There are many different types of windscreen. National Windscreens takes account of all sorts of features and technology when repairing or replacing a windscreen.

Tinted Windscreens

  • Blue Tinted Windscreen
    Blue Tint
  • Green Tinted Windscreen
    Green Tint
  • Clear Windscreen

To see if your windscreen is tinted, hold a piece of white paper to the rear of the screen so that it is half covered by the glass and half exposed. Look for any obvious variation in colour.

Top Tinted Windscreens

  • Blue Top Tint
    Blue Top Tint
  • Green Top Tint
    Green Top Tint
  • Bronze Top Tint
    Bronze Top Tint

This is a strip of darker tinting across the top 150mm or so of the windscreen. It's there to help reduce the glare from bright, especially low, sun.

Heated Windscreens

Heated Windscreen

Unlike the more obvious heating elements in a rear window those in a windscreen are very fine. Look for very fine wavy lines that run top to bottom across the width of the screen these are the heating elements. The elements are usually in two parts and there may be a gap at each side as well as a slightly larger gap down the centre of the screen.

VIN Notch

VIN Notch

A space in the paint band makes it possible to see the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) from the outside. Usually located at the bottom of the passenger side of the windscreen.

Windscreen Antennae

Windscreen Antenna

Thin metallic line located in or on the surface of the windscreen. If your vehicle doesn't have an exterior antenna, there is probably one in or on the windscreen. However, a small number of vehicles have both.

Heated Wipers

Heated Wiper

To determine if a vehicle has a heated wiper park, look for brownish lines running back and forth along the bottom 150mm or so of the windscreen i.e. the area in which the vehicle wipers come to rest.

Ceramic Bands

Ceramic Band

Modern windscreen glass has a black ceramic or enamel band (sometimes called the frit) around the periphery which is baked onto the internal surface of the glass. The band has an etched surface to enable special windscreen adhesives to bond to the glass as well as acting as UV light protection for the adhesive preventing it from deteriorating over time. This black band includes a border of dots. Some windscreens also use the dots as a third sun visor to block the sun behind the rear view mirror where most visors don't reach.

Lane Departure Warning (LDW) Systems

Lane Departure Warning System

Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems warn the driver if they unintentionally stray across the lane. Most LDW systems use a forward facing camera mounted inside the windscreen by the rear view mirror to identify the lane markings and determine if they are crossed. Some, Citro├źn for example, use an array of infra-red sensors mounted underneath the front bumper. Most systems operate at speeds in excess of 40mph and require lane markings to be present.