Recently, GlassWerks was featured on the BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota’s blog for our work with the BBB (Better Business Bureau) and SBDC (Small Business Development Center) providing resume-building work for business students from St. Cloud State University (SCSU) while we benefit from their help growing our brand! We were asked to be part of this program because we are a BBB accredited local, small business.

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The BBB and SBDC have partnered together for more than six years, trying to build up the local business community in central Minnesota and create trust between consumers and businesses. The SBDC is based out of an office on the campus of St. Cloud State University, and provides free, confidential consulting to entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Becoming A BBB Accredited Business

We put our listing on the BBB website in 2010, and became BBB accredited that same year. This was definitely a source of credibility for us with customers, and we’ve but the BBB badge on our website and all of our marketing material since. We also frequented education focus luncheons put on the BBB to learn more about marketing our business.

GlassWerks’ Involvement With SBDC

At GlassWerks, we’ve been involved with the SBDC since 2011. We were interested in improving our personnel infrastructure, and were able to work with two junior counselors from SBDC.

These junior counselors were actually graduate students in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program at SCSU’s Herberger Business School. With their help, we were able to clarify staff roles throughout the business and improve their function and flow. They helped us create task-oriented job descriptions, empower our staff and made us more efficient.

We’re proud to have been able to work with these two organizations, and appreciate the opportunities we’ve had because of these partnerships.

We know time and money are precious, and always in short supply. With mobile windshield replacement from GlassWerks, we’ll work with your insurance company to get you the replacement you need, but also save you time with our mobile service calls in a 60-mile radius from our three locations in St. Cloud, Brainerd and Willmar.

Let’s take a look at how mobile windshield replacement works, so you know what to expect when you give us a call.

Preparing The Vehicle For Mobile Windshield Replacement

Just like in the shop, there are certain steps we need to take to prepare the vehicle. The windshield wipers need to be removed, as well as the antennae if it’s in the way. We’ll also remove the rearview mirror, and then proceed to removing the protective plastic covering the edges of the windshield.

Removing The Glass

Then, we begin removing the glass itself. We’ll use a lubricant to prepare in the inner edge of the windshield, and then take a specialized cutting tool to the windshield, cutting it free of the vehicle. This tool eliminates any risk of damaging your vehicle. Once the glass is removed, we’ll remove the old glue from the vehicle.

Dry-Setting Glass

Here is where mobile windshield replacement really starts to differ from having it done in the shop. Because we don’t have shop equipment, we’ll need to affix a special arm to the vehicle to help hold the windshield in place while we dry-set it. This arm attaches to one of our suction cups, allowing us to set the arm to an exact length so it’s simple to set it when we’re ready.

Once we have it set perfectly, we’ll remove the handle from the suction cup and set the new glass aside, leaving the arm at the perfect setting.

Preparing The Surface & New Glass

Next, we’ll prepare the surface of the vehicle to receive the glass by cleaning it perfectly and adding a primer to achieve a high-intensity hold.

Then, we’ll clean the new glass perfectly to remove any small dust or other particles, prime it, then add the glue.

Setting The Glass

Once we’re all ready to go, we’ll reattach the glass to the mobile windshield replacement arm, and set it down in the exact spot we chose before. Once it’s in, we observe both the interior and exterior to ensure everything is flush. Once things are looking good, we replace everything we’ve removed, and the glass sits for about an hour before it’s ready to drive again.

Your car windows do a lot for you. They provide structural integrity for your vehicle in the event of a collision, protect your vehicle from intrusion (up to a point), and give you protection from the elements.

At GlassWerks, we can do car window repair at our three Central Minnesota locations or wherever your vehicle is in a 60-mile radius around our locations. Contact us today!

1. Protect Your Valuables

Whether you leave your sunglasses in your car, cash or have a removable stereo system, having a cracked or broken window makes stealing from your vehicle a crime of opportunity. Your vehicle becomes the weak gazelle in the herd, easy for the lion to target.

Protecting your valuables with car window repair is essential; why put yourself at risk when your insurance will likely cover the entire cost of the repair?

2. Protect Your Interior

Whether you park in a garage or outside, eventually weather will be an issue for you with a broken car window. Wind, rain, hail, sleet, snow and debris all find a way in through cracks or by destroying the plastic sheet you may have temporarily placed over the window.

Car window repair is an easy way to make sure your car interior is protected, and you don’t need to add upholstery service to your list of things to do.

3. Could Make Damage Worse

When a crack starts in your car window repair, the time to act is right away. Without quick action, the crack or breakage can worsen, and could make a repair more difficult or impossible, leading to a replacement.

A damaged window may also lead to damage to your car door as well, either through undue pressure on mechanical parts or bits of glass becoming lodged where they shouldn’t be. Avoid adding extra damage to your vehicle by getting your car window repaired as soon as possible. Contact Glasswerks today to get the help you need; we can even come to you!

Keeping your auto glass clean is nearly impossible, especially in Minnesota. Between the snow, rain, dust and dirt, your windshield gets dirty nearly as soon as you’ve finished washing it.

Driving with a dirty windshield can be dangerous, and even just having rain on your windshield can reduce your reaction time. That’s why we suggest having a professional GlassWerks technician put Aquapel on your windshield to repel water.

With a hydrophobic auto glass coating like Aquapel, you can statistically be safer while driving. Let’s look at a study which shows just how awesome these coatings can be!

Study: Treated Windshields Reduce Reaction Time Greatly

How They Did It

The University of Michigan set up a study with 32 people, 16 aged 20-30 and 16 aged 60-70 to test their ability to see objects through an untreated or treated windshield, during rain events, during both daytime and nighttime conditions.

Using leaf blowers (blowing the equivalent of 36 mph), water sprayers (to simulate “moderate to heavy rainfall”), headlights for glare and a 1992 compact car, the participants were asked to identify a sign with a single letter of the alphabet on it, and report back via CB radio to a researcher. The response time was recorded.

Results

What they found was quite amazing! During the daytime, the effect wasn’t statistically significant. But, at night:

  • The younger group of people had night reaction time which was ½ second faster with treatment, which when traveling 62 mph would be the equivalent of stopping 44 feet sooner in an emergency situation, roughly the length of three average cars.
  • The older group of people had a night reaction time which was more than 1 second faster with treatment, which at 62 mph would be the equivalent of stopping 88 feet sooner, or the length of six average car lengths!

This study suggests that a windshield treatment like Aquapel can save lives by improving reaction time in nighttime conditions, and could improve performance in daytime conditions as well! There’s absolutely no reason not to utilize this product on your windshield, but the benefits won’t be nearly as pronounced without the right product and professional application.

Why Choose Aquapel?

When professionally applied, Aquapel can remove more than 99% of dirt and debris that comes into contact with it. Furthermore, when driving in rain, Aquapel also helps to ensure your windshield is clear with intensely improved visibility. As a bonus, using a hydrophobic glass coating will significantly increase the life and effectiveness of your windshield wipers.

Get It Applied At GlassWerks!

Application sounds easy on the packaging of many of these types of glass coatings. However, the expertise and skill that a professional application provides ensures a far superior application with significantly better results.

The glass must be perfectly clean before applying the coating and it must be applied correctly. Failure to do so could lead to poorly coated glass at best, and could even damage your auto glass at worst. Before wasting your time and money, contact a professional auto glass company like GlassWerks and ask for Aquapel treatment.

Wiper blades play a key role in keeping you safe on the road. Reduced visibility can lead to slower reaction times and accidents when driving. That’s why healthy wiper blades are key to the maintenance of your windshield. For proper windshield maintenance let’s look at how to tell if your wiper blades are healthy, what affects their health and how to maintain them.

What Affects Wiper Blade Performance?

There are three main ingredients that reduce your windshield wiper blade’s performance:

  1. Sun – ultraviolet light from the sun can lead to deterioration of the rubber and plastic in your wiper blade, which puts a shelf life on the blades, especially if you drive a lot or park outside;
  2. Car Products – car waxes, exhaust, fuel, oil and tar from the road all contain rubber deteriorating oils; and,
  3. Debris – sand, mud and dust can all physically damage the blade, leading to a rough edge instead of a smooth edge and they can also get into the mechanical parts of the system.

These ingredients can combine to create the following issues:

  • Broken frames at joins;
  • Metal corrosion at joints and claws;
  • Cracks, tears and missing chunks of rubber edge; and,
  • Stiffness of rubber edge

How To Maintain Wiper Blades

Wiper blade maintenance should be done in a number of ways:

  1. Every time you fill your gas tank, clean your windshield completely, and gently wipe the rubber edge of the blade with a damp paper towel to remove dirt and oil;
  2. During the winter, pull your windshield wipers away from the windshield when you park so ice doesn’t build up on the rubber blade, and to prevent them from sticking to the glass;
  3. Regularly check the rubber blade for a rounded edge, stiffness, cracks and tears, which can prevent the blade from making good contact with the windshield glass;
  4. Regularly check the frame for corrosion and breaks, which can affect flexibility and performance of the blade; and,

Bonus:

  1. Never use your windshield wiper to de-ice your windshield, it degrades the rubber blades and can ruin the frame or mechanics of the wipers. Use an ice scraper instead.

Why Is Wiper Blade Care Important?

The American Optometric Association reports that 90% of all driving decisions are based solely on visual cues. If your windshield is obscured with dirt, streaks, water or ice, you may be making decisions based on incomplete or false information, which can lead to a greater chance of accidents happening.

That’s why it’s important to maintain your blades, and purchase new ones every 6-12 months depending on the wear. If you have any questions about maintaining your windshield, whether wiper related or not, give us a call at GlassWerks today!