Auto glass installers repair or replace damaged windshields and windows.
According to some estimates, nearly 11 million windshields are replaced every year. It takes only a small stone to cause a crack in the glass. And it takes only one day of freezing temperatures to make the crack grow. Driving with a cracked windshield can be quite dangerous. It's easy for the glass to shatter in a crash. Therefore, most experts recommend fixing or replacing your cracked windshield as soon as possible. This is the world of auto glass installers.
Auto glass installers are also called auto glass technicians. Regardless of their title, these workers repair damaged windshields and windows in motor vehicles. Before doing any work, installers inspect the cracks and chips in the glass and determine whether it can be repaired. If they decide to replace the window, installers remove the old glass. They use hand tools to dismantle door panels and window frames so they can access the glass. Once the glass is removed, installers clean or replace window frames to prepare the vehicle for new glass. They may also repair the motors that raise and lower windows.
Many windows and windshields are precut and ready for installation. This glass does not require preparation by the technician before installation. All the installers need to do is select the proper size glass for the vehicle. However, installers sometimes cut glass to fit. In these situations, installers measure the window frame, select the proper type of glass, and transfer the measurements to the new glass. Then they use a straight edge and a glasscutter to fit the glass to the frame. They may shape or smooth the edges of the cut glass by holding the glass against an abrasive belt.
When the glass is ready, installers transfer it to the vehicle. They often use suction cups to gently place the glass in position. They then secure the glass using special tape, sealants, adhesives, bolts, rubber gaskets, metal clips, or molding. They reassemble door panels and other trim pieces to finish the work.
In some cases, auto glass installers repair glass rather than install new glass. Using hand tools, installers force a liquid resin into the crack. Then they shine ultraviolet light on the resin to harden it.
Auto glass installers may work in shops or travel to customers' locations. They use computers to keep records, send bills, and estimate repair costs.