When can you tell if your windshield needs to be fixed or to be replaced? Find out here
Windshields are specially designed in providing structural support for the vehicle and also to stand up to the stress of traveling on highways, however, it is not exempted of absorbing damage and it may occur inevitably. Windshields are made up of a double-layer glass that is sandwiched together with an inner layer of automotive safety glass. The inner layer is the one that they call as lamination which holds together broken outer layers in the event of a vehicular accident, or in any form of accidents.
No wonder why windshields crack when it is struck by objects instead of breaking apart into pieces that may pose a lot of hazards to the driver and the passenger which is why windshields crack when it hits objects or it is getting impacted during a collision and yet it does not fall apart and cave in.
However, a lot of drivers are still caught in making a decision to whether or not repair or replace the windshield that is damaged.
Generally, a lot of chips and cracks can instantly be repaired, however, it depends on the severity and several factors of the damage. The factors are the size of the cracks, the type of the cracks, the depth of the damage, and the location of the damage. The results will also vary based on its age, the amount of contamination, as well as the location, and the severity of the damage that is sustained by the windshield.
Only a qualified auto glass repair technician evaluates the factors that could be present or not to your damaged windshield, before they decide to whether or not repair it or replace it with a brand new windshield. Each of these cases is assessed each, and this determines on the basis of the technician’s own skill using a set of equipment, as well as setting the expectations of the customer, and also the probable quality of the repair.
When it comes to the types of damages and the severity of the auto glass, the ones that cannot be repaired should be located on the inner part of the windshield, it has deep damage on both layers of its glass, it damages over rain sensor, and its internal radio antenna, it damages the reach into the driver’s viewing area, it has multiple and complex cracks, it has long cracks, it has contaminated cracks, it has edge cracks and has chipped.
When it comes to repairs, fixing one chip or fixing a single crack can only take up to 30 minutes to an hour, but if the damage is deep and it has dust already accumulated in it, there are steps that should be taken by the technician. The windshield now involves an injectable curable resin into the outer layer of the glass to restore its integrity and also to remove the cracks and bring back its original appearance.
The resin will be then cured and polished to come up with a smoother surface while cracks and the chips will be prevented from spreading and causing more damage.