Auto glass replacement

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Windshield Repairs and Replacements

  Safety Info
The average driver spends so many hours on the road that getting an occasional nick or scratch on the windshield is inevitable. However, small scratches can turn into large cracks in the blink of an eye. Besides being unattractive, damaged glass is unsafe.



 Safety and Convenience
At Gulf Coast Auto Glass, your safety is of the highest importance to our team. We also understand that getting your vehicle back on the road as soon as possible is important to you. This is why we go the extra mile to make it convenient to get the job done correctly in the shortest time possible. We explain to each and every one of our customers what the proper time is before the adhesive is fully set and the vehicle is safe to drive. This is called Safe Drive Away Time.  



What is Safe Drive Away Time (SDAT)? 

 SDAT is the amount of time your vehicle needs to remain off the road before the installed auto glass part can properly operate as a safety device.  Vehicles with passenger-side airbags have more requirements to Safe Drive Away Time because of the extra strength needed to hold up the deployment of the passenger-side airbag. Either more time or a faster-acting auto glass adhesive is needed.  Federal  Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) requirements are met and your car is safe to drive when the auto glass adhesive manufacturer’s Safe Drive Away Time calculations are met by your installer.   


What’s the difference between the windshield and the other windows on my car?
Windshield glass is laminated, unlike the rest of the glass on your car, which tends to be tempered. Tempered glass is considered safety glass due to the manner in which it shatters. Laminated glass, a different kind of safety glass, is shatter-proof. You can repair the windshield, but when your car’s side and back glass is damaged, it has to be replaced. 

 

3 critical ways your windshield protects you.
Your vehicle’s windshield is more than a barrier from nature’s harsh elements. It’s an essential part of your vehicle’s structural integrity, serving as a safety component for you and your family in three critical ways:

  1. The windshield helps prevent cabin crushing in rollover accidents.
  2. As part of your vehicle’s safety restraint system, the windshield ensures that airbags and seatbelts operate effectively.
  3. Windshields prevent occupants from being ejected from the vehicle in accidents.


Fix windshield chips before they become windshield cracks.

While a small rock chip may seem like a minor annoyance, it’s a weak spot in your windshield. A bump in the road, a door slammed too hard or expanding moisture can cause that chip to spread into a dangerous crack at the worst possible moment.

Free Windshield Replacement?

Broken windshields are typically covered under the comprehensive coverage portion of a car insurance policy. Some states allow for the normal deductible to be waived for windshield replacements. Florida is one of these states, according to FL statute 627.7288 the deductible shall not apply to windshield damages.  Gulf Coast Auto Glass Service works closely with America’s major insurance companies, so we can take care of your insurance claim for you. If you would prefer to pay out-of-pocket, or you don’t have comprehensive coverage, we accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover,  cash and personal checks. 






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RV Windshield Replacements

A broken RV windshield  can halt your travel plans but we can help you get back on the road as soon as possible. We offer free estimates and affordable prices. If you have insurance coverage we will work with your provider so that you are on your way with a new windshield at no out of pocket expense to you.