Many people assume that if their windshield has a crack or a chip in it, then a whole new replacement windshield will be needed, which could potentially be expensive and is, therefore, an issue often avoided for as long as possible. However what a lot of people don’t realize is that in most cases, a replacement won’t be necessary, instead your windshield will simply need a minor repair. Here we give 5 reasons why it’s so important to tackle a damaged windshield head on.
Although not commonly thought of as such, windshields are a safety device just as important as seat belts and airbags. The windshield keeps you inside your vehicle while driving and supports the roof so it won’t collapse, preserving the vehicles’ structural integrity. The installation of the auto glass is done with an automotive grade urethane which is designed specifically for automobiles. The adhesive creates a molecular bond between the glass and the vehicle. If this bond fails at any point on the glass, it can reduce the effectiveness of the air bags as well as compromise the structural integrity of the roof. Therefore, it is vital to repair (or replace if necessary) a damaged windshield as soon as possible.
A lot of people think that once the windshield is damaged, the safest option would be to replace it, however this is actually not the case. The main reason for this being, that once a windshield is removed from a vehicle, the original molecular bond is broken and it is far less likely to be as strong in the replacement. When you choose to have your windshield repaired, it will be restored to full structural strength with the original clarity of the glass. You will be able to drive your vehicle immediately after repair without cause to worry over further spread of damage.
Opting to get the most out of your original windshield and having it repaired where possible, is a far more environmentally friendly choice than simply choosing to replace it. This is because windshields are generally not recycled and so the glass more often than not, ends up in landfill.
Windshield repairs generally take about half the time of a full replacement but not only this, the cost is also far more economical. Repairs cost only a fraction of the price that replacements do, so it’s well worth getting in touch as soon as you notice any windshield damage. At NOVUS Glass, we are able to repair about 70% of the windshields we inspect.
The longer you leave a small crack or chip in your windshield, the more likely it is that you’ll end up having to replace it. Save yourself the hassle later on, by getting your windshield repaired as soon as possible. The longer you continue to drive with a damaged windshield, the bigger the chance the damage will spread and become worse. This usually happens when the car is being driven, due to the vibration or even when temperature changes occur. Over time, moisture and debris may penetrate the chipped or cracked area which in turn may contaminate the interlayer.
So before turning a blind eye to that annoying chip in your windshield, remember that like most problems, ignoring them won’t magically make them disappear. For this reason, it is advisable to arrange a repair for as soon as possible after the damage has occurred and at NOVUS Glass we adhere to our repair first, replace when necessary policy.