Windshield Repair In Raleigh NC
Your car windshield has a couple of important roles in your vehicle. First, it protects you from the flying objects and debris that your car comes in contact with while driving. It also acts as an important structural feature in your vehicle that keeps the car occupants safely inside the vehicle on impact and helps to prevent the car roof from caving in case the car rolls over. With all this in mind, you can tell why keeping your windshield in impeccable condition is important.
Windshield damage can occur in various ways. Most damage is caused by the impact of flying or dropping objects that crack or chip the windshield. The extent of damage will determine the risk of something seriously bad happening in an accident. Windshields can either be repaired or replaced when damaged. Repairing the windshield glass referrers to using a resin material to fill up the cracked or chipped area and smoothing it out to restore the smooth surface of the windshield. Most chips and cracked can be repaired depending on the size, type, depth and location of the damage on the windshield. Factors that can affect repairs include age, amount or contamination, location and severity of the damage to the windshield.
Size and depth of damage
Any chip that is an inch in diameter and cracks less than three inches long should be quite easy to repair. With new technology, technicians are able to repair wider and longer cracks than the traditional dollar bill size. However, they need to carefully asses the odds of each situation before carrying out the repairs.
Type of damage
There are different kinds of cracks and chips that can occur on your windshield, some may be easy to repairs and others are not. Most star breaks, bulls-eye chips, crack chips, dings and pits are quite easy to repair; however, multiple cracks may be more difficult to repair. You can check the cracks and chips using a quarter, if the quarter covers the damage, it will be quite easy to fix for a technician.
Location of the damage
Because it is a resin material that is used to fix the damage, there are chances of leaving behind some discoloration, mistiness or unevenness in the windshield, which can cause blurred vision while driving. Technicians do not advise doing repairs on windshield damage in the driver’s line of sight as it may reduce visibility. The technician will consider the driver while determining the line of sight over the steering wheel depending on the height of the driver.
Damage that cannot be repaired
Windshield repair is not advisable if the cracks or chips are near the edge of the windshield as these cracks and chips weaken the windshield and the bonding to the metal frame. Technicians will also avoid doing windshield repairs on the inside of the windshield, if the damage affects both layers of glass of the windshield, if the damage is in the diver’s critical viewing area, if the crack is contaminated or if there is damage over the rain sensor and internal radio antenna.