If you have a chipped or cracked front window on your car, consider a windshield replacement or repair. A damaged windshield presents safety concerns because you are unable to maintain maximum visibility when driving. Curious about the process? Check these commonly asked questions below.
Windshield Replacement FAQ
What is involved in windshield replacement or repair?
When you take a car to the windshield repair center, a technician will decide whether repair or replacement is appropriate based on the type and extent of the damage. They can repair small chips by injecting a heated resin into the damaged area and then “curing” it under ultraviolet light. Minor repairs are undetectable, and technicians can complete them while you wait. Major cracks will require replacement, which will usually take an hour or two to finish.
How is a rear windshield made?
Manufacturers make rear windshields with tempered glass that is strengthened to withstand impact. This glass will break into small chunks when broken, rather than more dangerous shards. Vehicles may have lines across the rear window; these are for the defroster and make fixing a rear windshield more involved, as the electrical wires will also need repairs. However, most auto glass repair shops can handle this task.
Can you prevent chips and cracks from spreading?
You can temporarily prevent small chips—under the size of a quarter—and cracks shorter than 6-8 inches from spreading. Clean the window, then apply superglue evenly over the crack and let it dry before driving. Alternatively, you can use clear nail polish. Spread evenly in a thin layer on both the inside and outside of the clean windshield. Furthermore, park in the shade, inside, or under a carport, as temperature and sun exposure will cause a crack to grow. These are temporary solutions, and you should see a windshield replacement expert as soon as possible, especially if the damage impedes your view.
Why should I repair a crack right away?
The windshield is a significant safety feature of the car. Not only does it protect you from the elements, but it also is a part of the structural integrity of the vehicle. In front end collisions, the windshield provides almost half of the strength to withstand the impact and keeps the car from crumpling. The windshield also helps to support the weight of the vehicle if a rollover should occur, keeping the automobile from being completely crushed and trapping you inside. Windshields are also designed to withstand the deployment of airbags. If damage compromises the windscreen, the effectiveness of these safety features diminishes.
Consider windshield replacement if you experience cracks and chips. Mr. Glass, in Rochester, NY, offers auto glass repair and windshield replacement, as well as commercial and residential window and door replacement and repair. The company has been family-owned for over 40 years, is insurance certified, and offers mobile glass repair. Call (585) 271-1270 for a free quote or visit the website to see a range of services.