Air bags, seatbelts, and windshields have a common purpose: enhance your safety. A vehicle’s condition is known by how these parts are maintained by the owners. Out of these three, the windshield is the most important because of its additional features and benefits. It is apparent in how it keeps up the structural integrity of the vehicle when dealing with the heat often seen during the summer in Catalina.
In this article, we will see how worthy are the windshield repair and other auto glass replacement services. The components of a windshield might give some clue to how it is repaired. Two sheets of glass are laminated using a layer of polyvinyl butyrate (PVB) to make a piece. A chip or a crack is the most common problem and it tends to spread over a period. An early repair can save a lot of time and money. The manufacturers’ specification of installing a windshield is nearly impossible to duplicate as well. Therefore, in many cases, replacement is not advisable.
Catalina Windshield Replacement – Cost Factors
Replacement Windshield Safety
Is your windshield broken? Unfortunately, when this happens, most people call around and go with whichever company has the lowest price. If you were going to jump out of an airplane, would you choose the cheapest parachute you could find? Of course not! Having your windshield replaced is the same thing.
Your windshield is an integral part of the safety system of your vehicle. Driving with a poorly installed windshield is like jumping from a plane with a cheap parachute. Would you trust it? If you are involved in an accident, the windshield of your vehicle is designed to keep you inside the car. Also, the airbag functionality depends on the windshield remaining intact. If your windshield fails when you are in a rollover accident, you could be thrown from the car. The structure of your vehicle is designed to protect you in the event of a rollover. If you are outside the car, there is nothing protecting you from injury or death. Most passenger side airbags are designed to operate with the windshield as a backstop. If the windshield is not installed correctly, the airbag most likely will not operate properly.
Knowing this, it's hard to believe that most people simply choose the lowest priced windshield provider. Here are some questions you want to ask when having a windshield replaced to be sure it is installed safely:
1. Are your technicians certified and regularly trained on new procedures?
2. Does your adhesive meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards?
3. Will the new windshield be OEM quality?
4. What type of Quality Assurance Procedures does your company have in place?
5. Do you have a proper insurance policy in place to cover liability?
These questions won't guarantee that the windshield will be installed safely, but they will give you an opportunity to have a conversation with your glass provider. Is the person that answers the phone knowledgeable about glass safety? Do they struggle to answer your questions? Would you buy a parachute from this person? If not, you may want to rethink your choice of Auto Glass Company.
Auto Glass Repair - Should You Repair Or Replace Your Windshield?
Procrastination of a windshield crack repair is a losing game. There is an 80% chance the small crack in your windshield will continue to crack. Further cracking will lead to expensive replacement of the windshield.
Timely repair is the most important for several reasons. The sooner the repair takes place, the chances of further cracking diminishes. The longer a repair is held out, the higher chance the chip or small crack will become unrepairable. That will eventually cause you to replace the windshield. You can avoid this with a quality repair. It's very hard to get the windshield frame as clean and well secured as it was from the factory with a replacement windshield. Therefore, we want to keep the (O.E.M.) Original Equipment Manufactured windshield that was initially installed and sealed at the factory in place as long as possible.
Furthermore, time is of the essence when considering a repair because dirt, road dust, bird droppings and moisture can collect inside the windshield from the opening of the crack making it harder to repair.
We can remove moisture but there is a chance that the water removal could cause the windshield to crack further or crack towards the edge forcing replacement of the windshield. We can avoid most of these problems with timely repair of the cracked or chipped windshield.
Okay, so we have removed the moisture, but there is no way to remove the dirt and other particles that the moisture may have pulled into the crack. Dirt that has entered a cracked windshield will be visible after the completed repair. Water in the cracked windshield needs to be removed before the repair takes place, otherwise the bond will become weak and is more likely to fail which could ultimately lead to replacement which is exactly what we want to avoid. If a timely repair is not an option, covering the rock chip or crack with clear tape can help to keep contaminates out. Try to cover the chip or crack completely but don't disrupt your vision when driving as this could be dangerous.
Time is your enemy with a cracked windshield. Okay we get it, what else can you tell us about the cracked windshield repair?
One thing I have learned after years of windshield chip and crack repair is that every break is different and some fill easily while others take finesse and manipulation to remove all the air and assure that the resin has filled the crack or cracks before ultra violet curing of the resin takes place.
So what does that mean to us?
When a repair company tells you the repair only takes five to ten minutes, be cautious. As mentioned earlier every break is different and certain cracks need special treatment. Some cracks do fill quickly but some don't. So how can you do a good repair if you're rushed? You can't. Some repairs will take about an hour and others will only take 20 minutes or so. When a windshield crack repair professional is rushed, he or she will drill a hole in every break to make the crack fill faster inevitably creating a bigger hole to fill. This will never look as well as it should compared to a hole that is not drilled.
The windshield crack repair professional will try to fill the crack without drilling a hole. It can take a little longer, but the better it looks, the happier you will be. Right?
90% or more of small windshield chips or cracks can be filled without drilling which improves the finished visual outcome and appearance of the repair. This leads us back to the fact that every windshield crack is different and some will take more time than others to repair correctly.
What are the different types of equipment used to repair cracked windshields?
Good question. Windshield crack repair equipment varies widely among companies. High quality resins, injections and air removal methods vary from company to company and can affect the finished repair. Quality injection units and high quality resins are as important as the technicians performing the crack repairs. The quality resins create stronger bonds and resist yellowing better than inexpensive resins. Quality injection equipment will remove more air and the injection capabilities provide a higher quality crack repair.
No matter how good the equipment is, the skill and patience of the windshield crack repair professional is of the utmost importance. Quality equipment used in the hands of a patient and skilled windshield repair professional will produce quality repairs that anyone would be happy with. Quality repairs return the safety and integrity to the cracked windshield.
Windshield Repair, a More Practical Solution than Windshield Replacement