Have you ever thought about how important car windshields are? That almost invisible glass layer that sits before you while you drive has many critical functions, so it is important to keep it in top shape.
Why are windshields important?
First of all, they keep debris from hitting you on your face. They also trap heat inside your car when driving in winter, as well as your AC’s cold air in summer. It makes driving in the rain possible without getting a drop of water on you.
A windshield also forms part of your car’s structural integrity, supporting the roof and pillar area and making it much more difficult to collapse during a vehicle roll-over. In the case of an accident or a roll-over, the windshield is part of your car’s safety restraint system, keeping you inside. Most of the injuries of deaths after an accident occur when an occupant is ejected from the car.
Why should I get a small crack repaired in my windshield?
Windshields are built to be tough. Simply put, a windshield consists of a couple of curved glass sheets with a plastic layer laminated between them. This makes the glass almost impossible to shatter completely. A windshield will stay in one piece when it is broken.
Our vehicles travel along roads that are covered with all sort of debris. When this debris hits the windshield at high speed it can cause damage to the glass, and even a minor chip or crack should be taken seriously and repaired as soon as possible.
Vibrations can cause a small crack to spread rapidly. Speed bumps, potholes, and road irregularities make your car shake and vibrate, sending these vibrations to the windshield. Heat and cold are another factor. As you might recall from your science classes, temperature variation makes the glass expand and contract. Glass in good condition can tolerate these changes, but a crack can quickly grow.
While small damage can be repaired, when a crack is larger than a credit card or has a diameter bigger than a quarter, it is most likely that the windshield will have to be replaced. That’s why taking quick action is always the best route. A large crack can also make your vehicle be considered as unsafe for the road and will mean an expensive ticket if you are pulled over.
How is a windshield repair done?
First, a transparent resin is injected into the chip or crack, and then it is cured with UV light. Once it hardens, all structural integrity is restored to the windshield. You should keep in mind that an untreated chip can quickly develop into a crack, and cracks can be harder to repair since they tend to spider out.
Let us help you
The next time you notice a chip in your windshield, get in touch with us. Our skilled professionals have the knowledge and equipment necessary to restore your windshield and make it look as good as new. Most of the time you won’t even need to pay for this service since your auto insurance will cover it. If you would like to receive a free quote for your repair, please visit this page.