If you are driving down the road and a rock slams into your windshield, you may wind up with a chip or crack. When this occurs, you likely know that you need to get the crack repaired. If you fail to do so, the crack can grow. This can cause your windshield to go from needing a repair to a more costly replacement. However, you may be wondering how much time you have to get the repairs you need before more damage sets in. Here is some information you need to know.
Temperatures Affect a Crack
Temperatures can cause a crack to get larger. When it is hot or cold outside, glass expands and/or contracts. This can cause a crack to grow in size or change direction. Driving your car in direct sunlight or letting it sit outside on an icy night can be all it takes to affect the crack. Repairing your windshield as soon as possible can prevent this issue.
Vibrations Can Cause it To Grow
Another thing that can cause a crack to grow is vibrations. When you drive your car, it vibrates. If you turn the radio up loud, your car vibrates. Your car can vibrate as you drive over a bumpy road, when you hit a pothole or when you go over speed tables. All of these things rattle your windshield around and can cause the crack to grow. And unfortunately, there is no way to avoid most of these issues while you are driving. This is why it is important to repair your windshield as quickly as you can.
Dirt and Dust Can Prevent Repairs From Working
The last thing you need to know about driving with a crack or chip in your windshield is that dirt and dust can enter the chip or crack. When this occurs, the resin that is injected into the chip or crack to fill it may not be able to bond to the glass as it should. As such, your repair may not take. The longer you wait to have your chip or crack repaired, the more dirt and dust can enter the area. Taking your windshield to be repaired in a timely manner is the best way to ensure dirt and dust don't build up within your chip or crack.
When your windshield is damaged, it is imperative that the damage be repaired as quickly as possible. Temperatures, vibrations and dirt can all affect the crack. And unfortunately, there is no way to determine just how much time you have until a crack or chip grows and spread. Repairing the damage quickly helps prevent further damage that may cause you to need to replace your windshield, rather than simply repair it. Only 1 Auto Glass in St. Paul, MN. would love to help you with all of your auto glass repair and replacement needs. Give us a call today to set up an appointment or to learn more about our repair techniques.