Your vehicle’s windshield serves as a major security feature that some people may tend to underestimate. The windshield is made of two sheets of glass held together by an extra strong sheet of vinyl. The vinyl acts as a safety restraint by holding the glass together when it gets hit or damaged, keeping drivers and passengers safe from the repercussions of broken/shattered glass.
The windshield’s role is to keep everything that should be inside the vehicle, in, and everything that should be outside, out. That’s why it’s highly important to make sure your windshield is installed or repaired correctly. The following are some pointers on how to determine whether you should replace or repair your windshield when damaged.
When to Repair
You know how the saying goes: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Well, with windshields, you should pay close attention to when it’s defined as “broke.” Whether your car is attacked by a Nevada sandstorm or perhaps by hail, rocks, or pebbles, your windshield will most probably need a repair.
If the damage hasn’t come from any debris, it could probably be the result of the actions of an angry person who’s jealous of your slick vehicle. No matter what the cause is, a chip or a crack may seem insignificant, but over time, the crack can grow and get worse to the point where you’ll have to replace it. So it’s important to fix your windshield right away.
Ranging from round to linear shapes, cracks can take on several forms. Sometimes, your windshield may not even have a visible crack; rather, you may have just gotten into a bad accident that left your windshield pretty shaky. Either way, you should still pay attention to getting it repaired.
When It’s Time for a Replacement
Replacements entail removing the entire glass. That’s why you should replace your windshield in extreme cases when it’s damaged beyond repair.
If you left a chip (or several) on your windshield unattended, dirt and debris may have built up inside the crack. This will make the area a lot tougher to clean efficiently, as the resin used to seal the cracks won’t be effective anymore; which would eventually require a replacement.
So, when a windshield has a crack or chip that’s more than an inch in diameter, or the damages can’t be filled without harming the glass as a whole, you should consider getting a new one installed. Whether a large object has hit your windshield, or you’ve been involved in a serious crash, don’t overlook getting it replaced.
Never Leave the Job to an Amateur
It’s illegal to drive around Nevada with a cracked windshield. To maintain your safety, as well as that of your passengers—and to stay away from having issues with the law—you should get your vehicle’s windshield repaired or replaced as soon as the damage happens.
In order to ensure your security, you should make sure a shop that’s certified by the Auto Glass Safety Council (AGRSS), like Team Acme, does the job. Team Acme isn’t just AGSC certified, we also have the only AGRSS Master Certified Tech in Nevada on our team. Since the year 2000, our knowledge and expertise has allowed us to replace the windshields of practically every type of vehicle, from RVs to ultra luxury cars.
Contact Team Acme today for more information regarding whether you need a repair or replacement.