Your windshield is one of the hardest working parts of your vehicle. It protects you from roadway debris, weather, and vehicle emissions, and it also provides structural integrity/reinforcement to your vehicle’s cabin in the event of an accident.
In fact, according to the Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standards Council (AGRSS),
“…in a front end collision the windshield provides up to 45% of the structural integrity of the cabin of the vehicle and in a rollover, up to 60%.” [source]
If you’ve experienced damage to your windshield, contact Glass Solutions today to find out whether you should have your windshield replaced. Even something as small as a nick can cause your windshield to be compromised.
Why Replace Your Windshield?
If you experience significant damage to your vehicle’s windshield, you should never wait to replace it. Doing so may put you, your passengers, and others in danger. Additionally, small nicks from rocks or debris can quickly create an unstable environment for your windshield, leading to the possibility of larger cracks, fissures – or even your windshield shattering without provocation.
The following are two common reasons to replace your windshield if you live in the Raleigh, NC area:
- A damaged windshield can impair your visibility
- A damaged windshield compromises the structural integrity of your vehicle – especially in the event of a car accident
Windshield Replacement Services Offered
Glass Solutions, LLC offers some of the best window replacement services in Raleigh, NC from certified technicians who are skilled in automotive glass repair. Currently, we offer professional windshield replacement for:
- Cars, Trucks, SUVs
- Commercial Vehicles
Contact us today at (919) 772-1007 for specific information related to the type of windshield replacement services you need. We currently offer front and rear windshield replacement in Raleigh, NC as well as throughout the Triangle area!
How Do I Know If I Need to Replace My Windshield?
Live in Raleigh and not sure if you need windshield repair or windshield replacement? The following are some of the common, telltale signs that your windshield may need to be replaced:
- Spiderweb cracks that cover the driver side window
- Chips no bigger than 1 inch in diameter
- Combination chips and breaks no bigger than 1.5 inches in diameter
- Surface pits with a diameter less than 0.13 inches
How Can I Tell If My Windshield Is Repairable?
Typically, cracked windshields can be repaired if the crack is less than three inches in length. For cracks larger than three inches long, it is recommended that the windshield is replaced as soon as possible in order to remain as safe as possible. When examining a cracked windshield, Glass Solutions looks for a handful of factors such as
The lifespan of the crack or chip: The longer windshield cracks and chips are ignored and not dealt with, the worse (and more dangerous) they become. As time goes on with without appropriate professional attention, dirt, bugs, and other types of debris have been known to build up. The result of this is decreased visibility and safety. If you’ve recently purchased a vehicle with an already-existing crack or chip in the windshield, it is recommended to replace the windshield to avoid any potential safety hazards down the road.
The location of the crack or chip: Usually, windshield cracks away from the edges have less of a chance of spreading. On the other hand, if your windshield crack is near the edge, it is almost guaranteed that the crack will spread eventually. If the crack or chip is interfering with the visibility of the diver, it is recommended that the windshield is replaced as opposed to repaired.
The actual size of the crack or chip: The actual size of the crack or chip is one of the main factors when determining if a windshield can be repaired or if it will need to be replaced. Chips that are smaller than 3/8 inch long as usually repairable, and, as previously mentioned, cracks less than 3 inches are usually repairable. If you’ve noticed a crack or chip worsening and growing in size, it is recommended that the windshield is replaced regardless of the size.
Damaged windshields should always be prioritized and dealt with as soon as possible. If you’ve got a cracked or chipped windshield but are unsure of what to do, contact Glass Solutions today to learn how we could be of help to you.
Windshield replacement should only be performed by a certified, automotive glass professional. Never attempt to replace or repair your windshield yourself.
Depending on where you live, there are certain rules and regulations governing the type of glass, method for installation, and testing that must be completed in order to adhere to certain safety guidelines. Finally, our technicians possess the expertise, skills, and tools required for the safe, fast repair of your windshield.
How do you prevent a crack in your windshield from spreading?
Some have claimed to have success when using clear nail polish to ensure their windshield cracks and chips don’t spread. While this method has worked for some, we would advise not to rely on it and contact a professional as soon as possible.
Do windshields shatter?
Windshields are able to shatter, depending on several factors such as rapid temperature fluctuations, pressure that has been applied to the windshield (such as hitting large potholes at high speeds), dirt or sand entering the crack (there have been numerous cases of this in vast desert land), and even animals like birds flying into windshields.
As mentioned above, windshields are laminated and consist of two layers of glass with a very thin plastic film between the two layers. Often referred to as safety glass, windshields have been known to break into smaller pieces rather than shatter completely, but there have been cases of shattering windshields in the past decade.
Can a windshield shatter from cold weather?
Depending on location, abrupt drops in temperature have been known to make windshields crack. Because glass contracts and expands due to temperature, avoiding abrupt temperature changes is imperative. If you’re in need of defrosting your windshield quickly, the worst thing you could do is pour boiling water on it. Though it may take a little bit longer, utilizing your defrost and letting the windshield subtely warm up is the best route you can take. It may not be as quick but will be the best choice, in the long run, considering you will not damage your windshield.
Replacing Your Windshield
How long will it take to replace my windshield?
Most windshield replacement takes no more than an hour or so to complete. During this time, our technicians will:
- Carefully inspect the damage
- Completely remove your old, damaged windshield
- Clean up any debris in and around your vehicle
- Use only the most advanced primers and adhesives
- Test the windshield and walk you through next steps (ex: how long to allow your vehicle to sit before driving, etc.)
How long after my windshield is replaced can I drive?
Typically, windshields repairs take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to replace and replacements have been known to take anywhere from 60 minutes to 2 hours to replace start-to-finish. To avoid safety risks, it is recommended that you wait at least one full hour after the service is completed before you drive.
How long do you have to wait to wash your car after getting your windshield replaced?
It is recommended that you wait at least 24 hours after getting your windshield replaced or repair before washing your car. Although every situation is different, there have been cases where power washing has ruined the seal of newly-replaced or repaired windshields.
How much will it cost to replace my windshield?
Because each situation varies, it is impossible to predict the cost of a windshield replacement. Glass Solutions provides the most convenient, cost-effective prices in Raleigh and surrounding areas. We would love to answer any glass-related questions and take pride in educating our customers to the best of our ability.
Is it illegal to drive a car with a cracked windshield?
It is impossible to answer this question until seeing the actual crack in person. If you feel as though your cracked windshield may be illegal, contact Glass Solutions today to learn how we could help you avoid legal headaches and remain as safe as possible.
Replace Your Windshield & Stay Safer on the Roads!
If you ever find yourself debating whether or not to consult with an automotive glass professional about replacing your windshield, consider the fact that most modern-day windshields are also part of your vehicle’s safety restraint system (SRS), which also includes your airbags and seat belts. If one of these components becomes damaged, it could lessen the effectiveness of the others.
In other words, your windshield is an integral part of your overall safety! As part of the structural integrity of your vehicle, your windshield prevents your roof from crushing you in the event of a vehicle rollover. Your windshield also allows your airbags to properly deploy, and your windshield can protect you and your passengers from being ejected during a serious vehicle collision.
For additional information about windshield replacement, contact Glass Solutions today at (919) 772-1007!