Automotive If you have a problem with your Side or Rear Glass, it needs to be a priority to replace this glass promptly or you could risk a spontaneous glass explosion. The reason being is that the side and rear glass is different to that of the windscreen; the glass in these areas of the vehicle is made from tempered glass or some may call it safety glass. A stress or fracture to this glass and it will suddenly crumble into a million tiny pebbles. You may have heard of someone describe witnessing a car window suddenly exploding, what may well have occurred is the glass had some previous damage and the stress placed on the glass may not have been entirely evident at the time, rather the stress had built up until it reached the point of completely fracturing. This may well have been caused by a tiny hairline crack or internal stress within the glass and then with continued stress or an added jolt it has caused it to finally give in and cause what some would describe as a spontaneous glass explosion.
Even thermal stress can affect the side and rear glass, whereby a sudden extreme temperature change can contribute to the glass breaking. Tempered glass is designed to be much safer in case of an accident, as the pieces crumble into balls that are not sharp, and will not cause injury like normal glass shards would. For this reason, any damage to this type of glass, including your sunroof, can’t be repaired and will have to be replaced. We’ve all seen it in the movies, with the gunshot to the side and rear glass and the whole window just shatters into a million pieces; this is because the vehicle has this tempered glass. It is designed to be much safer in the case of an accident, as the pieces crumble into balls that are not sharp and will not cause any injury like normal glass would, which would break into dangerous shards.
For that reason, any damage to glass that is in the side and rear of the vehicle, including sunroofs, would not be able to be repaired; rather it would need to be replaced. Therefore due to the nature of this type of glass, side and rear glass replacements should be conducted promptly on any vehicle showing signs of internal stress, particularly if there is any evidence of damage such as a hairline fracture. Novus Auto Glass Replacement provide a mobile service and are able to assist with any concerns and provide you with a quality side and rear glass replacement service, so book in today to have any glass concerns replaced promptly, click here.