Windshield damage such as a tiny chip or a small crack can lead to major safety hazards if not dealt with on time. Get your windshield fixed at the earliest to avoid expensive repairs. Small cracks or chips can spread with changes in weather, air pressure or with vibrations caused while driving. Count on Hometown Auto Glass for reliable windshield repair. We provide a wide range of services, such as freestone chip repairs, windshield replacement, minor and long crack repairs.
Reasons to Have Your Windshield Fixed as Soon as Possible
1. Clear Visibility
The main purpose of the windshield is to protect you in case of an accident. Chips and cracks tend to compromise the integrity of the glass affecting its ability to protect you. Though small chips won’t affect the visibility, it usually leads to larger cracks. Cracks, no matter large or small, are a continuous distraction and affect your visibility while driving.
2. Weather Can Increase the Windshield Damage
Auto glass expands in hot temperatures and contracts when the temperature is cold. Though temperature changes are usually harmless for an intact windshield, but cracks and chips on the windshield can worsen. It’s important to care for your windshield in harsh winter conditions to avoid problems down the line. Pouring hot water to melt the ice can cause cracks on the glass to spread. Additionally, a change in air pressure, vibrations while driving or because of bumpy roads can also cause an increase in the spread of cracks or chips. Follow these steps to avoid replacing your windshield completely:
Ensure you fix the windshield immediately if a foreign object hits it
Consult a professional to assess the damage caused to understand if a simple repair will suffice
3. You Could Get a Ticket
Ignoring a damaged windshield that has cracks or blemishes can land you a traffic citation in most of the Canadian provinces. You can be pulled over and given a ticket if you drive a vehicle with a cracked windshield.
4. Prevent Further Damage
Fixing a windshield can help prevent it from further damage. Repairing small cracks is easy and affordable. When cracks and chips start spreading, the cost of repair increases and you will sometimes need full glass replacement. In most cases, the cost of repair will be less than the cost of replacement. Additionally, during a crash, airbags inflate against the windshield. A cracked windshield will not be able to support the weight of the airbags causing it to expand outside the car.
5. Your Expense Might Increase
A small crack will not cost you much to repair, but as cracks start to spread, the cost of repairs increases. Debris from chips or cracks is removed to repair a windshield and resin is injected into the glass. Delay in fixing the damage will increase the repairing costs, and you might need to replace the windshield glass in some cases.
At Hometown Auto Glass, our technicians will repair a windshield in less than an hour for your convenience. We can also determine if windshield replacement is needed for cracks larger than 7.6 cm and chips larger than 2.5 cm. We also provide window repairs and replacement.
Contact us for same-day windshield repairs.