Whether it’s a small chip or a huge crack, if any sign of damage has been inflicted on your windshield, take immediate action in getting it fixed. Not only can this predicament progressively worsen the state of your vehicle, but it will also jeopardize your safety while you are driving. In order to avoid dealing with any serious ramifications, stay informed about how you can fix this situation.
But first, before getting your windshield repaired or replaced, it’s important to be aware about the kinds of windshield damage.
Auto glass, or windshield glass, is also known as safety glass. This is because it is manufactured to have two pieces with a laminated plastic layer in between. That way, if an object hits your windshield, it will only break into smaller pieces, preventing it from shattering into larger, and more dangerous ones. Damage to your vehicle’s windshield can come from a variety of sources, but not all damage is of the same kind. Different things that come into contact with your windshield can have a very different impact on it, and change the way it should be dealt with.
A chip is a small blemish that is caused when something breaks away a small portion of the glass layer. Luckily enough, if the chip is very small, it can be easily repaired. However, if it is so deep that it penetrates the inner layer of plastic, a replacement will be needed. Even though small chips may seem to be harmless, do not be fooled – they can often cause future cracks to grow.
A crack is a distinct line that causes a single piece of glass to separate. Though they may initially start off small, they usually grow over time. Changes in temperature can cause it to expand and contract as well. Another hazard is that if small particles of dirt enter the crack, it can make the situation worse. Putting a small piece of tape over the crack can serve as a temporary solution, but it will help to prevent it from spreading further. Driving aggressively over speed bumps, potholes, and irregular roads, can exacerbate the crack through putting the vehicle through repetitive stress.
Repairing a damaged windshield is usually cheaper than replacing it. For an auto glass specialist, repairing a windshield relies on a number of factors, such as the type of crack, the size, and the quantity. The placement of the damage, like in the middle of the windshield, for instance, usually won’t take an effect on your ability to repair it. But even if damage can be repaired, it should be done straight away, or else it will only worsen over time.
Generally speaking, if you have 3 or more cracks on your windshield, you’ll most likely need to replace it. Some other factors worth considering include the following: the glass is tempered glass, the crack or chip penetrates more than halfway into the windshield, and the crack or chip extends to the outside edge of the windshield. After some time, the crack or chip will lose its ability to withstand any future signs of impact. If the crack is or above 14 inches, or if there’s damage to the driver’s side of the windshield, or on or near the edge of the windshield, it’s mandatory to have it replaced as soon as possible. The more time you take to get it replaced, the more costly it will be.
There are many kits that are available to assist in repairing damaged windshields and can even include the same materials that are used by professionals. Even so, it’s important to be mindful about the fact that not all kits are made in the same way, and that a professional will definitely have more experience. In addition to that, it’s extremely dangerous to drive with a repaired windshield that was meant to be replaced. If the DIY kit or the repair doesn’t perform successfully, the damage cannot be undone, because it has to be done right the first time. That’s the reason why it’s better to minimize any risks and hand over the responsibility to a professional auto glass technician.
The cost of replacing your windshield depends on the vehicle itself, including the make and model, but it usually isn’t cheap. That’s where insurance comes in – not only can it ease the financial burden, but most insurance companies provide windshield repair and replacement services! However, in the case of auto glass coverage, some insurance companies might have a separate optional policy.
Taking steps towards replacing and repairing your windshield is a necessity for ensuring your safety while on the road. As long as you have a reliable insurance company under your belt, your windshield will be restored before you know it!
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