3 Steps to Get Your Windshield Repaired While the “World is Ending”

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2020 has had a seemingly rocky start and you may be thinking that the world seems like it’s crashing down during these uncertain times. But, like every business, the show must go on, one way or another. With the Covid-19 Pandemic and protests that have taken over, it’s important to remember that unexpected events can occur especially chips, cracks, and shattered windshields in extreme cases.

It’s important to know that your windshield is in good hands. If you have cracks and you’re unsure of insurance coverage, get a free quote with all of your answers. What many people don’t know is that your insurance carrier typically will only do crack repair and won’t replace your windshield completely when uncertain events happen leading to a cracked windshield, window, or sunroof. It’s during chaotic times like these that anything can happen, and it is important to know and understand the steps to take to get your windshield fixed swiftly and easily. 

1. Know when to repair your windshield

The industry standard is that if the crack is less than 3 inches or can be covered with a dollar bill, you may be able to have the windshield repaired rather than having to replace the entire windshield. This is a more affordable alternative for those who don’t believe they need a full replacement.

2. Know when to replace your windshield

When a vehicle has 3 or more cracks longer than 3 inches on the glass or if the damage is located on the driver’s side in their line of sight, it is recommended that you replace your windshield immediately. Another area to consider replacement is on the windshield’s edge on either side of the windshield. In fact, most states mandate that windshields may not have any cracks or flaws that interfere with the driver’s view.

3. Make the call

A simple phone call can answer so many questions you may have and gain that trust every customer is looking for during that initial contact. Getting all of the information including coverage, pricing, and whether or not you will need a repair or replacement won’t just save you time but will also allow you to social distance while finding out all of the facts about your windshield troubles.

So, What’s Next?

Now, you may be thinking, “I know what I need to do”, but the next question might be how the process works. Here is a step by step guide that professionals use during windshield repair:

Removing the Trim

This is the first step during the replacement process. To begin the process, the trim that was originally used to hold the windshield in place is removed. A sharp razor is usually used during the removal to loosen the windshield.

Removing the Windshield

When the trim is removed, the next step is to have the windshield lifted away from the car. Typically, companies will use large suction cups to help pop the windshield out of place to avoid the windshield from breaking.

Cleaning Out and Preparing the Pinch Weld

As soon as the windshield is fully removed it’s crucial to see if the pinch weld needs to be cleaned out before putting in the new windshield. The pinch weld is the small space between the windshield and the body of the car that keep the edges of the windshield in place. If the pinch weld is left untouched, the new windshield being put in its place may not fit correctly because of dirt and dust that has built up over time. Cleaning and maintaining the pinch weld before installing will ensure the new windshield will hold.

Applying Urethane

Urethane acts like a glue. After cleaning and maintaining the pinch weld the Urethane must be applied to the edges of the pinch weld. Not only does the Urethane get applied, there is a specific way to do it. Urethane holds the windshield in place which means it must be applied evenly and quickly before drying or setting. Like glue, it dries quickly so it’s important to work fast and efficient.

Installing the new windshield

Last but not least, the most important part of it all is getting you that new windshield. Once you have completed all of your steps, cleaned the pinch weld, applied the Urethane, it is time to place the windshield carefully. As soon as the windshield is perfectly positioned and pushed into place. The windshield is put back on with suction cups and held in places for a few minutes. By doing this, the Urethane has the opportunity to set. Once the Urethane has finally set, the suction cups are lifted, and your windshield is as good as new.

Take an inside look and see exactly what professionals do when replacing your windshield. So many people want to feel confident in the company they choose and it’s important to see the steps being taken during the repairing process.

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