Glass damage is one of the most common vehicular claims of all time. Most of glass damage claims are related to the windshield cracking over time or as a result of an incident. Not only is windshield damage an eyesore, but it's also a major safety problem as well. Most experts claim that when you drive with a damaged windshield, not only do you put your life at risk, but you also endanger the other drivers. When your windshield cracks, the first question that probably comes to mind is "Do I need to get a full glass replacement?" Here are some questions that can help guide your decision.
Do I Need a Pre-Inspection?
A pre-inspection can be useful because it can actually prevent you from unnecessary work. Remember that not all windshield flaws are considered chips. Most commonly, people notice superficial scratches that don't infiltrate between the glass layers. These scratches cause no damage to the windshield and don't weaken it over time.
While it is ultimately your choice, pre-inspections are not expensive and can save you from having to go through the trouble of starting the repair process only to find that a glass replacement wasn't needed.
How Is My Windshield Be Repaired?
As vehicle panes are more lightweight nowadays, they allow the glass to splinter into small cracks. These cracks can easily be filled and a vacuum created over the crack, removing all moisture and air. After that, resin is injected into the crack and a UV light is used to harden it.
Those repairs are not just aesthetic fixes; they're actually bonding processes that recondition the structural integrity of your windshield. Not only that, but the resin also prevents more cracks and chips from forming or expanding onto the undamaged areas.
When Is a Repair Not an Option?
When the cracks or chips are too close to the edges of the windshield, or when they cut directly into your line of sight, a full glass replacement is necessary. If the damage is not fixed, the fractures will slowly spread to the remaining areas of the windscreen. When driving over speed bumps or potholes, the cracks will spread and cause a huge driving distraction.
If you have previously used resin to fill the cracks of your windshield and the vinyl resin has been damaged, the windshield will be unable to withstand more impact. Since the glass will then be unable to protect the passengers and the driver as it should, it's recommended to perform a full glass replacement to avoid any trouble.
Talk with glass repair professionals, like those at Lock Tight Glass & Shutter Service, for more information and help.