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Recycling Windshields Can Be Done

A common question many glass shops hear is “Can you recycle windshield glass? The answer is yes! Windshield glass is extremely strong and is designed to stay together when involved in an accident. The process has several steps. The clean glass can be recycled and turned into a wide variety of objects. Some glass recycling shops have kept them from landfills allowing the glass to be re-purposed.

Is Windshield Glass Different from Other Glass?

Windshield glass is also called “safety” glass because of its ability to withstand excessive amounts of force. Its ability to hold together after a car crash is due to the layer of plastic that is encased by two layers of glass. This plastic layer keeps the glass from shattering. Years ago, when a windshield broke, the small pieces of sharp glass would become deadly projectiles. With the introduction of this new type of windshield glass, the risk of death or injury due to the flying glass is dramatically reduced.

Recycle Windshield Glass?

To recycle windshield glass, it must pass through several steps. The glass of the windshield must first be broken and separated from the plastic sheet that’s pressed firmly between the layers. Once the plastic has been removed, the glass is put through a processor that grinds it down to its original state. Once it has been ground down, it can then be used to create new glass or glass-based materials. While it may not be exactly the same as bottle glass, it can still be used for a variety of purposes and kept from clogging up the landfills.

Who Accepts Windshield or “Safety” Glass for Recycling?

If you have a windshield that you want to recycle, you can call your local recycling center or glass repair shop to find out who will take it. In most cases, the glass repair shop will accept it and put it in with the ones they have that are ready for recycling. Recycling centers have access to the recycling facilities that are able to break down the glass and turn it over to the manufacturers who can then re-purpose it.

How Can Windshield Glass Be Re-purposed?

Recycled windshield glass can be re-purposed into new windshields, bottles, bowls, vases, etc. Recycled glass is often used by multi-medium artists who use it as part of sculptures, mosaics, and window art. Tile companies are also using it as part of the mixture used to produce their product. Glass is one of the most versatile materials in use today. With the latest advancements in the manufacturing and production of windshields, the glass from a broken windshield can be recycled and re-purposed more efficiently than ever before making it one of the most affordable materials available.

With environmental concerns making recycling the norm instead of the option, glass repair shops are implementing programs that allow them to recycle the windshields they replace. The number of windshields being sent to landfills has started to drop considerably. The more windshields that can be diverted from landfills, the more cost-effective replacement glass will become making it a win/win situation for everyone.

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Chipped Windshield

A chipped windshield can cause the integrity of your windshield to be in question putting yourself and your passengers in danger.

We understand that safety is the most important thing. We all rely on our cars to transport us and our loved ones on a daily basis. Taking this into account we strive to provide the highest quality windshield repair and replacement services available. Our main goal is to get you and your vehicle back on the road safely and quickly.

Why Repair a Windshield?

If a stone chips your windshield and the damage is smaller than an inch in diameter and not in the driver’s line of vision, we can repair it to prevent the crack from spreading. If you catch it early, an auto glass repair could be all you need and repair is a fraction of the cost of replacement. A chipped windshield could be dangerous and almost all chips will spread eventually.

When Considering Windshield Repair:

Windshield Repairs are quick and affordable and can sometimes be covered by your insurance provider at little or no cost to you. Many insurance companies waive deductibles up to $500 if you repair rather than replace. Let one of our insurance billing specialists help you determine your coverage.

Small nicks or chips can turn into a large crack requiring a full windshield replacement. The sooner you have a repair done the better.

If you are unsatisfied with your windshield repair or the repaired area ever spreads, the cost of the repair will be credited toward the cost of a brand new windshield installation as long as we performed the windshield replacement.

A chip in your windshield can cause the integrity of your windshield to be in question putting yourself and your passengers in danger.

When you call us, we will dispatch a certified technician to remedy the issue quickly and professionally. We can dispatch a technician to your location of choice or have you come in to one of our service centers and have you back on the road in no time.

Replacing Your Windshield

When a windshield can’t be repaired the only alternative is to replace the cracked windshield with a new one. When we replace your windshield, our Certified Technicians follow certain safety standards to make sure your vehicle is as safe as when it left the factory.

The certified technician will explain in detail the service being performed. He will remove your rearview mirror as well as other attachments to the glass like your EZ PASS, State inspection sticker (if applicable), parking sticker from work or school or other stickers like oil change details.

Completely and safely remove the old windshield and the old adhesive. It is critical that the old adhesive be removed and new sealant used to install your new windshield.

After the replacement is completed, the technician will reattach rearview mirror, inspection sticker or any other items that were previously removed, when possible.

The technician will inform you of the Safe Drive Away Time (SDAT) and other precautions to take with your new windshield. This is an important step that makes sure the adhesive has set fully and your vehicle is safe to drive.

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Auto Windshield Future

The world is constantly changing with advanced technology. Auto windshield future may be changing also.

There are two types of glass in your automobile – laminated glass (mostly used for windshields) and tempered glass (mostly used for side glass).

Laminated Glass vs. Tempered Glass

Laminated glass is basically a glass sandwich. It is made of two or more plies of glass with a vinyl interlayer between (sandwiched, if you will, as in a car’s windshield). The glass will tend to stay together and case one in is broken – thus qualifying as a safety glazing material.

Tempered glass is made by heating and cooling a piece of standard glass in a tempering furnace. The glass, which must be pre-cut and edged before being put into the tempering furnace, is heated to approximately 1200°F and then cooled rapidly.

Now some companies are working to develop a chemically tempered glass much stronger than conventional automotive glass, known as soda lime glass. This glass could offer a lighter weight to windshields but with a great deal of strength.

When it comes to windshields, being stronger means being safer. The lighter weight can also help cars be more fuel efficient. Gorilla Glass was first used for smartphone screens in 2007. The Ford GT was the first to used Gorilla Glass for its windshield. Some new vehicle designs are using larger windshield, even full glass canopies. This means the glass needs to be more efficient for safety.

For now, laminated glass is the best option for windshields. It keeps passengers safer and has a sound-proofing benefit to it. Tempered glass is still a good choice for other auto glass applications. It can be broken more easily if breaking the window for exiting is needed.

As technology makes changes to auto glass, it’s important to you find an auto glass shop that keeps up with the latest for windshield repair and replacement

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Holiday Road Trips

What could be worse than your car breaking down while you are visiting relatives during the holidays , perhaps hundreds of miles from home. Time with relatives and friends is a time for fun, not dealing with the stress of getting a car repair. To that end, please take these steps you can take to protect your vehicle, your trip and your family on holiday car trips. If you have a mechanic you usually deal with have him check/change the following or if you are DIY, you need to check these things:

  • Oil and oil filter
  • Air filter
  • Belts and spark plugs
  • Tire iron and jack are in the car along with the spare tire
  • Tire treads and look for signs of strain, bulges or other damage. Check tire pressure. Don’t over inflate.
  • Check that high and low beam headlights are in working order.
  • Windshield wipers and wiper fluid. When the rain falls, you don’t want to discover your wipers are useless. In addition, bug hits can really mess a windshield, so you’ll need a full fluid reservoir.
  • Check Coolant, Fuses and Horn.

Some additional advice:

  • Begin your trip with a clean car, both inside and out. It will help for you to be organized.
  • Try not to put luggage over the car. It creates air friction and slows you down – burning more gas. If it is unavoidable, cover with strong sheet and tie them very well.
  • Keep a small garbage bag inside the car.
  • Cover headlights and front of the car with a protective sheet to prevent bug clogs or other damage.
  • Pack a fire extinguisher.
  • Get a spare key for the car and keep it in your wallet or elsewhere on your person in case you lock your keys in the car.
  • Fix sun protectors for side windows and front windshield.
  • Stock up on CDs to cover the trip if you don’t have Sirius radio.
  • Have some games planned for the younger ones.
  • Bring a plastic funnel to add water or other fluids
  • Bring towels for cleaning dirty windshields, spills, etc.
  • Make sure your owner’s manual is handy.
  • Always fill your gas tank when it is half full. Don’t wait too long. Sometimes there can be miles and miles in between rest areas or service areas.
  • Be reasonable about how many miles you can cover in a day. Don’t push it, especially with young children.
  • Forget about high speeds. A steady driver can book more miles and enjoy more scenery. You’ll also save on gas over the long haul.
  • Leave the caffeine at home. If you get tired, pull over and rest. If it’s midway through the day, try a nap of about 30 minutes. If it’s getting dark, get a motel. It’s not worth risking your safety if your body is telling you it needs rest.
  • Learn to avoid boredom. For times like this, listening to your favorite music or a book on tape can prove invaluable.
  • Finally, stay away from trucks. Truck drivers dislike having anyone follow them.

With proper preparation before a trip, and a good attitude during a journey, you can make sure you not only survive a long trip – but also enjoy it.

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Mistakes after Car Glass Repair

It is a given that you should regularly maintain your car glass. However, it is even more important to do so after a car glass repair. This is because you want to keep your windshield and windows in shape. After all, past behavior could have easily been a cause behind the glass damage. Part of maintaining your car glass is ensuring that you do not make these mistakes: Continue reading

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Why Choose 7 Star Fresno for Auto Glass Repair

When you have a cracked windshield, driving to an auto glass repair shop is dangerous. The glass is fragile and not steady. It could shatter at any moment. In fact, anything could go wrong on the road. So, what is a person to do? Sometimes drivers forget that there are other options for getting a windshield replacement. For instance, getting a windshield replacement mobile service is a great option to staying safe. The best part is that it is convenient for drivers. Here are other reasons why this service is your best, safest option: Continue reading

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Car Care for the Dependability

Keep your car properly maintained for optimum performance

Environmentally Friendly Car Care according to the Car Care Council – A properly maintained vehicle can improve its efficiency, reduce emissions and save you money. Regular engine performance maintenance will help you burn less gas, pollute less, and prevent car trouble down the line. This will include checking the spark plugs, replacing the fuel and air filters, replacing ignition system and/or emission system parts if needed and ensuring the onboard computer control system is working properly.

Improve gas mileage by 4% on a proper tune-up and up to 40% when fixing a serious maintenance problem such as a faulty oxygen sensor. Worn or fouled spark plugs can cause the engine to lose power or misfire and waste fuel.

Drive Smart

How you drive has a lot to do with fuel economy. Avoid sudden starts and stops and go the speed limit. Minimize unnecessary miles by combining errands in one trip. Drive wisely and minimize unnecessary miles by consolidating errands, getting good directions and avoiding excessive idling. Other guidelines to follow include:

  • When possible, use your vehicle’s cruise control features.
  • Use your air conditioning only when needed. Parking in the shade and using a reflective windshield shade can help your car stay cooler when parked, meaning it takes less to cool it off when you get back in.
  • Speeding and Aggressive Driving: Most cars lose fuel efficiency over 50 miles per hour (MPH) at a rate of about $0.24 per gallon for every 5 mph over 50. Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) can also reduce gas mileage – as much as 33 percent on the highway and five percent on city streets.

Lighten the Load

Get the junk out of the trunk and the stuff out of your car, with the exception of emergency items such as a spare tire and a first-aid kit. Extra items weigh the vehicle down and cause an increase in gas usage.

Replace dirty air filters

An air filter that is clogged with dirt, dust and bugs chokes off the air and creates a “rich” mixture that causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter will improve your car’s performance and acceleration, but not miles per gallon. The air filter should be inspected at each oil change, and replaced annually or when restricted, torn, water or oil-soaked.

Replace spark plugs if necessary

A vehicle can have four, six or eight spark plugs, which fire as many as three million times every 1,000 miles. This results in a lot of heat, electrical, and chemical erosion. A dirty spark plug also causes misfiring, which wastes fuel.

Maintain the cooling system

A cooling system thermostat that causes the engine to run too cold will lower the fuel efficiency of a car by as much as one or two mpg. There also are improved radiator caps on the market today that allow the cooling system to operate at a higher temperature before boiling over, increasing the system’s efficiency and reducing emissions.

Tire Checks

Proper tire pressure can improve gas mileage by 3.3 percent or 10 cents per gallon.

Tire pressure should be checked at least monthly, including the spare. Tires that are not properly inflated add rolling resistance that makes the engine work harder to move the vehicle. Remember, tires can lose pressure due to seasonal temperature changes. According to the Rubber Manufacturer’s Association, a tire can lose up to half of its inflation pressure and not appear to be flat. Optimal tire pressure for your vehicle is listed in the owner’s manual or on the car door sidewall.

Gas Caps

Check your vehicle’s gas cap. A loose, cracked or damaged gas cap allows gas to escape from your tank as a vapor, wasting fuel and increasing vehicle emissions. It’s also wasting your gas money!

Gas Fill-Ups

When filling up your car, remember to stop when the nozzle shuts off! Topping off the gas tank can release harmful vapors into the environment and waste money.  Remember, your tank needs some extra room to allow the gasoline to expand. Some pumps engineered to protect the environment draw extra vapors back into the pump, meaning you pay for more gas than you are getting, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

A/C Maintenance 

The A/C system should be inspected annually, during which a technician checks pressures to test operation, refrigerant charge and outlet temperatures. Use the window to help keep the car cool.

Vehicle Fuel System

By properly maintaining your vehicle’s fuel system, such as replacing your car’s fuel filter every two years or 24,000 miles and having your fuel injectors flushed our every 30,000 miles, you will not only have a cleaner, ‘greener’ car, but you will save money at the pump.”

Vehicle Emission systems

Emission Systems control a vehicle’s emissions, exhaust and pollutants using an array of sensors, computerized engine controls and the exhaust components. Emission systems substantially reduce harmful gases such as carbon monoxide (CO), unburned hydrocarbons (HC) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx), and prevent harmful gasoline vapors from escaping at the fuel tank. Your car’s emission system keeps the engine running cleanly and efficiently in all sorts of operating conditions, and keeping it in proper working condition can save money and protect the environment. Fixing a faulty oxygen sensor can improve gas mileage by 40%!

Maintain and repair your car – this is important for you, your car and the environment.

Reference: Car Care Council

 

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Windshield Replacement or Repair Fresno

Windshield Replacement or Repair Fresno

What do you do when you have a cracked windshield? While you might be tempted to call an auto glass repair shop and ask for quote, it is best to know what kind of damage you have first. This is mostly to help you know your options and better talk to an auto glass technician. A windshield replacement or repair Fresno is one option. Another is a windshield replacement. Typically, a repair fixes minor damages while a replacement gets rid of major ones. Here are the signs you need to look for.

Is the crack in the driver’s line of vision?

When you, the driver, is in the car, does the damage affect your driving? For instance, is the chip or crack in your line of vision? If so, then a windshield repair is probably not the best option. Repairing the chip or crack, even if it is small, will still leave behind a mark that will blur the driver’s visibility. In this case, a windshield replacement is the better option. It will ensure that the entire glass is removed and a new one installed to guarantee that the driver can see the road without anything in the way.

The Size of the Damage

The size of the damage should also be taken into consideration when figuring out whether you can get your windshield repaired or replaced. If the damage is bigger than a dollar bill, then the glass will need to be replaced. A damage that big makes a repair too difficult. On the other hand, if the damage is smaller or is as big as a dollar bill, then it can easily be repaired.

Location of the Damage

Another way to see if the damaged windshield needs a repair or replacement is examining the location of the damage. Other than the chip or crack being in the line of sight of the driver, if the damage is in the corner of the windshield, then that is big indication that the entire glass need a replacement. The reason is that a damage in the corner can cause the windshield to break or shatter. Therefore, a windshield repair for this issue is not an option.

How Much Damage

When you look at your damaged windshield, you should examine the amount of chips or cracks the windshield has. Does the glass have more than three chips? Then chances are you will need to get a windshield replacement. Too many chips make the glass susceptible to shattering. Similarly, if the glass has a big crack (bigger than a dollar bill), then you will need to get a replacement.

Knowing what to look for in a damaged auto glass will help you know whether you need a windshield repair or replacement and plan accordingly.

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Getting Paid For Your Services Is Important. Paper or Plastic?

Payment options have their own pros and cons.

Obviously, getting paid is an extremely important component of your business. It is a wise choice to make it as easy as possible for your potential clients to pay you. It could be a mistake not to offer multiple payment options. Payment options have their own pros and cons.

Cash

In the good old days, everyone paid in cash . Your first cash transaction probably was when your parents gave you an allowance in cash. It is doubtful that they wrote you a check.

The Pros

  • You get your payment immediately. With cash, there’s no waiting around – the client/customer either has it or they don’t.
  • There are no additional fees. Additional fees are added on to other payment options. With cash, there’s no “processing” and there is usually no middle man.

The Cons

  • Not many people carry cash anymore. Most of the population has switched over to credit, debit, electronic, and other forms of non-cash payments. If you insist on only taking cash payments, you’ll end up losing a lot of customers.
  • Cash is easy to counterfeit. Be prepared to invest in counterfeit banknote detection pens.
  • Extra bookkeeping is required. Cash, especially large amounts of cash, can be hard to keep track of. Your bookkeeping needs to be more detailed than ever if you hope to stay out of trouble with the government come tax time. It will also take several trips to the bank.

Credit (and Debit) Cards

The Pros

  • Credit cards are the most common/preferred payment option. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone without a credit – or at least a debit card.
  • Credit Cards are easy to use. They are quick to process.

The Cons

  • Keeping track of security precautions. There are several laws that must be adhered to when you decide to accept credit cards. In order to prevent security breaches and protect your clients, you’ll have to develop a higher level of awareness. Legally, you can’t hold onto a client’s information past a certain point.
  • Processing fees. Both credit and debit cards require processing fees in order to finally receive your payment, some higher than others.

Checks

Checks are directly connected to your potential client’s bank account, drawing on whatever funds they’ve deposited into their checking account.

The Pros

  • Accepting checks allows you to deal with bigger businesses. If you’re hired to provide services or products for a larger corporation, they will most likely pay you with a check. If you refuse to accept checks, you’d be turning away most of the larger corporations.
  • Checks can be processed electronically now. You can process checks electronically if you have the means to do so. There may be a processing fee.
  • Older Folk like to pay with checks.  If your target market includes retirement-age customers, accepting checks could put you one step ahead of the competition.

The Cons

  • Checks can bounce. If your client has insufficient funds in their account at the time they attempt to pay you, their check could bounce. Not only does this result in a payment delay, but you could potentially be charged a fee depending on where you bank. You may also be charged an overdraft fee if you paid bills or gave the go-ahead to an automatic payment counting on your client’s check to go through.
  • Clients have too much control. Check-writing clients have the power to issue a “stop payment” on any check they write. Meaning, your client can essentially write you a check, take your services or product, and then take their money back.
  • Trips to the bank. If you’re being paid via checks on a regular basis, you’ll also be making trips to the bank on a regular basis. Depending on your branch, you’ll have to calculate in travel time – and potential bank holds.

Mobile Payments

This payment option actually encompasses several smaller options. For the purpose of this article, “Mobile Payments” will be classified simply as any payment you can make or receive on your phone; whether it be through an SMS message, a QR code, NFC, or anything else.

The Pros

  • Nearly everyone has a phone. Like credit cards, it’s nearly impossible to find someone without a phone. So, whether your client is sending you a payment through their phone, or initiating a payment through your phone, you’ll be covered.
  • Payments are generally fast. So long as your phone is up to snuff, the rest of the procedure goes quickly!

The Cons

  • Certain mobile methods are prone to security leaks. Depending on which mobile payment method you choose, you may have to worry more about security.
  • Not all readers are created equal. If you choose a mobile payment method that involves using an app then you may have compatibility issues. Most mobile credit card readers are iPhone compatible, but nothing else is guaranteed.
  • An update can cramp your style. Whenever you depend on an app to help run your business, you run the risk of said app “breaking” when an update is released. If you upgrade the program you use and it’s no longer compatible with the phone you’re using to accept payments on, it may be a problem.

Electronic Payments

Electronic/online payment options such as PayPal are becoming the new normal for some businesses.

The Pros

  • It’s easy. Online payments are arguably the easiest payment option of all!
  • It’s fast! Next to cash, there’s no quicker way to get paid than this.

The Cons

  • The fees are high. With few exceptions, the fees involved in receiving online payments are higher.

There are, of course, other options for getting paid such as money orders or direct deposits.

No matter which payment options you prefer, always send out professional-looking invoices and charge what you are worth.

 

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Preventing Auto Glass Repair and Replacement Fresno

When you wash your car, what do you use? Are you leaving streaks behind on the windshield? Are you leaving scratches on the car glass? Avoid the following to prevent auto glass repair and replacement.

What to use and what not to use to prevent auto glass repair and replacement

Sponges – Sponges are probably the most commonly reached for product when it comes to washing a car. People associate sponges with cleanliness. Sponges are meant to scrub, not gently clean. Sponges, when used to wash cars, can scratch at the paint. Worse yet is when they are used to wash car glass. They can end up harming the surface. Though signs of scratches may not appear right away, over months and years, you will notice them. It is important to refrain from using sponges to prevent a auto glass repair and replacement.

Towels – Why not use a towel to dry a newly-washed vehicle? Chances are, you have done this numerous times. Just like with using a sponge to clean your car glass, using a towel to dry the glass can scratch the surface. While towels seem soft, they are not soft enough to use on a car glass.

 Ammonia glass cleaner – Many household products contain ammonia in them, and ammonia is very harmful on cars. Though you can use glass cleaner on regular windows and mirrors, you should not use it on your car glass. Not only does ammonia leave streaks on auto glass, which creates glares while you drive, but it also can ruin the glass especially if it is tinted. Over time, ammonia will cause the tint to peel off, leaving you with terrible windows and windshield. It is best to steer clear of ammonia-based products if you do not want to deal with auto glass repair and replacement Fresno.

If I can’t use sponges, towels, and ammonia, what can I use?

Get a microfiber cloth, or two (one for washing and one for drying). A microfiber cloth is safe to use on a car’s paint and glass. It is soft and smooth and will not scratch. There are many products that are safe to use on car glass and can be found at an auto shop or a store with an auto section. These are recommended for washing car glass: Armor All Auto Glass Cleaner, Mothers Glass Cleaner, Rain-X Automotive Glass Cleaner, and Invisible Glass Premium Glass Cleaner.

Preventing a auto glass repair and replacement Fresno is not as complicated as it may seem. By avoiding everyday products you are using to wash your car, you will prevent major damages.