How Tough is Your Windscreen?

How Tough is Your Windscreen?

Did you know that super-thin glass fibre is five times stronger than steel! Fibreglass is often used to create amazing shapes. And carbon fibre is used for the chassis of Formula 1 racing cars. 

An example of how strong glass can be is often seen in the huge glass panels used in public buildings or office blocks.

So how tough is your windscreen, really? The problem is that although glass is very strong, it is also very brittle. I’m sure that we have all broken windows at home at some stage. They can beak quite easily and leave large dangerous shards of glass. So how tough is your windscreen, and other glass around you?

1. Domestic Glass: Obviously, domestic glass that we use at home wouldn’t last 5 minutes as a windscreen for your car. Stones and debris are often thrown up by the car in front of you and they would destroy a standard glass pane.

2. Windscreen Glass: So how tough is your windscreen, really? The good news is that windscreens, side and rear windows of your car are far stronger than regular glass. Their strength comes from the way the windscreen glass is produced. There are two popular techniques used to toughen glass. 

Laminated glass for windscreens and tempered glass for side and rear windows.
How Tough is Your Windscreen?
3. Laminated Glass: To make a laminated screen, the factory starts with 2 layers of glass and inserts a layer of PVB (polyvinyl butyral) resin glue between the layers. These layers are then heated and bonded together to make a laminated windscreen.

The resultant lamination of glass and PVB glue means that the windscreen is far stronger than regular glass and will flex before it shatters. The centre PVB layer allows the glass to absorb the energy of an impact. The other advantage of this laminated glass is that should it break, the inner glue layer keeps the fragments from escaping. Tiny shards of glass are held in place and prevented from flying around inside the car. That’s why laminated glass is also often referred to as Safety Glass. Another bonus is that laminated glass also blocks nearly 99% of the suns UV radiation.

4. Tempered Glass: Tempered glass is produced through a heat and cooling process and is four times stronger than regular glass. The glass sheets are heated to 620°C before being rapidly cooled by jets of cold air. The centre of the glass remains hot and it is the tension created by the different cooling rates that give tempered glass its strength.

5. Windscreen Glass Replacement: However, accidents do happen, and should you need a new windscreen or side or rear window, it is important that you contact a reputable windscreen company.

Just as you wouldn’t choose the cheapest company to fit your tyres, look for a reputable windscreen fitting company that has qualified and experienced technicians that rate the safety of you and your family is more important than doing a quick job.

Solana Windscreens has been in business for nearly 10 years and is the preferred windscreen fitting company to many Mercedes-Benz and BMW dealers.

A poorly fitted windscreen can leak water or create a really annoying wind whistling noise. It can even weaken the cabin structure of your car.

Solana Windscreens supply and fit a guaranteed quality new windscreen for your peace of mind.

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Operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year we repair or replace any piece of glass on any make or model of vehicle. Furthermore, you can relax in the knowledge that we guarantee all our workmanship, for as long as you own the vehicle.

Car Brands We Cater For.

Cars We Service:

With so many makes and models out there, you might be wondering if we service your car for windscreen repairs and replacements.
At Solana Windscreens we provide a mobile service for any vehicle, fixing and replacing your windscreen or window so you can get back out on the road again.
Take a look at the range of manufacturers we cater for, and if you don’t see your vehicle listed, just get in touch and speak to us – we source specialist glass for cars both old and new.


We Replace Toyota Windscreens


We Replace Honda Windscreens


We Replace Mazda Windscreens


We Replace BMW Windscreens


We Replace Hyndai Windscreens


We Replace VW Windscreens


We Replace Nissan Windscreens


We Replace Benz Windscreens

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We know how much a broken windscreen can disrupt your business, which is why we are dedicated to providing an efficient and quality service to all our customers across Harare and Zimbabwe. Our 24/7 service means we can reach your location quickly after your call and will use the most recent technology to carry out Komatsu windscreen repairs and replacements. So if you are in need of emergency windscreen repair, give us a call today and a member of our team can send out an experienced technician to fix your windscreen in no time. For more information on our services, please get in touch with us today.

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Combined with our passion, we work relentlessly to give drivers reassurance and a great service when they have chipped, cracked or smashed glass.

We are a leading automotive glass repair and replacement company in Zimbabwe. You can visit our local Solana Windscreens fitting hub or if you prefer, one of our mobile technicians will come to a place that suits you.

All repairs and replacements performed by us come with a lifetime workmanship guarantee whilst you own the vehicle for your peace of mind.

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