Can Rock Chips Be Completely Removed from My Windshield?

This is a question we often hear a lot here at Carolina Windshield Centers. The answer is, if you bring your car into an auto glass center and get the chip taken care of while it is still in its initial stages, we can take care of it no problem with your windshield looking brand spanking new afterward. But, if you allow it to sit and develop more damage, then we can’t necessarily promise we can repair the chip without having to replace the windshield.

Our Procedure

When you bring in your car for service, we’ll take a look at your windshield and ascertain the damage. If there are less than three chips that run less than six inches, you might just be able to get away with a repair. But, if the chip(s) are near the edge of your windshield, in your line of sight, or in front of a camera or sensor, we’ll likely have to replace your windshield.

Repair Process

If your windshield can be repaired, we’ll clean the damaged area to make sure there is no debris or moisture settled into the chip that will cause problems. Once that is complete, we’ll seal the damage with some resin material and then dry that resin with ultraviolet light, which then dries clear and blends into the windshield. To finish things off, the area will be polished to look spiffy and brand new.

 

That’s what you can expect when you stop by one of our centers for chips in your windshield. Are you currently experiencing any worrisome chips in your auto glass? Head on over to Carolina Windshield Centers and we’ll settle your problem.

Steps to Take Following Your Windshield Replacement

Bringing your car in for a windshield replacement can feel like a real drag. After all, you have to take time out of your day (unless you opt for mobile services) and wait for your windshield to get its act together. Once the repair or replacement is complete, though, you’re free to hit the road again! But, there are some things you can do to ensure your trip to the auto glass repair center was not in vain. Read on for some tips!

Make Sure You Get the Warranty Paperwork

After one of our stellar technicians gets through working on your windshield, you’ll be given paperwork and a receipt regarding the details of your installation. This also gives you the opportunity to inquire about the warranty itself. If you have any questions about the work they performed on your auto glass, this would be the time to ask.

Take It Easy

For the first full day after getting your windshield replaced, take it easy on your vehicle. This means no slammed doors or jarring impacts because the first 24 hours is a rather fragile time for your newly set windshield. If you can, crack your windows a bit. Opening your windows ensures no pressure will build up within your vehicle too.

Don’t Wash Herbie

When you leave the auto glass center with your new windshield, the want to take that “new” feeling to the next level is very real. But, don’t let that feeling guide you right to the car wash. By exposing your vehicle to cleansers and detergents, you’re tampering with the seal that keeps your auto glass tightly in place. Said seal should be left alone for three days following your replacement, to avoid any damage. Tape may also be put in place to preserve the overall job too, so be sure that isn’t removed prior to the 24-hour mark. Skipping the car wash for a few days will ensure everything stays intact.

 

If you want to ensure your windshield replacement stands the test of time, or at least for the first few important days after your replacement, follow the tips above. There’s nothing worse than having to return to the auto glass center for a replacement of your replacement. Looking for speedy and reliable auto glass replacement or repair? Get in touch with us here at Carolina Windshield Centers.

Is the Crack in My Windshield That Much of a Problem?

Having a rock or a piece of stray road debris strike your windshield isn’t much of a rarity on the road, and often your windshield comes through the experience relatively unscathed. But, all it takes is the perfect angle and speed and in an instant, your windshield has a nice big crack in it. Even though you know you should get it fixed soon, the reality is that three months down the road that crack is still going to be there. Even with convenient services, folks still put off their auto glass repairs for far too long and they really shouldn’t. Let’s take a look at a few reasons why that crack in your windshield is a bigger deal than you think it is. Read on!

Reduced Structural Integrity

A properly intact windshield does more to protect you in an accident than you think. For one, it reduces the overall shock inside the vehicle and thus protects its passengers. It also transfers the force from a front-end impact throughout the car which helps reduce injuries. But, if your windshield is a bit worse for wear, you are putting yourself and your passengers at risk for more injuries in the event of an accident.

Ejection

If you, or your passengers, have an unhealthy knack for not fastening your seatbelt, your windshield can very well save your life if an accident occurs. A healthy windshield can keep you from being ejected from the vehicle, while a windshield with some damage to it will not provide nearly as much protection.

Rollover Danger

If you’re struck with enough force that your car flips over and lands on its hood, your windshield can actually help keep the roof supported and prevent it from caving in. If your windshield is sporting a sizeable crack, it’s not going to withstand the pressure it’s supposed to. If the integrity of the windshield is compromised prior to a rollover accident and it breaks, the roof of your vehicle can fully collapse.

Airbag Problems

When an airbag deploys during an accident, the windshield is there to provide a stable place for the airbag to inflate toward the person it’s supposed to protect. If the airbag inflates and the windshield was previously cracked, the windshield can shatter which causes the airbag to inflate out of the windshield as opposed to protecting the passenger.

 

Had you considered all of these possibilities when putting off your windshield repair? We’re sure you hadn’t thought of one! Regardless, it’s important to ensure the safety of your passengers and yourself and commit to staying on top of your auto glass if it happens to get damaged. If you’re in need of quality auto glass repair or replacements, trust our excellent technicians here at Carolina Windshield Centers!

Why Compromised Auto Glass is Dangerous for Company Vehicles

We all know that driving with a damaged windshield is not ideal, even more so if the windshield belongs to a company vehicle. When putting your employees behind the wheel of a company car, it’s important to note the state of the vehicle they are operating. If there is compromised auto glass, you’re putting both your employee and other drivers at risk on the road. Let’s go over a few ways you’re putting your employee and other vehicle operators in harm’s way when auto glass has been compromised…

Impaired Vision

While driving, we’re often exposed to heavy sunlight. The larger your windshield is, the more sunlight filters through the cabin. While this might be beneficial for vitamin D intake, it’s not so great for your vision. When a windshield is cracked or chipped, sunlight gets refracted which sends beams in various directions. If one of those light beams shines into your employee’s eye(s), they’ll be momentarily blinded. This isn’t only dangerous for your employee driver, but for their fellow drivers on the road as well.

Less Protection From Road Debris

When your windshield is compromised it can’t protect you as well as it normally could. Yes, your windshield is made up of tempered glass that is designed to withstand blunt force impact, but it’s a bit hard to do that when there is a chip or crack present. Cracks make it easier for road debris to cause more damage to your windshield too, and collisions even more so. Put these fears to rest by simply getting your windshield tended to.

Wipers Can’t Perform as Well

When there’s a crack present on your windshield, your windshield wipers lose some of their ability to clean water from the glass. When the blade makes contact with the damaged surface, the crack or chip in the windshield keeps the blade from making complete contact which reduces the amount of water being wiped away. Not only that, but more water is spread about the windshield which significantly lowers visibility.

 

If you have drivers getting behind the wheel of company vehicles on a daily basis, be sure to keep an eye on the quality of those vehicles’ auto glass. If you don’t, you could be sending your employees out on a dangerous journey. For all of your auto glass repair and replacement needs, get in touch with us here at Carolina Windshield Centers!

How Windshield Wipers Can Scratch Your Windshield

An often over looked aspect to any vehicle, windshield wipers are an essential part of your driving experience. Granted, you might not have use of them for an entire month or longer, but it’s always best to have them in proper working order for when you do. After all, who knows when foreign matter might plant itself onto your auto glass? However, most of us are driving around with old wiper blades on our vehicles, and this simply won’t do.

Like anything else, windshield wipers break down as they age. They become brittle and pieces of rubber begin to break off, which leaves tiny gaps along the body of the blade. Not only does this make it harder for the blades to do their actual job, but it can also cause them to damage your windshield. When there are gaps along the blade body, rocks and dust can get trapped within those gaps and subsequently scrape along your windshield. Also, depending on the condition of your wipers, small bits of plastic and metal that make up the blade can fray out and rake along your auto glass. At first, you might not even notice, but over time you’ll be able to see the damage being dealt. If your windshield wipers have a bit of metal or plastic popping out, the damage will likely be quite visible. Not to mention the fact you’ll be able to hear the blade as it scrapes across your windshield. That is, as long as your music isn’t so loud it drowns out the noise.

It’s important to keep your windshield in good shape. If you cannot remember the last time you installed new wiper blades on your car, it’s high time you got yourself some new ones. Any type of consistent damage over long periods of time is bad for your auto glass, so take a peek at your blades to assess their condition. If things are looking rough, purchase some new ones. If you have visible scrapes along your windshield, or often hear your wipers making strange noises, it’s best to hop on acquiring new blades as quickly as possible. New blades are relatively inexpensive when compared to some auto glass procedures, so save yourself time and money and get some new windshield wipers. You’ll thank yourself in the long run!

Why Rust is Bad for Your Windshield

If you live in an area where the winters are harsh, it is likely you’ve either noticed rust on your own car or spotted it on others’ vehicles. This rust is the result of your vehicle being exposed to the salt and sand that is spread along the roadways in times of major snow storms and sleet. While it is important to keep your car clean in the winter to prevent adverse effects from all the salt and sand, rust can sneak up on you with even the most diligent care.

Rust, when present, often reveals itself as an eyesore on some portion of the body of your vehicle. This is when most people notice it, at least. However, what drivers aren’t aware of is that rust can have other unfavorable impacts upon your automobile. By default, rust causes the objects it attacks to become less stable.  This could mean that if it attacks any of the area around your windshield, it could be much more difficult to have your windshield replaced the next time it is necessary to do so.

When caring for your car, keep an eye out for rust around the edges of your windshield. This could mean there is a leak in that area too. On the bright side, minor amounts of rust around the perimeter of your windshield can be managed by an auto glass center no problem. However, if larger portions of your vehicle are impacted by rust, it is likely you’ll have to see someone of a more specialized skill set to remedy the issue. For example, a body shop. They have the appropriate tools to remove the rust on your car in an efficient manner. Since most primers used during windshield installation don’t adhere well to rust, it is best you get your car tended to as quickly as possible if you notice a spreading rust problem.

How to Keep your Windshield Healthy Over Time

When you drive away from Carolina Windshield Centers, your new (or repaired) windshield is as strong and safe as possible. However, over time, your windshield will eventually be compromised and crack. You can avoid letting this happen too quickly by being smart with your auto glass. Here are a few tips to follow in order to keep your windshield in good condition.

  • Avoid slamming your car doors. Not only is this bad for your car doors, but this is actually quite damaging to the auto glass in your car. The reverberations cause small amounts of damage every time the door is slammed.
  • Intense heat is also very bad for your auto glass and windshield. Whenever possible, you should park in shady areas. Additionally, it is not good to expose your auto glass to quickly changing temperatures. If you windshield already has a crack in it, avoid turning the heat on to the windshield during the winter. This can stress out the crack and make it even worse.
  • Whenever cleaning your auto glass, avoid using ammonia based cleaners. These are damaging to your auto glass and can make the tint of the glass much less strong. And always use a microfiber towel so that you will not leave any scratches on the glass while you clean it.

The key to keeping your auto glass safe is to avoid extreme temperatures, use the right cleaning products, and avoid slamming your car doors.

Carolina Windshield Centers is a leading auto glass repair shop. For more information about our windshield replacement services, contact our Charlotte, NC auto glass shop at 800-900-1505.