Customers often see windshield replacement in Owensboro, KY as not being much different from, for instance, buffing out an unsightly blemish in the paint. While it can be argued that many minor repairs are purely cosmetic, the same is not true with windshields. Leaving cracked auto glass unaddressed compromises safety and structure. Here is why you should address this issue as soon as possible rather than just dismissing it as automotive vanity:
- Risk of shattering: Windshields are made of shatter-proof glass that depends upon resin layers. When these layers remain secure, glass will normally not shatter in an accident. However, a crack will compromise the integrity of these layers. That means that you risk injury from flying glass if you are involved in a serious impact. An accident that would have just given you bruises and whiplash instead sends you to the ER for removing glass splinters and receiving stitches.
- Diminished structural soundness: The windshield holds up your car’s roof, and that makes it a part of your car’s supportive structure. A chip or crack is a weak spot that leaves the windshield vulnerable to failure. Not only can a collision cause flying glass, but you also risk your roof falling down on you and your passengers. No matter the safety features in your vehicle, there is little to protect you when this happens. You can suffer head injuries or worse.
- Visibility issues: Besides being unattractive, cracks and chips also get in the way of your view. If a crack is large enough, it will reflect sunlight and give you a nice blind spot where you likely do not need it. Even if you feel you can see through the crack, all it takes is an ill-placed sunbeam or another car’s headlights to find your view obstructed.
- Personal liability: When the crack or blemish leads to accidents and injuries, you will also incur legal liability. Once this arises, all the money you saved from avoiding windshield replacement now goes towards your new higher insurance premiums. Since your insurance policy will often cover windshield replacement, there is no reason to avoid it just to save money. Ask your insurance company about coverage, and you may find yourself pleasantly surprised.
Even if you fear the cost, come by to see your glass specialist anyway. If a chip is no wider than a credit card and only results in surface damage, the technician can likely just fill it. Cracks always require full replacement and normally arise from chips. If you can get them filled sooner, then you can avoid the cost of replacement.
Time is also not a huge factor. Skilled technicians only take about an hour to complete a replacement. Go with a reputable vendor, as the failure to set your new windshield properly can lead it to pop out during an accident, which is just as dangerous as driving with a cracked and compromised windshield.
Auto Vizion Auto Glass & Restyling offers windshield replacement and windshield repair in Owensboro, KY. Call us today for an appointment.