Windshield Damage – Reasons and Solutions

The windshield of a car may seem like any other piece of glass, but it has much more functional benefits as it plays a significant role in the safety of the passengers. It protects the vehicle’s cabin from precipitation, hail, dust, and the wind while traveling at high speeds. Made from two sheets of glass with a layer of poly vinyl butyral in between them, windshields are very strong and do not break easily. Unfortunately, under certain circumstances, the car glass may break. Here are a few reasons for windshield damage:

Windshield Damage - Reasons and Solutions

Low quality glass

Often, service providers install cheap windshields to cut down on the costs. This may reduce your overall expense but compromising on the windshield’s quality is never a good idea. The windshield is supposed to provide structural support to the car, and in case of rollover accidents, the windshield prevents the roof from collapsing. Also, the airbag deployment relies on the windshield. It also ensures that the passengers are not thrown out of the car as low-quality glasses may crack or shatter easily.

Incorrect installation

Incorrect installation of the windshield can result in leakages and even accidents. The car front glass might vibrate every time the car is driven and eventually incur cracks due to the impact. If you witness any vibrations or unusual sounds inside the cabin, visit your technician as soon as possible and get the windshield inspected.

Rocks or Debris

While pacing down the highway, the windshield getting hit by small pebbles and stones is a common phenomenon. Unfortunately, these repetitive hits for prolonged periods weaken the strength of the windshield and eventually lead to minor spider-web cracks and chips. In order to prevent it, try to maintain some distance from the car ahead of you its tires might have stones or pebbles stuck in its tyres.

Here are the solutions for windshield damage:

Repair

Whether the windshield can be repaired or not depends on the following factors:

Depth – the depth of the chip determines whether the damage can be mended. If the damage is only on the outer layer, it can be repaired. But if the chip penetrates both the layers, it is beyond repair.

Location – if the damage is in the line of sight of the driver, getting a replacement is better as repairing may distort the view. Also, if the damage extends towards or emanates from the edges of the windshield, its integrity is compromised.

Size – while a lot of chips such as bull’s eye and pits can be repaired, damages exceeding a certain size cannot be repaired. The repairing ability may vary from shop to shop, but a crack exceeding 4 inches and a chip exceeding the size of a regular coin cannot be repaired.

Replacement

Safety should always be the priority, and if the damaged windshield is beyond repair, replacement is the only option available. In the case the windshield has been incorrectly installed, a replacement is inevitable. While going for a replacement make sure you only buy an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) glass instead of an aftermarket glass.

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