Cracked windshield? What is the next step?

Written by US Auto Glass

Jul 8, 2022

July 8, 2022

 If you have a cracked windshield, what is the next step? Do you know what to do to get it fixed? This blog post will outline the steps you need to take to fix your windshield. We will also discuss the pros and cons of repairing versus replacing your windshield. Let’s get started!

Summary: the first step is to evaluate the damage if you have a cracked windshield. If the crack is small and does not obstruct your view, you may be able to repair it. However, if the crack is large or extends into your line of sight, you must replace the windshield.

 

 

Huge crack on a windshield, glass required replacement
Stone chip on a windshield is covered with tape for protection from dirt

Cracked windshield

Cracks in windshields are a common occurrence, especially in areas where there are a lot of trees. Cracks can range from small chips to large cracks spreading across the entire windshield length. The most common cause of windshield damage is flying debris, such as rocks or branches.

Sometimes, hailstorms can also cause cracks in windshields.

Anyone who has ever driven on a gravel road knows that stone chips can happen behind a truck or on a newly paved road.

They happen when a small stone or piece of gravel hits your car, usually at high speed. The impact can cause the stone to chip or break, leaving a small crater in the paint or glass. Stone chips are especially common on windshields but can also occur on other car parts.

While most stone chips are relatively harmless, they can be annoying and should be taken care of immediately. If left unattended, they will eventually spread and lead to a cracked windshield – resulting in a windshield replacement.

Most common causes

The most common cause of a cracked windshield is flying debris, such as rocks or branches. Sometimes, hailstorms can also cause cracks in windshields. 

While many think that windshield damage cracks are solely due to impact, temperature fluctuations can also play a role. As the temperature outside fluctuates, the glass expands and contracts. 

This can cause stress in the glass, eventually leading to cracks. In addition, drastic changes can cause existing cracks to worsen and spread.

That’s why it’s important to avoid parking in direct sunlight or very cold weather. If you must park in extreme conditions, cover your windshield with a sun-shade or blanket to help protect it from the elements. By taking these precautions, you can help to prevent cracked windshields due to temperature fluctuations.

Use the air conditioning reasonably (when you start up the car)

When you start a warm car, avoid putting cold air on the max right away – as this will create a temperature fluctuation between the warm windshield and the cold air from the air conditioner. The same applies when it is winter, and the windshield is cold, and you put warm air on the max – the result will be the same.

Windshield crack

Many people put off repairing or replacing their windshields because they assume it will be too costly. The cost of repairing or replacing a chipped or cracked windshield glass is often quite reasonable.

As a result, there is no need to risk driving with a damaged windshield; affordable options are available to everyone. Did you know that you can find an online quote for your vehicle, and with three simple steps, book auto glass and windshield replacements nationwide?

Stone chip and cracks on the middle of a windshield

Repairing a cracked windshield

If the crack is small (less than six inches), you may be able to repair it with a do-it-yourself kit. These kits are available at most auto parts stores. They typically include a resin that you inject into the crack and a curing light.

To use the kit, follow the instructions carefully:

  1. Clean the area around the crack with alcohol.
  2. Insert the resin into the crack.
  3. Use the curing light to harden the resin.
  4. Remove any excess resin with a razor blade.

Note: there is a risk associated with every windshield repair that the small chip during the glass repair can transform into a windshield crack – the probability is approx 1 out of 10 when the repair is handled by a professional.

Most autoglass companies can also assist with a windshield repair at their location or as a mobile service. Since this option can vary from city to city, feel free to make an inquiry about your windshield repair situation to get an accurate estimation of what is possible where you live.

Replacing a cracked windshield

If the crack is large or extends into the driver’s field of vision, you will need to replace the whole windshield. This is a job that should be left to a professional. A professional will remove the old windshield and install a new one. During a windshield replacement, they will also ensure that the new windshield is appropriately sealed and bonded to the vehicle.

Process of new windshield installation

Do you have an auto insurance policy?

Most people are unaware that insurance policies cover the cost of windshield repairs, but many are surprised to learn that many policies also cover the cost of auto glass replacement

This coverage is typically included in comprehensive coverage, which protects against damage from non-collision events such as hail, falling trees, and vandalism. 

As a result, if an external element damages your windshield, your insurance policy will likely cover the cost of repairs or replacement. 

However, it is important to note that there may be a deductible associated with this coverage, so check your policy contract before filing a claim. This is something we will gladly assist you with.

Dangerous

Vehicle owners should not underestimate the danger of driving with a cracked windshield.

Driving with a cracked windshield is very dangerous. The crack can obstruct your view and make it difficult to see other vehicles on the road. This would pose a severe safety hazard for you and your passengers (serious injury), as the structural integrity is weakened in case of a rollover accident and absence of airbag deployment.

That’s why getting your cracked windshield fixed as soon as possible is important. Depending on the size and severity of the crack, you may be able to repair it – when the length is no bigger than a dollar bill. However, in some cases, it’s best to have the whole windshield replaced.

Auto glass replacement

Many people don’t realize the importance of professional auto glass service until they are faced with a cracked or chip in their windshield. In most cases, cracks weaken the windshield’s structure, making it more likely to break in an accident. Even small cracks can quickly turn into a large ones, making it difficult to see while driving.

Federal regulations state: Cracks larger than 3/4 inch in diameter, two cracks within three inches of each other, intersecting cracks, or cracks directly in the driver’s view need to be replaced immediately. You can therefore get in trouble when pulled over by a police officer.

Contact us today to hear more about our services. Always seek professional assistance when you need glass repair by having your chip repaired or someone to fix your windshield.

Need your windshield replaced but don’t have time to come into the garage? 

We understand how busy life can be, so we offer a mobile replacement service. Our technician will come to your home or office for your convenience to replace your windshield.

Insurance agent estimates price on windshield replacement

In most cases, the replacement process is completed in under an hour. And because we use the highest quality materials and workmanship, you can be sure that your new windshield will provide superior protection for you and your passengers.

So please don’t wait; book our auto glass replacement service immediately.

Conclusion

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If you have a cracked windshield, it’s crucial to take action immediately. Depending on the chip’s size or the crack’s severity, you may be able to have it repaired before it becomes a problem. However, in some cases, it’s best to replace the entire windshield.

Our professional auto glass service can help to prevent these problems. We use high-quality materials and advanced techniques to repair cracks and chips, and we can also replace your windshield if necessary. With our service, you can rest assured that your vehicle is in good hands. 

We also offer a mobile replacement service at your home location for your convenience.

Does your insurance company cover you? That is also something we can help you with when you are covered.

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