Every day throughout Connecticut thousands of windshields are damaged by flying rocks or other road debris. When an object strikes the outer layer of the windshield with sufficient force, it can cause a small hole on impact. This allows air to enter the damaged area which creates a diffusion of light making it hard to see while driving. The goal when we repair a windshield is to penetrate the glass surface through the pit of the break with a transparent liquid resin. The resin replaces the entrapped air and restores visibility, since it has the same index of refraction as the glass. The resin once cured also bonds the loose glass within the damaged area making it safe to drive again. In most cases, the windshield repair will not be totally invisible, however, at least 90% of the optical diffusion will be eliminated, restoring transparency and preventing further cracking.
At Plymouth Glass and Mirror, we take pride in our craftsmanship and want to make ensure you have the best experience possible. We’ve outlined how we repair a windshield to help you better understand the process prior to your mobile or in-shop service appointment.
When repairing a windshield, one of our skilled technicians begins with a close inspection of the damage. Then they carefully use a carbide tip probe to remove the loose glass particles from the damaged area. Then they clean the area with a dry cloth. After mounting an adhesive seal to the windshield and pressing down to ensure a good bond, a pedestal is mounted to the adhesive base where the windshield repair will be completed. The technician then places the UV resin into the pedestal. After allowing the resin time to dry, the technician will remove the device and wipe away excess resin. A piece of mylar, a specialized plastic film, is applied over the repaired area and smoothed out with a razor blade. Finally, a UV curing lamp is placed over the windshield repair area for approximately 5 minutes to allow the resin to harden. Once completed, your vehicle is ready to safely drive again!
If your car glass has any of the below signs, it’s time to schedule a repair with us!
- Bull’s Eye – Looks like a circular, cone shaped indent on the outer layer of the glass
- Chip – A piece of glass that is missing
- Crack Chip – A single crack that is smaller than the size of a quarter
- Half Moon – Similar to a bull’s eye, but not completely circular
- Stone Break – A small chip that happens when a stone hits the windshield but becomes a larger crack over time
- Long Crack – A crack that is over 6” in length
- Pit – An area where a piece of glass is missing
Although there are many circumstances where an auto glass repair will be effective, there are some situations that warrant a complete windshield replacement. Our professional auto glass technicians can help determine whether we can complete an auto glass repair, or if your windshield should be replaced.
This year more than ever, children that are less fortunate need our help. To help those in need this holiday season, we will be hosting a contactless COVID safe, drive thru toy drop off at our showroom in Thomaston benefitting Toys for Tots. Drop off an unwrapped new toy on December 12th from 11am-1pm.
Each car that donates can enter to win over $1,000 in cash prizes including gift cards to Stop & Shop, Dunkin Donuts, Amazon and more! If you can’t make it on December 12th, you can still donate and enter to win at our showroom during normal business hours: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm & Saturdays from 8am-12pm.
*One Entry per vehicle
*New unwrapped toy donations only please
*20 Winners will be chosen at random and notified via email on 12/14
For more information check out our Facebook event HERE
Are you considering having your windows replaced? Windows come in a variety of shapes and sizes. There is also a large variety of window types. If you are looking for window replacements, you need to consider what type of window you want your new ones to be. Windows are an investment for your home. You want to be confident in your decision. Here are a few different types of windows that you will have to choose from.
This offers a classic look and these types of windows have operable lower and upper sashes. These are very common for every room in the house. Some double-hung windows will also tilt inward to allow for easier cleaning.
With single-hung windows, only the lower sash is operable. These are still a popular window type for many homes. They can be used in a variety of rooms and situations.
Sliding windows move horizontally which allows you to very easily open half of the window up. They slide on tracks that sit at the top and bottom of the window.
Are you looking for something that can brighten a room and make a statement? Accent windows may be the way to go. These are very decorative and can come in a large variety of shapes, designs, and colors. They are a perfect option if you are looking for something to complement a room. One thing to remember with this window type is they usually do not allow for ventilation.
There are many different types of windows that are available for you to choose from. There are projection windows, picture windows, skylights, and so much more. If you are confused about what window is best for a certain room or situation, consult a team of professionals to get some input that is backed by years of experience.
Window replacement is a seemingly daunting task, but with the help of an experienced team, it can be an enjoyable upgrade for your home. Plymouth Glass is proud to offer our expertise and experience to those in the Waterbury, Bristol, West Hartford, Southington, and Fairfield, CT areas. Contact our staff today to learn more about our window replacement services.
More and more homeowners are looking for ways to make their homes “greener” or incorporating more environmentally friendly decisions when remodeling their homes. Greener building materials help reduce the impact of your home on the environment. Windows, in particular, have become a focal point in helping to make homes greener.
When it comes to remodeling your home, windows projects often get pushed to the side, until they are severely damaged and no longer work properly. Windows are an integral part of your home, so projects involving them should not be put off. Determining when to complete window replacement projects isn’t always easy, but if you are having difficulty opening your windows, there is moisture on them, or you feel a draft, it might be a good time to replace them. By replacing your windows, you will notice drastic improvements in your home.
Reasons to Upgrade Windows in Your Home
Energy-efficient– Newer windows have heat-reflecting low-E coatings and argon gas between panes to help homeowners save each year on their heating and cooling costs. This means power plants won’t have to burn as much fossil fuel.
Save money– Going into the warmer months, window replacement projects will help save you money. New windows will keep the cool air inside and no longer will you be losing cooler air through old, drafty windows. By installing new windows, you’ll also put an end to costly maintenance services.
Protect your belongings– By completing window replacement projects, you can help protect your belongings from harmful UV rays that fade furniture, carpeting, decor, and more. Upgrading windows can help reduce fading and extend the life of these belongings.
Large windows– Installing larger windows in your home will allow more natural sunlight in, reducing your energy bills.
Other Ways To Make Your Home Green
Windows aren’t the only thing that will help create a greener home. Other easy ways include:
- Sealing off gaps around doors and windows
- Insulating your attic and install an attic fan
- Switching to LED or CFL lights
- Fixing leaking toilets and faucets
- Installing low-flow showerheads and toilets
If you are looking for window replacement or other glass replacement services in the Waterbury, Bristol, West Hartford, Southington, or Fairfield CT areas, rely on the team at Plymouth Glass. We can help you create the green home you’ve been dreaming of. Call us today!
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Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, some of your renovation plans may have been placed on hold. As more and more Americans are being instructed to stay home, it’s becoming difficult to complete home improvement projects. There’s simply no reason to jeopardize your physical well-being in order to fix up your living space. That being said, wouldn’t you like to get a jump on some upcoming remodeling work?
Plymouth Glass is here to help. Our retailer places the health of our clients at the forefront of our priorities. Keeping this in mind, we’ve developed a modern consultation process designed to ensure your safety and satisfaction. Prospective clients are able to browse our expansive showroom and learn about our stylish materials. Best of all, you won’t ever have to get off the couch!
Kick Back & Request a Consultation for Glass Replacement
Our team is always available to conduct consultations over the phone. On top of that, we make use of FaceTime, which allows our clients to explore our convenient location. You’ll be able to browse our wide selection as you speak to our glass specialists. Our certified staff members will take a look at your space, and make helpful suggestions. You won’t have to lift a finger.
As always, we welcome you to explore our full suite of residential services. Whether you’re in the market for glass shower doors, stylish tub enclosures, or contemporary mirrors, our retailer has got you covered. We also feature the very latest in storm doors, table tops, and replacement windows. At Plymouth Glass, we take immense pride in our professional versatility.
Contact our Team to Access Window Replacement Service & Home Glass Repair
If you’re interested in learning more about our innovative capabilities, don’t waste another moment. Contact the team at Plymouth Glass to get a head start on your next home improvement project. Our friendly and accessible staff members are always standing by to lend a helping hand.
Back in the days when wood-framed windows were the only option, when a window broke, it was repaired. Once vinyl, fiberglass, and metal options became available, the trend was to replace the window entirely, in the event it was damaged. Today, with the growth of the green home movement, most homeowners prefer to repair if possible and replace only when absolutely necessary. Depending on your issue and the age of your windows, repair or replacement could be a viable option.
If you are seeing water inside your home, it is most likely coming from around the window, not through it. Window seals are made to hold back water, but sometimes the force of water is no match for them. Poorly drained gutters and drainpipes can force water towards your windows and into your home.
Foggy windows could mean that water is condensing inside your window’s panel. Muli-paned windows of the past are susceptible to this issue, as today’s window have IGU seals permanently build in. If your windows are new, replacing the sash can save your window. If your windows are dated, replacing them is a more cost-effective option in the long run.
Cracked or Broken Glass
Safety plays a big roll in deciding whether to repair or replace a broken window. Single-pane windows are inexpensive to repair, whereas a multi-paned glass can be a bit more difficult to repair. If broken or unstable windows have been an issue for a long amount of time, or your windows are so old that they are losing their insulation properties, window replacement may be the answer.
Poor Exterior Casing
Excessive moisture inside your home can be a sign that your exterior casing is bad. It is possible that repair could resolve the issue, as the primed wood exterior is widely available. If replacing the exterior casing does not solve the issue of water in your home, replacement is highly advised.
Plymouth Glass Offers Both Window Replacement & Repair!
As a homeowner, you may not be well-versed in windows and are unsure whether repair or replacement or ideal for your situation. Count on the experts with Plymouth Glass! We can inspect your window and suggest whether window replacement or repair would be best for your situation and needs. We will not try to convince you to replace windows when a repair is a viable solution! Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a consultation with our glass professionals.
You’re driving home from work and suddenly a small rock flies at your front windshield, causing a small, barely visible crack. It’s small, so you don’t do anything about it. A few weeks later, you’re driving to work and you notice that small crack has grown. It won’t stop growing until you get it fixed. And if you don’t have auto glass coverage, the repairs could cost a pretty penny. Don’t let this happen to you.
Auto glass coverage could save you hundreds in out of pocket costs
Paying for windshield repairs or replacement can cost you a few hundred dollars. However, with the proper coverage, your out of pocket cost could be nothing!
Auto glass insurance covers physical damage to your windshield, sunroof, mirror, or car windows. Most insurance companies will cover the repair or replacement cost of auto glass, minus your deductible. This can save you hundreds, so why not make the call to your insurance provider for comprehensive auto insurance?
If you get a chip in your windshield, don’t wait to file a claim. Do it now!
If you have a small chip or crack in your windshield that needs minor repairs, don’t wait to file a claim for auto glass repair. Small chips can quickly turn into big cracks or shattered glass. The sooner you file a claim for that small chip in your windshield, the less likely it is to spread and get worse.
When you are shopping around for auto insurance coverage, make sure you get comprehensive coverage for any unforeseen auto glass damage in the future. Your windshield may not get chipped often, but when it does, you’ll feel better knowing that you didn’t have to pay a penny out of pocket.
When it comes to choosing a reputable glass company, you’ll want to take some time and really do your homework. You want to ensure that the company that you choose has an excellent reputation, so that once the work is done, you can be confident it will last. There are several things to consider when choosing a company for your glass work. Take note of these and ensure that the company you pick meets all your needs.
Check the Licensing of the Glass Company
In some areas, those doing glass work will require licensing to legally perform this type of service. The licensing requirements vary throughout the country, so you want to check with your city to see what the requirements are. They can even be different from city to city in some areas. Once you know what these requirements are, talk to the contractors you are interested in working with. You can request proof of their licensing so you can ensure they have the licensing that is legally required.
Explore the Training and Background Requirements for Employees
You want to make sure that the company properly evaluates their employees. People who do glass work for you will often be coming into your home or business, so you want them to be trustworthy. Make sure they have all the training they need to properly perform the glass work that you require so that you can be confident it will be done correctly.
Make Sure They Have Experience Doing the Type of Glass Work You Need
The most common types of glass work include commercial glass, auto glass, and shower glass. When you need these types of projects done, you want to make sure that the company you hire has experience doing the type of glass work you need. Experience with one service may not translate to another service!
Read Lots of Reviews, Both Positive and Negative
You easily learn more about a company’s reputation on the Internet. Try to read at least 10 to 20 reviews for each company you are interested in hiring. This ensures you get as complete a picture of their reputation as possible.
It can seem like a lot of work to research glass companies before hiring one to do the work you need, but you’ll quickly see that it was well worth the time and effort once you have amazing, long-lasting, functional glass work to appreciate for years to come. You get out what you put in!