A chipped windshield may seem like nothing, however, depending on the chip, it can easily turn into a crack that hinders your view and puts you in danger. This is what you need to know about driving with a cracked windshield — like when you can correct the small flaw or when you need to replace the windshield as a whole.
Most commonly, windshield chips are a result of flying rocks when you’re driving down the highway. However, when you don’t get these chips repaired, it can lead to larger cracks throughout the windshield — eventually causing the need for a windshield replacement.
When your windshield is merely chipped, it is usually a quick and easy fix to fill the chip before it turns into a longer crack. Although, you can only get a chip repaired if it’s under a certain size. Here is what can easily be repaired without needing a full windshield replacement:
- Chips smaller than the size of a quarter.
- Crackers less than three inches long.
What to Expect with a Windshield Repair
We want you to know exactly what to expect when it comes to the care of your car. When you come in for windshield repair, here is what to expect:
- You will still see the chip: No matter the size of the chip, your windshield won’t look flawless after repair — no matter how skilled the professional is. However, the blemished area will be hardly noticeable, and most importantly, it prevents further damage to the windshield being caused by that specific chip.
- No aftercare needed: the resin we use to fix chipped windshields has a short curing time. In fact, it will be cured by the time we polish and smooth the corrected area. This means that by the time you drive away in your car, nothing further will need to be done.
Unfortunately, sometimes a chip or crack can’t be repaired and it will cause the need for a windshield replacement. If a crack spreads, it’s essential for the safety of yourself, your passengers, and other drivers on the road that you get your windshield replaced. This is why:
- Restore structural integrity: vehicle manufacturer’s claim that your windshield comprises up to 60% of your car’s structural integrity. If you get into an accident with a cracked windshield, you put yourself more at risk for severe injury. By replacing your windshield, you are at lower risk for injury caused by a broken windshield.
- Renew visibility: the broken edges of the crack in your glass can reflect light from the sun, other headlights, or even street lamps into your eyes, which is dangerous. Further, if the crack sits directly in your eye-line, it can hinder your ability to see even basic things while you’re sitting at the wheel. Replacing your cracked glass will give you flawless visibility, meaning safer driving.
- Improve aesthetics: though this is the least important benefit, having a cracked windshield can be embarrassing. Take pride in your car and help it look it’s best by replacing your windshield.
Windshield Replacement Aftercare
Once you have a new windshield, you’ll want to take good care of it to protect it from new damage. Some good rules to follow after your windshield is replaced include:
- Don’t drive right away. Replacement usually involves an adhesive to put the new windshield on. The curing duration of the adhesive varies on a few different factors like the humidity, quality, and temperature. As a general rule, try not to drive your car for at least one hour of your windshield being replaced.
- Leave the tape on. You might be tempted to remove the tape that is applied once the windshield is placed, however, don’t take the tape off for a full 24 hours after replacement. The tape prevents dirt, debris, and foreign particles from getting stuck to your new adhesive.
- Don’t go to the carwash. With your new windshield, you might be tempted to freshen up your car all the way around so it looks even better with it’s new glass, however, the intensity of the water used in car washes can cause the adhesive to decrease in strength. Wait to wash your car for 24 hours after your replacement.
Fix Your Windshield with Scott’s Auto
Here at Scott’s Auto, we’re here to provide you with windshield services that help keep you safe on the road. When you come to Scott’s Auto, you can expect: affordability, convenience, and environmental responsibility. Schedule an appointment with us at our Fort Collins, Loveland, Montrose, or Grand Junction location today.