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Winter in Duluth can be a vulnerable time for your windshield. During the winter months, temperatures drop below freezing, causing the glass to contract and increasing the chance that any existing cracks or chips will expand. And then there’s all of the sand and rocks from the road, not to mention scraping your windows every morning.

Because visibility is more important than ever during the winter months, you should replace a cracked windshield as soon as possible. Fortunately, when you need quality auto glass replacement services, we’ve got you covered at Zenith Auto Glass in Duluth-Superior!

In this post, we’re breaking down the top benefits of quality auto glass replacement. To schedule your windshield replacement services, give us a call today!


When you need a replacement windshield, it’s easy to make the mistake of thinking all replacement glass is created equal. But the truth is that craftsmanship matters just as much when it comes to auto glass as it does when it comes to your mobile phone or the roof on your house.

These are the main types of auto glass sold for replacement windshields:

Upgraded Glass

High-performance upgraded glass typically meets the manufacturer’s specifications but comes with upgraded features or is manufactured using a higher-performing material.

Dealer Glass

Dealer glass is glass produced by the manufacturer for the make and model of your vehicle and built to manufacturer specifications. This type of glass is a must for anyone working on a restoration, but it typically comes at a much higher price point than other types of automotive glass.

Aftermarket Glass

Aftermarket glass is the most affordable option for replacement glass services.

While aftermarket glass is typically up to industry safety standards, it isn’t necessarily designed to meet the manufacturer’s specifications for a given vehicle. However, for many car owners on a budget, aftermarket glass can be worth the sacrifice.

OEM Glass

OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer glass. Any glass you purchase with an OEM label is designed to exactly meet the manufacturer’s specifications.

OEM glass isn’t necessarily from the dealer and may not be branded.


If you’re not working with a budget and you’re looking to invest in premium or high-quality auto glass, it can pay off.

Here are some of the main benefits you’ll enjoy when you invest in quality auto glass:

More comfortable noise levels

Just as thin or poorly constructed windows in your home can let in every little sound from the street, so can lower quality automotive windows.

High-quality automotive gas is better insulated, which means you can enjoy your morning podcast better without having it drowned out by someone else’s subwoofer.

Reduces Cost and Saves on Time

Another consideration is that investing in a high-quality windshield will help you save time and money because you will have a more durable option that is less likely to sustain damage. So, if you are driving down the road and a projectile comes out your window or another vehicle kicks up a rock, if you do not have strong glass, this could cause damage more easily. Choosing a higher quality material means less damage and time spent at an auto glass shop and more money in your pocket.

Greater Window Strength

In addition to the durability, you want to consider how safe the windshield is if there is an accident. The strength of the material is going to make a difference in h survivability, especially for any passengers in the vehicle. When you have high-quality glass, it’s less likely to shatter or for projectiles to come into the car in this event, resulting in windshield repair.

More Protection from UV Rays

There are also some dealerships that are using glass that has a higher SPF rating because it helps protect against harmful UV rays. In addition to this, it can also help keep the internal temperature of the car cooler, which in turn will improve the fuel economy of the vehicle due to not using the air conditioner.

Better Fit

When you are choosing a higher-quality windshield glass, it can also result in a better fit for your vehicle. There are differences in quality between original equipment manufactured by the original company and aftermarket options, which can result in an improper fit for your car. Installing glass that does not fit correctly can cause a flaw in the structural integrity of the vehicle’s design and pose a risk of failing if there is a collision.

More comfortable ambient temperature

Just as better insulation helps to maintain noise levels in your ride, it also helps to maintain the temperature in your car during the winter and summer months alike.

Insulated windows help to reduce the transfer of heat through conduction, which means during the summer months, hot air stays outside and during winter, it stays inside your vehicle. Your car will warm up faster, which can even mean less fog on your windows.

Better visibility

Visibility is essential to safe driving, especially during the winter months. Quality auto glass typically performs better in the rain and inclement weather, which means you’ll be able to see the road more clearly even when you’re driving at night.


The best way to save money on your windshield is to take steps to make it last longer so you avoid having to shell out for replacement glass. If your windshield takes any hits from road debris this winter, be sure to call our windshield repair services as soon as possible since minor chips and cracks can grow and spread.

Cracks smaller than a quarter can usually be repaired, which means your windshield will last longer and you won’t have to worry about looking over a spider-webbed crack all winter.

Here are a few more tips for extending the lifespan of your car windshield:

●        Don’t park under trees during the winter since falling ice can damage your windshield.

●        Defrost your car thoroughly before taking an ice scraper to the windshield.

●        Maintain a safe driving distance when driving behind other vehicles, especially when you’re driving on the highway.


At Zenith Auto Glass, we offer convenient repair services throughout the Duluth and Superior region no matter what time of year it is. Whether you need chip repair services, side window replacement, or ADAS calibration, we’ve got you covered.

To check out our work in action, stop by our online gallery or check out these reviews from happy customers. Then give our Duluth windshield replacement services a call at 218-275-5555 or connect with us online today.