January 31, 2020

WINDSHIELD REPLACEMENT AND WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

If you have a damaged windshield it is extremely important to get a windshield replacement or repair as quickly as possible. Leaving cracks and chips unaddressed can cause more damage and a bigger headache. More importantly, using your vehicle while it is damaged can make driving dangerous for you and fellow motorists. Regardless of the type of damage Glass Inc. can help. We specialize in windshield replacement and repair and we accept insurance! Here are some things to consider if your windshield is damaged and you are in need of a solution.

When A Windshield Replacement Is Necessary

A complete windshield replacement or a minor repair depends entirely on the extent of the damage on your windshield. With that in mind, it is important to assess the damage to get an understanding of what the best solution will be. Factors such as the type of damage, size of the damaged area, and where the damage is located are all taken into consideration.

Whenever a windshield has a crack, chip, or is shattered within the driver’s line of sight a windshield replacement is the only option. The reason being is that repair work can possibly cause a distortion in the glass, making it more difficult to see through. Additionally, damage that is near the perimeter of the glass also calls for a replacement since these areas are difficult to repair.

Cracks, Chips, and Scratches

In some cases, a windshield replacement is not necessary, and the damaged area can be addressed without swapping in a new piece of glass. Chips, cracks, and scratches are very common types of damage and they can often be repaired depending on their location on the glass.

Chips, cracks, and scratches occur whenever debris from the road such as rocks and dirt impact the glass at speed or whenever there is severe weather and a vehicle is left uncovered. While chips, cracks, and scratches are simple to repair, it is crucial to have them fixed quickly. Leaving them unaddressed can allow for more debris to accumulate inside and make the damage worse. In addition, neglecting these repairs can cause discoloration of the glass.

Cracks in a windshield are a more serious type of damage and they can appear in various shapes and sizes. Like chips and scratches, cracks can get even worse due to debris, but they are also sensitive to fluctuations in the temperature. Cracks that are bigger than 14 inches, stress cracks, and edge cracks all reduce the safety performance of automotive glass. Therefore, each of these require a windshield replacement. That being said, whenever a crack is less than 6 inches it may be able to be repaired.

A scratched windshield may not look aesthetically pleasing but scratches are not as hazardous as cracks and chips. In many cases scratches can be repaired by applying an automotive glass specific rubbing compound. If you’re not comfortable repairing it yourself, an automotive detailing service or glass shop can typically help. However, if the scratches are deep and cover a large area of the surface of the glass it will save time to just have the windshield replaced.

Windshield Replacement and Repair Costs

Don’t avoid getting your windshield replaced if it is shattered, cracked, or chipped because of cost! In many cases, auto insurance companies will actually cover these repairs and in some situations they may not even require a deductible.

These types of claims are very simple to handle, and they usually do not impact insurance rates. If you are unsure as to how it could impact your coverage, contact your agent and see what your policy covers. In some instances, a windshield replacement may cost less than a deductible and the vehicle’s owner would need to pay out of pocket.

The best way to know how much a repair or windshield replacement will cost is to visit Glass Inc.’s website and request a free estimate.

A windshield is an important part of a vehicle’s safety system. It protects the occupants and also enables drivers to see hazards while on the roadway. Cracks, chips, and scratches can compromise the glass’s ability to perform in an accident. Therefore, if you are in need of a windshield replacement do not neglect it. Call us today and set up an appointment or request a free estimate online.

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