Windshields can crack in a blink of an eye and are a quick and easy repair, although when you’re planning on leaving for a road trip, they can throw a wrench in your plans. So how important are windshields? Not only do they protect you from the outside elements, but they also ensure your aoirbags work properly, but they also help maintain the structural integrity of your car in a rollover.
Before heading out for your windshield, consider these tips when it comes to your windshield!
My windshield is chipped, should I have it looked at?
Yes! A chip can easily spread into a large crack at any time, but more so during the warmer months due to constant temperature changes. The last thing you’ll want to worry about is having your chip spread and having to find someone to replace your windshield mid-road trip. If the chip is small, it will most likely be able to be repaired which maintains the original seal and is a safe, economical alternative that can be repaired faster than a full replacement.
How does a windshield repair work?
When you are having a chip in your windshield repaired, a vacuum is created over the damaged area in order to remove air and moisture in order for the resin to properly penetrate and fill all cracks. Once the resin is injected, a UV light is used to harden the resin.
What if the crack cannot be repaired?
If the crack/chip in your windshield cannot be repaired, your windshield will need to be replaced. Depending on the make and model of your car and car insurance coverage, the cost of replacement can differ.
How long should I wait after a windshield repair/replacement to drive my car?
Depending on the weather conditions, most cars can be driven with 45-minutes to two hours of your windshield repair/replacement. Always confirm with your technician!