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    Checking and Replacing Your Wiper Blades

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Worn wiper blades won’t do you any good during a storm. In fact, inconsistent wiper blade maintenance could put you and your passengers in serious danger. This video goes over the basics of wiper blade care and explores why this maintenance task is so important. 

    The video starts by showing you the difference between dirty wipers and wipers that need a replacement. Next, you’ll learn simple tips for detaching and replacing your wipers. You’ll learn how to reduce windshield streaking, as well.

    Glass on the Move is one of Oakland’s oldest and most celebrated auto glass repair companies. Get in touch with us at (510) 338-4791 if you have questions about getting your windshield replaced. You can also talk to our knowledgeable staff about wiper blade checks and decide if your wiper blades need a replacement.


    Tips for Determining if You Need a New Windshield

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Your windshield is an extremely important part of your vehicle—this barrier offers protection from the elements and helps you to maintain visibility on the road. Eventually, windshields become worn and suffer a drop in performance. Keep reading to learn when windshield replacement is needed.

    • Extended Cracks: Typically, small, shallow cracks can be repaired with specialty compounds. However, cracks beyond six inches in length are impossible to repair. Eventually, these cracks will spread and weaken your windshield, so any large crack makes a windshield replacement absolutely necessary. Bring your vehicle into a professional windshield repair company if you have questions about the length of a crack.
    • Compound Breaks: Not all small cracks can be ignored. Localized cracks that reach deeper layers of your windshield are just as dangerous as long, narrow cracks. Bulls-eye breaks, named for their layered, circular shape, are one such crack that requires a new windshield. Pointed, angled star-shaped breaks are another type of damage that cannot be repaired. Also, keep a close eye out for networks of cracks on the sides of the windshield. These pressure cracks are typically caused by damage to the vehicle’s frame or are the result of an improper glass installation. Call a windshield repair company right away if you notice any of these damages.
    • Debris Buildup: Unfortunately, exposure to dirt and grime can make simple chips impossible to repair. Small dirt particles can settle into these cracks and cause them to expand more quickly. Even worse, this debris makes it impossible to repair tiny cracks with standard resin treatments. In cases like these, the only way to resolve the repair is to have the entire windshield replaced.

    Glass on the Move has been helping Oakland residents with speedy glass replacements since 1979. Contact us at (510) 338-4791 if you’re in need of windshield chip repair or auto glass insulation.


    Safety Glass: How Does It Work?

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Car windows and windshields are constructed from special, damage-resistant glass. This safety glass is extremely important for protecting passengers during a collision. Check out this video to learn more about the effectiveness of safety glass. Multiple types of safety glass are put to the test. The hosts use high-velocity gun rounds and numerous other objects to simulate the force of a collision. As you’ll see, the tests reveal how durable safety glass is in the face of any type of collision. 

    Glass on the Move puts a priority on safety. That’s why we hire only the most talented and experienced technicians to install our replacement windshields. Call us at (510) 338-4791 if you want the best in the business working on your vehicle. 


    Highly Recommend

    Last updated 5 years ago

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    • Totally agree with Beatriz Q, same thing happened to my extended cab pick up. These guys were prompt, efficient, proffesional and cleaned all the shattered glass out of the cab. Highly recommend, and would definately use again. Thanks guys!!

      Jack M.

    Laminated Safety Glass vs. Tempered Safety Glass

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Both laminated and tempered safety glass are used in automotive windshield repairs. However, the different types of glass are specially designed to perform best in certain locations. Keep reading to learn the differences between laminated safety glass and tempered safety glass.

    • Laminated: Laminated safety glass is the most commonly used glass for auto glass repairs. This type of auto glass is actually constructed from multiple layers of glass and durable polyvinyl butyral (PVB) plastic. This ultra-thin film can adhere to glass exceptionally well and adds a flexible property to the windshield. Plus, laminated safety glass is strong enough to be used by banks as a bullet-resistant barrier—that means your laminated glass windshield provides reliable impact protection on the road. Laminated safety glass even cuts down on ultra violet (UV) ray and sound transmission, too. These perks help to maintain the looks and comfort of your entire vehicle interior.
    • Tempered: Unlike laminated safety glass, tempered glass panes are a single piece of solid glass. The glass is hardened through exposure to high heat and a fast-freezing tempering process. The process of tempering glass does more than simply strengthen the glass—tempered glass products are almost ten times more durable than their normal glass counterparts. This strength is part of the reason that tempered glass is used for safety applications. The tempering technique also ensures that the glass will break into harmless, rounded pebbles instead of jagged shards. This property makes tempered glass the best choice for vehicle side and back windows.

    Choose Glass on the Move to replace your auto windshield with high-quality laminated and tempered glass. Our professional installation methods ensure your vehicle’s new glass is fit securely and permanently. Log on to our website or call us at (510) 338-4791 if you have more questions about our glass services. 


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