Windshield Film in Calgary
Here at SR International, we offer plenty of reasons to get your paint protected with film and sealants – and plenty of products to do just that. But it’s far less common to hear about the options you have for protecting your windshield and other automotive glass, even though it’s just as important as the paint on your vehicle.
Windshields are no longer just solid pieces of glass that protect the inside of your car or truck – with the rise of microchips and other technology inside the engine and the dashboard, modern windshields function as the screen on an extremely advanced computer. In some new BMWs they have heaters for defrosting, sensors for weather and driving conditions, wires for data transfer, LCD modules for displaying environmental information, and more. As such, windshields have become one of the most sensitive and important parts of your vehicle. Now think of the hazards that they face every day!
Whether it’s extreme heat or cold, UV rays, rock chips, animal or insect debris, salt from plowed city streets, or all of the above, the glass in front of our eyes takes a lot of punishment. And beyond that, we need it to be clear of problems so that we can drive to the best of our ability, without putting ourselves in danger. When you consider all of these factors, it just makes sense to protect your windshield!
A hydrophobic windshield coating is a good first step, but that doesn’t offer heavy-duty protection against the elements. For that, you need a proper film. You need ExoShield, which is supplied to us from Alchemy and is hands-down one of the best things you can do for one of your vehicle’s vulnerable areas. It’s so thin that you can barely even tell that it’s there, but its state-of-the-art nanotechnology makes a huge difference: it can increase impact resistance from rocks and other debris up to 6 times, and it blocks virtually all (99.9%) of UV light coming in, which protects not only your eyes and skin, but the interior of your vehicle as well. And just so you know you’re really getting your money’s worth, Alchemy includes a two-year/50,000 km warranty on all new purchases.
A modern windshield can cost thousands of dollars to replace due to the technology inside it. If you’re driving around Alberta’s highways, with the sheer amount of big, heavy-industry vehicles we have here (tractors, oil and gas trucks, farming equipment, tractor-trailers, and so on), then you are at risk of chips and cracks more often than you think. As we always like to say, it’s much better to prevent an issue in the first place, than to be forced into fixing it later, when you have no choice but to pay more!
And one of our favourite parts? ExoShield makes the entire windshield process more eco-friendly. It means less windshields being replaced (which reduces greenhouse gases in manufacturing by up to 20 kg per unit), and less glass ending up in the landfill, where it can take up to a million years to decompose.
To learn more about getting a solid layer of protection on your windshield, visit SR International in Calgary, Alberta at our shop, between Deerfoot Trail and Blackfoot Trail at 80-4797 22 St SE. We can be reached by phone at 403-230-1166 or by email at email@example.com. We look forward to helping you make your car the best that it can be!
See more easily while also protecting!
In past entries, we’ve talked about paint protection and sealant, and why it’s important to take proper care of the paint job on your vehicle. From car waxes to car coatings to extremely durable car film, there are many ways to add that extra “wow factor” to your car or truck. But there’s an area that’s easy to overlook while you’re focused so much on the paint: all the glass that’s around it!
The glass on your vehicle is subjected to the same harsh elements as the paint job: brutal heat in summer and biting cold in winter, rock chips and pitting, build-up of dirt and salt, and droppings from trees, birds, and insects. And since the glass is one of the most important parts of a vehicle’s design – for obvious reasons – we like to care for it in the same way we do for the rest: with protection and prevention!
We want to introduce you to CS-II ClearVue Glass Treatment, an invisible and easy-to-clean protective coating that creates an ultra-long-lasting shield on glass and mirrors. When treated, the surface becomes hydrophobic, meaning that water will not stick to it and rolls right off. This not only keeps the glass cleaner over time – as much of the fluid kicked up during normal driving, like rain or snow, won’t stick in the first place – but it makes cleaning much easier, as a small amount of water and a mild detergent will quickly take care of any dust particles or smears.
The safety benefits of this are obvious, but it also has an effect on the overall value of your vehicle as well. The improved clarity and visibility can improve your reaction time and reduce glare from oncoming lights, making every trip safer, and it offers increased resistance against small road debris, insect and bird residue, and chemical corrosion. And when it comes time to wash, watch the water pick up any stray dirt and roll right off your windows immediately!
So whether you’ve already taken the first steps of paint protection and you want full coverage on your vehicle, or you’re brand-new to it all and want to see what a difference the proper products can make – visit SR International today to see how we can help. We’re committed to making your vehicle look its best, and making sure it stays that way for years to come. We’re located in southeast Calgary at 80-4797 22nd Street, or you can give us a call at 403.230.1166 for more information. We can’t wait to meet you!