Windshield damage is more common than you think. Tiny dents and chips that begin as unnoticeable defects can quickly expand into bigger and more costly problems. Some windshield damage can be easily repaired with a special coating or other techniques. However, there are times when even small damages require a full windshield replacement. How can you tell if your damaged windshield can be repaired or if you'll need a full replacement? Consider these three issues when assessing your damage.
● The Depth of the Damage
Your windshield is actually made up of two layers of glass. The majority of windshield damage occurs to the outer portion from airborne objects. Heavier impacts can compromise the rigid outer shell and break through into the inside layer. In these cases, the inner layer is no longer able to support the tougher, heavier outer layer. This increases the chance of shattering and splintering from even minimal stress. If your damage is more than 1/8 of an inch deep, you will more than likely need a full windshield replacement.
● The Placement of the Damage
Windshield damage compromises your ability to see the road. Shallow damage that doesn't threaten the structural integrity of your glass can often be repaired easily and efficiently. However, if your damage is in a place that obscures your vision, your repair shop will recommend a full replacement. Coatings can sometimes warp the light that comes through auto glass, which makes it difficult for some people to see clearly while driving. For damage that lies directly in your field of vision, a full replacement is the safest option. Shallow damage found on the edges of the glass may be eligible for a simple repair job.
● The Type of Damage
There are several different types of damage. Some of the more common types include:
○ Bulls-eyes, which are round, dark circles with a clear impact point in the center.
○ Chips, which are small flakes of glass that are missing from the glass.
○ Cracks, which are straight lines that snake out across your glass.
○ Star breaks are a group of cracks that span out from a central impact point.
○ Stone breaks are chips caused by flying rocks.
The depth and placement of these damages will determine our repair or replacement recommendations. Smaller chips may only require a small repair, while comprehensive cracks like stone breaks, star, breaks, and bulls-eyes generally require a full replacement.
If your windshield has recently sustained damage, contact our team today for a free estimate.
There are a number of reasons why you may need to have new auto glass installed. You may have a chip or crack in your windshield, your windshield may have shattered in a car accident, or someone may have broken a window trying to break into your vehicle. When you need new auto glass installed, you will be looking for an auto glass installation company to help you. Here are three things you should look for as you look to hire an auto glass installation company.
Where the Replacement Takes Place
Auto glass repairs and replacement does not always have to be done in an auto repair garage or center. Some companies will come to you and do the repair or the replacement at your home or even at your job. If you have a busy schedule and cannot seem to find the time to take your car in to a repair center, look for an installation company that comes to you.
What Type of Auto Glass They Use
Not every auto glass installer uses the same type of auto glass. Some companies use OEM glass, which is glass made by the manufacturer of your car, while others use aftermarket glass. There are many benefits associated with using OEM glass in your vehicle. When OEM glass is installed, the glass is designed specifically for your car by the manufacturer. It also helps to ensure all parts on your car are made by the manufacturer, which helps the resale value of your car. Always ask an auto glass installation company what type of auto glass they use when replacing your glass.
If They Accept Insurance
If your auto insurance covers auto glass repairs, you will want to find an auto glass company that accepts auto insurance. Not every auto glass installer will accept every type of auto insurance. Always ask an installer if they accept the type of insurance you have. Some auto glass installation companies offer incentives, such as waiving your deductible, so ask about any specials they are offering as well.
Do you need auto glass replacement? Here at Only 1 Auto Glass in St. Paul, MN, we can help you with all of your auto glass needs, including windshield repair, rock chip repair and auto glass replacement. Contact us today to schedule your appointment to have your auto glass repaired or replaced.
Glare on your windshield can make it hard to see the road and any objects that are in front of you. Glare can be created from sunlight or when the sun reflects off of an asphalt road. There are a few different things that you can do to reduce glare on your windshield, including wearing sunglasses. Another option is to have your windshield tinted. However, before your windshield can be tinted, there are a two things that may need to be done first. Here is how you can prepare your windshield to be tinted in order to reduce glare.
Have Chips and Cracks Filled
When auto glass is tinted, a darkened piece of tinted film is applied to the auto glass. This film cannot properly adhere if there are chips and cracks that have not been filled. If chips and cracks have not been filled, the chips and cracks may be uneven or jagged. This can rip the film, cause an indent when it is laid or otherwise cause it not to lay flat against the auto glass. Having these items repaired and filled prior to having the film applied allows the film to lay flat against your glass.
Have Your Glass Smoothed
Another step that may need to be completed before auto glass can be applied is to have your glass smoothed. As you drive, debris can fly up and hit your windshield. May pieces of debris, such as dirt, sand and road salt, can cause pitting in your auto glass. The pitting may not be deep enough to cause a chip or crack, but may still cause your auto glass to be uneven. Run your hand along the outside of your windshield. If it feels lumpy or uneven, it is likely pitted. A professional auto glass repair company can use a tool that basically sands down the glass, causing it to be smooth again.
Having your windshield tinted is one of the most effective ways to reduce glare while you are driving. Before your windshield glass can be tinted, chips and cracks must be filled and any pits must be smoothed out of the glass. Here at Only 1 Auto Glass, we can help you with all of your auto glass repairs and replacement needs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to have your windshield repaired before it is tinted.
Where you park your car can have an impact on the windshield—literally. Many of the auto glass repair cases we see each year have to do with falling objects crashing into a car and blasting out the glass. If a falling object cracks or breaks your auto glass, contact Only 1 Auto Glass today. You can come to our service center, or we can send someone out to you with our remote service. In the meantime watch out for the following parking conditions.
● Ice and Snow on the Roof
For those of us who live in Minnesota, falling snow and ice is always an issue. No matter where we drive, it seems that we’re playing ‘dodge the ice.’ If you have a garage in your home, we suggest you clear it out and park the car there. During the winter time, the garage is the safest place to park your car. It also gives it protection from severe storms and hail storms in the summer.
● Tall, Tall Trees
Multiple things go wrong when you park your car under a tree. The most imminent threat is a falling branch. The larger the branch, the greater the impact. Many trees also produce sap that can stick to the windshield and ruin your car’s paint job. If you have no choice but to park under a tree, then trim the tree and clear out the dead debris regularly to avoid windshield damage.
● Construction/Home Improvement Sites
This one should be obvious. Do not park your car under ladders, construction crews, or any home improvement project. We’ve had to repair windshields that were busted from falling hammers, paint buckets, ladders, and heavy equipment. In 100% of these cases, the accident could have been avoided if the owner of the vehicle parked somewhere else.
● Using Your Car to Elevate Yourself
This is dangerous on so many levels. If you are using your vehicle as a step-up to a tree, on top of a roof, or some other high point, you are invoking Murphy’s Law. It is quite possible that you could fall back into the windshield and crack it or bust it wide open. You may injure yourself in the process. Instead of using a vehicle to elevate yourself, a ladder may be a better option.
We Are Your Here When Your Windshield Breaks
If you find yourself in one of the situations we just described and you need fast auto glass or windshield repair or replacement, then call Only 1 Auto Glass. Our technicians provide fast, friendly service, work of the highest caliber, and affordable rates that stay within your budget. We work on all foreign and domestic vehicles including commercial vehicles. Our service extends to car and truck owners across the Twin Cities Metro area.
To schedule a repair, call us at 651-789-1111, or you can message us on our contact page.