Frequently Asked Questions at Dave’s Glass.



1.  How is glass made?

Almost all glass produced is created using the “float process”. The glass composition materials, mainly silica sand, soda ash and limestone, are melted in a furnace and then flowed on to a bath of molten tin. The glass is formed and gradually cools as it moves from the tin bath to an annealing lehr, which is a controlled cooling chamber. This annealed glass moves through a process in the form of a continuous ribbon, which is cut to size and packaged at the final stage.

Annealed glass can be further fabricated in many ways. Coatings of various types can be applied to achieve many visual effects and affect the optical properties. In addition, the glass can be heat-treated to increase its strength and give it safety glazing properties. Glass can be put into an insulating glass unit, meaning two or more pieces of glass are separated by a dry air space to improve the insulating properties.


2. What are the most common types of glass?

Float glass, also called annealed glass, is the most common type of glass. Float glass can be clear or tinted.  The glass we cut here in our shop for picture frames, table tops and some types of windows are all examples of annealed float glass.


3.  What is tempered glass?

Tempered glass is glass that has been processed by controlled thermal or chemical treatments to increase its strength compared with normal glass. Tempered glass is made by processes which create balanced internal stresses which give the glass strength. It will usually shatter into small fragments instead of sharp shards when broken, making it less likely to cause severe injury and deep lacerations. As a result of its safety and strength, tempered glass is used in a variety of demanding applications, including passenger vehicle windows, glass doors and tables, refrigerator trays, as a component of bulletproof glass, for diving masks, and various types of plates and cookware.



If my windshield is damaged, should I be worried about replacing it?

There are many very important safety reasons to consider when contemplating whether a damaged windshield should be replaced immediately or not

Delaying the replacement of a damaged windshield will not only impair the driver’s visibility, but it can also affect the overall integrity of the vehicle. The car’s structural integrity and design performance in the event of a crash depends on the strength of the windshield.


How do I determine whether my windshield should be replaced or repaired?

Depending on the size and location of the damage to your windshield, you may consider repairing it, rather than having a full windshield replacement. Although some damage may be difficult to repair and lead to further damage, or even become cracked, some damage may be repaired to a satisfactory end result.



These FAQs cover the insurance basics for auto glass repair and replacement. You should always refer to your policy for more detailed information.


Will filing an auto glass claim count towards my insurance policy?

In many cases, insurance companies will not count auto glass damage as a claim on your policy. To be certain, please refer to your policy or contact your agent and/or insurance provider to confirm your specific coverage.


Will all insurance companies waive my deductible if my windshield is repaired rather than replaced?

Many insurance companies cover windshield repair at 100% coverage with no deductible.


What if my deductible is the same or more than the auto glass service?

You can pay for the work yourself. Dave’s Glass Service, Inc. offers multiple payment options including cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.


Shower Doors:

Heavy glass shower doors from Dave’s Glass Service, Inc. are the perfect accent for your new or remodeled bathroom. We use only the best quality of glass to custom design your bath or shower enclosure. We specialize in the manufacturing of frameless heavy glass shower doors, ideally detailed to your specifications. Whether you are a builder/contractor or a do-it-yourselfer, we will manufacture the perfect shower door and install it at your home or job site.


At Dave’s Glass Service, Inc., we use only safety tempered glass when we manufacture heavy glass shower doors. The excellent quality of glass means added safety and durability for the customer.