The windshield of your vehicle keeps you safe from the elements, gives you a clear view of the road ahead, and adds to the structural integrity of a car. Even if you’re cautious about your windshield and take care of it by driving safely or constantly cleaning it, it’s bound to get damaged at some point.
There are certain misconceptions out there about windshields, which lead to it getting damaged and replaced before the end of lifespan. Here are some common myths about windshields debunked:
Myth #1: All chips on a windshield are the same
A chip on the windshield might seem like minor damage, but there are various kinds of chips that can affect your windshield. Each chip has unique qualities that determine whether it’s repairable or a replacement is due. Common windshield chips include bull’s eye, stress crack, combination break, and star break. Each of these chips spread in a different way. The extent of damage depends on temperature fluctuations and vibration of the vehicle. If you notice a chip on your windshield, have a windshield technician inspect the damage.
Myth #2: Windshields don’t break
Windshields have been developed to cause as little damage as possible. They’re made of laminated glass, also popularly known as safety glass. This glass is expected to be invincible, but that’s not true. Windshields can get damaged by pebbles on the pavement that get dislodged, extreme temperature fluctuation, pressure, and vandalism. However, the difference is that auto glass breaks into much smaller pieces to keep passengers safe. Certain windshields and auto glass are developed to be shatter-proof, like bulletproof glass; they’re much more expensive than regular auto glass.
Myth #3: Windshields can’t be repaired
There are various extents of damage to a windshield. A common misconception is that windshields cannot be repaired and that getting a new one is your only option. Certain cracks and chips on a windshield can be repaired. Experts fill in chips that are no more than half an inch with clear epoxy resin for a seamless finish. Such repairs are done when the crack isn’t in the line of vision of the driver.
Myth #4: DIY windshield repair kits are good enough
Epoxy resin can easily be found at hardware stores or home improvement stores. Individuals assume they can fix the damage to their windshields themselves by preparing the mixture and filling it in. However, a professional will be able to assess the damage and whether a repair is a viable option or not. A certain chip or crack may look insignificant, but it can ruin the stability of your car, in which case a replacement is the best solution.
When in doubt about any damage on your windshield, get in touch with our technicians at Crystal Glass. We’ll assess the damage and recommend the best option for you. We provide windshield replacement, rock chip repair, auto glass installation, and windshield crack repairs in Edmonton. Call us at 310-4527 to book a service.