When is Windshield Replacement the Best Option?
A car's windshield is essential in protecting not only the interior of the vehicle but the passengers as well. Needless to say, any windshield issue needs to be addressed right away. Luckily, Diamond Auto Glass offers both windshield repair and replacement in Winslow, AZ.
We take a look at the different factors that can help us determine whether a windshield replacement is needed.
Chips and cracks are two of the most common types of damage that windshields sustain. The size of the crack or chip will determine whether you need a windshield replacement. The National Windshield Repair Association (NWRA) actually has guidelines on repair limits. The maximum limit of a crack is fourteen inches, while a chip is three inches. If a crack or chip extends these limits, then you may need a new windshield installation.
Windshields are typically made of laminated glass, which contains three layers. These layers consist of the inner layer, the outer layer, and a plastic interlayer. The depth at which the damage penetrates through the layers will determine whether you will repair or replace it. If the damage gets through the outer and inner layers, then a replacement is a better option than windshield repair.
Where the damage is located on the windshield also affects whether a replacement is needed. If the damage extends to the outer edge of the gas, it can comprise the windshield's structural integrity. Reduced structural integrity increases the likelihood of severe injuries in case of an accident. In short, the windshield should be repaired if the damage is within the driver's line of sight.
The windshield can suffer various types of damage which can be repaired, but a replacement is ideal when the damage is extensive, impairs the driver’s view of the road, or compromises the safety of the vehicle.
Diamond Auto Glass offers windshield tinting, replacement, and repair. Whichever windshield service you need, we got you covered. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.