Is Window Tinting for You?

February 8th, 2016 by admin

TINTING-SHADESAs of late, a drastic change has been made to the automotive world. The introduction of autonomous vehicles, also known as self-driving cars has become revolutionary. This new edition to the automotive industry is sure to shake things up a bit and bring about a whole new wave of traffic rules and regulations. Understandably, you might have some reservations about what self-driving cars could mean for both pedestrians, and other drivers on the road. Your instincts might tell you that it would be completely unsafe to rely on a computer to navigate traffic patters and human error outside the vehicle. But a recent study has proven that autonomous vehicles are actually more likely to avoid accidents and car crashes than your average, human-driven car.
Knowing that, it may make you think about what sorts of customizations you can apply to self-driving cars that may other wise be used on the conventional vehicle. Take, for example, an autonomous vehicle that has been given a window tint. Window tinting offers safety features such as avoidance of sun exposure, or sun glares. It also affords the driver comfort by avoiding having sun in the driver’s eyes. While autonomous vehicles eliminate the need for an avoidance of sun glare for safety reasons, it could prove to be extremely valuable for an added level of comfort. The autonomous vehicle already takes care of the safety, so for those in the self-driving car, a window tint is just an added bonus. And then there is the added protection factor to consider when choosing a tinted window shield to go with your autonomous car. Self-driving cars likely aren’t cheap, and if you’re going to spend the money on one, you’ll want to be sure you’re getting your money’s worth. Tinted windows protect against interior damage from prolonged exposure to the sun.

If you are interested in adding a tinted window to your Houston self-driving car, contact us today.

Window Tinting for Cars

October 15th, 2015 by admin
Houston Window Tinting - Auto Glass RepairAny Houston driver knows the struggle of driving around town during the noon to 3pm hours, when the sun is at its highest. The sun doesn’t only harm your forearms or hands but also your face, more particularly the left side of your face. One way to combat any UV damage to your skin is by installing car window tints. Although, regardless of the weather outside, you are overexposed to dangerous UV rays! So even if you don’t feel any burn on your skin, you are still exposed to UV rays. Yes, even on cloudy days! About 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays pass right through the clouds.
Fortunately, UVA-filtering car window tint can do wonders to prevent any skin damage, there’s window films in varying strengths from clear film to dark tints that block out more than 99 percent of UVA and UVB without reducing any visibility. Protect not only yourself but the passengers in your car from harmful UV rays with Affordable Auto Glass’s car window tinting services in Houston.

Four Keys to Proper Windshield Wiper Maintenance

June 8th, 2015 by admin

bmwEspecially given the recent series of rainstorms in the state of Texas and the approach of summer sun and heat, maintaining your windshield wiper blades is critical to your safety on the road and car window tinting in Houston will provide protection from hot sunny days. A number of factors can play a role in the deterioration of your windshield wipers, including the following:

• The condition of your windshield
• The amount of dust in the air or on the roads
• Sand or salt used to treat icy areas during the winter
• Extremes of heat and cold outside
• Excessive dirt or ice on windshields while wipers are in use
• Contaminants on the wiper blades that can have a corrosive or otherwise damaging effect

Here are four simple steps you can take to extend the life of your windshield wiper blades and to ensure clear visibility even during heavy downpours.

Wash Your Vehicle Frequently

Regular visits to the car wash can help keep your windshield clear of grit and dust that can damage wiper blades and reduce their effectiveness in keeping your field of vision clear. Washing away roadway salt can prevent its corrosive effect on rubber-based wiper blades. Thorough cleaning can also reveal small cracks and chips that may be obscured by dirt and can allow you to take steps to address these issues early on before they become major issues and expenses.

Check Your Windshield

Small cracks and chips can do a real number on your windshield wipers and can reduce their ability to effectively keep auto glass clean. Over time, these irregularities in the surface of your windshield can damage the line of your wiper blades and lead to reduced visibility in rainy or snowy weather. Even minor cracks can have a serious effect on the performance of your windshield wipers and can result in added wear and faster deterioration of rubber, silicone and other materials. Working with an established company that offers windshield crack repair in Houston can resolve dings, chips and spider-web cracks quickly and efficiently to ensure that your wiper blades stay intact and offer clear visibility regardless of what the Texas weather brings.

Clean Your Wiper Blades

In some cases, a direct approach can be the best way to protect your windshield wipers against premature wear. Most manufacturers recommend the use of a small amount of windshield washer fluid and a clean, lint-free cloth to clean blades and remove any road debris, dirt and other contaminants from these essential visibility features on your car or truck. A gentle touch is best to minimize the risk of damage to your blades during the cleaning process, especially for modern silicone-based or graphite-coated rubber wiper systems.

Replace Wiper Blades as Needed

Custom auto glass experts recommend checking your blades every six months at a minimum to determine if they are worn or damaged. Regular replacements can ensure optimal visibility on Texas streets and highways. Companies that offer car window tinting in Houston can often provide you with an accurate assessment of the condition of your front and rear wiper blades to allow you to make the right decision regarding replacement of these vital components. New windshield wiper blades are a relatively inexpensive investment in safety and visibility for your vehicle.

By caring for your windshield wipers carefully and replacing them as necessary, you can ensure a higher degree of safety behind the wheel and can enjoy improved visibility in rainy or snowy weather. Repairing any minor cracks and dings promptly can also provide you with a clear field of vision that can potentially help you avoid accidents before they occur. Building a relationship with a qualified Houston auto glass repair and tinting company can ensure that you stay safer on the road no matter what Mother Nature serves up this summer.

Should I Repair Or Replace My Windshield?

August 21st, 2013 by Melanie Ledbetter-Remy

In the course of owning a car, a thousand things may happen that force you to make a choice: get it fixed, or let it go. If you live in a state with a mild climate for instance, you may not feel it necessary to run to the mechanic when your air conditioning goes out. A cracked windshield, unfortunately, leaves you with no such choice. By law, a broken windshield must be fixed. That is not to say you do not have a choice, however. Repair technology has grown more advanced, giving many drivers the option of choosing smaller repairs over full windshield replacement.

Size
Three factors play into whether or not you are eligible for windshield repair or auto glass replacement: the size of the crack, where it’s located on the glass, and how badly the windshield was cracked or chipped. Windshield repair shops are usually able to fix a chip smaller than a quarter and a crack less than three inches in length. Larger damage will likely necessitate auto glass replacement. This is not always the case, however. Some shops will be able to fix cracks up to a foot in length, so if a shop tells you that windshield replacement is needed, it could pay to get a second opinion.

Location
Location is another factor a shop will examine when determining whether to repair or replace windshield glass. A crack along the outer edges of a windshield is more often than not an indication that replacement will be necessary. These tend to spread across the glass more quickly than a centrally located crack, meaning they can threaten the structural integrity of the windshield. While outer edge cracks can still be fixed if caught early, most shops are going to recommend a full replacement. Many shops are likewise hesitant to repair cracks located in the driver’s line of sight, as even a thorough repair job can leave minor distortions in the glass, hindering vision.

Damage
Minor cracks and chips are much better candidates for repair. A stray golf ball smacks into your windshield, a small rock pops off the highway when you’re driving to work, etc. This type of impact usually leaves only a small amount of damage behind, presenting a viable candidate for modern repair techniques. On the other hand, if your windshield was severely damaged in a crash, suffered cracks in more than one location, or was struck by a large object, replacement may be the only solution.

Cost
Unlike many automotive repair expenses, windshield repair and replacement costs are fairly standard around the country. A small chip can cost as little as $50 to repair and most shops will repair additional chips for only around $10 per additional blemish. Cracks run at about the same rates, though those longer than 3 inches could run higher due to the need for specialized treatment. Expect to on average to pay somewhere in the neighborhood of $70-$100 per crack.

Replacement, on the other hand, can get expensive. With replacement, it is the type of vehicle that plays a big role in determining how much it winds up costing you. Dealerships are usually more expensive due to the fact that they use OEM windshields. Smaller independent shops and mobile windshield replacement companies are often able to cut customers a break because they use aftermarket glass. If you need your windshield replaced, it is always a good idea to check with your auto insurance agent to see if they cover the cost of replacement.

Making the Choice
Whether you think you need windshield replacement or can get by with a smaller repair, the most important thing is to act quickly. The longer you leave a crack or chip unfixed, the more dangerous it becomes. Should moisture get through the crack, it can damage the vinyl layer in the safety glass and weaken the entire windshield. Talk to a trusted auto glass specialist in your area and see if repair is the best choice.

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The 411 on Windshield Repair

April 2nd, 2013 by david

Cracked Windshield | Auto Glass Repair NeededDid you know in some states, windshield cracks and chips on your front or back windshield can be illegal? Windshield cracks and chips are simply something you should not ignore when considering maintenance on your vehicle. You could be ticketed for it.

How do you decide what path to take when it comes to fixing or replacing your windshield? Here are a few things to consider when pondering fixing or replacing your windshield crack.

  • Does the crack or chip interfere with vision while driving?
  • Does the sun reflect in the chip transferring a blinding light?
  • Does dirt accumulate in the windshield chip?
  • How long is the crack – is it running across the length of your windshield?
  • Do you hear wind through the crack?
  • Is the windshield leaking?
  • Are the windshield wipers snagging on the windshield crack?

Depending on the length of the crack or size of the chip is what you have to determine before calling a windshield crack repair shop. Usually, if the crack is less than 12 inches long, or if the chip smaller than a quarter, you are probably okay having it repaired. Check your windshield wipers. In Texas, windshield wipers ARE a part of a vehicle inspection and if they are damaged in any way, the car will not pass inspection. Your windshield, however, is NOT a part of the inspection list per the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.

Is the crack longer than 12”? Long cracks can begin to leak and if located close to the sides of the windshield, the crack can compromise the integrity of the windshield creating a dangerous situation. Contact your auto insurance company and check out your deductible for damaged auto glass. It might be better for you to pay out of pocket for repairs or replacement. Call an auto glass replacement specialist with a mobile windshield repair service immediately.

Protect against dirt. Dirt that gets into a crack or chip can make it more difficult to repair and can impair vision. Try placing a small piece of clear tape over the chip, but make sure that the tape doesn’t block your vision when you’re driving. Chip repair kits can be purchased, but are not straightforward.  It’s always better to let a professional car window and windshield replacement specialist repair damaged auto glass.

Protect the car from the sun by parking in a garage or the shade. Allowing heat to build up the car can cause further damage to the windshield. Cracks “run” when the glass heats up. In places like Austin and Houston, auto window glass damage is common when chips turn in to cracks in a few hours.

Contact an auto-glass professional for windshield crack and chip repair. Quite a few auto glass repair specialists offer mobile service that will repair your car at your home or office. They will need some shade or a garage to do the work in.

Now is the Time to Tint Vehicle Glass

March 19th, 2013 by david

Cracked Windshield | Auto Glass Repair NeededWith tomorrow marking the first day of spring, warmer weather is on its way. In Texas, that means we will get a few weeks of nice weather until temperatures above 90 degrees become the norm for months.  Therefore, now is the perfect time to get your windows tinted.

By tinting your vehicle’s windows this spring, you help keep your vehicle cool this summer. Summers in Texas are incredibly hot, and without tinted windows, it is inevitable that you enter a vehicle that is hot to the touch at times. That is unless you have the luxury of keeping your vehicle in a covered garage or parking lot all day long.  Not very practical, is it?

Furthermore, have you ever touched a scalding hot steering wheel before? It not only hurts, but is an uncomfortable way to drive as well.  Instead of focusing on the road and drivers around you, you become more concerned with the burning sensation that has suddenly afflicted your hands.  That leads to distracted driving, which leads to a serious accident, which leads to damaged vehicle glass.  Then you will need to get in touch with an auto glass repair shop, which will put a dent in your wallet.

How to Be Safe When Driving Home This Spring Break

March 15th, 2013 by david

Cracked Windshield | Auto Glass Repair NeededThis weekend is going to be a nightmare for Texas drivers. With much of the state on Spring Break, expect heavy traffic on most freeways.  That means drivers need to be extra cautious, as one false move could make windshield repairs necessary.  However, there is good news.  By remembering some basic tips, you can keep your windshield free of cracks and chips.

First, drive only on well paved roads.  Roads under construction or in need of construction are more likely to have gravel and rocks on them.  Not only can gravel and rocks cause friction with tires, but vehicles in front of you can cause them to fly into your windshield, cracking it. This is especially true if you drive too closely behind 18 wheelers or other large vehicles.  They are gravel and rock magnets.

Second, resist the temptation to pass other vehicles.   For one thing, with so many cars on the road, it is not as if one lane will suddenly move faster than another. Furthermore, lane hopping is a good way to get an car accident.  The risk outweighs the reward here.

Finally, give yourself proper stopping distance from the vehicle in front of you.  In general, for regular city driving, a two-second rule applies.  However, because of the fast speeds present on freeways, doubling it is necessary.  Not tailgating other vehicles puts less stress on your brakes while reducing the chance you ruin your vehicle’s glass by slamming into the back of another car.

Fog and Frost Resistant Windshields Being Developed

March 7th, 2013 by david

Cracked Windshield | Auto Glass Repair NeededDealing with foggy and frosted vehicle glass is no fun.  Not only does it severely reduce a driver’s visibility, but cleaning it requires extra time in the morning that many people simply do not have. That said, we have good news: soon there might be a special coating for windshields that would prevent both conditions from occurring.

Now, you might be wondering, how is this going to work? Honestly, considering fog and frost involve different phases of water, it is a perfectly reasonable question to ask. According to an article by lifescience.com, the material used in the windshield coating contains both hydrophilic (water attracting) and hydrophobic (water repelling) properties. When combined together, they lower the freezing temperature of the water, which in turn reduces the likelihood of the windshield frosting.   As the coating warms up, it simply releases the water. This prevents the windshield from fogging up since the water evaporates.

Regardless of whether we truly understand how it works, this would be a wonderful technological advancement for cars of the future.  Not only would drivers save time on their daily commute, but the number of auto accidents would be reduced as well.   That is what we call a winning proposition.

A Weird Windshield Story

February 26th, 2013 by david

Cracked Windshield | Auto Glass Repair NeededIn our many years of repairing auto glass, we have seen and heard a wide variety of reasons why customers needed windshield repairs.  Road rage incidents?  check.  Ran into a tree? check.  Hit a deer?  check.   In fact, we thought we had seen it all.  However, we found a windshield related story that left us speechless.

In yesterday’s edition of the Huffington Post, there was an article titled “Bird Turd Jesus: Ohio Man Jim Lawry Says Dropping on His Windshield Is Image of Christ.”   It took us a few a minutes, but after some initial laughter, we finally composed ourselves enough to actually read the article. Once we saw the picture of the bird dropping in question, we came to three conclusions.  One, why is this newsworthy?  Two, the bird dropping bears little if any resemblance to Jesus.  Three, this is nothing more than one man seeing what he wants to see, rather than what is really there.

That said, what harm does it do to let this man have his opinion?  It does not affect you or I in any way, so if it brings him some happiness, we should not try and take that from him. Of course, he does need to clean the “divine” bird dropping from his vehicle before the next time he takes it for a spin.   Safety matters, remember?

Make Sure To Clean Your Windshield Before Driving

February 22nd, 2013 by david

Cracked Windshield | Auto Glass Repair NeededWhen it comes to driving, visibility is key.  Without a clean line of sight to things happening around and in front of you, you increase your odds of needing windshield replacement services significantly. During winter, colder temperatures cause ice and frost to attach themselves to a vehicle’s windshield.  This reduces a driver’s visibility by leaps and bounds. Therefore, it is paramount that any driver takes the time to de-ice their windshield before hitting the road. Otherwise, bad things can happen.

For example, a Utah woman decided to drive with frost on her windshield earlier this week, and ended up hitting and killing a cyclist in the process.  She was subsquently arrested, and now is looking at the possibility of spending time in jail.  Not to mention, a man lost his life and a family is now grieving.

All because a driver chose to not spare five to ten minutes and clear the frost from her windshield before hitting the gas pedal.  Surely, she would love to go back in time and clear her windshield before driving that day.  However, as is the case with automobiles, you rarely get a second chance to right a wrong.

Do not be like this woman.  Make sure your windshield is clean and clear before you hit the road.  If you don’t, repairing a windshield crack will be the least of your worries.