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Why Replacement of Damaged Car Windshield is Necessary

squirrelYou’re driving down the road when something drops straight off a tree and onto your windshield. You’re pretty sure those wild squirrels are to blame, but it’s too late. The glass now sports a small crack, and you’re wondering if this tiny damage will ruin the rest of your windshield and, ultimately, your car. This happens to car owners all the time, and though they hope if they ignore the damage—whether it’s in the form of cracks, chips, scratches, or the shattering of the entire windshield—that it’ll go away, car windshield replacement or repair is a must. Here’s everything you need to know about repairing or replacing your windshield so that nothing else about your car goes wrong:

Why It’s Necessary – It shouldn’t be told that repairing or replacing your own windshield is extremely dangerous. Even if you think the small crack can be fixed with just a few tricks someone once told you about, you should be cautious and go to a professional because, more than likely, those tricks are ineffective. After all, it wouldn’t be fun to injure yourself or end up obliterating your car completely. Then you’ll wind up paying more to fix a problem that could’ve been fixed much faster and with less money taken out of your wallet. Thus, having your windshield replaced or repaired by a certified technician is a must. Just make sure to get it checked out as soon as possible, or it could get worse.

Cracks  – Drivers whose cars are in these conditions always ask if all cracks, chips, shatters, or scratches in a windshield need to be repaired, and the answer is yes!

Cracks, for instance, can be the most dangerous as they can cause obscuring vision and possibly be the source of accidents. A crack needs to be addressed immediately by a certified technician. However, keep in mind that repairing cracks doesn’t make the cracks disappear, though it will prevent them from spreading and it will restore the structural integrity of the windshield.

Chips – Chips caused by a flying rock or other object may not always need a full windshield replacement. Many chips can be filled in, especially if the chip is not directly in the line of vision of the driver.

Still, just like with cracks, it is important to address this problem immediately with a certified technician.

Scratches – While scratched windshields don’t cause any distressing damage to a car, such as by creating the possibility of the entire windshield shattering, they should still be replaced since they obscure the driver’s visibility and can cause accidents.

Shattering Windshield – Car windshield replacement is definitely necessary if the windshield shatters, and drivers with this problem should take their cars to a certified technician immediately. What many people don’t know is that windshields play an important role in supporting a car’s roof. Improper or lack of replacement of the windshield can cause the vehicle’s roof to collapse, possibly injuring someone. So never leave this problem unresolved.

Pay Special Attention to Damage in Cold Weather – Cracks and chips should have immediate attention in cold weather when you turn on your defroster (this is not that frequent in Florida, but it is a must even in warm weather). While you’re waiting to repair any cracks or chips, any dirt or moisture can get into the inner layer of the windshield and leave a stain. The longer you wait, the higher the chance that you’ll end up replacing the entire windshield.

So there you have it. It’s crucial that you repair or have car windshield replacement if any cracks, chips, scratches, or shattering occur. Your safety and the safety of others on the road are at stake when these issues take place, so don’t be negligent and take too long to go to a certified technician. Go the same day anything goes amiss with your windshield, but if that’s not an option, do your best to go the following day and take the bus or get a ride from a friend in the meanwhile. Repairing or replacing your windshield when needed cannot be stressed enough.

Is it a scratch or a crack?

crackRepair or Replace?

Only your windshield repair professional can tell you for sure but basically a scratch does not go all the way through whereas a crack goes all the way through. Many times when an object hits your windshield, it leaves only a small crack instantly but over time (sometimes even days) a small starburst will grow into a unrepairable crack. If your crack reduces visibility that can cause a hazard to other drivers, it is possible that a police office can issue you a ticket. The good news is that most scratches or small cracks can be fixed without the whole windshield having to be replace if done in a timely manner. Windshield cracks are often the result of chips which were left unrepaired and grew into a larger problem.

Cracks grow for a number of reasons:

  • Hitting a bump in the road
  • Temperature fluctuations do not only affect the glass but the metal around the glass
  • Vibrations from playing the car stereo too loud

Sometimes others will suggest solutions they have heard, such as putting super glue or other types of adhesives in the crack. These substances are not made to stand up to the everyday stresses of a windshield, and may cause a false sense of security. Glues and other types of adhesives should not be inserted into the crack. Also, taping the crack will not prevent it from growing, although it will keep dirt and water out so that a repair is more effective.

Bottom line: When in doubt, ask your windshield repair professional for the best advice.