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Auto Glass Force INC. Glossary

  • Adhesion
    Adhesion is a glue, or adhesive, used for windshield installations is called urethane. It is a deep black type of glue that gets onto everything it touches.
  • Adhesive
    Adhesive is the bonding agent that holds replacement auto glass in place on your vehicle. Adhesive, also known as glue or paste, is any non-metallic substance applied to one or both surfaces of two separate items that binds them together and resists their separation.
  • Auto Glass Repair
    The Process when a technician repair Windshields or Window Glass. They examine damaged windshields and assess repair ability. They stabilizes chips and cracks and removes glass that cannot be repaired. They apply adhesive to the windshield frame and install the replacement glass.
  • Auto Glass Replacement
    The Process when a technician replace Windshields or Window Glass. They examine damaged windshields and assess repair ability. They stabilizes chips and cracks and removes glass that cannot be repaired. They apply adhesive to the windshield frame and install the replacement glass.
  • Bond
    Bond is the adhesives applied to and around windscreens support and improve the stability of the vehicles as well as contribute to safety in the event of crash by making sure the windshield does not detach from the frame.
  • Back Glass
    Back Glass also called Rear Window glass, Rear Windshield, or Rear Glass, is the piece of glass opposite the windshield in a vehicle. Back glass is made from tempered glass, also known as safety glass, and when broken will shatter into small, round pieces.
  • Chip
    A chip in a windshield occurs when a small rock or other object impacts it, nicking the glass and causing a small damaged spot. This often occurs when the tires of other cars fling debris behind them, and sometimes small rocks can fall out of dump trucks or other similar vehicles.
  • Coated Glass
    Automotive glass with a chemical film that can provide privacy, solar or mirror effects. The coating makes water bead up and improves the wiper blade's ability to remove the water. The coating also makes it easier to wipe off ice and bugs.
  • Cohesion
    The strength of a sealant or adhesive to hold itself together. The word cohesion comes from the Latin word cohaerere.
  • Composite
    When a window component is made up of two or more materials.
  • Crack
    A split or break in your windshield or auto glass. A crack that is larger than the size of a quarter will require a full windshield replacement. It is also important to note the location of the damage on your front glass because a crack in the driver's line of vision may also need a replacement.
  • Cure
    The amount of time it takes for the adhesive in your windshield to dry and harden.
  • Damage
    Any kind of Crack, Break or Chip on your auto glass.
  • Ding
    The damage to your auto glass caused by a rock.
  • Fastener
    A fastener is a hardware device that mechanically joins two or more objects together. In general, fasteners are used to create non-permanent joints, that can be removed or dismantled without damaging the joining components.
  • Flat Glass
    Non-curved glass, Flat glass or Annealed glass is commonly used for commercial as well as residential purposes. Generally not used in the automotive industry.
  • Floating Crack
    A floating crack begins in the middle of the windshield or more than 2 inches away from the windshield's edge. These cracks vary in lengths, and some of them extend across most of the windshield.
  • Gasket
    A rubber seal that holds auto glass to a vehicle. Locking gaskets or window gaskets are lengths of rubber that lock into place to provide a secure seal between stationary glass and a body panel.
  • Glass Color
    The color of the tint on your auto glass. Car glass can come in a number of colors, with black, charcoal, gray, gold and bronze being popular.
  • Heads-Up Display
    Some cars are equipped with a feature that projects the dashboard information up on the Windshield. An automotive head-up display also known as a HUD is any transparent display that presents data in the automobile without requiring users to look away from their usual viewpoints.
  • Impact
    Impact-resistant glass is created by use of a safety glaze for laminated glass. This type of glass is created by bonding together two glass with a thin clear film between the panes. In the event of a crack or break in an impact window, the glass fragments stick to the plastic film.
  • Laminated Glass
    Laminated glass is a type of safety glass that holds together when shattered, in severe impact situations the windshield may shatter but will usually remain in one piece because the broken safety glass will stay stuck to the vinyl inner lining.
  • Lane Departure Warning Assist
    A Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) is to warn the driver when the vehicle begins to move out of its lane on freeways. LDWS provides an alert to the driver if they are beginning to leave the traveling lane. The system provides visual and audio alerts to prompt the driver to take action. The Lane Departure Warning System prevents accidents by warning the driver of unintentional move out of the lane, This system helps the driver stay in the lane.
  • Lifetime Warranty
    Auto Glass Force INC. offers a Lifetime Warranty that lasts for the duration of your car and ownership. This covers against leakage, material defects and workmanship.
  • Light Sensor
    A sensor on the windshield of your car that turns on the headlights when it gets dark. A photoelectric sensor which is embedded into the instrument panel. The sensor is located at the base of the windshield under the defogger grill. The sensitivity of the sensor is either set by the auto manufacturer or the driver.
  • Low Price Guarantee
    Auto Glass Force Inc. promise to give you the lowest prices in the industry on your auto glass or windshield replacements. Contact us - 800-243-6723
  • Mobile Service
    Auto Glass Force Inc. technician will come to your residence or jobsite to save you time and gas. We prides itself on fast and professional work, and our Mobile Service will show up at your home or place of work.
  • Molding
    A Windshield Molding is the black rubber trim that wraps around your windshield. The purpose of moldings is mainly to cover the gap between the edge of the glass and the body or frame of the car.
  • Neoprene
    Synthetic Rubber ; Neoprene is used to make moldings because it helps provide insulation against the cold. & Water.
  • No-Deductible State
    Some states such as Kentucky, Florida, Arizona, Massachusetts, New York and South Carolina offer no-deductible windshield replacements, meaning your windshield or auto glass could be free to you.
  • OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer)
    Original Equipment Manufactured glass, is auto glass that is made by a company who officially provides windshields and other parts for automobile companies. These companies are the official providers of auto glass for car companies manufacturing or designing cars and official dealers.
  • OEE (Original Equipment Equivalent)
    Auto Glass that was made with the same quality material and safety standards but manufactured by a different supplier. OEE is significantly cheaper than OEM or dealer glass.
  • Oxidation
    The breaking down of rubber items like molding caused by exposure to oxygen.
  • Partition Glass
    A divider glass between the front and back seat areas in a vehicle, such as what is seen in Limousines and cabs.
  • Pinchweld
    The part of a vehicle's frame that the auto glass adheres to.
  • Power Switch
    Power Switches used in power windows to make them go up and down.
  • Preformed Sealant
    A factory shaped sealant
  • Primer
    A chemical added to improve adhesion and clean auto glass damage surface
  • Quarter Glass
    A Quarter glass window is a side-facing window on a vehicle that is significantly smaller than the standard passenger windows and often serves as an extension of the passenger window but its on vehicle body.
  • Rain Sensor
    A sensor that detects rain and automatically turns on your windshield wipers. The vehicle senses how much rain is on the windshield, speeding up the windshield wipers according to the amount of rain it detects. The sensor itself is mounted on a special bracket behind the vehicle's rearview mirror on the Windshield and wired through the roof. A rain sensor or rain switch is a switching device activated by rainfall. There are two main applications for rain sensors. The first is a water conservation device connected to an automatic irrigation system that causes the system to shut down in the event of rainfall.
  • Rear Windshield
    Rear Windshield also called Rear Window glass, Back Glass or Rear Glass, is the piece of glass opposite the windshield in a vehicle. Back glass is made from tempered glass, also known as safety glass, and when broken will shatter into small, round pieces.
  • Reflective Glass
    Glass that reflects visible light and solar radiation using a special coating
  • Regulator
    A device that rolls down the vehicle's windows
  • Resin
    A special hardener that is used to repair a chipped windshield
  • Sealant
    Material used to seal openings to make them airtight
  • Shaded Glass
    This glass is darker in color which improves driver visibility in glare; typically found at the top of the windshield
  • Shard
    A sharp fragment of glass
  • Side Glass
    This is also referred to as door glass and is found on the driver and passenger doors
  • Silicone
    A chemical Adhesive sealant with various purposes
  • Sill
    The bottom frame of your windshield
  • Solar Glass
    Glass that reflects harmful sun rays
  • Stress Crack
    The cracking of auto glass caused by sheer forces
  • Tempered Glass
    Strong glass that if shattered, breaks into small granular pieces
  • Tinted Glass
    Glass with an amount of color that helps reduce glare
  • Urethane
    An adhesive that bonds the windshield to your vehicle
  • UV Light
    An Ultra Violet light needs for curing resin on windshield chip repairs
  • Vehicle Make
    The brand of your vehicle
  • Vehicle Model
    The type of vehicle you have
  • Vent Glass
    Vent Glass are auto glass windows that are mounted on the sides of vehicles door, usually next to retractable windows. Vent Glass are found in rear and front doors. There are usually several odd-shaped pieces of vent glass fitted around your vehicle, and they are often overlooked when discussing vehicle glass. They do have important functions. You may have at least two rear vent glass panes on each side of your vehicle.
  • VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)
    Vehicle Identification Number. The car's vehicle identification number (VIN) is the identifying code for a SPECIFIC automobile. The VIN serves as the car's fingerprint, as no two vehicles in operation have the same VIN. A VIN is composed of 17 characters (digits and capital letters) that act as a unique identifier for the vehicle. On most passenger cars, you may find the VIN number on the front of the dashboard on the driver's side. The best way to see it is to look through the windshield from outside the car. You may also find the VIN number on the driver's side door pillar. A vehicle's (VIN) is like its birth certificate, a unique identifier that sets it apart from all others. Older vehicle models carry 16-digit VINs, while newer VINs are made up of 17 digits/characters. VINs were first used in 1954 in the United States. The first group of three numbers and letters in a VIN make up the world manufacturer identifier (WMI). In this group, the first digit or letter identifies the country of origin. For example, cars made in the U.S. start with 1, 4 or 5. Canada is 2, and Mexico is 3.
  • Windshield or Windscreen
    The front glass found on a vehicle
  • Windshield Repair
    Placing a special resin into a crack to fill it and make it structurally bonded
  • Windshield Replacement
    The act of swapping out a defective or cracked windshield for a new Windshield install
  • Yes
    We don’t say not to any auto glass repair and windshield replacement service.
  • Zero Deductible
    Once you file a comprehensive claim with your insurance, your deductible is the amount that you pay out of pocket, it can start from $0 and up.
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