In the glass industry, people talk about OEM. However, many people do not know what that means. We’ll explain it here:
Original Equipment Manufacturer. These manufacturers supply auto glass and windshields directly to auto-makers. This means that OEM replacement windshields are to fit like the original glass and rubber, with the same safety features. OEM quality glass means that it is as close as you can get to your original glass and it is not cheap or inferior quality glass. In fact, certain controls must be met in the manufacturing process and quality inspections met to be able to install OEM glass. In essence, you are getting the highest windshield quality available for your vehicle.
Why won’t you come to my location to install my glass?
At Polzin Glass, we have a controlled climate installation area. Plus, it is in line with our commitment to replace your windshield under the same quality environment as it was originally installed. With our installation area, you do not have to worry about weather, drying or leaks. It is all controlled and we make sure your windshield meets the standards.
When my windshield has been changed, will it be as good as before?
With a proper installation, your windshield will be back to its original quality.
Will my windshield leak?
Not if the windshield is installed properly, and if you follow some simple instructions:
- No car wash for a minimum of 24 hours is recommended.
How soon can I drive after windshield installation?
The windshield is set in place and will not move during normal driving after one hour. However, the glue is not strong enough to secure the windshield in a roll over or head on collision. At Polzin Glass, we not only use the OEM quality glass but also OEM glue so it dries within an hour and is safe to drive.
Contact Polzin Glass in Faribault to learn more.
How soon can I drive my car after the windshield has been replaced?
In order to ensure the windshield is safe and secure, our technicians require waiting to drive the vehicle for at least one hour after service is completed.
Will I have to wait with my vehicle?
It is not necessary to wait with your vehicle. In fact, you can drop off your vehicle the night before it you wish. Please contact Polzin Glass to learn more.
Will you replace the stickers that are already on my windshield?
When possible, our trained glass repair team members will take great care to remove any stickers or items that are on your old windshield and will switch them over to your new windshield so that you will not lose the information
Every season has its own challenges. Here are 5 tips for staying safe on Southern Minnesota roads this fall.
In fall, you may find the streets are slick when covered with wet leaves. Plus, fall brings more traffic in Southern Minnesota with school starting. You may also see times of thick morning fog, sun glare and an increase of deer crossing.
During these times, it is important to:
1) Stay alert and focused. One of our customers said she saw a deer bound across the streets and it took her by surprise. We often do not think of things happening like that in town, but we can assure you they do.
2) Give yourself extra time to stop and make sure to allow for extra time for school traffic if you are on those high traffic roads.
A modern hybrid vehicle driving down the road on a nice autumn day.
3) Another reason to drive extra careful in the morning is fog. Cold fall mornings can be one of the worst times for fog. Use your fog lights; don’t use high beams because it will create glare, which makes it even more difficult to see. If your headlights to not seem to shine as bright, bring your car into Polzin Glass for a quick check. Over time, headlights can become foggy and may need some extra attention.
4) Be prepared for sun glare. We have all been there – driving up a hill or into the sun and flipping down our visor to help shield our eyes. A little planning can help during these moments. Make sure you have sunglasses in your car if you like to use them. Empty any storage above your visor so you can quickly bring them down when needed. And, make sure your windshield is clean.
At Polzin Glass, we put safety first. When it comes to glass repair, you’ll find that we are the best solution for your car, truck, tractor or RV.
Once you have a crack in your windshield, it weakens the overall integrity of the windshield itself. The windshield is also a large part of the structural strength of the entire roof of the vehicle. That could put both you and your family at risk if you were in an accident.
Depending on your insurance coverage, a car windshield repair may be at no cost to you. At Polzin Glass, we work with your insurance provider to process the claim and make sure your windshield is restored back to its original condition.
To learn more about windshield repair, contact us today!
If a crack occurs on your tinted windshield, you may be wondering if the crack can be filled or if replacing the tinted window is your only option. Here are some tips:
First, what is the law for Window Tint?
According to FindLaw.com, in practical terms, “window tinting” refers to methods that prevent certain levels of light from passing through the safety glass — meaning the windshield, side windows, and rear window of a vehicle.
The safety glass on most newer cars and passenger vehicles has been coated or treated so that some degree of window tinting is in place, to keep out harmful ultra-violet (UV) rays. This tinting is done during the manufacturing process, and is almost always in compliance with federal and state window tinting laws and regulations.
Whatever your reason for wanting tinted windows on your car, truck, or other passenger vehicle, you should get familiar with laws that regulate vehicle window tinting, as well as exemptions under those laws.
Schedule an appointment with Polzin Glass today!
When you get a crack in your windshield, you should repair it or it may grow larger. However, at Polzin Glass, we often get the question if it is “safe” to DIY the repair.
Before you do a windshield DIY repair, here are some things to consider
You Only Get One Shot at Repairing a Crack or a Chip in a Windshield
If the repair is incorrectly made or it does not hold, there is no way to remove the filler that was used to make the repair. Even if you do get the repair done correctly, you still have a weak spot in your windshield. It is best to have an expert evaluate the windshield and make sure your car or truck is safe to drive.
You Lack Professional Equipment
You can pick up a repair kit at most any big box store. However, when you come to Polzin Glass, we have the high-quality resins and all the tools a pro needs to make the repair last and get it done right.
Insurance Won’t Cover a Do-It-Yourself Kit
Many people think that it costs more to hire a professional to repair your windshield chip or crack. But what they fail to realize is that many auto companies offer discounted rates to have your windshield repaired. This makes hiring a professional a lot more affordable and more in line with do-it-yourself kits.
Get your windshield repaired the right way – contact Polzin Glass today.
A Properly Installed Windshield Can Save Your Life!
- We have Certified Installers.
Certification tests are taken by all employees as well as continuous training to stay current with changes in the industry.
- Our Installers follow the Full-Cutout Method.
This is very important. Some companies/installers don’t follow this to save time and use less product. The Full-Cutout Method is the ONLY method approved by vehicle manufacturers.
- Does the passenger’s side air bag and the roof of my vehicle count on the windshield to be installed properly?
YES! The passenger’s side air bag can hit the windshield at over 200 mph! If the w/s is not properly installed it could pop out during an accident greatly increasing the possibility of more severe injuries or death.
YES! The w/s and back window of your vehicle can provide up to 60% of the roof strength in a roll over accident. If either one is incorrectly installed they may fail to hold up the roof and that could cause it to collapse down on the passengers. As manufacturers continue to find ways to make vehicles lighter and cheaper to produce, glass is being counted on even more as one of the most important safety features in your vehicle.
- We use OEM quality glass and urethane.
Original Equipment Manufacturer, OEM quality is the best available. OEM glass is made by glass manufactureres that make OEM Glass so it is the best quality and held to a high standards. Insist on having OEM quality products used for your vehicle so you can get the best quality glass to protect your family. There are cheaper products out there and some companies are willing to cut corners by using those products and skipping important steps in the replacement process. What’s more important, your safety or a few dollars?
- We provide a Guarantee.
We stand behind our work. That means we are confident that the job will be done right the first time and if there is a problem it will be taken care of. Whether it’s an air noise, a water leak or a stress crack.
- We are AGRSS Certified.
Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standard
This shows you that we are paying attention to the current changes and improvements in the industry. So you can be sure you and your family are safe after the work is done. Your safety is our #1 concern. Go to safewindshields.com for more information.
Remember, Minnesota State Law allows YOU to choose who replaces your windshield, so to make sure it’s done right, make Polzin Glass your first call. We will take care of the insurance paperwork for you!
Call toll free:
Northfield: (800) 944-2054
Faribault: (866) 334-8680
Signs your windshield was improperly installed
When it comes to windshields, quality installation of a quality product by a trained specialist is a must. The windshield, like seatbelts and air bags, is part of a vehicle’s safety restraint system designed to keep you and your passengers safe.
Improperly installed windshields can compromise that safety, causing death or injury during a crash. Failure of the windshield can affect passenger side air bag deployment, reduce roof support integrity and cause drivers and passengers to eject if a windshield detaches.
Without federal laws regulating the glass industry, care needs to be taken in finding a highly-experienced technician focused on safety rather than simply installing a windshield.
Man repairing and replacing the glass on a car.
Basic questions and observations will assure you’ve chosen a trained installer like Polzin Glass
who will do the job right. Ask questions about prep work, cleaning and use of a rust inhibitor. Exposed metal can result in rust and a weakened seal, a major safety problem.
Check that the newly-installed windshield is centered and lies flush to the vehicle’s frame. Molding around the glass should also lie flat. Wind or water leaks signal air pockets. All indicate possible inferior installation.
Glass that appears wavy suggests the windshield does not meet manufacturer recommended specifications.
By following these basics, you can feel confident that you’ve chosen a trained auto glass installer like Polzin Glass who puts safety first.
A windshield does more than keep out wind, rain, snow and flying debris. It also serves as a safety shield to protect you and your passengers. That’s why an improper windshield installation can be dangerous.
If you need your vehicle’s windshield replaced, look beyond cost to the quality of the installer. At Polzin Glass, we keep on the latest training, products and industry standards. We don’t cut corners and you can count on our integrity.
Defective installation at a seemingly bargain price can result in serious injury and even death if the windshield fails during a crash. You risk being thrown through the windshield or rear window and being crushed during a rollover due to improper installation. Unfortunately, when someone comes in with a vehicle, with a windshield installation that was faulty, it’s not easy to fix! We normally can’t tell what is wrong without doing a bunch of tests to figure it out. Then, in most situations, we will need to remove the glass and re-install it (if it doesn’t break when we take it out), so that we can get it installed properly. We have seen it far too many times, the insurance company makes you think you don’t have a choice on where you take your own car (Even though Minnesota State law allows you to go to ANY shop of your choice) so don’t be fooled! Call us at Polzin Glass and we will help you get the claim made, then we will take care of all the paperwork and even bill your insurance company for you too.
As experienced glass installers, will assure you are protected by carefully removing the old windshield and sealant, by cleaning the area, and by using OEM quality glass and manufacturer recommended adhesives for the replacement.
Any issues you are currently having, with the glass sealing to the body, indicate weakening of the vehicle’s structural integrity. If you spot problem areas, see Polzin Glass. Only then can you be certain you and your passengers are fully protected while on the road.
Call Faribault – Phone Number: (507)334-8680 or Northfield – Phone Number: (507)645-6450
When a farmer has broken glass in his tractor cab, it is usually something they want to get fixed quickly so that no time in the field is lost. At Polzin Glass, our Faribault and Northfield locations can assist with all makes and models of tractor cabs.
However, there are a few questions that we may need answers to that can help speed up the process.
Q: Did the glass crack or shatter in a million little pieces?
A: If it is cracked then it is probably Laminated glass and if it shattered then it is Tempered glass.
Q: Is the glass intact?
A: If so, it is Laminated glass and we can use that piece to make a pattern and cut a new piece. If you lost or threw the glass away, we will need to make a pattern from the metal frame and then cut the new glass from that pattern.
Q: Did the glass have a hole in it for wipers or hinges?
A: If so, you would need to get a new piece of glass from a tractor dealer and we will install it for you. If you chose to do this, please call us to schedule an appointment.
Q: Do you still have the rubber that held the glass?
A: If you still have the rubber and it is in good shape, we can reuse the old rubber. If you do not have the old rubber or it is cracked/ripped, we do have new rubber gasket for it.
Q: Can you bring the window or frame to the shop?
A: If you can bring the frame to our Northfield or Faribault shop, it will save you money. Of course, if you need us to we can come there to make the pattern(s) & then come back to install once we cut & sand the new glass to the patterns.
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