Most of the Auto insurance policies covering glass at no cost or at low deductibles, Gorilla Glass is tougher, lighter, and more expensive windshields are strictly for early adopters—for now.
Benefits of Using Gorilla Glass as follows:
It is thinner and significantly lighter than regular auto glass, which has prompted McLaren, Porsche, and therefore the Ford GT supply Gorilla Glass as original glass.
- Gives you increased safety
Gorilla Glass, which promises higher resistance to chips and cracks, is now available for late-model Ford F-150 pickups and JK Jeep Wrangler SUVs.
- Save you those extra dollars
Do the math and it’s likely you will not be selecting Gorilla Glass to exchange your windshield, though the performance benefits look appealing.
- Improved optical clarity
Everyone wants their car’s windshield to look spotless. Gorilla glass has improved clarity and is cleaner than regular glass. It enhances your overall driving experience so you can enjoy the view outside.
Most drivers don’t believe windshield replacement unless it chips, cracks, or shatters. You almost certainly do not have to affect windshield replacement fairly often. (And even in our testing, windshield cracks or dings only happen on about 10 percent of vehicles we test long-term.) That’s not preventing some automakers and aftermarket companies from selling tougher windshields—at a premium price.
Current-gen Ford F-150 pickups and last-gen JK Jeep Wrangler 4x4s are often specified with Gorilla Glass, a thin-film glass pioneered by Corning in Mesa, Phoenix Arizona and to not be confused with the glue from another company. Originally designed for smartphones, the special glass incorporates an inner layer chemically treated to extend its surface density over typical laminates. Now in its fifth generation, Gorilla Glass is standard equipment on most consumer electronics displays because it is so thin, light, and immune to punctures and cracks.
But at automotive sizes, Gorilla Glass is pretty darn expensive. It can cost 50 to one hundred pc quite a comparable OEM windshield. Setting aside the worth for a moment, it’s enough tangible benefits—shedding pounds, lowering the middle of gravity—that the windshield of the Ford GT is where it first featured. Later, Gorilla Glass was used for the rear and side glass of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS and therefore the topmost glass attached to the dihedral doors of the McLaren 720S.
Premiere Auto Glass hasn’t tested a Gorilla Glass windshield so closely. But if the metrics hold true, increased durability and lighter weight would help anyone off-road or on the track.
Just know Gorilla Glass isn’t factory spec outside the supercar segment. A 2018 Wrangler windshield lists for $410, whereas the Gorilla Glass version goes for quite $700. An equivalent upgraded windshield during a 2019 F-150 is $900, while Ford charges $430 for a base replacement windshield for a 2019 F-150. It’s worth noting that if you would like compatibility with windshield-mounted rearview mirrors, rain sensors, head-up displays, camera-based driver assists, and other equipment, the worth of a replacement windshield goes up.
What’s more telling is what your insurance firm would pay to exchange a damaged windshield. Typically, on new and late-model vehicles with full glass coverage, the policy pays for OEM parts. On older vehicles, aftermarket parts get the nod, with the OEM windshield treated as a higher-cost add-on. Unless a GT3 RS or a Ford GT is on your policy, you’ll be sure you will not be upgraded to Gorilla Glass.
At now, we’d say it doesn’t make financial sense to invite Gorilla Glass unless you’ve got a deductible above $500; you would be happier saving that cash for other parts (or your policy’s deductible) once you actually need it. But if you’ve got serious off-roading or ice-snowball fights in your weekend plans—or if you are the quiet one that doesn’t mind spending to be an early adopter—you might consider this a luxury you would like to distribute for anyway.