I have always had problems renovating my home, which is one of the reasons I started focusing so seriously on finding contractors. I began going through and looking for incredible places who could help with everything from replacing my carpet to taking care of finding new glass, and a few months ago, I was able to find a contractor that I felt really great about working with. They went through my home and replaced all of the auto glass, and I was really impressed with how great of a job they did for me. This blog is all about getting help with glass.
No one likes car troubles. Some issues, like desperately needing an oil change, can wait a week or two until it's convenient to bring it in. Other automotive problems need to be addressed immediately. A broken windshield is one that falls into the "fix now" category. Here is what you should know about caring for your damaged windshield.
Why Does A Damaged Windshield Need To Be Fixed Right Away?
There are two reasons why a broken windshield needs to be taken care of right away. One, it is illegal in most jurisdictions to drive around with a broken windshield, no matter how small the damage. You can be stopped by law enforcement at any time and ticketed or even have your vehicle impounded until it is repaired, leaving you stranded and out more money. The other reason is some small cracks can be repaired before they become big ones, and the longer you wait, the less likely you'll be able to have it repaired rather than replaced.
How Extensive Is The Damage?
A broken windshield doesn't always need to be completely replaced. Sometimes, a simple auto windshield repair job will suffice. For example, if your vehicle simply kicked up a piece of gravel and dinged your windshield, there's no reason to completely replace it. Damage that is contained to a small area may be better off simply being repaired.
However, a windshield that has received several dings may be better off being replaced rather than repaired. Perhaps your vehicle was damaged in a hail storm. A windshield that received more than two or three nicks probably isn't going to be structurally sound anymore, and the glass technician will likely recommend replacement rather than repairs.
Where Is The Damage Located?
Repairing a small ding is no problem, but the repaired area won't be quite as clear as the original glass is. This shouldn't be an issue providing the damage is in an area that isn't in your field of vision or area of compromise.
If the damage is in the middle of the driver's windshield, repairing it isn't an option; it will need to be replaced. Damage that is in other places may require replacement, too. For example, chips and dings that are too close to the edge of the windshield can make the glass unstable. Don't attempt to repair a damaged windshield yourself. This is a job best left to the professionals. They know which dings and chips are safe to repair and which ones aren't.Share