Damage To Your Car's Windshield? When You Should Take It In For Repair Or Have It Replaced

Your windshield provides you with safety when driving your car. If there is damage, a windshield replacement company can replace your entire windshield for you. There may be times when the windshield can be repaired as well. Keep reading to learn more about this so you will be safe when driving your car. 

When to Repair Windshield

If you have a small chip in the windshield from something hitting your windshield when driving, such as a flying rock or other debris, this chip can be repaired. You should have this done quickly, however. If not, the chip will start to crack, and the crack will then spread over the windshield. If you have several chips on your windshield it may be a good time to replace it with a new one. There are windshield chip repair kits that you can purchase to repair a small chip on your own. If the chip is very deep, it is best left to a professional to repair. 

If you have a crack on the windshield, you may also be able to repair this but only if the crack is very small. There are windshield crack repair kits available to do this. This involves using a patch and epoxy to fill in the crack. A windshield repair service can also repair the crack for you. As stated above, the crack will spread easily if not repaired soon.  

When to Replace Windshield

If you have a large crack or several chips, it will be difficult to repair the windshield. Because of this, you should have it replaced with a new one. Also, if there is damage to the middle of the windshield this damage will become worse faster. If you have a hole that goes all the way through the windshield the only thing you can do is have it replaced. 

To replace a car's windshield the mechanic first removes the old one carefully. If there are a lot of cracks, they will cover these with tape to prevent the windshield from cracking worse and causing injury to the contractor. Once removed the new windshield is installed in the frame and secured using gaskets, rubber, etc. When finished the technician will ensure the windshield fits properly. They may spray water on the windshield to make sure it does not leak through. They may ask to drive your car to make sure they do not hear any wind coming through the windshield. 

The technician at the windshield replacement service will give you much more information on how they replace windshields. For more information, contact a company such as Affordable Automotive Glass LLC.

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