Vintage Car

Side Glass Replacement

A guide to side car window glass

Side windows are located on the sides of the vehicle in the doors. Side windows, also referred to as the door glass, can take many shapes and sizes and can either be stationary or automatic.

Most modern cars have an electric motor that allows the window to roll up and down, using a switch controlled by the passenger. Older cars require a crank to roll the window up and down and only the driver and front passenger windows would roll fully into the door of the car.

 

What type of glass is used in car windows?

Car and truck side windows are made of tempered or laminated glass. The tempered glass is designed to shatter into tiny, harmless glass balls instead of shattering into shards that can cut or injure passengers. The laminated glass is designed to only crack like a windshield would and does not shatter into little pieces.

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Why are most all side car windows made of tempered glass?

Tempered glass offers strength and safety to both drivers and passengers if an accident or a broken window were to occur.

Tempered glass uses a chemical treatment that heats and then cools the glass for better reinforcement than standard windows. The elevated temperature creates an equilibrium on the inside so that whenever the glass is destroyed, it won’t fall apart and break in sharp edges.

The only disadvantage to the tempered glass is that sometimes it may appear to explode without cause. Just like any other piece of auto glass, side windows are thoroughly tested by auto manufacturers, so it is previous stress or force that has weakened the glass to the point of bursting.

Why you should use Rayce-Way

At Rayce-Way we understand that not every side glass is made with laminated glass and unfortunately leaves you with shattered glass all over your vehicle and inside of your door panel. In order to accommodate this inconvenience Rayce-Way guarantees same day service as long as the glass is accessible. We come out to you mobile, so you don't have to drive the vehicle with a broken side window. At Rayce-Way we use the most advanced tools in order to prevent any further damage to your door panel while removing the broken glass and installing the new window. Our technicians are highly trained and make sure to vacuum all of the glass from the inside of your vehicle and the tiny pieces that have fallen into your door panel.