cleaned out and prepared. The pinch weld is the small gap between the windshield and the body of your car that holds or pinches the edges of the windshield. Old urethane, dirt, and dust can all build up in this area over time. Cleaning it before installing a new windshield is important to ensure the windshield can fit in the pinch weld, allowing it to fully hold the windshield glass.
Once the pinch weld is cleaned, urethane is applied to the edges of the pinch weld. Urethane acts like a glue or adhesive that holds the windshield in place. The urethane must be applied evenly, yet quickly to ensure it does not begin to dry or set before the windshield can be put into place.
Installing the New Windshield
The last step in the windshield replacement process is to install the new windshield. Once the urethane is in place, the windshield is carefully fitted over the hole on your car. The glass is moved so that it fits within the pinch weld. Once properly positioned, it is pushed into place, typically with suction cups and bars, and held there for several minutes. Once the urethane begins to set, the suction cups are removed and the windshield is allowed to completely cure. The curing process varies based on the weather outside and the type of urethane used, but typically, most people can drive their car away within an hour of a new windshield being installed.