Safety - Discussion of safety as it relates to auto glass is usually focused on the windshield. In the past the windshields, purpose was to act as a shield for the occupants from wind, water, insects and debris. In today's vehicles the windshield still functions as a shield, however it also helps to restrain occupants from being ejected, and it helps to support the roof in case of a roll over, and it provides a platform for the passengers air bag deployment. An improperly installed windshield may break away from the body of the vehicle in a collision, exposing the occupants to injury by debris, ejection from the vehicle, or crushing by the collapsing roof, not to mention the danger of the flying piece of glass. The passenger side airbag if needed, will deflect off the windshield and then come back to protect the passenger. Without proper adherence the airbag will simply push the windshield from its position and the airbag becomes ineffective. The proper techniques for installation are critical for an effective bond between glass & vehicle which help to insure passenger safety and to return the structural integrity of the vehicle
Urethane -Every vehicle manufacturer requires using urethane adhesive/sealant to bond the windshield to the vehicle. Each urethane has its unique set of primers which are an integral part of the bonding process. Each urethane also has a cure time (the time that it takes for the urethane to harden) before its is safe to drive the vehicle. It is important for you the vehicle owner to know what that cure time is. If the urethane is not cured the safety of the vehicle will not have been restored.
Also important for some vehicles are specific urethanes with unique properties which are necessary to return the vehicle to manufactures specifications. The most common are the High Modulus/Non Conductive Urethanes, needed for many newer European vehicles. The high modulus urethane is more rigid when completely cured, and the properties of the non conductive urethane do not interfere with the newer sophisticated electronics in vehicles. These urethanes should be used on your vehicle when called for by the manufacturer. You can rest assured that at the Windshield World we will put your windshield in with the appropriate urethane, following the procedures that will produce a safe installation.
Many windshield replacements can be done at your location. It is important to keep in mind that urethane does not bond correctly if moisture is present. Therefore even minor amounts of rain or snow will hinder adhesion. Heavy wind can also create obvious problems for outdoor installation. If weather is uncertain, finding a garage for shelter is always wise. However even in Vermont we have many days when the convenience of mobile service can be yours.