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.

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!

Some Reasons Why Auto Glass Replacements Vary

When getting an auto glass estimate for windshield replacement, you might be surprised to hear the number is much higher or lower than you were expecting. To get to the bottom of why the estimates vary so greatly, we’re going to provide you with a few examples.

1.) Insurance Company

Whether or not you decide to go through your insurance company to replace your windshield has an impact on how much you’ll pay. If you go through your insurance company, you might be able to get away with only paying your deductible. If you pay out of pocket, however, you’ll likely notice the final price you have to pay is much less. The reason for this is because a majority of insurance companies have a pre-negotiated discount rate based on volume. So, you may take the price you see for the ordinary price, when in fact it is only the ordinary price when going through an insurance company.

2.) Make and Model Impacts Price

One of the biggest influencers on price is the make and model of your vehicle, and most people do not realize this. Different types of cars often use different types of glass, in addition to variations in glass shape and size. If your car is a bit older, it may cost more to replace your windshield because locating a windshield for your car type could prove difficult. The situation will vary depending on your car, so keep the make and model of your automobile in mind when getting a replacement estimate.

3.) Windshield Special Features

Does your windshield have any special features, or features that your car has connected to the windshield? An example of a car feature connected to the windshield would be having automatic windshield wipers. If you’re replacing your windshield, the wiring work would have to be redone for the wipers. The latter will crank the price up. There are also windows that utilize unique tinting for digital displays, which is another example of a feature that can raise the price of an estimate. If your windshield has any of these features, expect to cough over more cash for your replacement.

Forking over money for a replacement windshield is not something most people want to do, but going in prepared helps to make the situation more manageable. For all of your windshield replacement needs, come on over to Carolina Windshield Centers!

Why Rear Windshield Replacement is Different

Car accidents wreak havoc on many aspects of your vehicle, including the rear windshield. If your windshield is shattered or damaged due to a collision, the next step is getting it fixed. However, upon receiving the quote for the rear windshield replacement, you might be surprised to find the price differs from that of the front windshield. We’re here to tell you why this is.

Rear Windshields Are Made Differently than Front Windshields

For starters, the rear windshield is made from different glass than the front one. The windshield at the front is made of laminated glass, which is comprised of two or three layers of glass. This way, the windshield will not shatter when something hits it. The rear windshield, however, is made of tempered glass. This kind of glass is designed to shatter when damaged enough. But, when it does shatter, it shatters into tiny pebbles, which greatly aids in reducing glass related injuries. Since these two glass types have different methods of creation, there is a price difference between the two.

Clean Up is Necessary with Rear Windshield Replacements

Since rear windshields are made to shatter when significantly damaged, there is usually a lot of glass strewn about the car afterwards. Upon bringing the car to the repair shop, the technician has to comb the car for glass pieces to make sure the area is clean before installing the new rear windshield. This clean-up process is typically not involved with front windshield replacement, since they often don’t shatter outright, so it factors into the cost of the replacement.

Rear Windshields Have a Defrost Grid

Rear windshields usually come equipped with a defrost grid that helps to melt ice and snow in the winter months. This is another major difference between front and rear windshields. Installing the defrost grid requires more time and effort, which plays into the price difference for replacing rear windshields.

Knowing the difference between rear windshields and front windshields can prep you for some sticker shock when coming in for a replacement. For all of your windshield replacement needs, head on over to Carolina Windshield Centers! You can reach us at 800-900-1505, or by filling out our online contact form.

Does My Windshield have to be Replaced or Repaired?

So, a rock has flown into your windshield and left a lovely crack along the side. The ultimate question following this event is whether the crack will only require a quick fix, or an entire windshield replacement. On the bright side, there are some things you can examine on your own to determine the next steps for your windshield.

1.) Where is the damage located?

Having damage on any part of your windshield is never a good thing, but one of the deciding factors of whether or not you’ll need to replace it is the location of the damage itself. If the crack or chip is located along the edge of the windshield, there is a good chance you can get away with a simple repair. Although, a crack or chip on the corner of the windshield could render the entire thing unstable. If the chip or crack is located in your field of vision, however, there is a good chance your windshield will have to be replaced.

2.) How much damage is there?

One small chip on your windshield is not going to warrant a full replacement of your auto glass. Having up to three chips on your windshield means you can still have it repaired. However, having more than three chips in your windshield can make it prone to shattering without warning. Cracks in your windshield, on the other hand, are a bit different. If you have three separate cracks, please get yourself to the nearest auto glass center. One small crack usually only warrants a repair, but if the crack is longer than a pen you might be in need of a replacement.

Regardless of if you decide to head to the auto glass center right away or not, it is always good to keep an eye on any windshield damage you may have acquired. Over time the damage will get worse, not to mention the fact that law enforcement can write you a ticket for operating a vehicle with unsafe equipment. Do your best to keep on top of your windshield, and you’ll likely avoid any unsavory outcomes.

Addressing that Crack in Your Windshield

Windshield damage can strike at any time. One moment you’re listening to one of your favorite songs, and the next a rock is hitting your windshield. Sometimes, you get lucky and no damage is inflicted. Other times, however, you’re left with a lovely crack on your windshield. Regardless of if the crack is small or large, it is in your best interest to mend the issue quickly. Not everyone does this though, so the real question is how long should one wait before addressing the issue?

In short, the answer is as soon as possible. By getting the crack repaired quickly, you avoid allowing the crack to spread and cause further damage. If the crack is fairly minor, you can likely drive for hundreds of more miles without there being any further issue. Large cracks, on the other hand, have a greater chance of developing into a more serious problem, so it is best to address those early on.

The longer you wait to get your windshield fixed, the greater the chance is that something will inflict more damage upon it. Anything from another rock hitting your windshield to severe weather can influence how your damaged windshield holds up over time. The location of the crack is also a factor. If the damage is located on the driver’s side, especially within your field of view, it is best to not operate your vehicle until you address the issue. Since most of us require our vehicles for everyday use, utilizing mobile windshield replacement services is incredibly convenient.

If you happen to live in Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, or South Carolina, which are zero deductible states, you won’t have to pay any money to have your windshield replaced. That is, as long as you have car insurance. If you live in any of the other 45 states, you will have to pay to have it replaced. This is one of the main reasons why people wait so long to have their windshields sorted out, aside from it being completely inconvenient. Sadly, the damage will not disappear on its own, so try your best to remedy the situation before your entire windshield spider webs or completely breaks open.

It can be easy to ignore small cracks on your windshield, even big ones for that matter. But, just like any other car damage, the crack will worsen over time. It will also get more expensive to repair the worse it gets. Repairing a small crack is much less costly than getting your entire windshield replaced, so keep that in mind the next time you continually put off repairs, and do your best to keep your windshield healthy.

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.

Gorilla Glass Could Be Used in Automobiles

Gorilla Glass, which, if you own a smartphone, might be in your pocket or purse right now, could be making its way into your car as well. The glass, made by Corning, is a chemically-strengthened glass that is used by most major smartphone manufacturers.

The glass is very strong and durable, and at the same time lightweight. This makes Gorilla Glass perfect for smartphones, but Corning claims it would be an ideal material for windshields as well. Automakers are always looking to make their vehicles lighter to improve fuel efficiency, which is one of the most important selling points for automobiles in today’s market. The lightweight Gorilla Glass would help automakers improve upon this point. Additionally, as more vehicles use heads up displays, the optics friendly Gorilla Glass would be advantageous for windshields.

While Gorilla Glass has clear advantages, the costs are much higher than normal windshields. Production costs on a mass scale would put be substantially increased. Corning says it is most likely several years off until Gorilla Glass is seen in automobiles.

 

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.

Should you have minor windshield damage repaired?

Minor windshield damage can be caused by any number of things including vandalism, rocks, and heavy weather. It is a very good idea to have minor windshield damage repaired as soon as it occurs. Minor windshield damage can spread very quickly from cold weather, stress from the changes in weather, and reverberations caused by things such as bumps in the road or slamming a door.

Getting your windshield repaired is one of the smartest things you can do if your windshield suffers only minor damage. If the windshield damage passes our necessary qualifications for a windshield repair, it is your most advantageous decision to go for a repair. Our windshield repair process is more affordable than our replacements and is also much faster. We can have your windshield repaired in about 30 minutes or less.

Many insurance companies also completely cover the cost of a windshield repair; whereas a windshield replacement would have a deductible. Another important factor is overall safety and the structural integrity of your car. Even a small crack in your windshield can significantly weaken the structural integrity of your vehicle, and weaken its ability to protect the driver and passengers in front end collisions.

For more information about windshield repair services, contact our Charlotte, NC auto glass shop at 800-900-1505.

How Long does a Windshield Repair Take?

Our windshield repair process is one of the  fastest in the industry. Getting your windshield repaired is one of the best things you can do for your auto glass. Not everyone has the opportunity to have their auto glass repaired before the damage becomes too severe. Take advantage of minor windshield damage by getting your windshield repaired: it is our fastest service.

A windshield repair at Carolina Windshield Centers takes about 20 minutes in total. One of our windshield repair specialists will use our Clarity Windshield Repair Resin, heated up to 180 degrees, to inject into the point of damage. After filling the damage, the repair resin cures in about one minute when exposed to ultra-violet light. This restores the windshield to its original strength, and the damage will be virtually invisible.

Our windshield repair resin is the fastest-curing resin available. This allows us to have you driving away safe in 20 minutes.

For more information about our windshield replacement services, contact our Charlotte, NC auto glass shop at 800-900-1505.