Do You Have Any Damage on Your Windshield? It May Need Replacing
After discovering a crack on your way to work, you may wonder about the signs that your windshield needs replacing. How long can you drive with that crack? Will it interfere with your inspection? Could you make the repairs yourself? We’re here this month to debunk these ideas and show some signs that it’s time to replace the windshield.
Windshields are incredibly important to the functionality and safety of your vehicle or commercial equipment. They not only protect drivers and passengers from the elements, but from projectiles and accidents, as well. Windshields, as we covered last month, are not made from standard glass. They are much stronger to withstand heavy rains, some rocks, and other potential damage. Remember, too, that not all windshields are the same, and some may get damaged more easily than others.
Types of Cracks that Can Determine Windshield Replacement
Before we get into the signs that your windshield needs replacing, we’ll first discuss the different types of windshield cracks. If a rock comes hurtling toward your windshield and takes a small chip, you may find that repair is enough. A 3 D technician can most likely provide mobile repairs and send you on your way. However, other windshield cracks and damage do not always have the same outcome. These may include:
Bulls-eye cracks. Bulls-eye cracks resemble the look of a target. They splinter out and can compromise the integrity of the windshield.
Star cracks. Star cracks come from chips that have small cracks around it. In many cases, these can quickly become worse and compromise your safety.
Cracks longer than a dollar bill. Cracks that are longer than a dollar bill will end up causing you to need a new windshield, per Glass.com.
Missing pieces from chips or cracks. If your windshield has a chip that becomes a hole, it’s better to have the windshield replaced for best results.
Even small cracks can become larger, simply by hitting a bump or during extreme weather. If you notice any of the above damages, reach out to a professional auto glass technician right away. Any damage on your windshield will not pass a state inspection, no matter how minor it may seem. Your best bet is to have the problem resolved as soon as possible to keep yourself and any passengers safe. In many cases, your auto insurance may assist with the replacement.
Replacing Tempered Glass Windshields
Besides the obvious damage mentioned above, there are a few signs that you may not consider windshield replacement-worthy. Allstate urges drivers to replace tempered glass windshields. Tempered glass will shatter when breaking, but laminated glass stays together. As you can guess, you don’t want a windshield shattering when getting hit with a rock or hail. In many cases, your vehicle will have tempered glass door windows.
Replacing the Windshield After Warping or Sagging
Something that many vehicle owners may not notice right away is windshield sagging or warping. This isn’t a common problem, but may occur if the windshield was not installed properly. You may notice this after clearing heavy snow off of the windshield or even after time spent under the hot sun. If you can’t tell by looking at the windshield, check for these problems:
- Leaks around the windshield edges
- Hearing or feeling wind/air around the windshield
- Rattling noise coming from the windshield
If you notice any of these issues, do not wait. Reach out to 3 D Auto Glass LLC for windshield replacement. Our team has years of experience and can properly install a new windshield on your car, truck, or SUV.
Impaired Vision Requires Windshield Repair or Replacement
If your windshield has scratches or marks that impair your vision when driving, it is time for repair or replacement. Not all scratches may turn into cracks or chips, but they can get in the way of your sight line. Keep yourself safe with a new windshield.
Another thing to consider is that some repairs may be noticeable. If there is a large chip in your line of vision, be sure to speak with your technician about the best course of action. If the mark will be distracting or obstructive, you may want to opt for a replacement.
Trust 3 D Auto Glass LLC for Windshield Replacement and Repair
When it comes to windshield replacement and repair in Montoursville, PA, trust 3 D Glass LLC. We work in 21 counties in PA and 11 in NY, providing both mobile and shop services. If we do not have your proper windshield in stock, we will get one to you within a day or so.
Visit us today to call us for an appointment. We will be happy to inspect your windshield and make any necessary repairs or replacement. We also offer recalibration and other services for cars, trucks, SUVs, and commercial equipment.
Are you looking for professional auto glass repair in PA or NY? Call 3 D Glass LLC in Montoursville, PA, at (888) 753-3628 or follow us on Facebook for updates. Learn more about how to look for the signs that your windshield needs replacing.