Windshield Replacement Services
A windshield replacement is required when a crack is longer that 6” (longer the length of a dollar bill) or if it is a star chip, it is larger than a quarter.
Why is it important to replace a cracked / broken windshield?
It is a safety issue! Your windshield is part of the structural integrity of your car. If the windshield is broken, it is obviously not as strong, therefore it could break more easily not sustaining the roof structure during a collision or a ‘roll-over’ accident. Also, having the breakage in the windshield could be a serious distraction while driving.
The windshield of your car is made up of two layers of glass with a plastic laminate in between these layers. This structure helps to prevent glass shattering everywhere during an accident. It is made to stay intact to keep passengers from being ejected out of the front of the car. This structure is also very strong and works in combination with the air bag system of the car.
Proper installation materials and procedures are needed to insure that the replaced windshield is retained to the body with equivalent crash integrity as the factory installed glass. The windshield is an active component in the air bag system. The windshield must be able to retain the air bags in their proper locations during deployment or the system will fail and the air bags will not protect you in a crash.
Your windshield should be installed properly for two major reasons:
- Your safety
- Your car’s structural integrity
If the windshield is not installed properly, it could rust over time causing structural damage that will not only need another new windshield but also body shop repairs. Improper installation could also be subject to leaking issues which could damage the electronics in the dash. It is also important to employ a reputable glass company to assess the vast array of options on windshields becoming available on recently manufactured vehicles.
Plan on about 2 hours for the replacement of your windshield from the time the procedure is started until it is safe to drive your vehicle. You will be informed both verbally and in writing to the exact time that it is safe to drive your vehicle. It is EXTREMELY important that proper procedures are followed for the safe installation of your windshield.
Your safety and the safety of your family depends on it.
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