Why Did My Rear Windshield Suddenly Break?

Back glass on vehicles today is made of tempered glass, which differs in many ways from front windshield glass.
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NEWARK, N.J. - July 29, 2019 - PRLog -- Occasionally you can be driving along and out of nowhere the back glass, or rear windshield on your car or truck suddenly shatters. Back glass on vehicles today is made of tempered glass, which differs in many ways from front windshield glass. Tempered glass is strengthened by a combination of thermal and chemical treatments and can withstand blunt force. It will not crack and break in shards like laminate windshield glass. It will, however, shatter into smaller pieces minimizing injury.

It may seem as though the rear glass shattered inexplicably. It's most likely that at some point in the life of your auto glass, it was struck by something. Tempered glass tolerates a lot of abuse in its life, holding up to the elements of the road which is a lot more than standard glass panels. Even with the extra strength, it's not impervious. Even with the fair amount of damage this glass fends off over time, eventually the continuous scarring of the wounds come back to haunt the glass, and that's when you experience mysterious exploding glass.

Other factors that may contribute to back glass on your truck or vehicle breaking include, thermal stresses such as cold glass heated too quickly by the rear defroster or washing glass that has been in the hot summer sun with cold water; Internal defects within the glass that are difficult to see with the plain eye; small nicks on the outer edges during installation that eventually radiate from the point of damage; Binding of the glass in the frame, causing stresses to develop as the glass expands and contracts with temperature changes or deflecting wind.

The process to replace rear glass (https://www.autoglassnj.com) is similar to that of a front windshield and may even be covered under your comprehensive insurance coverage. Although rear glass may not have as many advanced technology systems, you may need to be familiar with features such as exterior antennas, the defrost system or tinting to be able to quote the correct glass needed.

Call American Mobile Glass @ 800-924-0808 for a FREE quote!

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