The Effect of the Summer Heat on Your Windshield

Did you know that the leading cause of windshield damage is temperature change? With summer coming up quick, your windshield could be at risk for chips or cracks.

Dramatic changes in heat or cold can alter the integrity of glass, making your windshield and any existing damage vulnerable. Most cracks only affect the first layer of glass without reaching the polyvinyl layer, but added stress will increase their growth. Turning the air conditioner on full blast as soon as the car starts is one of the worst things you can do to the windshield: while cold air is hitting the interior of the car, the hot sun waves will still be against the exterior. The change is more likely to exacerbate the glass and lead to more thorough damage.

While you can’t control the weather, there are things you can do to limit risk to your windshield between seasons. Avoiding slamming your doors when the temperature is extremely hot or cold, and park under shade during summer months. Instead of putting your air conditioner on full blast as soon as you start the car, cool off the interior by opening the doors and windows for several minutes before taking off and gradually lower the temperature of the AC.

If you need a windshield replacement this summer, Carolina Windshield Centers will be more than happy to come to you at work, home or school. Click here to make an appointment online, or call us at (800) 900-1505.

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