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
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.
Is Windshield Repair Worth the Money?
As you are driving down the road, it happens. You hear that dreaded sound. Your car windshield gets hit by a rock or debris and a crack appears. Sometimes the crack is gigantic and sometimes only a teeny tiny crack appears. Cracks and chips of all sizes are not only unattractive, but they can make driving unsafe too. When you hear the sound of something hitting your windshield, in comes the dread and so does the fear of what it's going to cost to replace the complete windshield or get a windshield repair begin to set in. Will it even be necessary to have a complete windshield replacement?
Without saying, any major damage received that causes huge cracks or shatters to any part of the windshield or the entire windshield, yes, definitely, a complete replacement is necessary. However, newer cars have windshields installed that are regulated by the government and in some situations it may be better to have the windshield repaired instead. Keeping as much of your vehicle in original condition is best for resale value and safety.
As well, many insurance companies are referring their customers to have windshield repair done now instead of a windshield replacement. You may wonder why, right? Well this alternate method is not only less expensive than a complete windshield repair, but there is less time where you are without your car. So the insurance company has to pay less to get your car fixed and maybe even eliminate the need for a rental car too.
For you the driver, repairs to your windshield will hold up as well as the replacement too. The quality is just as good, you won't even know it by looking. If your insurance doesn't cover windshield damages, you certainly want to go the less expensive way out and repair versus replace is the right choice in this situation.
You may wonder if it is absolutely necessary to have a professional do your windshield repair. You've noticed the do-it-yourself windshield repair kits at your neighborhood auto parts store and looks like it would be simple enough, right? Well, think again, it is not that simple. Taking out the old and popping in the new takes special tools and techniques that the professionals have been trained for.
At the first sign of damage, it may not be as clear if repair or replacement is best and a professional is trained in knowing whether a repair is even feasible and will be successful. Not to mention that if trying to do this yourself at home, it could lead to a serious safety issue. Keep in mind also, that with a professional mobile auto glass service, there will be a professional, in flesh and blood, in your driveway or work parking lot that you can tell if they are being straight with you or not.
For the sake of safety and convenience, instead of taking your car to the shop, always consider using a mobile service instead. There are mobile auto glass services in the Virginia area now with experienced trained professionals. No need to try to drive with a busted windshield or a huge crack running across the drivers' view!
So the next time you hear that shuttering sound of a rock hitting your windshield, don't panic! A phone call to a mobile auto glass service will get you a windshield repair or windshield replacement in no time.
Is Windshield Repair Worth the Money?