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Windshield History

The windshield has come a long way since the 19th century, and the future will likely bring many more advances, where did it all start?

Windshield History

Many years have passed since the invention of the gas powered automobile in the 1890s but it wasn’t until about 14 years later that the first windshield in history was invented. That is many years with no protection at all. Drivers and passengers would wear goggles to protect their eyes from the weather or road debris while driving. At first, the windshields were made of two-pieced plate glass. When one layer became dirty, the driver would fold it down. This was realized to be dangerous as what happens when that piece became dirty.

New Windshield Technology

In 1919, Henry Ford employed a new windshield technology, which had a cellulose layer separating two layers of plate glass. This layer held the glass together on impact. It prevented the windshield from shattering in case of an accident or an object hitting the windshield. It did have a drawback – the cellulose became discolored over time.

Windshield Wipers

In 1903 on a visit to New York City, Mary Anderson watched a driver struggle to keep his windshield clear during a snowstorm. The driver had to leave the car to clear the glass. Riders were not happy with the interruption of service. Mary came up with a swinging arm fitted with a rubber blade that the driver could operated from an inside lever. Electric wipers did not surface until the 1920s. (pictured is the patent)

Curved Windshield

It wasn’t until1934 that the curved windshield came into being, which decreased drag and improved aerodynamics. About 15 years later, tempered glass was used on side and rear windows. These windows could withstand terrific blows. This type of glass was not used on the windshields however. Laminated glass is what is used today. It’s composed of a plastic substance between two pieces of tempered glass.

Today, windshield installation is equally as important as the windshield technology itself. Windshields must be installed and bonded properly to help prevent injuries or ejection from the vehicle in the event of an accident.

Fixing chips and cracks in windshields is now much easier because of current technology. Many chips are simply fixed with an adhesive resin rather than replacing the windshield entirely. With the help of Ultraviolet lights much of the strength and integrity are restore to the windshield.  Your windshield is your armor. It protects you from wind, debris, and sunlight, and is very helpful in the event of an accident. It holds up the roof and gives the airbags a backboard to deploy against.

The windshield has come a long way since the 19th century, and the future will likely bring many more advances. But for the here and now, remember to fix chips and cracks immediately because they greatly compromise the strength of your windshield. Also be sure you take your vehicle to a trusted professional because the modern windshield is only as good as the quality of installation.

At LP Auto Glass Orlando, we have certified technicians and offer a complete warranty on our service.

 

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Windshield Repair – Professional or Do It Yourself

You have a crack in your windshield and need a windshield repair. You go to YouTube and find a video that shows you how to repair it. Simple, right? Wrong!

First of all, the average person is not qualified to assess whether the damage is fixable as a do it yourself project.

Our certified technicians have seen some drivers make a small problem into a major problem.

Common windshield repair damage mistakes

Using a do-it-yourself kit. If you are not familiar with the process and materials, you can actually cause more damage, instead of fixing the original chip.

The video you watched seems simple enough. The video could have been made by a professional who is trained to do repairs, because they have a steady hand and have done hundreds of repairs. This does not guarantee that you will get it right.

Many drivers choose to just keep driving until it gets worse. This is an unsafe decision. Drivers and passengers could be cut by broken glass if your windshield finally caves in when you hit a bump.

Avoiding common windshield damage mistakes

The best choice is to take your car to a professional auto glass repair shop right away. Let the pros do the work.

Mobile Service

The good news is that you don’t have to waste a whole day waiting in the shop waiting room while your repair is done. Let us come to your home or office so you can go about your day.

Insurance Claim

Florida insurance will reimburse you 100% to replace your damaged windshield. With our direct billing to the insurance company, there is no hassle on your part and we offer a Lifetime Warranty on your windshield replacement.

So it makes good sense to have the experts install your new windshield, saving time and money at Low Price Auto Glass Orlando, family owned an operated since 1988.

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Auto Glass Repair Orlando

You may not need a auto glass repair today but in the occasion that you do, LP Auto Glass Repair Orlando has all the services you need. Whether your car window is damaged or not, our services will impress you. Here are some of those auto window repair services: Continue reading

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Cracked Windshield Repair

When it comes to your car, you want it to be the safest it can be. You must always take care of any cracked windshield repair, no matter how minor. A cracked windshield is one such damage you want to avoid. However, if you need a cracked windshield repair Orlando, you must do: Continue reading

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How To Clean Bird Droppings On Your Windshield

Bird droppings on your windshield can happen anytime especially if you are parked under a tree. If not removed properly, bird droppings can lead to an auto glass repair. Many people choose to wipe the bird droppings off with a wet cloth, but is there a better way to do it? There are several ways you should NOT clean bird droppings:

 Towels or Sponges?

Using a sponge to clean bird droppings from your car might seem like a good method, but it can damage your car. Although towels and sponges are often used to clean cars, they are not designed for car cleaning in general. Save your sponges and towels for household dishes. Microfiber cloths are a good choice because they are soft and do not scratch the glass or paint of your car. Thus, if you need to wipe off bird droppings, only use microfiber cloths.

 Windshield Wipers?

Windshield wipers are regularly used to clean the glass and keep it clear. However, using your wipers to clean bird droppings damages the wipers and sometimes even scratches the glass. It is better not to use windshield wipers if you have bird droppings on your windshield. This will help you prevent an auto glass repair.

Dried Bird Droppings?

Bird droppings harden on your windshield and car paint. Therefore, removing them is sometimes difficult. Some drivers choose to scratch at the dried bird droppings using tools such as towels, brushes, or even their fingernail. This can not only scratch the droppings but scratching it can lead to a car glass repair.

Then What Should You Do?

Microfiber cloths are the best choice. Products like WD-40 can soften the bird droppings. Spraying this oil on the bird droppings makes wiping them off with the microfiber cloth easier.

There is a right and a wrong way to clean bird droppings off your car and windshield, and doing it the wrong way can lead to an auto glass repair. Prevent a costly repair with these simple tips!

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Autumn Leaves

Autumn leaves changing colors can add to the beauty of your surroundings, however falling leaves may cause problems with your car working properly. During the hurricane, your car may have been covered with leaves if it was not garaged. As you drive the car, the car collects dirt and debris in all kinds of nooks and crannies. Usually a bit of dirt won’t affect the car’s functionality. In some cases though it can be that dirt prevents parts of the car working properly, for example, water leaks due to inadequate drainage of water in wet weather conditions. This occurs at the drain holes just under the windshield.

How does it happen?

Dirt, sand, and decomposing leaves can block the drain holes preventing water to clear underneath the car’s windshield. If the seals around this area are not in a good shape, the water can drip into the foot wells. If not addressed, more expensive repairs can be on the way.

Can this be prevented?

Thankfully, preventing the drains from clogging up can be simple. It just takes some regular effort. It should be noted that water drains are not usually cleaned at regular services.

How should you clean this area?

Should you be so unlucky to already have a blocked drain hole, then try following the following to clean the drains:

  • Accessing the drain holes depends on your car, in some cases it might mean that you would have to remove the windscreen wipers and scuttle.
  • Once having gained access to a drain hole it can usually be cleaned with a flexible wire and flushed with warm water.
  • Seek professional advice if you find that the water still does not drain correctly or if water still leaks into the passenger compartment.

In Conclusion

Don’t forget that every car is a little different and might need a different approach to unclog the drain holes of the residue of the autumn leaves than the one presented here. Seek professional advice if you find that water has seeped through to other areas, risking corrosion of underlying components.

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Benefits of Mobile Auto Glass Repair

In-shop Repair or Mobile Repair? Most customers choose mobile windshield repair. Why?

It’s convenient – Your day does not have to be disrupted. You can go on with your work plans. With Mobile Windshield repair, we come to you.

Your safety is our #1 concern – If your windshield has a major damage, you should not be driving. Otherwise, you will be putting yourself at risk. What if the entire windshield shatters? This could lead your car roof collapse and the safety of your passengers could be at risk. Calling professional auto glass repair shops like LP Auto Glass Orlando for a mobile windshield repair is safer for you. Without putting yourself in danger, you will get your windshield repaired.

Doesn’t waste your valuable time – You may not have time to wait in the shop. We know you are busy. By calling for a mobile windshield repair service, you can save plenty of time. You can call from your job so that you can keep doing your work without wasting time. Or you can call from home while taking care of your children. You can even call from the side of the road if it is necessary. Why waste time when you could be doing something fun and still get your auto glass fixed?

It’s Free – LP Auto Glass Orlando’s mobile auto glass repair service does not cost you extra. Coming to you is on us. Our goal is to keep you and your car safe on the road by fixing your windshield. We will meet our goal and promise.

A mobile windshield repair with LP Auto Glass Orlando is your best, safest, and most affordable option. Plus, you cannot beat the reliable service.

Tips for a Safe Drive on Your Summer Vacation

Summer vacation is almost here. For many college students living in Florida, there is only one or two more weeks before their vacation starts. Plus, many parents and kids will be taking a summer trip during their time off school and work. So we thought it would be important to help all those vacationers have a safe drive on their summer vacation by sharing the below must-follow tips:

Examine the Tire Pressure Tires can get worn down from months of driving and constant bumps in the road. So it’s natural to have a low tire pressure from time to time. Many new cars nowadays give a warning signal when low tire pressure occurs. Though, if your car doesn’t have this feature, you have no way of knowing unless you check the tires yourself. In fact, even if your car has this feature, it’s best that you check anyway right before your road trip. On the day before and then during the hour of your trip, examine the tire pressure. If any tire appears low, take your car to one of the many gas stations that can adjust the air pressure of your tires for free. Walmart also has this complimentary service.

Inspect Your Headlights and Backlights Next, you should always survey your headlights and backlights in case one or more of them has blown out at some point. It would be terrible, after all, if you ended up driving across the country without good lights to help you see the road clearly. These lights are crucial for a safe drive, so be sure to test if they are working or not. You might need another person’s help, since you’ll need to check the brake lights and your turn signals as well. Inspect these lights ahead of time, preferably a few days before your trip, in order to not rush at the last minute with repairs.

Test Your Car Battery Car batteries can be tricky to examine, especially if you’re not familiar with them. Nevertheless, it’s still important to make sure they are working properly and won’t die out while you’re halfway to your destination. For easy instructions on how to test your car battery, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COJr7OB23Hw

Clean the Windshields, Windows, and Mirrors You don’t want to be driving with a blur in front of you. This will increase the risk of you getting in a car accident and put you and others on the road in harm’s way. Therefore, be sure to clean your windshields, windows, and mirrors before your road trip. Wash the glass with a high quality auto glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth. This will also decrease your chance of dealing with light glares during your drive and help you have a safe drive.

Place a First-Aid Kit in Your Car First-aid kits can be lifesavers, because, let’s face it, things can turn for the worst at any given time. If one of your kids in the car suddenly has a stomachache or is nauseous, you don’t want to be unprepared. And what if someone accidentally scraped their hand? It’s always good to have a first-aid kit somewhere in the car. Have basic items such as Band-Aids, Advil, Pepto-Bismol, Benadryl (for allergic reactions), and Neosporin.

Join a Service like AAA No one wants to be stranded on the highway because of a flat tire and no available toll service. That’s why it’s smart to have a service like AAA at your disposal, in case you need some help with your car and are nowhere near your home.

Don’t ruin your summer vacation. Follow these straightforward and easy car tips in order to have a fun, safe drive on your road trip this summer.

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Precaution against Rain Prevents a Windshield Repair

rainRain isn’t the most terrible element people encounter while driving. Snow, thunder, and hail are much worse. For instance, snow can cause tires to swerve, forcing the driver to be in a dangerous situation that could harm him and other people on the road. Hail, too, can be a dreadful element when people are driving. It could chip or crack the car glass, making the windshield unstable. However, while people can’t exactly take precautions against these three elements, they can take precautions against rain. Rain is somewhat calmer than snow, thunder, and hail, but heavy rain, particularly during a big storm, can be just as threatening. In the midst of a rainstorm, the one thing drivers usually do is turn their windshield wipers on maximum speed. Doing so causes immense friction against the glass, which can lead it to become scratched or broken. Therefore, it’s important to protect car glass prior to facing rain in order to prevent a windshield repair.

Making Sure Wiper Blades are In Working Condition – When you have the time, examine your car’s windshield wipers and make sure they are functioning. Wiper blades play a major role in maintaining the windshield. If they’re getting old and you can clearly see cracks and tears in the rubber, they could scratch the glass when you put them to use. Thus, if you’re driving during a heavy storm and your wipers are in an awful condition, you could be destroying your windshield right there and then, one movement at a time.

What you need to do: Don’t neglect your windshield wipers. Look at them closely once a month and any time after you drive in a storm. Search for cuts and worn rubber, and if you find any, replace the wipers with new ones. The life expectancy of wiper blades usually varies somewhere from six months to a year. As long as you inspect them regularly and don’t keep them longer than they are meant to last, you’d be guarding your glass from getting broken and needing a windshield repair.

Keeping Car Glass Clean – Although cleaning your car glass doesn’t directly affect rain, it does maintain your windshield wipers, which, in turn, keeps the glass strong and secure during rain. Otherwise, if you leave the glass dirty, then the wiper blades will also become dirty, making them more prone to cracks and tears in the rubber. Then, the next time it rains, you’d be using worn out wiper blades to shield the glass, but you’d be causing damage instead.

rainrepelInvesting in a Rain Repellent – This precaution is not necessary, but it is highly recommended if you want to do everything you can to avert a windshield repair. Using a windshield rain repellent helps you ward off rain without needing to set your wipers to maximum speed. In fact, with a rain repellent treatment, you might not even need to use your wipers at all. The rain repellent usually does a great job of improving your visibility during rain. Rain-X is a well-known rain repellent product in the market.

What you need to do: You can spray the rain repellent on the glass (the windshield and other windows) and then wipe the excess off. It’s pretty easy using a rain repellent.

parkingParking Cautiously – How do you park cautiously and how does that defend your car glass from rain? The answer is simple. When you park your car, check your surroundings. Make sure that your car isn’t directly underneath a tree with a weak tree branch that could fall easily. Take a look at anything that could harm your vehicle, even if it’s sunny out and the weather is nice. For all you know, while you’re away, a bad rain could ensue and wreck your car glass. So taking this precaution is an added safety measure.

Taking these precautions against rain certainly will help you avoid a windshield repair. Plus, these recommendations are easy to follow and don’t take long to do. Consequently, there’s really no reason to allow rain to ruin your car glass.