A Note on Covid-19 and Streamlining your Appointment Setting

We know that booking service during the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic became harder. Hence, we wrote a detailed guide to streamline your windshield repair appointment.

RVA Glass windshield repair has experienced an increase in business volume since the onset of Covid-19. The fastest way to get a response is by texting us your auto glass needs at 804-519-4218. You can also email us at rvaglassrepair@gmail.com or use the contact form here in our website.

To provide a proper price quote for a windshield, please do provide the year, make, and model of the vehicle. Plus, any other extra features about the windshield options on your vehicle. 

What you need to look out for

If your vehicle is somewhat newer, (built within the past 10 years or so), you can check your buyer’s guide invoice (or Carfax report) that lists vehicle options. Newer vehicles, consequently, have certain windshield options that can affect the price and functionality of your vehicle’s safety features.

Here are some common options that are on the windshield of today’s modern vehicles:

  • Lane Departure Warning System, 
  • Forward Collision Alert,  
  • Adaptive Cruise Control, 
  • Automatic Rain-Sensing Wipers, 
  • Heated Wiper Park Area, and 
  • Electrochromic Auto-Dimming Mirrors 

Moreover, if your windshield has been replaced before with an aftermarket windshield, you can provide the stamped windshield model. It is located in the bottom left, right, or center of the windshield– often etched or stamped in black. Followingly, when looking at the windshield form, you should look for a series of 2 letters followed by 5 numbers. An aftermarket windshield is stamped with either a “DWXXXX” or “FWXXXX.” 

This information allows us to bring the correct windshield the first time and keep your scheduled windshield repair appointment. To clarify, please don’t worry if you have trouble verifying the above information. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Rest assured that we always serve professional auto glass repair services.

extra notes

If you are not contacted within 24 hours after your initial call/text or email inquiry,  please feel free to contact us again! We do appreciate your understanding of Covid-19’s effect on local businesses that have a smaller workforce.  

RVA Glass expresses sincere thanks to all of our clients and friends. Your continuous support to our local area small businesses means a ton. Stay safe!

RVA Glass safety protocol during the Covid-19 Outbreak and How we are Keeping our Customers Safe

You might be wondering how RVA Glass is approaching safety protocols during Covid-19 outbreak.  From social distancing procedures to no-contact payment, we wanted to keep everyone safe. Therefore, we listed how we’re handling safety precautions during this time.

We certainly hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy during the pandemic. These times are scary and uncertain for many. We ensure you that here at RVA Glass we’re doing everything in our power to keep our customers safe. After all, our loyal customers are the only reason we do what we do – so thank you!

We are deemed “essential” due to the nature of our business. RVA Glass has been able to stay fully functional during the Covid-19 outbreak. Even though there is a decrease in folks driving now, it is still important to maintain your car’s good health.  Let us always secure your own safety. 

Luckily, given the model of our business as a mobile repair service, we can come to you. Thus, you don’t have to leave your home to have your windshield repaired or replaced! This can be ultra-convenient for those who lead busy lives with jam-packed schedules. We’re happy to visit your home or office and do the replacement while you go about your normal day. Therefore saving you the time and hassle of going to a shop, waiting in line, and sitting around.

Our mobile service feature is even more relevant and important now. Given that experts are encouraging folks to avoid leaving their houses. So stay safely inside, while we do the work.

Any windshield repair or replacement already lends itself to safe distancing, as you don’t need to be anywhere in close proximity while we get the work done.

RVA Glass is also happy to offer safe, no-contact payments via PayPal, Venmo, Zelle, or CashApp! Just let us know in advance what type of payment method you prefer and we’ll be sure to work something out. We can, as usual, take Square payments with a credit or debit card over the phone. 

Additionally, we commit to wearing a mask while interfacing with our customers, as well as using hand sanitizer before we begin. Finally, we wipe down your car steering wheel, dash, and other hard surfaces with a disinfectant spray once we’re done. Interior car exposure is minimal during a windshield replacement, albeit these safety protocols will help ensure we are being as thorough as possible about minimizing any potential cross-contamination.

We are grateful for the chance to continue to serve you during this unprecedented time, and we want to commit to doing everything possible to keep our customers safe. Please don’t hesitate to refer a friend (after all, a referral is the best tip you can get!) as we would love to ensure that RVA Glass can stay in business to serve the greater Richmond area for many years to come. 

You can reach us faster by texting us your auto glass needs at 804-519-4218. You can also email us at rvaglassrepair@gmail.com or use the contact form here on our website. Lastly, you may also follow our  Facebook page for more updates like this.

Thanks again for your continued loyalty over the years, and we hope that you and your family are staying safe, happy, and well during this time.

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Professional Windshield Repair

RVA Glass is committed to providing professional windshield repair and other autoglass repair in a mobile, fast, and courteous manner. Our mobile auto glass repair services in the Richmond, VA area are lauded as some of the best windshield repair and mobile auto glass repair services in the area.

RVA Glass commits on providing professional windshield repair and other auto glass repair in a mobile, fast, and courteous manner. Our mobile auto glass repair services in the Richmond, VA area is lauded as one of the best in the area. We provide professional windshield repair and mobile auto glass repair services in the comfort of your home.

Windshield Crack Repair

There are a variety of reasons your windshield can get a crack in it. Especially during the winter, road conditions can become hazardous due to plowing and road construction. In fact, plows and other machinery used to maintain the tough road conditions during the winter months can kick up loose debris. This debris like rocks and other small detritus can cause severe damage to your windshield.

The other issue with winter weather is that the cold climate can exacerbate any small cracks that may already exist on your windshield. With rain freezing and then unfreezing, that moisture can enter the small cracks in your windshield and expand, forcing the windshield crack to expand. Once the crack is larger than about a quarter, the chip can no longer be repaired effectively, requiring a replacement of the vehicle windshield.

Contact RVA Glass today to get a free quote regarding professional windshield repair services or about any cracks that may have accumulated on your windshield before it requires a complete windshield replacement or other auto glass repair.

Windshield Replacement Process

We provide mobile windshield replacement in Richmond, Virginia and all of its surrounding counties. What the mobile windshield repair process deals with includes us gathering information about the vehicle we’re working on first. The car identification information you provide helps us know what materials we need to bring to the site. Once we know what type of windshield glass we need, we’ll travel to the location of the disabled vehicle. Then, begin the process.

First, we need to remove the old glass. We do this very carefully, making sure not to damage the frame of the windshield glass. The site then needs to be cleaned to provide a solid base for the new windshield adhesive to be applied. Any debris in this step can result in an ineffective seal. Luckily, our technicians are very skilled at preventing this problem.

After we have ensured the previous windshield was removed properly, we begin using our mobile windshield replacement arm to be able to maneuver the new windshield into place.

Once we are sure of a snug fit, we would apply adhesive and fit the new windshield in permanently. Ask our technicians when you see them if you are more curious about this entire process. They are very knowledgeable about all things professional windshield repair and auto glass repair related.

Lastly, RVA Glass provides a lifetime guarantee on the windshield replacement while the current owner owns the vehicle.

Car Window Repair

RVA Glass doesn’t only provide professional windshield repair services. We also provide car window repair services. Often, car windows breaks for a variety of reasons. When living in wooded areas or in cities with trees, adverse weather can blow branches around, causing damage. Many people who live in cities have at some point had their window broken into by a ne’er do well. Other times, breaking your own window can become very necessary, check out our other blog post about some situations where breaking your car windows from the inside may be necessary for your safety.

We repair all types of auto glass. So give us a call whenever you need to repair or replace your windshield or auto glass windows. RVA Glass will come to you as we are a fully mobile professional windshield repair service. We offer FREE quotes on repairs so do not hesitate to call or contact us. You can also follow us on Facebook for more information about what we’re up to on a regular basis.

Windshield identification: save time by knowing your windshield.

Windshield identification leads to knowing what features come with your windshield auto glass. Pictured is a vehicle with a rain detector system.

Windshield identification is essential to every windshield replacement. Many of the windshields installed in new model cars have various safety and ease of use features. These make the driving experience exponentially better and safer for the driver.

If your windshield needs to be repaired or replaced, it is good to know what features come with your windshield. It’s also essential that your auto glass technician knows of any and all features that come with your windshield. Let your technician know when you get your windshield replaced. They can help reconnect all of these features for you (if you have them).

So, let’s start identifying your windshield features!

Rain Sensor

This is a wiper setting that will activate wipers when the sensor detects water outside the glass.  The rain sensor detects the amount of light reflected back into it by the windshield glass. Basically, the more rain droplets that are on the windshield, the less light will reach the sensor. This triggers the mechanism that turns on the windshield wipers.

Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)

This option alerts the driver if the vehicle drifts out of it’s respective lane. Either audibly or vibration in the steering wheel or seat.  Lane departure warning systems work by having a low-cost camera typically mounted in the windshield near the rear view mirror. It continuously detects the lane markings on the road ahead. When it senses that the vehicle is moving outside of the lanes, some react by steering away from the closest lane edge. Other versions can also actively keep the vehicle centered in the lane. This safety feature usually involve three main categories: warning, assist, and self-centering.

Forward Collision Alert

This option is usually a feature alerts the driver if they are to close to the vehicle or object in front of them.  This alert system is active when the vehicle is in the drive gear. The camera mounted in the windshield uses long, mid, and short range radar to detect objects ahead of the vehicle. Usually there is some type of warning system indicated on a heads-up display (HUD). When a vehicle is detected ahead and you are at a safe distance, often the system displays a green following icon. Otherwise, the system will display a yellow/amber icon if you are following too closely (tailgating). And when you are potentially about to crash into an object of vehicle, the system will display a flashing red icon. Oftentimes, it includes some type of haptic feedback in the driver’s seat or steering wheel.

Heated Wiper Park

A heated wiper park area is also an option on some windshields.  They are heating elements built into the glass where your wipers sit in the rest position.  This feature helps keep the wipers from icing up in winter weather.  This feature can greatly improve your windshield wiper’s ability to maintain good visibility in cold climates or inclement weather associated with snow or ice.

Windshield Identification methods

When I ask a customer if they have these features a typical response is I have no idea.  You can save yourself some time and frustration in the windshield replacement process by using one of the options below. 

In the bottom left, right or center there will be information about the windshield in very small black letters.  If the windshield has been replaced with an aftermarket windshield, it will have a series of 2 letters followed by 4 numbers.  For example, if a Honda Civic has had the windshield replaced with an AFTER MARKET windshield, it will start with a FW for Foreign Windshield followed by 4 numbers XXXX. So a foreign manufactured vehicle would read similar to this FW2405.   If the vehicle were a Ford F-150 the AFTER MARKET numbers will start with a DW for Domestic Windshield.  So it may read something like DW1668GTY.

If the windshield has never been replaced and still has the O.E.M. windshield that came from the manufacturer the numbers will be different. Regardless of the windshield type, one of the easiest ways to figure out which windshield you have is to place a piece of white or yellow paper and tape it behind the writing on the bottom of the windshield from the inside of the car.  Take a picture with your phone and text or email it to the auto glass shop.  The email for RVA Glass is rvaglassrepair@gmail.com or text 804-519-4218 with the black writing on the lower left, middle, or right side of the windshield.  

You can also send the Vehicle Identification Number but sometimes it still shows several different windshields for the same vehicle so windshield identification can be difficult with glass supplier websites.  When all else fails we call the dealership to find out what windshield options if any came on the vehicle. 

Final notes

It may seem as though the glass professional is asking you a bunch of irrelevant questions but it is to positively identify the correct windshield replacement part(s) ahead of time.  If the glass technician brings the wrong windshield it could mean a re-schedule for the customer causing a longer wait for the windshield replacement. 

By all means give us a call if you have questions.  We are happy to answer questions and educate you on how the process works. You can also get in touch with us on facebook or by filling out our contact form on this website.

Our humble business is licensed and insured. Plus, we offer a lifetime warranty against windshield leaks or defect in craftsmanship. RVA Glass would be more than happy to provide you exceptional service. 

Windshield repair costs: newer vehicle auto glass is more expensive.

SUV that had a windshield repair performed on it.

Windshield repair costs on newer vehicles often are higher than those that are a few years older. New model vehicles made from 2017 to 2019 have more expensive windshields since after-market glass is not available yet. Windshields purchased from the vehicle manufacturer typically cost two to three times the price of after-market glass.

After-market glass is built to the same specifications and meets the same safety requirements as the dealer or O.E.M.(original equipment manufacturer) glass. Unfortunately, auto glass manufacturers want to make as much money off of the products they make for your vehicle. They know that their brand has weight with their customers. It makes more sense to keep your windshield repair costs as low as possible. After all, after-market glass bears the same quality and specifications.

Typically, insurance companies require after-market glass to be used unless O.E.M. glass is requested by the customer or glass technician.  Insurance company also wants to save money by not spending on the more expensive (and similar) auto glass product. With RVA Glass, we give you all the freedom to decide which specific kind of glass you prefer. So, feel free to choose the option that best suits your desires and budget.

Some customers use their comprehensive insurance to cover an expensive glass claim requiring O.E.M. glass. Other customers choose to pay out of pocket for their windshield replacement. If you do decide to use RVA Glass services, we specialize in insurance glass claims and out-of-pocket windshield repair. We work with most of the major auto glass insurers. Be sure to read our FAQ to know the difference between paying out of pocket for windshield replacement, or paying your deductible.

Our Windshield Repair Service

RVA Glass provides FREE mobile service for your windshield replacement as long you live in Richmond VA and other surrounding areas including Chesterfield, Midlothian, Mechanicsville, Bon Air, North Chesterfield, Chester, Short Pump, Glen Allen, and Henrico. We also provide our services during crisis season

Some of the most common vehicles we replace glass for include the Jeep Wrangler, Toyota RAV-4, Ford Fusion, Subaru Outback, Subaru Forester, Honda CRV. We work on many other vehicles as well. Thus, it is best to call or contact us to figure out if our services could help you with your windshield repair needs.

To keep your windshield repair costs low and to ensure you get only the best and most professional and friendly of service, you can visit our Facebook, call or text us at (804) 519-4218.

Alternatively, contact us about quotes for your windshield or general auto glass needs.  Didn’t find what you are looking for? Check our FAQ page

Know how to get your windshield repair during a pandemic by clicking here

Windshield cracks spread due to pressure from rain.

Windshield cracks spread due to pressure from rain.

Windshield cracks can spread due to warm weather and rain pressure as well as cold weather. Although it is starting to be very warm, we can still expect rain and other extreme weather to play a significant factor in damaging your windshield, especially if it already has cracks in it. If you have a small windshield chip,  the pressure from rain could send a long crack across your windshield. Before you give the opportunity for rain to further damage your windshield, contact us to repair your chip.  

Once the crack has spread out past a couple of inches, a windshield replacement will be required, costing you more money in repairs. Call RVA Glass today and schedule your windshield repair before it is too late.

Severe Weather

It is also possible that severe weather associated with the change in seasons can cause branches from trees or other debris to smash through your auto glass. Often, this type of damage must be repaired extremely quickly. At RVA Glass, we can assure fast, mobile service to anywhere in the Greater Richmond area.

Lifetime Warranty

RVA Glass backs windshield chip repairs with a lifetime warranty. Windshield replacements also carry a lifetime warranty against windshield leaks. Don’t let your insurance company direct you into using their company just so they can get a reduced rate at your expense. RVA Glass provides the same warranties as to the big brands but offers an unbeatable local service guarantee.

Quality Customer Service

See our reviews on Google and compare us to the big-name windshield companies. We strive on maintaining our record of customer-first-oriented service. Our history of commitment to our customers translates to you getting the best service and value for your dollar.

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Windshield crack: cold turns small chips into problems.

Cold temperatures create cracks in ice much like it creates cracks in your auto windshield glass.

Having a few small chips in your windshield might not seem like a big deal. After all, they generally just sit there for months on end, staying the same size. And since they are so small,  they don’t mess up your line of sight or cause any other issues. However, there is an underlying problem in allowing cracks to remain in your windshield glass. Due to a number of factors, even the smallest crack can split and turn into a massive windshield crack.  Consequently ruining your windshield in a mere instant.

There are a few factors that can cause a severe windshield crack. Many of them are related to extreme temperatures ( winter and summer ) and other inclement weather.  As strong as windshields seem and are made to be, micro-chips and small “stress cracks” can seriously compromise the integrity of your glass.

Moisture

Moisture is a major culprit, as it can seep into even the *tiniest* cracks. Therefore, once it freezes, it will expand and likely spread any small chip into a full blown massive crack. 

Extreme Temperature

Similarly, atmospheric pressure and extreme temperatures can cause a strain on your auto glass, causing serious damage. Either if it is a few inches of snow  adding extra weight, or high temperatures of  glass from a extra hot summer day. These can all cause  small chips spreading in mere seconds into a massive crack. Hence, leaving something once easily reparable can turn into a full-blown windshield replacement.

Let’s Repair your Windshield Crack Immediately

Be sure to do yourself a favor and get small chips repaired. This can spare you the need to get a full-blown windshield replacement down the road (which can be a huge inconvenience when you least expect it) and save future-you a massive headache.

Give us a call today, 804-519-4218 or CONTACT US for a free quote.

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Water leaks, rain, sunroofs, and mold: a bad combination

Water leaks cause mold and mildew, contact us for a free quote for repair.

With all the recent rain we have had in Richmond VA, it has brought some unwanted guests– water leaks and mold/mildew. At first, it is easy to blame water leaks on your windshields. But, are you aware that sunroofs could be the sneaky culprit?

RVA Glass received several calls for leaking windshields. Most of the time, the windshield is not to blame unfortunately. Water leaks like this one are from the sunroof’s drain holes being clogged. Thus it is important to do some diagnostics before you assume your windshield needs replacing. Otherwise, you could have a new windshield and the same leak.

Here’s what you can do if you discover your vehicle has water inside:
  1. The first thing to do is get the water out. Use a shop vacuum to suck out the majority of water.
  2. Placing a dehumidifier in the vehicle and running it will help remove water and prevent mold. If you do not have a dehumidifier, be sure to run the air conditioning in your vehicle for a couple of hours to help pull out the moisture.
  3. Be careful using bleach to kill mold as it will bleach stain fabrics and carpet. 
  4. Call your local auto glass technician to find and fix the source of water leak.

    If you have a water leaks in your vehicle, contact RVA Glass LLC for your windshield, rear/side glass, and sunroof repair or replacement. We offer a FREE quote and mobile service for your all your auto glass repair needs.

    You can message us at 804-519-4218

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Water leaks cause mold and mildew, contact us for a free quote for repair.

 

Rear glass leak fix, an infamous problem for Ford trucks.

One of my regular customers, (let’s call him Tim), called about a problem with his vehicle fleet’s recent addition. It is a newly purchased, pre-owned 2008 Ford F-250 Super-duty crew cab truck. He said that he hasn’t owned the truck long when he realized that he had a rear glass leak. A few days ago, he was driving in a rainstorm when his passengers noticed his back glass was wet with streaming water. Tim’s truck has a powered, 3 panel, encapsulated rear glass with solar privacy glass.  The center glass slides open when the button is pushed in the drivers’ area.  The other back glass option for this truck would be a 1 piece of glass that does not open or slide.

I told Tim that the powered rear back glass assemblies have drain ports/drain holes built in the bottom of them. They are designed to take water from rain that runs into the bottom of the window channel. This allows water to drain out the bottom. Over time, these drain ports can collect dirt, pollen, and other small debris causing clogged drain holes.  As a result, water pools up inside the channel until it leaks down the bottom of the glass. Down into the carpeted rear area of the cab. After I questioned Tim where the water seemed to be coming from, the drain ports didn’t seem like the problem.

An Odd problem of Ford truck

I speculated that the alternative cause of the water leak is from a failed seal of the rear glass. This seal, which is made up of a strand of butyl tape, surrounds the face of the glass assembly. It mates to the metal pinch weld of the glass opening. 

Additionally, the glass assembly also has threaded studs that protrude through the metal pinch weld.  10mm nuts thread onto the protruding threaded studs that are now sticking through the pinch weld holes, about 15 in total. Once the 10mm nuts are secured on the inside of the cab it creates a waterproof barrier by pulling the glass assembly inward towards the cab. As the 10mm nuts are tightened, the butyl tape sandwiched in the middle between the glass assembly and metal pinch weld acts as a waterproof barrier. It keeps water out of the interior of the vehicle.

Butyl tape is very sticky, tacky, and messy. It does not break down like rubber or foam gasket seals. So, I was hesitant to pursue this as a possible cause for a water leak.

I told Tim that I would be over later that afternoon. I am all set to diagnose and repair the water leak on his truck. When I pulled into Tim’s driveway, his truck’s rear window was facing towards me. I am already scanning the back cab of the truck for potential problems. The first thing I noticed in the immediate vicinity of the rear glass was an aftermarket third brake light above the rear glass of the truck. This was of interest to me because this was my potential water leak problem staring me down!

The culprit

Ford trucks manufactured between 1997 to 2014 are notorious for leaking water around the third brake light lens just above the rearview window. The problem is usually not with the plastic brake light assembly. Rather, it is the foam gasket seal. The third brake lights leak around the hole in the cab, where the brake light mates to the back of the truck cab. It has a foam gasket seal that sits between the brake light fixture and the back of the truck cab. The foam gasket seal can deteriorate or pull away. This results in water leaking into the cab through the hole from the third brake light. 20180905_124235

In Tim’s case, the foam gasket seal was present but it was old, smashed down, and no longer doing its job of keeping water out. When it rains, the water runs down the back of the roof of the truck. Then down to the third brake light and into the cab. The water would travel further the rear back glass on the inside of the glass, down to the floor and carpet. Tim told me that this problem has been going on for a while because the bottom of his rear floorboard was rusty beneath the carpet. Below is the picture of the old foam gasket seal.  20180905_124243

The Much Awaited Fix

Confident that I had found the source of the rear glass leak, I showed Tim the third brake light assembly and the old foam gasket seal attached to it.  I told him I would make a new foam gasket seal and re-install the third brake light.  I replaced the seal and water. Then, tested the third brake light with a water hose.  Tim watched the inside of the back glass from the rear seat as I sprayed down the third brake light assembly and back glass for 2 to 3 minutes.  Alas! The rear glass leak was no longer present.  I am glad because I would not have to remove the glass and replace the messy, black butyl tape! Tim was also happy because his repair bill was considerably less than removing and re-installing the entire back glass assembly.

A proper fix for rear glass leak brake light assembly

A quick google search for Ford third brake light leaking will reveal a variety of different fixes that other people have come up with. The most common fix that people seem to do is to permanently seal the third brake light assembly to the back of the cab with an adhesive such as glue or urethane. DO NOT DO THIS!  The next time your third brake light needs a bulb replacement you will have a mess to deal with. The adhesive will either pull the paint off the back of the truck cab when you pull the brake light assembly, crack the brake light assembly, or have to be removed by cutting. The latter will most likely result in scratched paint.

I used a piece of 7/32 foam gasket seal that attaches with a piece of built-in adhesive tape. This is the same type of material attached to the edges of windshields to keep dirt and water out of the pinch weld. You can purchase this type of gasket seal online and some automotive stores. If you cannot find the same material that I used, you can purchase a 3M double-sided foam adhesive tape at your local parts store.

Demonstration of a rear glass leak fix. Repairing the seal.

Tools/items needed: 3M double-sided tape, razor blade/cutting tool, rubbing alcohol & hand towel, a water source for water leak testing.

  1.  Remove the old foam gasket from the third brake light assembly
  2. Wipe down the brake light assembly with rubbing alcohol where the old gasket was removed.
  3. Evenly apply the double-sided 3M tape around the entire edge of the third brake light.
  4. Carefully trim any excess double-sided foam tape with a razor knife.
  5. Re-install the third brake light assembly and tighten 2 Phillips screws.

How to do a simple water leak test

This is a very simple way to check for leaks yourself.  You will need a spray bottle filled with soapy water and compressed air.  This technique will work for checking water leaks around any solid-mounted glass on your vehicle.  The compressed air can be in the form of a compressed can of air if an air compressor and nozzle are not available.

  1.  Spray the soapy water around the entire outside area of the glass to be checked.
  2.  From the inside of the vehicle, one person blows the compressed air slowly around the entire outer edge of the glass while the second person watches the glass from the outside of the vehicle watching for soap bubbles to appear.  Where the soap bubbles appear on the outside is where the leak is located.  The compressed air passes around the glass forming the soapy bubble.

To schedule a windshield replacement or for more useful information check us out at RVA Glass Repair. You can also call or text us at 804-519-4218 or fill out a brief contact form and we’ll get back to you soon.

As always RVA Glass offers FREE Mobile Service! That’s right, as always we come to you at no extra charge for every windshield repair and windshield replacement in the greater Richmond VA area including Short Pump VA, Glen Allen VA, North Chesterfield VA, Midlothian VA, Chester VA, Bon Air, VA, Forest Hill VA, Colonial Heights VA, and Chesterfield VA.

You may like to read about the costs of newer windshields, and how we handle service during a crisis. or when there is a strong rain

RVA Glass services include but are not limited to:
  1. Free windshield replacement or repair quote.
  2. Windshield repair for minor damages. You can read about the different types here.  
  3. The windshield replacement for major damage types and breaks.
  4. All auto glass repair. Anywhere on your vehicle, you have damage, we can help fix it.
  5. Windshield rock chip repair usually resulting from small debris striking the windshield while driving.
  6. Window motor regulator replacement. If your windows stop working, normally it is the motor that is the issue. Contact us for a free quote.
  7. Rearview mirror repair or replacement. We can fix all internal glass structures on the interior of the vehicle as well.
  8. The back glass could leak or get broken. When inclement weather or age strikes, RVA Glass can be the solution you need for an affordable price.
  9. Often, when parked or driving, your side view mirrors could suffer impact. Or, due to age, they may become structurally compromised. Usually, this can be an expensive fix at most shops. Call us to see how we can repair your side-view mirrors. We are fully mobile so we can come to you!
  10. Leaking windshield or back glass usually is a problem with the seal or gaskets. Normally this can be a relatively simple fix so contact us now for a free estimate.
  11. Although we can work on almost any vehicle, we are very adept at working on Jeep Wranglers, Subaru Outbacks, Toyota Rav 4s, and Toyota Camrys.

 

Auto Glass Damage Types

There are many different types of auto glass damage that can occur to your vehicle.  These damages are a result of small debris that is kicked up by car tires, or debris that falls off the back of other vehicles while traveling at a high rate of speed. We’ll examine the different types of damages and see what is the best course of action: repair or replacement. 

Most common auto glass damage types:

Chip – This type of damage is the most common. It is usually caused by a rock or other small debris colliding with the windshield while driving. Often, a small piece of the impacted area comes loose which creates the chip impact. Auto glass is designed to break into very small fragments so that when it breaks, the chances of it causing secondary damages (cuts mainly) are very low. Chipped windshields are traditionally easy to repair. However, if left unattended, chips can turn into cracks which may require replacement instead of repair.

Bull’s Eye – This type of damage is usually caused by a slightly larger object than that found in chip damages. Circular in shape and larger than a chip, often it can be repaired depending on the size. If too much glass has been compromised or the bull’s eye is too large, replacement may be necessary. 

Combination Break – This type of auto glass damage is defined by multiple features already discussed. Combination breaks can feature an assortment of chips, dings, or cracks. Depending on the size of the impact and how deep the damage is sustained in the glass, the repair is possible. Often these types of damages can lead to windshield replacement being necessary. 

Edge Crack – An edge crack starts within a few inches of the edge of your windshield or directly at the edge of the windshield. This damage’s onset is typically instantaneous and often requires windshield replacement to rectify. 

Auto glass damage required a replacement. RVA Glass was able to meet the client's needs in record time.
When a car’s windshield suffered a combination break, the type of damage it sustained required a windshield replacement. RVA Glass LLC met the client at their work for a quick and easy replacement. 

 

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For more information about this topic, please consult the Auto Glass Safety Council Standard. They deal with all matter of specifications for auto glass repair and replacement standards.