Car windscreens are a vital part of your vehicle. In addition to protecting you from the wind and rain they maintain the integrity of the vehicle, helping to protect it from theft. There are many different types of car windscreens but one thing which they all have in common is that they are made of glass. While having the windscreen made of glass is essential so that drivers can see where they are going, it does make the windscreen one of the most vulnerable parts of the vehicle. It is easy for car windscreens to become chipped or cracked as a result of flying stones being churned up from the road surface.
If you do notice damage to your windscreen, it is important that you don't ignore the problem but get it fixed at your earliest opportunity. Left alone, the damage will almost always become worse with cracks spreading so that you can no longer see clearly, or perhaps the damage could even cause the windscreen to give way while you are driving.
Do you have a chip or a crack? A chip or a small crack can often be repaired by someone with the right skills and equipment while a larger crack will normally be dealt with by replacing the entire windscreen. If you are unsure whether a repair or a replacement would be most appropriate for your windscreen, then discussing the situation with the repair company will be the best course of action. Often you may be able to describe the damage over the telephone so you know what to expect when you arrive at the repair centre. At other times you will need to take in your car so that the most appropriate windscreen repair can be determined.
Repairing a chipped windscreen Car windscreens with a chip can normally have the chip filled in with an industrial strength resin which will maintain the strength and integrity of the windscreen. In some cases, it may be possible for the repair company to travel to your home or office to repair the chip so that you do not need to take time off work to visit the repair centre.
Repairing a cracked windscreen If car windscreens have a significant crack, then replacing the windscreen is the safest option. When you need a new windscreen it is always best to visit a company with the right experience who will be able to source the correct windscreen for your vehicle. Car windscreens come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. Even if two vehicles look similar, it is possible that they may need different windscreens, so make sure the new windscreen was designed with your car in mind.