Windshield Glass: Which Brand?

The lower quality the windshield glass brand, the more likely it is to be wavy, especially when you look at it from the side from inside the car. Also, it'll let in more UV and pit easier. If you thought windshield glass brand was a simple topic, well, read on.

So you need a new windshield and your insurance says you have to take the brand their giving you. But wait. There’s got to be an array of brands and quality, right? Right. The lower quality the windshield glass brand, the more likely it is to be wavy, especially when you look at it from the side from inside the car. Also, it’ll let in more UV and pit easier. If you thought windshield glass brand was a simple topic, well, read on.

So which windshield glass brand?

PPG or Pilkington? Which isn’t wavy? Which works with the Volvo rain sensor? Which is more resistant to pitting and cracking? Which has UV blocking?

MVS Contributor Brian faces a tough question, and gets good responses from the Volvo forum.

Brian walks us through his decision, and why Safelight and 3M were not considered:

A modest/out of view crack from a rock hit a year ago on my factory windscreen decided to to start growing long and ugly (and probably illegal) a couple weeks back.

Sought out 2 independent local installers: 1 is a referral through an acquaintance who works in used car/auction business, 2 is ‘glowing feedback’ on google/yelp etc. and listed as a certified installer on Pilkington’s web site.

Installer 1 quoted with PPG glass for $205 (Aaron Auto Glass, Chicago)
Installer 2 will install Pilkington for $300-even (Franks Auto Glass, Chicago).

Factory glass comes from Europe on cars assembled in Europe. On mine it is from Splintex-Italy with a Volvo logo above it. Glass from that manufacturer would now be tagged “AGC”. Needless to say we can’t get our hands on that there here in the states unless it’s used glass off a salvage car. I’ve seen varying references to ‘dealer glass’ aka, branded with the Volvo logo above the actual manufacturer name, sold as replacement glass through Volvo NA, can come from one of several suppliers (including both of these I believe) depending on model/year.

PPG/PGW on the other hand, although they don’t advertise different grades of replacement glass, are at least willing to state (from a legal standpoint) that their replacement glass matches or exceeds original equipment quality with regards to safety and optical quality. A basic claim Pk stops short of saying. I cannot find one instance were vehicle owners who had PPG glass installed came back later to say they weren’t happy.

Replacement Windshield Glass: Which Brand?

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