The side and back glass in your car is made using a specific type of glass called tempered glass. This type of glass is used for safety reasons, because when it is struck with enough force it shatters into small pieces, not the jagged shards of regular glass. For safe and efficient auto glass work in Calgary, you know who to call.
Unfortunately, these small tempered glass pieces will find ways to embed themselves into your vehicle’s carpet and upholstery – as well as the vents. When replacing a broken side or rear window, we vacuum up all the glass shards we can see, but that is rarely every piece. In many cases, the vibration of driving your car will bring the remaining pieces to the carpet surface, or down to the bottom of the door cavity, or even under the seat of your vehicle. Every little nook can hide pieces of shattered glass. It is important to be vigilant when looking for pieces that can be dangerous for small children or pets.
If you do find glass shards, even after a thorough cleaning, you should take your vehicle to an auto detailer. They have specialized equipment, tools, and products they can use to get more of the glass out. Insurers don’t cover this service, and any costs would be separate from your auto glass claim or service.
What Is The Difference Between A Sunroof & A Moonroof?
Technically, there is a difference between a sunroof and a moonroof, but today everybody mostly uses the terms interchangeably, and the truth is a moonroof is a type of sunroof.
Originally a sunroof was a solid body-colored panel that could pop up or be removed, whereas the term moonroof was introduced in the 1970’s to describe any panel in the vehicle’s roof that is made of glass. Today sunroof is simply a generic term used to describe any panel in the roof of a vehicle which lets in light and/or air.
Moonroof is now most commonly used to describe glass panel inbuilt sunroofs, where the panel slides between the vehicle roof and headliner. The majority of new cars technically have moonroofs, as what was originally considered a sunroof has pretty much gone out of style.
When sunroofs break, they are meant to shatter into very small pieces for safety reasons.
Barring manufacturing defects, the glass isn’t sharp and the pieces are small, so the greater danger might come from the “fright factor” to drivers, who could potentially lose control of the vehicle.
What generally causes the glass to shatter is accidental damage. A rock or even something as small as a pebble hitting the glass can cause it to shatter, especially if the glass has already been subjected to significant stress.
The spike in complaints, according to Transport Canada, is simply due to the fact that sunroofs are becoming more popular and Canadians are buying cars with larger and larger glass ceilings.
The larger the sunroof, the higher the likelihood of contact with an airborne projectile, such as a piece of ice, gravel or other debris.
The good news is, this glass can be replaced in most situations. It would be important not to attempt to operate a damaged or broken sunroof. Reach out to us when able for any assistance should you require.