Windshield Replacement Guide
Windshields are an important part of your automobile, however they are at risk during the Winter months when they are prone to cracking and even shattering. There are a number of dangers including falling ice, hail, or a rapid change in temperature. If your windows or windshield are damaged on your vehicle, it’s important to repair them as soon as possible.
How Does Automobile Glass Protect You in an Accident?
Windshields are made from glass with a special tempering technique. In this process, the sheet of glass is heated and then the glass is cooled rapidly. This process causes the glass to constantly expand and contract resulting in the outer layer hardening and the inner layer being induced with tension. The glass, not that its tempered is used for rear, side, and front glass window replacement.
A windshield is often your first line of defence in a serious automobile accident and can prevent you from getting injured or worse. You should ensure your windshield and your windows are intact and not damaged, otherwise you put yourself and your passengers at risk.
Why Should You Fix a Cracked or Chipped Windshield?
It’s always a good idea to get a windshield fixed if it’s cracked or chipped. Here are some of the more common reasons why:Cracks Can Expand - When there is a small crack or chip it will weaken the rest of the windshield and make it more likely to fail in an accident. Visibility – Even a small crack can obstruct the view of the driver. If the driver has a problem seeing out the windshield it can cause a delay in reaction time and can create an accident. Cost- Small cracks and chips aren’t expensive to repair but if you wait you might have to replace the entire windshield. It’s better to be proactive and fix the problem before it becomes a major issue.
How To Repair A Windshield
It depends on how large of a crack is in the windshield and if it needs to be completely replaced or can be filled. If the crack is less than 3 inches, it’s possible to simply repair the windshield without having to replace it entirely. On the other hand, windshield replacement is recommended if there are three or more cracks on the glass. No matter what type of crack it is, you should hire an expert. If you’ve been in a collision or if your vehicle has been broken into give us a call at Prancing Horse.
Why You Need A Professional
Prancing Horse Auto Body & Paint has trained staff which can handle almost every type of vehicle from luxury vehicles to commercial fleets and more. We can fix your car so it’s as good as when you first drove it off the lot, if not better.
Prancing Horse Auto Body & Paint is centrally located in Victoria. We also serve the surrounding Victoria and the Saanich Peninsula. To make an appointment, call us and we'll handle your auto body repair, dent repair, or windshield replacement or repair needs.