Why Auto Glass Replacement & Repair Is A Must In Cold Weather
Winter is here. And with that change of season comes a drop in temperatures that can cause your car windshield to crack. The glass windshields of your automobile may break when you least expect it. Chances are, the glass isn’t going to shatter. However, it could easily crack.
How does that happen? Glass expands and contracts due to the temperature. It is important to avoid sudden temperature changes. For example, never use boiling water to defrost your windshield or the results could be disastrous. Remember that no matter how durable a windshield is, it is still glass. A windshield can crack due to defroster’s heat, and this is most likely to occur if the windshield already has cracks.
In the cold weather of winter, when you consistently use your defroster to warm up in the morning, even the smallest crack is going to spread, and could potentially spider web, making it difficult for you to see out the window. Auto glass replacement and repair is a must at this point, and it is important to understand why it is so critical.
Accidents happen all the time. There is no way for you to plan for your windshield breaking, and therefore you simply need to know how to handle it once it does happen. You could be driving down the road, and a large truck kicks a rock up at your windshield. It may bounce off the windshield and you think that no harm was done. However, after closer inspection, you notice that a divot was created.
As the temperature changes, the different may lead to a crack. The crack may slowly start to spread, and before you know it, you are unable to see out the window any longer.
Remember that no matter how durable a windshield is, it is still glass. A windshield can crack even due to defroster’s heat. Be careful not to set the defroster too high. Let the windshield warm up gradually so the glass isn’t shocked by cold temperatures outside and warm temperatures inside, or else you could create a crack – or worse you could cause a small crack you already had to grow and spider.
Visibility is a Necessity
You want to have full visibility while driving at all times. This includes not only directly in front of you, but at every angle. The last thing you want is for someone to creep up in your blind spot and be unable to see them because the glass is cracked or otherwise damaged.
Cracked glass, including webbing, has the ability to distort some of your vision as well. This can be extremely dangerous regardless of what conditions you may be driving in. Whether it is sunny out, raining, snowing, or overcast, you want to make sure that auto glass is replaced and repaired as soon as possible so that you can regain full visibility.
Windshield repair is very important before or during freezing weather. If a rock chips your windshield, be sure to get it repaired. Sudden temperature changes can cause small chips to start to crack which can lead to your entire windshield cracking, causing you to replace the entire windshield. Be proactive and get rock chips repaired as quickly as possible.
Repairs are Easier Than You Think
Regardless of what make and model you drive, a repair is easier than you might think. This is good news because you want to make sure that the auto glass is replaced as quickly as possible. You want to ensure that there is a good seal on the glass so that you don’t have to worry about any other potential issues. This is why it is important for you to go with a reputable company so that you can enjoy peace of mind that the glass replacement and repair is being handled appropriately.
It is always a good idea to find out what a glass repair and replacement company can do. This will ensure that you know exactly how they are going to handle the installation, as well as where they are going to procure the glass. The glass should be purchased directly from the factory manufacturer whenever possible. If you have an older maker model and it is not sold, you can still get the necessary glass – though you will need to ensure that a professional is going to help you find the right product.
The sooner you find out about the crack and have it repaired, the easier it is going to be. You don’t want to get to a point where the glass has cracked so significantly that you are no longer able to drive your car. Repairs are likely going to be more cost-effective when there is a smaller crack or chip as well. This is because sometimes you can simply get a repair as opposed to an entire replacement.
Don’t ignore any kind of crack or chip in your glass. Repairs can be made, and it will make it safer for you to be on the road.
When you require auto glass replacement and repair, contact Michael’s Glass Company today.