At GlassWerks, we know you might not even know we are certified by various windshield safety organizations. You might never have heard of these organizations, or know why it’s important for a glass repair and replacement company to be certified. But we are.

We are certified to provide you and your family the safety you deserve, and at as high of a quality as when your vehicle came out of the manufacturing plant. We are certified because we believe in providing the best repair and replacement work in the business.

Why We Choose To Get Certified (And How You Benefit)AGSC Logo

To Provide Premiere Windshield Safety

In order to make your ride as safe as possible, all of our technicians are certified by the following organizations.

Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS)

FMVSS are written by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and as part of the industry our manufacturers must meet or exceed the FMVSS set. Our customers could be seriously injured and the vehicles would not be as strong if these standards were not followed, so as an industry it’s important to keep ahead of regulation.

Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC) & Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standards (AGRSS)

The AGSC is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the safe replacement of auto glass. It is an accredited institution, and provides the only standard for auto glass replacement in North America, the AGRSS.

All of our technicians are certified through the AGSC, which includes a timed 70 question exam which tests our techs knowledge of:

  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards
  • All types of auto glass replacement
  • National Auto Glass Specifications (NAGS)
  • AGRSS
  • Sunroof repair and replacement techniques
  • Custom cut laminated glass parts

Sealant Manufacturers (DOW Automotive and Sika)

All of our technicians are certified by our sealant manufacturers, DOW Automotive and Sika.

DOW is an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for the adhesives and sealants on nearly all domestic auto glass as well as ⅔ of global.

Sika is another adhesive we utilize, and is just as safe as DOW; both have exceeded rigorous federal motor vehicle safety standards.

Glass. It chips, it cracks, and the frames around your windows can warp and deteriorate over time. Sometimes, home glass repair or replacement is inevitable.

But, sometimes, your spouse isn’t on board with you.

“It looks fine.” “Let’s just wait.” “It’s not that bad.”

If these sound familiar, let’s go over a few arguments you can use to help get your glass back up to snuff, without alienating your partner.

5 Arguments To Convince Your Spouse Not To Put Off Home Glass Repair

1. Energy Savings

If you’ve noticed damage to the window casement, frame, pane, sill, or other part, you may be looking at a severe loss of energy – either heating or cooling – which you are paying for. Money, in the form of energy, may literally be going out the window!

Energy savings is usually the most exciting benefit of home glass repair to homeowners, so definitely lead with this!

2. Convenience

At GlassWerks, we come to you. No matter where your home is, a service technician from one of our 3 central Minnesota locations will come to your home to make the repairs, so you don’t have to travel or move anything.

3. Protection

Damaged windows probably aren’t performing as well as they should be.

A huge benefit of home glass repair is better-quality protection, through either repair of small cracks or replacement. The integrity and strength of the window are restored, providing better protection against wind, rain, snow, heat, cold and varmints.

4. Comfort

Getting new or repaired windows can significantly improve the feel of your house. Was it drafty in the room before? Not after we get through with your windows! Trust us to help you feel more comfortable in your home, both externally and in peace-of-mind.

5. Aesthetics

Of course, the old tried and true argument for home glass repair is because of how it looks. You will be amazed how window repair or replacement can bring out the best in your home. We work with you to make sure you love the way your windows look after repair or replacement.

From Small Chips to Big Problems-

A windshield chip can be caused by the tiniest of pebbles and never seems like a major nuisance until it turns into a massive crack across your windshield. If not properly taken care of, a simple chip can require a complete replacement, especially with seasonal weather changes. In the worst case scenario, a sizable crack can impair your vision enough to lead to an accident.

Before your windshield reaches that point, it is vital to understand the function of a windshield and how to take care of a minor chip before the problem escalates.

 

The Function of Your Windshield

A windshield doesn’t exist just to prevent bugs from flying into your hair. The windshield is an essential part of the structural integrity of your vehicle and protects you in the case of an accident. A damaged windshield—no matter how small and slight the damage is—can obstruct your vision and will make accidents worse.

 

The Problem with Temperature Change.

With the drastic temperature and humidity fluctuations we experience in Minnesota, a small chip is susceptible to growing much larger. The sweltering heat of summer, when paired with the frigid air of an air conditioner, can create more pressure and cause cracks to expand. In the dead of winter, cold temperatures can cause chips to spread more rapidly.

 

Additional Issues

Dirt, bumpy roads, and delayed repairs also contribute to windshield cracks, which makes it integral to repair your windshield at the first sign. Windshields are comprised of two layers of glass with vinyl in between. Excessive moisture can seep in between and also weaken the structural integrity of the windshield.

 

Keep in mind that the sooner you can address the situation, the likelier you will be able to fix it without having to replace the entire windshield. If scheduling conflicts or financial concerns arise, cover the chip with scotch tape to help prevent debris from getting in, and aim to fix as soon as possible.

 

Damages that occur on the inside of the windshield, are large in size, become long cracks, or become contaminated will typically not be repairable. Likely, chips that are too close to the edge of the windshield or are located over vital functions like the driver viewing area, rain sensor, or internal radio antenna will not be repairable either. In cases like these, a total windshield replacement is the best option to prevent an even worse problem.

 

Small issues in your windshield may not seem like a big deal, but especially on the cusp of changing weather, it is important to address them as soon as possible. If you are in need of fast and efficient windshield replacement, contact the professionals at GlassWerks for assistance.

Fall is coming, and with it comes colder temperatures and rain, winds and snow. If home glass maintenance isn’t on your todo list, it needs to be.

Maintaining your home windows, at the basic level, is fairly straightforward and can save you money in the long run. A window which is in good condition will help seal your windows and prevent leaks, ensuring the cold air stays out and the warm air stays in.

And if you need more than the basic level of home glass maintenance, you can always call your resident experts at GlassWerks!

2 Simple Home Glass Maintenance Tips For Fall

1. Window Cleaning

Cleaning a window is one of the easiest, most straightforward glass maintenance operations you can do.

Use a clean, damp cloth to first wipe dust away from the top of the window frame and sill, as well as any drapery or hardware, working your way down. If you find stubborn stains during this process, you should be able to use a mild, non-abrasive soap mixed with water. Be sure to open the window as well and clean the resting place or track.

To clean the glass, use mild, non-abrasive soap and water with a clean cloth. Wash in a circular motion, then rinse the window with a squeegee to dry it off.

2. Window Inspection

Once everything is clean and you can see properly, you should visually inspect each window in your home. This will ensure they are properly sealed for the winter.

If you spot any signs of rot or damage, you may want to consider calling a professional . . .

Contact GlassWerks For Your Home Glass Maintenance!

For a more severe problem, contact the experts at GlassWerks! We can provide repair or replacement of any window in your home, along with any other glass in your home.

Road trip? Fall color tour? Driving the kids to school? Morning commute? Whatever your reason for being on the road this autumn, play it safe with our driving safety tips for the season.

At GlassWerks, our priority is protecting you and your passengers with our glass installations, so we want to give you one more tool to remain safe.

9 Crucial Autumn Driving Safety Tips

1. Don’t Brake On Leaves

Heading down a tree-lined street or road? Treat those fallen leaves like ice if it’s wet out. Don’t try to steer or brake on top of wet leaves, as you can momentarily or tragically lose control.

Keep a steady speed and be aware of whether you are speeding before reaching a leafy area, as you will have a hard time stopping if you need to brake.

2. Be Careful On Bridges

Autumn is a time of change, and bridges are very susceptible to the cold. Due to having air below them rather than the warm earth, rain is quicker to freeze on a bridge than normal roads.

Be cautious when crossing a bridge in wet conditions in the autumn; keep your speed steady, and make any directional adjustments smoothly to avoid any slippage.

3. Watch Out For Deer

Deer are a hazard, as are any wildlife running across the road. Always keep your eyes open, especially when traveling in rural areas or down the interstate/highway system, as higher speeds allow you less time to react.

4. Notice School Busses And Kids

Fall is back to school time, and you’ll need to get used to busses stopping, and kids dodging across the street or out of bus doors.

Also be sure to keep an eye out for bikers and pedestrians, as mornings and afternoons will see increased numbers of both when school starts.

5. Prepare Your Vehicle

Always be prepared. Check your tire pressure, have your brakes inspected, and most shops will also offer complete safety inspections on your vehicle. Do you have a back-up camera? Make sure it hasn’t been obscured by leaves, dust, rain or frost.

6. Lower Chances Of Glare

Your windshield should be cleaned inside and out to lower your chances of glare.

At GlassWerks, we offer a hydrophobic auto glass coating called Aquapel which can be applied to your windshield. When it rains, the coating pulls the droplets together, creating larger drops of water which collect dirt and dust as they roll down the windshield, removing 99% of dirt and debris on your windshield as well as improving visibility in the rain.

7. Remove Frost

Thinking about driving with half of your windshield still covered in frost? Don’t. Driving with frost obscuring the front windshield or front side windows may be against the law, depending on where you live.

It can also be extremely dangerous, as you may not notice people or objects which you may impact or may hit you.

8. Remember Your Low Beams

Driving through autumn fog or rain? Remember to switch to your low beams to help see during those difficult conditions. High beams can result in less visibility in rainy or foggy conditions, incidentally.

9. Keep Your Distance

Always keep your distance from other drivers, especially in adverse and fast-changing conditions.

The 3-second rule is a good rule of thumb to follow to keep you safe in any situation and at any speed. Simply choose an object, and when the rear of the vehicle in front of you is even with that object, count how many seconds it takes the rear of your vehicle to be even with the object. If it’s 3 seconds or greater, you’re in pretty good shape to be able to break in time in an emergency.