Windshield Repair: What You Need to Know

Posted on Nov 17, 2017

Windshield Repair: What You Need to Know
The car’s windshield is made of two panels of glass and a thin sheet of plastic film (Polyvinyl Butyrate) holding the two parts together. When the windscreen is damaged, it can be dangerous to the driver and the occupants on board for two reasons. One is that it can reduce visibility for the driver and the damaged windshield is more susceptible to shattering in the event of an accident. Before you find a windshield repair technician, there are several things you need to know.

Repair or Replace?
In the past, a visible crack on the windshield would prompt a replacement. However, with the advancement of technology and using the latest state-of-the-art equipment, it can be restored to look as good as new.
Whether the windshield can be replaced will depend on the extent of the damage and where on the glass panel the crack is located. Small cracks that are about three inches in width can be replaced by a windshield repair professional. Damages that are bigger than that will most probably require a replacement.

If the damage is on the side of the glass, it can be trickier to repair than if it was located right in the middle of it. It can weaken the structure of the glass forcing a replacement. However, you can save your windshield if you get it repaired as soon as you notice the damage.

DIY Kits
There are many DIY kits available for anyone who wants to do their own restoration at home. You need to understand that these kits are not very effective in restoring the windshield. Even though you can make a temporary fix that looks good to the eye, the resin used in these kits does not reach all the parts of the crack. This can cause the damage to spread to other parts of the glass panel and eventually cause extensive faults that may prove to be costly.

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