Laminated vs. Tempered Side Windows in Vehicles

You may have seen it in the news recently—instances of someone getting stuck in their vehicle after an accident because the car was equipped with laminated side windows. Laminated windows are nearly impossible to break with traditional glass-break tools. These small devices are carried in many driver’s gloveboxes because they easily break car windows so […]

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7 Ways to Finance your New Windows and Doors

Is it time to replace all the windows and doors in your house but you have no idea how to finance this large project? Don’t worry, there are several steps you can take to finance that purchase and do all the replacements at once. Reasons to Replace First, let’s review why you want to replace […]

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How to Locate Your Car’s VIN

Your car’s vehicle identification number, or VIN, is an important identification tool that auto glass shops use when you are replacing glass. Knowing a vehicle’s VIN gives the shop information about your vehicle that helps them figure out exactly which glass is needed for your model with its specific options. In order to give an […]

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Should You Wash Your Windshield in the Winter?

Yes, this might seem like an asked-and-answered question to some, but it’s important to note the winter season impacts your vehicle differently than any other time of the year. This is especially true if you’re in an area that experiences harsh winters, as items like salt and freezing temperatures can increase your vehicle’s chance of […]

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Should You Restore or Replace Old Windows?

There is something very special about the presence of an old window and the character it adds to a home. The rustic design, the quality of materials, the wavy glass and divided lite patterns, all characteristics of a thing of the past reflecting what it has seen to us today. Just as time takes its […]

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Are Tinted Vehicle Windows Illegal?

If you’re thinking about getting your vehicle glass tinted it’s important to know what’s legal in your state. The legal level and location of the window tint varies by state. You could get fined for breaking the law. Reputable tint shops will inform you that you can’t have your windows tinted past a certain level. […]

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Can a Metalized Windshield Be Repaired?

The Case of the Mending Metalized Material   Question:   Dear Glass Detective, Can metalized/athermic windshields with small rock chips be repaired or do they need to be replaced?  Thanks, Nathan Clarkston, MI Answer:   Dear Nathan, Thank you for contacting the Glass Detective with your question as to whether or not what is known […]

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Press Release: Glass.com® Expands Coverage to 5,000 New Zip Codes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 30, 2019   Glass replacement services now offered to millions of new customers Washington, D.C. – In just six months, Glass.com has increased its coverage area by approximately 5,000 new zip codes. Using its group of affiliate member glass shops, the site now offers auto and architectural glass replacement services to millions […]

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Window Security Solutions

The Case of the Bedroom Burglary Question: Dear Glass Detective, If security is my main goal, how does a security film (such as 3M brand) compare to tempered or laminated glass? After a recent burglary, we want to secure our child’s bedroom window which faces the porch. Laura C. Berkeley, CA Answer: Dear Laura, Thank […]

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Building a Glass Display Case

The Case of the Biblical Box Question: Dear Glass Detective, A friend and I are planning to build a secure, yet (hopefully) beautiful museum display for a small non-profit organization Bible display. We have a very small budget and are trying to economize as much as possible. To that end, I was thinking of purchasing […]

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