Signs It’s Time for A Windshield Replacement

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Have you ever wondered when the right time to get your windshield replaced is? The auto glass on your vehicle is one of the most important pieces when it comes to taking care of your car. The windshield is the heart of a vehicles auto glass. It’s important to know when it’s time to stop putting it off and finally get a windshield replacement. The windshield protects you from so many things while driving including rocks, debris, and dust. With that being said, keep an eye on it and make sure any chips or cracks are looked at. Although windshield manufacturers create the windshield with a strong plastic coat, it’s still possible your windshield will see damage over time.

It’s no secret that rocks and debris will come flying at your windshield while you’re on the road. When this happens, and you see a chip or crack appear, keep your eye on it and make sure it doesn’t begin to spread. So many car owners will see a small chip and ignore it, and many won’t take action right away and consider a windshield replacement.

To help you get a better idea of when the right time to replace your windshield would be, here are a few signs to look for if your windshield has seen damage over time:

Cracks, Chips, or Scratches

When you’re on the road it’s important that you can see out of your windshield perfectly. If you have a crack in your windshield that is impairing your view, you’re not only putting yourself at risk. You are also putting others at risk that are on the road. If you are driving and you notice your windshield has more than a few chips or cracks, it’s time to take your vehicle to your local auto glass shop.

Internal Glass Damage

You may be wondering what internal glass damage is. Guess what? We are here to explain! Internal glass damage is damage from within the vehicle. If your fingers are near the windshield in the inside of your car and you can feel rough cracks and edges, you should look to get your windshield replaced. Like external cracks and chips, in both situations, internal or external, you should handle both the same way.

You Have A Vehicle Inspection Coming Up

If you know you are due for a vehicle inspection, take a quick look at your windshield. Even if you have minor chips or cracks on your windshield that aren’t impairing your view while driving, it still has a chance of failing inspection. If you are going into an inspection with any of these problems your best solution would be to try and repair your auto glass beforehand to reduce the chance of having to go through the hassles of getting a second inspection.

The Repair You Got Didn’t Work

We all know a windshield repair and replacement are two completely different things but for those who aren’t sure about the difference in the two, check this out:

A windshield repair is considered temporary and eventually will need attention again while a replacement is a long-term fix that saves you the hassle of having to come back and patch up the “boo-boo”.

Getting a replacement makes more sense in the long run but it is understandable when people choose to go with a repair. Maybe the chip on their windshield is small and minimal but it’s important to understand that overtime and through harsh winters, your windshield won’t withstand those repairs forever.

Incorrect Window Installation

Do you know someone that installs windshields or has a friend who does the installations for cheap? Maybe you decided to go with your family friend for a windshield replacement because it’s the cheaper route. Installing windshields isn’t a difficult task for someone with experience. At the end of the day, experience is what is going to get the job done right. If your windshield is installed incorrectly the uneven pressure of the glass can actually cause chips or cracks in your windshield. This could potentially be more money out of your pocket if the job isn’t done right the first time. With that being said, if you are ready for a windshield replacement, be mindful of where you take you vehicle for installation.

Pitting

What is Pitting? Pitting is a natural form of wear on an auto windshield. It is often caused by sand, dust, or debris from the road. Over time, the glass will wear down in patches. These patches catch the light just so, causing temporary blindness or sunspots. Flying rocks or debris from following too close to other vehicles can cause pitting in the windshield.

If you want to avoid pitting, keep a car’s distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. This will prevent any excess debris from flying at your windshield while on the road.

Think You are Ready for A Windshield Replacement?

Does your windshield fall into any of these categories? Are you unsure of the prices and steps to be taken when replacing your windshield? Auto Glass Doc has got you covered. With our reasonable pricing and experienced professional’s, we will have your windshield looking good as new in no time! Check out our website today for more information on what services we offer. At Auto Glass Doc we want to make sure you know what signs to look for when considering a windshield replacement and most importantly, we want to make sure you’re safe when on the road.

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