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.
During cold weather, you'll need to be on the lookout for your windshield cracking. Not only can cold weather itself cause your windshield to crack, but a windshield that has already cracked will worsen during cold weather. While cold weather most often occurs during the winter, sudden cold fronts also can occur throughout the fall.
Why the Crack Might Expand
If your windshield appears to crack out of nowhere when the temperatures fall, your windshield already had a crack or some other form of damage, though you may not have noticed it. Tiny chips can also expand during cold weather without you realizing it.
The cracks grow during the winter as a result of each side of the crack contracting and growing away from each other. This is especially a problem if you use your defroster. If your windshield is covered with ice and you turn the defroster on, the heat will cause the ice to melt, but can also cause the windshield to crack more.
Responding to a Cracked Windshield
Because of the risk of the crack expanding, you'll want to repair the crack to prevent this from happening. If the damaged area is filled with a liquid resin, you won't have to worry about the damaged area expanding. A windshield has three layers: resin and two layers of glass. Injecting more resin into the windshield strengthens the glass.
The Risk of Not Repairing Your Windshield
Waiting too long for windshield repair will lead to more expensive repairs and will also increase the odds that you'll have to completely replace your windshield. The longer you wait, the more danger you'll face because windshields are more likely to fail when they have a crack. Also, the crack can obstruct your vision.
A damaged windshield also places you in danger because the windshield is an important part of maintaining the structural integrity of your car. For example, if your car rolls over, the windshield reduces the risk that the roof of your car will collapse, which would lead to serious injuries or death.
In most states, you may also be breaking the law by driving around with a cracked windshield. Make sure to read up on the windshield laws for your state so that you do not end up with an expensive ticket. Also, depending on the state, you might be mandated to have your windshield cracked within a specific time frame.Share