Why You Should Repair Auto Glass Before Tinting

Here in Arizona, people love to tint their car windows. And why not. It looks cool and it is a great way to keep the sun’s harmful UV rays from penetrating your window and turning your car into an oven. But what happens when your window gets chipped or cracked prior to tinting. Should you just tint over the top? Or should you get your window repaired first?


What does the law say?

There is no law in Arizona that prevents drivers from driving with chipped or cracked windshields so long as the damage doesn’t inhibit the driver’s performance or hamper their vision. There also isn’t a specific law outlawing getting a tint placed over a cracked windshield. That being said, if a police officer sees you driving with poorly tinted windows because of cracks and chips, they may pull you over and ticket you if they think it equates to dangerous driving.


Just because it isn’t illegal doesn’t mean that you should get it done, however. In fact, here at A+ Plus Auto Glass, we strongly recommend getting your window repaired before tinting — here’s why…


You’ll get a poor tint

The fact of the matter is that if you don’t repair your window first, you are likely to get a very poor tint quality. That’s because you are unlikely to get a clean finish when part of your auto glass is broken. Tinting will not hide blemishes in your windshield and chips may, in fact, impair the rest of the tinting process, resulting in a messy and unprofessional job. What’s more, it costs nothing to get your window repaired if you have auto insurance. There really is no reason not to get your car windows repaired prior to getting them tinted. Trust us, it will look much, much better.


But what about cracked tinted windows

Cracked tinted windows can get replaced just like normal windows. If you take your car to a quality auto glass repair center, like A+ Plus Auto Glass, our trained technicians will be able to remove the tint and then repair the glass at normal. It will then be your choice whether you add the tint back on yourself or pay for a professional to do the job.


Whatever you choose, just make sure that you use a professional when it comes to repairing your window. And make sure that you repair any chips in your window before applying tint in the first place.


For more information on how A+ Plus Auto Glass can help, get in touch with a member of our team today.


What You Need to Know about Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standard

Your windshield is one of the biggest pieces of safety equipment on your vehicle. It protects you from the wind, from debris, and from the weather. Without it, driving would be a heck of a lot less safe. The good news is that there are equally stringent safety standards when it comes to auto glass replacement so that your safety is assured whenever you get auto glass repaired or replaced. Don’t take anything for granted, however. It is important to understand the safety regulations before getting your vehicle’s auto glass repaired or replaced.

Setting Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standards

The safety standards for the auto glass industry are set by the Auto Glass Safety Council. This organization was formed in the 1990s by a number of retailers and car manufacturers. Together with the American National Standards Institute, they set the Automotive Glass Replacement Safety Standard. The industry has agreed to follow the principles set forth in the AGRSS, in order to offer customers the highest levels of safety possible.


There are several purposes for the Auto Glass Safety Council setting these principles and standards. The first is to provide an industry-wide standard for auto glass replacement. But it also helps to significantly increase the level of professionalism within the industry, makes the public aware of the safety issues, helps comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety requirements, and lays out ongoing training for technicians.


One of the key parts of the safety standards involves regulating the installation process. This has six steps to ensure the safety of everyone involved:


  • Training and ongoing education of auto glass technicians
  • Assessment of the vehicle
  • Correct selection of glass
  • Following standards for installation of adhesive bonded glass
  • Following standards for gasket installation
  • Knowledge of all other glass installation


Only trained technicians should perform auto glass installation

The training and ongoing education of auto glass technicians is perhaps the most important part of the industry’s safety standards. Only trained technicians should perform both installations and repairs. It’s not enough to pass one exam, however. Ongoing training in the following areas is needed to ensure technicians are properly qualified to carry out the work:


  • OEM auto glass installation
  • AGR safety
  • Technical specifications
  • Adhesive systems


Here at A+ Plus Auto Glass, you can guarantee that all of our team are fully trained and continue to receive ongoing training throughout your career. We take the industry safety standards very seriously and make sure that we follow them during every repair or replacement. To find out more or to get a quote, get in touch with a member of our team today.

What is the future of windshields?

The world of auto technology is constantly changing and evolving. New techniques and ideas are being introduced every year. Analog dashboards are now digital. Vehicles now have cameras and sensors to aid with parking. Electric cars are becoming far more common. The windshield is one of the areas of a vehicle that has remained traditional for the longest time. It plays a vital role in keeping wind and debris out of our face whilst also providing structural integrity to the car’s frame. But soon, like many other parts of the car, that won’t be all it can do. New windshields will continue to protect us from debris but they will soon be used to improve the driving experience. In today’s article, we look at how the windshield could soon change dramatically.

Improved strength glass

Today’s windshields are incredibly resistant. When a stone hits it at speed it only causes a tiny chip rather than a massive crack. Even if you hit one with a baseball bat it will break but it won’t shatter. They are built to withstand a lot, but soon windshields could get even stronger. Traditional windshields use two layers of glass sandwiching a thin layer of plastic. This is why the glass never shatters. But many believe chemically tempered glass offers a better solution as it offers greater strength but less weight. Some companies even believe that we will be able to have windshields that are less than 3mm thick.


Smart windshield displays

One of the view innovations that are already happening in the world of windshields is smart heads-up displays. This is where key information such as speed and sat nav directions are projected onto the windshield in front of the driver. This allows them to get all the information they need without taking their eyes off the road. These windshields could get even smarter, however. Soon displays will be built into the windshield, rather than projected on to it, giving a clearer, more reliable picture for the driver.


Auto dimmed glass

Drivers of some cars can already dim their rearview mirror at night to avoid being blinded by traffic behind. And soon, some may be able to do the same thing with their windshield. Technology is being developed that would let drivers dim specific parts of their windshield to reduce glare, much in the same way that drivers today use a sun visor.


Today and in the future, you can trust A+ Plus Auto Glass to provide the very best service when it comes to auto glass repair and replacement. No matter what kind of windshield you have, whether it is brand new or 20 years old, we can help you repair or replace it.

Should You Install Used Auto Glass?

The very short answer to this question is no. It is against the law in many states for auto glass repair shops to sell you previously used auto glass. Here at A+ Plus Auto Glass, we only sell new OEM or aftermarket auto glass that has never been used on a car before and that meets the highest industry standards.

Even if you are able to purchase a used windshield, we highly recommend you don’t. And below we’re going to tell you why.


Removing a Windshield Is Very Hard Without Damaging the Glass

It is tricky to install a brand new windshield on a car unless you are a qualified expert. But removing a windshield from a car without damaging the glass is almost impossible. Naturally, windshields are designed to stay attached to a vehicle’s frame at all costs. To make sure of this, technicians will use advanced adhesives and sealers to ensure that the fitting is as tight and as sealed as possible. That means when anyone, even if they are a trained expert, tries to remove a windshield, there is a very high chance that they will damage the glass.


Usually, this doesn’t matter as whenever someone tries to remove a windshield it is damaged. But it does matter if the windshield is in good condition and it is being removed to be sold as a part for another car.


It will be even harder for technicians to fit damaged glass to a car. Even if they do, the windshield will be compromised meaning that it could break at any moment. Broken glass and used windshields pose a huge threat to drivers — even if they have been fitted by so-called “experts”.


Choosing a used windshield may also cause other problems for you in the future. If you are involved in a car accident and your insurer finds out that you’ve previously had your car repaired with used auto glass, they are likely to void your coverage and refuse to pay. A used windshield may also not be covered under your car’s warranty.


There’s No Need to Go Used

When it comes to replacing your car’s windshield, there really is no need to choose a used option. If your vehicle’s windshield is only chipped, there is every chance that an experienced auto glass technician can repair the windshield using a special resin. Even if the windshield is damaged beyond repair, however, OEM or aftermarket parts are a great choice. In most cases, your insurer will foot the bill for windshield repair, meaning that you will only have to pay a small portion of the costs. And, if you want to make it as cheap as possible, aftermarket parts offer a high quality, cheaper alternative to OEM.


For more information on getting your windshield replaced using OEM or aftermarket windshields, pick up the phone and speak to a member of our team today.

A Rock-chipped Windshield: To Repair or Replace?

There is all manner of debris, pebbles and tiny stones on the road that can damage your windshield when driving. The damage can be particularly frequent if you live in a rural area or in a town where the roads are not well maintained. Thankfully, the damage caused by this kind of debris is rarely extensive.

Unfortunately, however, this can lead many drivers to believe that they don’t need to bother getting their windshield repaired or replaced. After all, what harm can a tiny chip do? This is a completely wrong attitude. Even the smallest chip can turn into a crack, causing extensive damage to your windshield and impairing your ability to drive.


If your windshield gets chipped, repairing or replacing your windshield as soon as possible is essential. But which should it be, repair or replace? Bring your car into A+ Plus Auto Glass and our experienced and skilled technicians will be able to assess the damage and let you know the best strategy. But in case you were wondering, or can’t get down to our center immediately, here’s how we come up with the answer.


When We Repair a Rock-chipped Windshield

Where possible, we will always choose to repair a chipped windshield. Not only is it a much faster service that can have you back out on the road in under an hour, but it is also much cheaper. Thanks to the high-quality repair resin now available to auto glass experts, there really is no need to replace a window unless you absolutely have to.


So, if the chip is less than six inches in diameter, there are one or two chips only, and the damage is not in a vulnerable position like the edge of the windshield, we will almost always repair it. It is incredibly rare that we will replace your window if it matches all three of these criteria.


When We Replace Windshields

Sometimes customers don’t bring their vehicle into us quick enough. By the time they do their chip has already turned into a crack that is six inches or more in diameter. Unfortunately, in this situation, there is nothing we can do except replace the windshield. When a chip has turned into a crack, there is very little the resin can do. We may also be forced to replace the windshield if the chip compromises the overall integrity of the windshield. The last thing you want is for your windshield to shatter while driving so we always make sure that safety is the first priority — even if it means you are forced to spend a little more.


A lot of the times you may not even have to worry about the cost, however. Very often auto glass repair is covered under your insurance. That means your insurer may be willing to cover some or all of the cost of the repair or replacement. Always make sure to check where you stand with your insurer before bringing your car into auto glass experts like A+ Plus Auto Glass.


How Opposing Temperatures Affect Your Glass

Shifting temperatures, particularly when the temperature inside the car is different to the temperature outside the car, can have a number of different effects on your auto glass. In some cases, they can even cause damage to your vehicle’s glass. If that’s the case, bring your car into A+ Auto Glass for an exceptional repair or replacement service. You can trust us to fix the problem as quickly as possible. Here are the different effects you can expect from opposing temperatures.

Fogged up Windows

Fogged up windows are incredibly common when the inside of your car is warm and the outside air is cold. The best way to defog them is to open your windows or to blow cold air on them through your car’s air vents. Once they have defogged, you should then train hot air on the glass to keep them from fogging up again. This will ensure that the temperature of the glass meets or exceeds the temperature inside the car.


Naturally, the reverse happens in the heat. Fog will appear on the outside of your windows when the temperature inside your car is lower than the temperature outside of your car. In this case, the fog can be removed by your windshield wipers and fog can be avoided by lowering your air conditioning or switching it off altogether.


Your Windshield in Winter

In winter, it is common for vehicle windshields to freeze. One quick solution that a lot of people use is to pour boiling hot water over their windshield. While this may remove the frost, it is terrible for your auto glass. Glass shrinks when frozen and will expand rapidly when hot. This can cause your windshield to crack instantly. Instead of using boiling hot water, use tepid water instead. Or, better yet, use a dedicated deicer.


Your Windshield in Summer

In the heat of summer, you should protect your windshield (and your car in general) from strong direct sunlight. The sun in summer can cause your car’s windshield to crack by heating up the edge of the windshield more than the center. This is because the sealant used to keep your windshield in place is black and black absorbs the sun’s heat much more than white or glass does.


Temperature Changes of Any Kind Can Damage or Weaken Your Glass

In truth, it doesn’t matter whether it is winter, summer, fall or spring, any sudden changes your vehicle glass’s temperature can cause significant damage to the windshield. Glass naturally expands and contracts slowly over time. But suddenly speeding this contraction or expansion up can result in serious cracks — the kind that can’t be repaired. Take care when heating or cooling your car so that you don’t have to take your vehicle in for auto glass replacement any time in the near future.

How Auto Glass Repair Can Childproof Your Car

Damaged windshields or side windows can be incredibly dangerous for child passengers. Wherever they sit in the car, whether it is the back or the front, they are at risk if any of the surrounding glass is not intact. Here’s why you need to use a quality auto glass repair center like A+ Plus Auto Glass to get your car windows repaired or replaced immediately to protect your children.

Cracked glass is weak glass

You may think that because your glass is still in one piece, even though it is cracked, that it is as secure as ever. But you couldn’t be more wrong. Every little chip or crack makes your car’s glass less and less secure. That’s because it diminishes the glass’s structural integrity. When your glass is fully intact, it can withstand high levels of impact. But as soon as it is cracked, its ability to withstand impact decreases. Not only that, put your car’s frame is designed with the windshield and rear windshield in mind. This means damage to either windshield can mean that the car will not withstand collisions as well as it should. A car with a broken windshield could crumple on collision with another vehicle.

Car seats aren’t protection from glass

When you place your child in car seat, it can feel like you are protecting them from all harm. This isn’t the case in reality, however. While intact side windows can withstand a lot of damage, as soon as they are chipped they become susceptible to shattering. If this happens, your child could be sprayed in the face with glass, all because you didn’t repair your car window.

It costs nothing to protect your children

The good news is that it will cost nothing to protect your children in many cases. That is because most auto insurers include windshield repair and replacement in their policies. So whether you need your auto glass to be repaired or completely replaced, you won’t have to pay a dime. It can all be completed in a day, or even as little as an hour if you are having your glass repaired. That means very little interruption to your daily schedule. There really is no excuse not to get your auto glass repaired to protect your children.


Choose an expert to repair your auto glass

When it comes to the safety of your children, only the very best will do. That’s why you should choose an experienced and trusted auto glass repair center when you come to get your auto glass repaired. Here at A+ Plus Auto Glass, we have a team of trained technicians ready to help you improve the safety of your vehicle and get you back on the road in no time. Get in touch today to find out more.

Don’t Cover Your Window with Plastic. Get It Repaired

Everyone has seen someone driving with plastic or tarpaulin covering a broken window. Perhaps you have even been guilty of it yourself. While this may seem like a quick fix for people in a hurry, there are many problems with using plastic to cover your window. Do it for a day by all means but make sure you get down to a trusted auto glass repair shop like A+ Plus Auto Glass as soon as you can. Here’s why you shouldn’t leave your windows covered in plastic for any longer than you have to.

It makes your car a huge target for theft

It doesn’t take a lot for a criminal to break into your car when all there is is a plastic sheet protecting it. Not only could this cost you all of the items that you have stored in your car, but it could also cost you your entire vehicle, too. If you ever leave your car on the street, plastic sheets simply won’t do as protection.


It doesn’t provide protection

Your car windows are there for a reason. They protect you and your passengers from any debris or flying objects that may hit the car. They also protect passengers in the event of a collision so that broken glass or metal doesn’t go into the car. Without them, passengers are completely unprotected. While plastic sheets may stop water from entering the vehicle, they will do little to stop debris, stones, metal or anything else sharp traveling at speed from hitting your passengers. Covering your windows with plastic is especially dangerous if you have children in the back seat. They are completely unable to protect themselves and having a sheet between them and danger simply isn’t good enough.


Plastic doesn’t stop the cold getting in

If you live or are driving somewhere that is cold, plastic sheets are going to offer little protection from the biting cold. While windows can be airtight meaning you can heat the car without worrying that the hot hair will dissipate, you’re unlikely going to be able to apply plastic in a way that makes it stop cold air from getting in or hot air from escaping. So not only are you going to be making passengers suffer through a cold, uncomfortable ride, you’re also going to waste gas by running the heater high to try and compensate.


Say no to plastic and yes to auto glass replacement

Many people apply plastic to their windows because they don’t think they are able to afford to have their auto glass replaced. But if you have insurance, this simply isn’t the case. Most insurers cover the cost of auto glass replacement, so you won’t have to spend a time to get the problem repaired for good. For more information on how we can help you replace your car window, get in touch with a member of our team today.


Danger: Your Sunroof Could Explode

It sounds like something out of a horror movie or even a slapstick comedy. But this headline is not a joke. That’s because the word on the street is that many, many sunroofs on SUVs and other vehicles have been exploding without warning. So what the heck is happening and what can you do about it?

Why Are Sunroofs Exploding?

There are a number of reasons why we are seeing an increase in sunroof explosions over the last couple of years.


For one, sunroofs have gotten bigger. It doesn’t matter what car you have, whether it is an SUV, a crossover or a sedan, all vehicles have been installed with larger sunroofs since the turn of the decade. While there is no scientific data backing up this correlation, there’s a good chance that larger sunroofs are less secure, a greater area has a greater chance of cracking, and a greater surface area means that they can get a lot hotter.


In a lot of cases, these explosions have been limited to a number of national and foreign manufacturers in particular. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has confirmed hundreds of reports.


Are automakers responding to the complaints?

Automakers are slow to respond to all of the complaints about exploding sunroofs and, in truth, more needs to be done. Recalls should be a must whenever one case of exploding sunroofs is reported. Stronger standards should also be put in place to make sure that fewer incidents occur in the future.


What to Do If Your Sunroof Explodes

There are a number of things that you should do if your sunroof explodes. The first is to check that you, all of your passengers and your car are all okay. Secondly, you will want to notify your insurer as soon as possible as they will almost certainly cover the repairs.

You may want to assess the damage to you and your passengers, and file a suit against your auto manufacturer if the damage has been extensive.


Finally, you will want to take your car to an auto glass center to get your sunroof repaired. Even if it’s the height of summer, you never know when rain will come and it is not worth leaving your car without a sunroof any longer than you have to.


If your sunroof explodes in Phoenix, there is only auto glass center to take your car to for repairs: A+ Plus Auto Glass. Our team of experts are well trained to handle all sunroof repairs and replacements. Assuming no other damage has been caused to your car, we can have a safe replacement sunroof installed and get you back on the road as quickly as possible.

Get in touch today to find out more about how we can help and how much it will cost.


Car window not opening? Broken auto glass could be the problem

Have you been struggling to roll up one of your vehicle’s side windows recently? If so it may not be a problem with the rolling device or with your car’s door. The problem could be the window itself.

Car windows can crack out of sight

There’s more to your vehicle’s side windows than meets the eye. Parts of the window will never be seen by anyone but the manufacturers who put the windows into the car and auto glass experts who work on the windows. That’s because a portion of the window is hidden on each side. This is covered by part of the door frame to keep the window in place and to allow it to roll up and down. This is great until a part of that hidden piece of the window gets broken. The slightest chip or crack can stop the window from rolling up or down, or working at all. Worst of all, it can be almost impossible to diagnose unless you know what you are looking for.


If you are having trouble with your car window and you can’t see anything else wrong, whatever you do don’t try to force the window. This will only make it worse and damage the window and the door further.


Instead, bring your car into a trained auto glass center like A+ Plus Auto Glass. Our team will be able to remove the panel, inspect the window and see if it is cracked or damaged. If it is, we can repair or replace the window right then and there and have you on your way the same day.


How you can tell if you have a broken car window

If you think your car’s window may be broken, here’s how you can tell.


  • Can you hear a scraping noise when you open or close the window? This could be caused by a tiny chip that is scraping on the metal frame when it moves
  • Does the window stop when you try and open or close it? This could be caused by a fragment of glass that has got lodged in the crack and is blocking the window
  • Does the window wobble in its frame as you move it? This could mean that a large part of the window is broken making it unstable.


If any of these scenarios are happening to you, then bring your vehicle into a trusted auto glass repair shop like A+ Plus Auto Glass immediately. Don’t think that you can leave your broken window alone. There are two key reasons why you should fix your broken side window. For one, there is a good chance that your insurer will pay for the repairs. But it could also be a safety hazard. You never know when you may need to completely open the window of your vehicle. So why risk it? Get your side window repaired today at A+ Plus Auto Glass.