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 Arizona.
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.
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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.
Smack Then Crack - Windshield Repair or Windshield Replacement?
Auto glass replacement, or even repair, is not a topic that a lot of car owners will talk about with any enthusiasm. Most of the times they'd like to brush it under the carpet, pretending that there isn't anything that needs to be fixed. And when they grudgingly do come around to admitting that the windshield needs to be replaced, they will usually cut corners by choosing the lowest-price option in the market.
Sadly enough, not many car owners are aware of the serious repercussions that this decision could have, if they're ever involved in an accident. In fact, poor quality windshield installed by untrained experts could cost you your life or put your near and dear ones in danger. If there is a crash, the windshield could pop out, causing the roof of the car to cave in and crushing the people sitting inside the car. Also, if your car has airbags and they deploy after the collision, the force exerted by them could blow out a low quality windshield and throw the passengers out on the road, reducing their chances of survival.
For these reasons, it's extremely important that you not only use original manufacturer's glass but also entrust the task of replacing the windshield to a certified and reliable car glass replacement service. As any automobile expert will tell you, the windshield is a layer that keeps you protected inside the car and other elements outside it. Wherever you might want to cut corners, this isn't it. You have too much at stake here.
Just to save a little money, do not go to mechanics who set up holes in the wall near your house or round the corner from your workplace. They do a shoddy job of 'slamming' a new windshield into your car and have little respect for any process or procedure. Some of them don't even bother wearing gloves. Why is that a big deal? Well, the grease and sweat from their hands prevent the adhesive from bonding properly with the glass. Adding to their incompetence is the fact that, very often, they fail to use proper adhesives and bonding agents. This leaves the car prone to leaks and rusting and makes it unsuitable for safe driving.
Even if it does take a little effort, get auto glass replacement done from experts who know their business and use original equipment glass. They will follow the correct auto glass replacement process. You will notice that the moulding is straight and there are no annoying smudges of adhesive inside the car or debris / dirt on the seat. Moreover, being experts in replacing and repairing auto glass, they will not let you drive away immediately. They understand the importance of letting the car sit for at least an hour after the windshield has been replaced and will advice against you using it.
If you have cracks or chips in your windshield, it's important to get it looked at immediately. Research shows that driving around with a faulty windshield can impact your vision and slow down your response in emergencies. Why take such a huge risk. Seek out an expert in auto glass replacement and drive around the city safely and confidently.
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