Cal-Alta Auto Glass: Your Windshield Repair, Windshield Replacement, and Rock Chip Repair Specialists

For over 35 years, Cal-Alta Auto Glass has served hundreds of thousands of customers in the Calgary-area by providing expert knowledge and service on windshield replacements, windshield repairs, rock chip repairs, and crack repairs. Auto glass is our speciality and it’s all we do! Our professional technicians, some with over 25 years of experience, are experts in all automobiles, from cars, SUVs, trucks, and RVs.

Cal-Alta Auto Glass: Winner of 17 Consecutive Consumer Choice Awards and Running

At Cal-Alta Auto Glass, we pride ourselves for focusing solely on auto glass services and windshield replacements for over 35 years. These services include windshield repairs, windshield replacements, rock chip repairs and windshield crack repairs. Our customers are our priority and we strive for top customer service by creating a memorable experience for each of our guests.

Each year across Canada, Consumer Choice Award gathers opinions, perceptions and expectations through the responses of thousands of consumers and businesses. All winners have gone through a rigorous selection process conducted by a third party research firm to ensure only the most outstanding service providers are the winners within their respective industry.

Thank you, Calgary, for acknowledging our customer service, windshield repair and windshield replacement expertise by awarding Cal-Alta Auto Glass with over 17 consecutive Consumer Choice Awards and running. We look forward to serving you at any of our two locations in Calgary.

Cal-Alta Auto Glass offers a lifetime guarantee against any leakage or workmanship issues on our windshield replacements and auto glass installations for as long as you own your vehicle!

With over three decades of delivering quality windshield replacements, windshield repairs, and auto glass services, Cal-Alta Auto Glass stands by our quality workmanship and are confident in providing a 100% lifetime guarantee against any leakage or workmanship issues on our windshield replacements for as long as you own your vehicle.

Whether it’s a rock chip repair, cracked windshield, windshield repair or a windshield replacement, Cal-Alta Auto Glass has the expertise and knowledge to assess the windshield’s condition, repair or replace, while providing utmost attention to your vehicle’s safety and structural integrity.

Cal-Alta Auto Glass Uses Only Factory-authorized Glass from Industry-approve Sources for a Safe and Proper Windshield Repair and Windshield Replacement

Here at CalAlta Auto Glass, we use only factory-authorized auto glass from industry-approved sources for all windshield replacements and windshield repairs. This allows Cal-Alta Auto Glass to maintain our top safety focus and ensure your windshield remains safe in all circumstances.

Cal-Alta Auto Glass also only uses OEM-rated windshield adhesives and rust inhibiting auto glass primers manufactured by The DOW Automotive Chemical Company to ensure your windshield is installed correctly and can perform safely in every situation.

Same-day Windshield Replacements and Windshield Repairs. No Appointment Rock Chip Repairs!

Cal-Alta Auto Glass: Winner of 17 Consecutive Consumer Choice Awards and Running

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For the last 17 years and running, Cal-Alta Auto Glass has been recognized as a leader in automotive windshield repairs, windshield replacements, rock chip repairs, and windshield crack repairs for the Calgary area. We strive for a memorable customer experience while delivering top quality windshields, expert workmanship, and ensuring the safety and structural integrity of your vehicle. Cal-Alta Auto Glass offers a lifetime guarantee against any leakage or workmanship issues on our auto glass installations for as long as you own your vehicle!

Each year across Canada, Consumer Choice Award gathers opinions, perceptions and expectations through the responses of thousands of consumers and businesses. All winners have gone through a rigorous selection process conducted by a third party research firm to ensure only the most outstanding service providers are the winners within their respective industry.

We are Consumer Choice Award winners for the last 17 years and still running! Thank you, Calgary, for trusting Cal-Alta Auto Glass with all your automotive auto glass needs, from windshield repairs, windshield replacements, rock chip repairs to windshield crack repairs.

Cal-Alta Auto Glass is a Proud Supporter of the
Seniors & Veterans Food Bank of Calgary

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Receive $100 off your windshield replacement by making a minimum food donation of $10 in support of the Seniors & Veterans Food Bank of Calgary, see details below:

Cal-Alta Auto Glass is sponsoring a food drive to support the Seniors & Veterans Food Bank of Calgary! Click the image on the left to print the coupon and make a donation at the time of your appointment to support the Senior & Veterans Food Bank of Calgary and Cal-Alta Auto Glass will give you $100 off a windshield replacement with a minimum $10 non-perishable food item donation or half price on all chip repairs with a donation of 5 non-perishable food items (5 items per visit)! Cannot be combined with any other promotions/coupons.

Cal-Alta Auto Glass in the News

The windshield is a huge part of a car’s structural integrity

Calgary is one of the windshield replacement capitals of Canada.

For that, we can thank the combination of frigid winter temperatures, warm Chinook winds, and the salt and gravel mixture that’s spread on the roads.

In this city, according to the City of Calgary website, when road surface temperatures are between 0 and -10C, salt is used to melt snow and ice. When road surfaces are below -5C, a sanding chip mixture (three per cent salt and 97 per cent fine gravel) is distributed.

While it’s great for traction, that fine gravel usually ends up equaling plenty of bruised, chipped and cracked windshields.

Mason Aiello is the general manager of Calgary’s CalAlta Auto Glass. The glass company opened in the early 1980s, and it’s been family owned and operated ever since.

With winter driving conditions just around the corner, we spoke to Aiello to get a better understanding about auto glass and its importance in the modern automobile.

“The windshield is a major structural component of a vehicle,” he says. “It supports the cabin by 45 per cent and it allows proper deployment of air bags.”

With that kind of structural integrity, a windshield has to be glued in place with a strong bonding agent, in this case, special urethanes designed for just such an application. Before the advent of air bags, windshields were simply held in place by a rubber gasket or butyl tape.

“The gluing process is where a lot of things can go wrong with windshield installation,” Aiello says. “The windshield has to be cleaned of all contaminants and the vehicle properly prepped for the adhesive.”

When removing an old windshield, Aiello says even the best technician will likely create some small scratches in the paint where the glass bonds to the metal. These scratches, if left untreated, will eventually start to rust – and they’re in an area where a vehicle owner is unable to see the oxidization.

“It’s very important that those scratches are primed before a new windshield is glued back in place,” Aiello says. “Otherwise, the rust that starts to form will affect the overall structural integrity of the vehicle.”

A windshield is essentially two pieces of glass sandwiching a plastic layer – hence the term laminated safety glass. While a stone or other piece of debris hitting the window will likely cause a chip, bruise or fracture, the laminated glass should not break into sharp pieces that could cause harm to vehicle occupants.

“Rock chips the size of a Toonie or smaller, or cracks less than 12 inches long — as long as the breakage doesn’t go to the edge of the window — can most often be repaired,” Aiello says.

And when Aiello says ‘repaired’, he’s speaking about restoring the structural integrity of the windshield. The process of sealing a chip (where an acrylic epoxy is forced into the cavity to bond the glass layers together again) does not mean the damage simply disappears — although some visibility is restored, some evidence of the bruise will ultimately remain.

It’s important to have chips sealed, because once moisture enters the bruise, colder temperatures will freeze the water and help spread the damage.

“I encourage people to keep a roll of Scotch tape in the glove box,” Aiello says. “If a rock hits the glass, put the tape over the chip before it gets wet.”

Beyond the obvious chips and cracks, a windshield will over time become pitted and worn. If you run your hand over the glass and it feels like sandpaper, it’s time for a replacement.

“Usually by that time, though, a driver’s visibility will be impaired – when they drive into sunlight they’d be completely blinded,” Aiello says.

Aiello concludes with a couple of winter windshield tips.

“When it’s really cold out, turn the defroster vents on immediately so you’re blowing air that’s the ambient temperature onto the windshield instead of blasting hot air – with the defrost you’ll gradually warm the glass.

“And, try to avoid entering a hot car wash when it’s cold out, because the sudden temperature change could crack a windshield.”

Article Source: http://driving.ca/auto-news/news/on-the-road-cowtown-chips
By Greg Williams

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