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Maintaining, Protecting and Repairing Glass: Tips for Everyone

Welcome to my blog. When I was a teen, I started dabbling with coloured glass and stained glass art. Later, I helped work on a number of houses, and my partner and I often changed the windows in those houses. Through that experience, I learned a lot about maintaining, protecting and repairing glass. Currently, I am not working on any projects, so I decided to create a blog full of the information I have learned about glass over the years. Whether you are an artist, a glass installer, a homeowner thinking about new windows or anyone else with a question or concern about glass, this blog is designed for you.

Maintaining, Protecting and Repairing Glass: Tips for Everyone

2 Frequently Asked Questions About Emergency Auto Glass Repair

by Catherine Smythe

When your car windscreen is damaged for the first time, you will have to contract with an emergency auto glass repair technician to have the window fixed. It's impossible to drive with a cracked or damaged windshield, not just because it's against the law, but also because it can present a safety hazard. So to help you understand the repair process, here are the answers to two commonly asked questions.

Does Insurance Pay For Auto Glass Repair? -- If you have comprehensive auto insurance, which is required for all cars that have a lien holder, then you are covered for emergency auto glass repair. However, insurance companies make a distinction between repair and replacement, in that there is no deductible if your auto glass can be repaired, which isn't the case when replacement is the only option. So for example, if you had a $500 deductible and you have emergency glass repair on your windscreen that will cost $350, your insurance company will waive the deductible and pick up the tab. But if you have the same deductible amount and your vehicle needs emergency auto replacement that will cost $900, you will have to pay the first $500, and your insurance company will pay the remaining $400. Keep in mind that if your car is paid in full and you only carry liability insurance, you are responsible for paying the full amount of the emergency auto glass repair.

What Is the Difference Between OEM Glass and Aftermarket Glass? -- When an emergency auto glass repairman has determined he has to replace your windscreen, he will offer you the choice of using Original Equipment Manufactured (OEM) glass, or aftermarket glass. OEM glass is the glass that was installed when your vehicle was first made and is a high-quality glass that fits the exact make and model of  your car. It is also known as dealer auto glass, because it is the original glass that was in your vehicle when it arrived brand new at the car dealership. Aftermarket glass is made by companies that mimic the style and design of OEM glass but aren't legally contracted to provide dealer-quality glass. OEM glass is more expensive than aftermarket glass, but it typically lasts longer, is made from a higher grade of glass and carries a longer warranty. If your car is leased, your leasing company will not allow you to install aftermarket glass.

For more information, contact a local shop that offers emergency glass repairs