At Rodz Tint Touch, we place our customer’s needs first before everything else. With our many years of experience handling automotive glass repair and replacement services, we now know fully well what works and what doesn’t. The moment you pull up to our shop here in Ontario, California, your vehicle will be subjected to our own brand of premium care and consideration.
We know that no customer wants to just give up on their windshield or windows just like that, but replacements can be a bit of a strain on the wallet, especially when times are hard. That’s why we’ll make every effort to find out just how bad the damage really is and let you know upfront if we think that the damage on your vehicle’s glass can be repaired or not.
State-of-the-Art Auto Glass Repair Process
Our technicians use modern, efficient techniques to successfully repair your vehicle’s windshield or window glass. We employ the state-of-the-art vacuum injection pump method in which the air is removed from the damaged area of the glass before a clear adhesive resin is pumped backed into it. The vacuum process ensures that the resin can penetrate deep into the thousands of miniature cracks that may have been introduced on the surface of the glass. Afterwards, the resin is cured with ultraviolet radiation, and the treated area is polished and cleaned to reveal the glass in its full restored glory.
Industry-Leading Auto Glass Replacement Service
In cases where the damage is found to be irreparable, our technicians will recommend complete replacement of the auto glass instead. We use only top-quality replacement glass products and employ industry best practices to ensure a proper fit for your vehicle. Our experienced technicians can expertly remove the old auto glass and set the new one in its place.
Customer First, Bottom Line Later
No matter if it’s just a minor repair job or a complete replacement of the auto glass, customers can rest easy knowing that they can trust us to do right with their car and the job they’re paying us for.
Here at Rod Tint Touch, we’ve been handling automotive glass repair jobs for many years. Trust us when we say that we’ve seen pretty much everything when it comes to how your vehicle windshield and windows can get damaged. To help you understand what we’re dealing with, we list down some of the most common causes of auto glass damage below:
Besides the bumper, fender, headlights, and taillights, the windshield is one of the first components of a car that will suffer the most in an accident, no matter if it’s a major or a minor one. And while windshields and windows can outright shatter in a high-velocity impact, small cracks here and there can also result from any structural deformation caused by an accident. An example of this is when the frame gets bent due to an accident, thus exerting additional pressure on the glass and damaging it in the process.
Most solids exposed to heat and cold will expand and contract, respectively. Glass, even the kind used for cars, is no exception. While most automative-grade glass is certainly designed to minimize that kind of strain, being exposed to extreme temperatures can still result in damage to the car’s windshield or windows. This is especially true if you live in a place where weather conditions can shift suddenly. Moreover, windshields and window glass that have pre-existing chips or cracks are also more vulnerable to the effects of extreme temperatures.
Incorrect or Faulty Installation
Whether it’s a quality control issue with your car’s manufacturer or a replacement gone awry, incorrectly installed automotive glass can get damaged within the short term. In order to be able to deal with the vibrations caused driving, windshields and windows have to fit into their frames perfectly. If the fit is wrong, the vibrations—even during normal driving conditions—can increase and damage the glass as a result. Vandalism It shouldn’t happen to anyone, but in this day and age, it’s unfortunately quite common: some mean-spirited individual passing by your car and deciding to have fun with it, like scratching up its paintwork, slashing up the tires, or just staving in the windshield or windows with a kick or two. It could be someone you know, or just a random hooligan, but whatever the case, vandalism is one of the most common causes of automotive glass damage.
Chipped windshields are part and parcel of driving, since the stuff that causes them—like tiny rocks or pavement chips that get tossed up into the air and into your windshield as vehicles run over them—can be found on any road, whether on asphalt or on dirt.
Expert technicians at Rodz Tint Touch take automotive glass repair and replacements seriously. This is because if you don’t address the problem right away, it can result into something much worse, especially if you end up in a car accident. Simply put, damaged glass is not just an issue of aesthetics, it’s also one of safety.
To Prevent Injuries During Collision Incidents
You’ve probably heard about how modern vehicles are built to take the brunt of the damage during collisions. For the most part, this is true, but a car becomes more vulnerable if it has any pre-existing auto glass chips, cracks, or other forms of damage on the windshield or windows.
Because the structural integrity of an intact glass is not yet compromised, it can help transfer some of the energy generated by the collision down to the car’s chassis, lessening the impact on the car’s passengers. However, if a glass is already cracked even the tiniest bit before the collision, the impact can shatter the windshield before it is able transfer the energy to the chassis. This increases the risk of passenger injuries due to broken glass.
Moreover, an intact windshield also helps prevent passengers from being thrown out of the car in the event of a front-end collision. A cracked windshield can immediately shatter during a collision. As such, it will offer no protection for passengers who may get ejected from their seats.
To Ensure Proper Airbag Deployment
A windshield that is in tiptop condition also helps ensure that the airbags are properly deployed during an accident. This is because the glass shields the bag from being forced out of the car, ensuring that it is inflated towards the passenger. However, if the glass is cracked or damaged prior to the accident, the force of the bag deployment could shatter the windshield, and the airbag could get inflated outside of the car instead.
To Prevent Injuries During Roll-Over Accidents
A vehicular accident strong enough to actually roll your car over on its roof is bad news, and it can be worse if you have a cracked windshield or window when it does happen. While an intact windshield can help prevent a car’s body from caving in on the occupants, a cracked windshield could immediately shatter under the weight of a flipped vehicle, resulting in the passengers being subjected to crush injuries.
At Rodz Tint Touch, we believe in recommending the best solutions for our customers’ automotive glass problems. Before suggesting a full replacement, we will determine if the damage to your windshield or window can be fixed with a repair job. To that end, here’s a summary of the main factors that we look into to help us decide whether or not a crack or a chip can be repaired.
Dimensions of the Damage
There have been many breakthroughs made in automotive repair technologies, and automotive glass repair is no exception, with many shops all over the world now able to fix damage to windshields and windows.
According to the Repair of Laminative Automotive Glass Standard guide, which is published by the National Windshield Repair Association, different types of auto glass damage can be repaired depending on their dimensions:
- All bull’s eye chips with a diameter of no larger than 1 inch or 25 millimeters
- All combination breaks with a diameter (excluding legs) of no more than 2 inches or millimeters
- All cracks that are no longer than 14 inches or 350 millimeters
- All half moon or partial bull’s eye chips with a diameter of no larger than 1 inch or 25 millimeters
- All star breaks with a diameter of no larger than 3 inches or 75 millimeters
- All surface pits with a diameter of not less than 1/8 inch or 3 millimeters
Depth of the Damage
Just how deep does the crack or chip go into the glass? Most automotive glass—especially windshields— have three layers: a glass outer layer, a plastic interlayer, and another glass layer on the inside. If the damage is deep enough that it penetrates all three layers of the auto glass, then it is impossible to restore the damage with a regular repair job. A replacement would therefore be needed.
Where the Damage Is on the Vehicle
Where the crack or chip is located plays a big role in the question of whether or not the auto glass can be repaired. Simply put, the damage should not be located squarely within the driver’s line of sight as the refill resin could impair the vision of the driver. Moreover, any damage that extends to the edge of the windshield or window could make the glass significantly weaker, making it ineligible for repairs.