Get your windshield fixed at home by The Glassmobile
*I received a discounted windshield replacement from The Glassmobile in exchange for this post.
A couple of months ago we got a stone chip in our windshield that rapidly turned into a crack that spread across our windshield. Actually I’m lying. It was more like five or six months months ago. We were just too lazy to get it fixed. It is a hassle and a not insignificant expense to get your windshield replaced. In most auto glass shops you have to drop your car off for a few hours while they do the windshield replacement. they don’t often have kids’ entertainment sections in the shop.
Then the weather got colder and the crack, which had been stable for months, started to spread again. Apparently the cold air outside and the heater inside aren’t so good for windshield cracks. We decided we’d better get our act together and find somewhere to replace the windshield. While doing our research we came across The Glassmobile. They come to your house or office and replace the windshield while your car is hanging out doing nothing.
Why Your Windshield Won’t Shatter
While watching the guys from The Glassmobile replace our windshield I learned that there is a difference between the glass used for windshields and the glass used for the other windows in our vehicles. Windshields are actually made of three layers, one layer of laminate sandwiched between two layers of glass. This prevents windshields from shattering into the car if they are damaged. In the case of the crack in our windshield it was actually only the outer layer of glass that was chipped and broken.
The other windows in vehicles are tempered glass. The difference between the two is that if you were to hit a side window with a hammer, it would shatter. If you hit the windshield with a hammer it will crack and likely have a hole where you hit the window if you hit it hard enough.
Clean Your Dashboard
Have you ever noticed how dusty your dashboard gets? Removing your windshield is a great way to get at all those hard to reach spots. The Glassmobile guys cleaned it off for me. Made me feel like I should do a better job cleaning the car periodically. After all we do keep a pack of baby wipes in there so nothing is stopping me from wiping things down once-in-a-while.
Just Glue It In
Do you know why windshields have black edging around the glass? It is to hide the glue. Windshields are glued in – it is a thick urethane glue and it goes on like caulking, except it is black. When the windshield is installed the black parts sit on the glue and hide it. It is pretty strong stuff, they had to use power tools to cut out the old glue and free our old cracked windshield.
Get Your Windshield Replaced at Home
This was a great and efficient experience. The Glassmobile showed up on time, they removed our old windshield and installed the new one in an hour. They made sure to polish up the new windshield and left no debris behind. We had this work done the same day that we had a kid home sick from school and it was a relief not to have toe reschedule because of a sick kid. They showed up and did the work and we didn’t have to deal with getting the van to them and finding something to do while the work was being done.
It is true that I received a discount for the work, but we found their prices to be very competitive when we were researching options for replacing our windshield. They were actually the best price we found out of the places we called.
Only in Ottawa
Currently The Glassmobile is only in Ottawa so if you live somewhere else, you are out of luck – or you need to see if you can find something comparable in your community.