When is it Time to Replace Your Windshield?

You are just having one of those days. One of those that starts with your alarm not going off when it is supposed to, leading you to be late for work, where your boss yells at you for doing something wrong. Finally, you make it through the treacherous eight hours at the office and start driving home when…CRACK. A large rock hits your windshield. Pulling over, you wonder why you even bothered getting out of bed this morning.

All windshield damage may not be that dramatic, but will more than likely be inconvenient, regardless of how it occurs. Since windshields are generally made of laminated safety glass, driving with a damaged one can be extremely risky, as broken glass can cause serious harm. Windshields are meant to provide protection from debris, insects, and other flying objects, but can become a danger themselves if they are not properly fixed after they incur damage.

When one breaks, windshield replacement is not always necessary. Small cracks, circular bullseyes, or star shaped breaks can often be repaired with a special resin. There are at-home windshield repair kits, but many people opt to visit a specialist to ensure that the job is done right. The important thing to remember is that if you want to have any chance of repairing a small crack, you need to do it as soon as possible after it occurs. If you wait too long, the crack may spread and become irreparable, thus requiring a full shield replacement rather than a quick and inexpensive repair.

If damage is too large to repair, you may need to replace your windshield to ensure the safety of you and others. The size, location, and severity of the damage will determine whether damage can be fixed. Generally, cracks larger than three inches will be too large to simply repair. However, there are some companies that can repair damage up to 12 inches in length or diameter, so it is crucial to inquire at several places before committing to replacing a windshield. There are many companies that specialize in auto glass repair and replacement that can remove your broken windshield and replace it. You could also visit a regular glass company that performs tasks such as window replacement to see if they offer windshield services. Unfortunately, windshield replacement is quite expensive; that is why it is always better to repair small cracks before they become an unnecessarily costly problem.

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