When you have a chipped windshield your first thought may be: “It’s no big deal, I don’t need to rush to get this fixed” but that is very wrong. Your windshield is designed to protect you if you are ever to get in an accident, any structural damage in the slightest can compromise that, so it’s extremely important to take care of it. Sometimes, if it’s just a small chip, you may not even have to replace the whole windshield! Just a repair could do the trick. Let’s go over a few reasons why you should never leave a chip in your windshield.
Any Damage is Not Safe
When a car gets into an accident, windshields are designed to be able to withstand a hit. The glass is designed to shatter and possibly spiderweb, but it will stay in place for the most part. If you were to get in an accident with even the smallest crack or chip already in your window, the chances of the glass exploding back into the vehicle upon impact are tremendous. A small accident can become much more dangerous than it would have been with a smooth, chip-free windshield.
They Can Only Get Worse
A chip may start out small, but it can get worse very easily. When you turn your windshield wipers on they will push any dirt on the surface of the windshield into the chip and make it larger, or even turn the small the chip into a series of cracks. Even windshield wiper fluid can further damage it and even discolor the area around the chip.
What Kind of Chips Can Be Repaired?
Many times, a chipped windshield simply be repaired, not replaced. Location is one of the biggest factors when deciding whether a windshield needs to be repaired or replaced. If the chip is not near any of the windshield’s edges, or within the driver’s direct line of vision, a repair will work.
How Do I Get My Windshield Repaired?
There are a lot of “how to repair a chip yourself” articles out on the internet, and even though they make it seem easy, you should never attempt to do it yourself. Bringing your car to a glass technician will not only guarantee a smooth, crystal clear finish, but they can also get it done very quickly. So, how do they repair a chip?
- First, the technician will inspect the chip and make sure a repair is all you need. They’ll consider the size, location, and how long you’ve had it for.
- If they decide a repair is the right move, they will clean it and make sure there is no water or debris stuck in it that could become permanently sealed in the glass when they repair it.
- The chip is then filled with a special glass healing resin and sealed off with a UV lamp.
And that’s it! The process is very quick usually about 30 minutes.
If your windshield is damaged in the slightest, you should get it repaired as soon as possible. It’s a quick fix, and it’s well worth going through the little trouble of bringing it to a glass technician now, then suffering the major consequences later. If you need your windshield repaired or replaced, please come in and let us take care of it for you, or we can even come right to your home or office! Request a free detail today!