Auto Glass is not "just glass" . . . Know the difference.
On a new car, every part comes from the original equipment manufacturer (the OEM), including the windshield and all other glass in the car.
For Portland auto glass safety, windshield replacement, you have the option to select a replacement made by a company that manufactures OEM windshields, such as PPG, Ford Carlite, Pilkington, or glass made from non-OEM manufacturers ("aftermarket glass"). Both OEM and aftermarket glass must comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, but - there are two important OEM benefits:
All of the auto glass in your vehicle is manufactured to the reduce the likelihood of injury if it breaks and provides structural integrity to the design of the vehicle. There are two different types: laminated glass and tempered glass.
Windshields are made from a lamination process. A windshield actually consists of two pieces of glass, bonded together by a vinyl inter-layer. This vinyl layer cushions your head during impact. If a windshield breaks during impact, the broken pieces will generally adhere to the plastic lining.
Side and rear windows are made with tempered glass, which is produced by heating the glass to more than 1,100ºF and then rapidly cooling it. This results in the outside surfaces of the glass becoming harder than the center of glass and, therefore, is stronger than regular glass of the same thickness. If broken, tempered glass will break-up into very small pieces.
The glass in your vehicle is a critical safety component. Don't trust the safety of your family to anyone other than Precision Auto Glass. Use our convenient online quote form or Call 503.762.6330 NOW for a free estimate..