Windshields keep us safe while driving; they keep rain out, the wind away, and so much more. However, they can also be damaged, through no fault of your own. Being old, having something crash into it, and even severe weather can damage them.
Even a really bumpy road can cause a windshield to crackor divot. You might think that you will have to spend thousands of dollars getting it replaced, but that is not necessarily the case. If the damage is not too severe, you might be able to repair it. So, when it comes to windshield repair, what do you need to know?
Inspecting the Windshield
The first thing that you want to do before getting your checkbook out to pay for a new windshield is to inspect the windshield for damage yourself. You might not be an auto repair technician, but you do have common sense. Simply put, take a look at it to see how extensive the damage is. If the damage is not too bad, you can probably get it repaired instead of being forced to shell out the big bucks for a new windshield.
If you see that there is only a small circular dime- or quarter-sized area of damage, a repair can probably be made. Really thin and small cracks, dents, divots, and those pesky rock marks can easily be filled in with specialized windshield resin repair agents.
There are times when the windshield will need to be replaced; sometimes there is just no getting around it. If it looks like the damage is fairly severe, chances are that it needs replacing. If you are unsure, you can always get a professional opinion.
Repairing vs. Replacement
Just so you know, there are certain things and types of damage that warrant replacement. Being able to repair it would be much quicker and more cost effective, but sometimes it just can’t be done – it has to do with your safety.
A little crack or chip can be easily repaired. However, if they are in your line of vision (the driver), if there are more than 3 or 4 of them, if there are cracks and the windshield is old, if the cracks are near the seal, or if the damage is very extensive, you will have no choice but to replace it. However, if the crack or chip is small, you will be able to repair the windshield.
Of course, windshields can be repaired instead of completely replaced. This could save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars, something that we can all appreciated. Any auto glass shot can repair small cracks and chips in a very short amount of time.
The process is fairly easy and straightforward. A technician will simply take a special gun with hot resin which will be injected into the damaged area. The resin hardens and fills in the cracks and chips. It is an effective method of windshield repair, one that can save the overall integrity of your windshield with some simple resin.
You can save even more money by doing this yourself. Don’t worry because these DIY windshield repair kits can be used by people who are not technically inclined. You can buy these DIY repair kits at auto shops or online. Simply follow the directions on the packaging to repair your windshield.
Keep in mind that not all of these kits are the same, so you might want to read reviews before buying a certain one. There are YouTube tutorials available you can watch to see if you think you’re up to the job. They go into detail about the process and the results you can expect.
When it comes to damaged windshields, you don’t always have to replace them. There are lots of minor forms of damage that only warrant a windshield repair and not a total replacement. Fixing a couple of cracks is really not that hard, even for yourself.