Top 5 Most Common Windshield Problems
If you’re considering purchasing a vehicle for the first time and are unsure about the most common windshield problems you will face, this article will help you out.
You’ve probably heard of what a windshield is and what it does. If not, here’s a quick run down. A windshield helps to block the wind (duh!) and protects the driver and passengers from flying objects such as rocks and debris and from inclement weather such as hail and heavy rain. While the windshield has become a vital part of every motor vehicle, they are also prone to some common problems. Many drivers have experienced these issues and you just might experience them as well.
The purpose of this article is to address the top 5 most common windshield problems and how you, the consumer, can avoid them, prevent them or solve them.
At Dynamo Windshield Repair, we are passionate about the benefits of windshield repair. We have made it our goal to become the best mobile windshield repair company in all of Edmonton, Alberta. No, we don’t know everything. But because of the amount of windshields we see on a daily basis and the variety of conversations we’ve had with both our customers and our competitors, we do have a great deal of knowledge about windshields.
Now it’s time to share this information with you, in hopes that you’ll learn something new about windshields, that you didn’t know before.
The Most Common Windshield Problems
1. Chipped Glass (Rock Chips and Other Debris)
2. Cracked Glass
3. Scratched Glass
4. Hail Storms and Thunderstorms
5. Car Accidents
Problem #1: Chipped Glass (Rock Chips and Other Debris)
Your windshield is made from two layers of glass and a layer of laminate. Rocks and other items will hit your windshield as you drive down the road. Most of them won’t do any serious damage, but from time to time, you will get a windshield chip. It will look like a small mark on the surface of the glass. A chipped windshield usually occurs from the impact of a flying object such as a stone, a piece of metal or any other road debris. A windshield chip isn’t a big problem, but if not dealt with promptly, it will become a much bigger problem. At any given time, the chip will expand and then compromise the structural integrity of your windshield and the overall safety of the driver and passengers.
While some small chips may not look like much, it is only a matter of time before it gets worse. We strongly recommend repairing your windshield chips as soon as possible. It will save you the cost of a replacement in the long run. Visit a certified auto glass shop and have a professional windshield repair technician look at the damage. In most cases, your chip can be repaired. In some cases, the damage may be too severe and might call for a windshield replacement.
You can always try a DIY repair kit if you are feeling confident. If not, we strongly recommend having a professional repair the windshield for you. A professional windshield repair is faster, safer and cost-effective.
Problem #2: Cracked Glass
Most of the time, a windshield crack starts from a small chip. Over time, the windshield chip will eventually spread out causing your windshield to crack. If you’ve developed a crack in your windshield, you will need to repair it immediately or in most cases, you will need to have your windshield replaced. While you may think a windshield crack isn’t a big deal, a cracked windshield is a safety hazard. Your windshield holds a lot of structural integrity when in a car accident. Having a crack in your windshield can compromise the safety of both you and your passengers. Visit a professional windshield replacement shop to learn more about your options to ensure that your windshield’s integrity is protected and that your safety is guaranteed.
In some cases, you may be able to repair your windshield crack. This depends on the length, the age of the crack and where it originates from. It is best to talk to a professional windshield repair technician to find out if your crack is repairable or not.
Problem #3: Scratched Glass
If the surface of your windshield contains superficial scratches from wiper blades or debris, it will not impact the structure of your windshield. However, a scratch on your windshield can be visually distracting. Talk to an auto glass repair technician about having your windshield scratches repaired. If properly equipped and trained, the technician should be able to enhance the visibility of these scratches. In some cases, the scratches may be too severe and you will need to decide if you should replace your windshield to avoid any distractions while driving.
Problem #4: Hail Storms and Thunderstorms
Another common windshield problem is from hail storms or thunderstorms. If you live in an area where thunderstorms and hailstorms are a frequent occurrence, your windshield is at constant risk of getting chipped, cracked or even shattered. Some storms can throw debris at your car and cause severe glass damage. Hail can range in size and sometimes the damage to your windshield can be catastrophic. It is extremely difficult to prevent damage from a hail storm. If possible, keep an eye on the weather forecast and park your vehicle in an enclosed area when possible. Although not as common, it is possible for high winds to blow tree branches, little and other objects into the windshield of your vehicle. Most storm damage will happen while the car is parked. Try to use covered or indoor parking whenever possible during a storm.
Problem #5: Car Accidents
Although auto manufacturers design windshields to be as safe as possible, they are still susceptible to breaking on impact in an accident. The force of an accident can loosen the foundation of the windshield, and cause serious harm to you and your passengers. We all take precautions and drive safely to avoid a car accident. That being said, accidents do happen. It is best to have a structurally safe windshield at all times. A broken windshield after an accident could mean that the vehicle’s frame is bent, putting excess pressure on your windshield. If you’re in a minor car accident, make sure to inspect your windshield for any small cracks. Some cracks may form after a minor accident. Practice safe driving techniques, remain focused at all times and have a mechanic and auto glass technician inspect the structural integrity of your windshield after any collision.
Windshield Repair or Replacement?
When faced with some of the problems mentioned above, it is best to seek out professional advice when it comes to your windshield In some cases, it is better to have your windshield repaired and in other cases it is best to have your windshield replaced. When it comes to saving money, sometimes the cheaper option is not always the best option. Make sure to do your research first.
How To Select A Windshield Replacement Expert?
When looking for a windshield replacement, there are a few things you need to look out for. You want to make sure you receive great service at a great price. Some important factors to consider:
- Online customer reviews
- Online presence
- Certifications, insurance certificates and licenses
- Years of experience
- Ability to handle certain vehicle makes and models
- Quality workmanship
- Affordable pricing
These are just some of the common windshield problems you will run into when you own a vehicle. If you ever run into any of these windshield problems, it’s always best to address the problem as soon as possible. If you are ever in need of a windshield chip repair in Edmonton, we at Dynamo Windshield Repair are ready to help. We offer a lifetime warranty on all rock chip repairs. Contact the experts at Dynamo today!