Has your auto glass suffered chips or cracks? Depending on the extent of the damage, a quick and easy auto glass repair may be possible, but in many incidences, repairing damaged auto glass simply isn’t safe. At Only 1 Auto Glass, we know that facing an auto glass replacement isn’t something any driver dreams about, but for your own safety, it’s often the best course of action. If you’re dealing with any of the issues below, it’s high time you schedule a windshield replacement.
Regardless of the type of chip or crack in your auto glass, if it interferes with your visibility while driving, it’s always best to schedule an auto glass replacement. While repairing small chips and cracks is usually possible, the placement of the damage is what determines whether or not a repair is safe.
Even after repairing the windshield, you may notice slight glass distortion in previously cracked areas as a result of the resin injection that occurs during the repair. Keep in mind that anything that interferes with your visibility puts you and your passengers in danger, so if chips and cracks are in your line of sight, don’t put your safety at risk.
Pitting in the Glass
Glass pitting occurs when numerous small, abrasive objects collide with your auto glass and cause tiny chips in the surface. If you regularly travel through construction zones or on roads that contain considerable debris, there’s a high chance your windshield contains at least a minor amount of pitting.
The problem with pitting is that it refracts light that hits your windshield while you drive, which often makes it difficult to focus on the road. Plus, water has a hard time rolling off pitted glass, so in the event of inclement weather, pitting can significantly reduce visibility. While pitting might appear to be a minor issue, the only way to correct it is to replace your windshield.
Cloudy Windshield Glass
Your windshield contains a very thin sheet of plastic material—called polyvinyl butyral, or PVB—which lies between two thin sheets of glass. The plastic functions to prevent the windshield from shattering inward toward you and your passengers in the event of a collision or impact to the glass. If the windshield does shatter, the plastic causes it to break into small, rounded chunks rather than sharp splinters that may cause serious injury.
Like any component of your vehicle, your windshield is subject to wear and tear over time, and in some cases, its thin sheet of interior plastic begins to detach from the layers of glass. You’ll notice this phenomenon as a hazy white appearance around the edges of your windshield.
While the issue might seem harmless, it puts you and your passengers at risk for serious lacerations in the event of an accident. Unfortunately, if you’re dealing with hazy auto glass, it isn’t repairable, so you’ll need to replace the windshield.
Only 1 Auto Glass: Your Source for Dependable Auto Glass Repair
At Only 1 Auto Glass, our primary goal is your full satisfaction, so if you’re in need of auto glass repair or replacement, don’t hesitate to contact our team. Our expertly trained technicians have over 200 years of combined experience, so you can rest assured that when we take care of your auto glass, we’ll do the job right. Plus, with 15 locations throughout the Twin Cities metro, we’re just a short trip away, no matter where you are. To learn more about our services or to schedule your appointment, give our team a call at 651-789-1111 or feel free to message us on our contact page. For your convenience, you can also request your free estimate online.