What Are The Best Tips And Tricks For Windshield Repair And Windshield Replacement?
No one likes to think about a chipped or damaged windshield. This is partly due to a misconception that any damage requires a full windshield replacement and that insurance companies will refuse to cover the cost of the job. In actuality, windshield repair is often the solution to problems and not only is it reasonably priced, it is often covered in the comprehensive portion of auto insurance.
The biggest thing to remember when you’re dealing with a damaged windshield is to get your insurance company involved as soon as possible. Informing them right away that you have some damage, as well as how the damage happened, will help get the ball rolling as far as an estimate and repair work. Many insurance companies require that you use a certain company for the replacement or that you gather estimates from a few local businesses. Understanding their requirements will smooth the way to a relatively easy process.
Chips and small cracks, up to the size of a dollar bill, are prime candidates for windshield repair. Repair jobs can be done quickly and most companies now offer mobile repair units which can come to address the problem without upsetting your schedule. The repair is done by injecting a special epoxy into the crack or chip. This epoxy is formulated to be both strong and clear so that once it dries and if buffed it is nearly impossible to see where the damage had once been. The structural integrity of your windshield is never compromised by a repair done professionally with quality products.
Windshield replacement jobs are much more complicated and this is why so many insurance and windshield companies encourage drivers to get problems repaired quickly. The entire process for a windshield replacement can actually take up to a week since the windshield usually needs to be ordered in before work can even begin. Once the new windshield has been delivered, the old windshield must be removed and all of the seals need to be clean and checked and, in some cases, entirely replaced. Once the new windshield is in place the adhesive used to mount it needs plenty of time to dry. Thus curing process can take several hours or even as long as a full day. Once the adhesive has dried the entire windshield needs to be inspected for safety and authorized by a safety professional before the customer can drive away.
What Should You Look For in a Windshield Service Specialist?
There is a general consensus that windshield replacement can actually be performed by almost anyone. The glass pieces that replace it in your car are specifically shaped, and sized, to fit the make, and model of car that you drive. Almost anyone can remove the old piece and install a new one. It would be nice if auto glass replacement was that easy to do, but the truth is that you need a professional to replace any broken panels in your vehicle.
If the glass that is replaced in your car is not replaced correctly, using the proper glass pieces designed for your car, then you are in danger of them breaking at any time. When the weather heats the panels and cools the panels if they are not properly installed they can break, or fall out of the vehicle. If this happens while you are driving the car, you, or your passengers could be injured.
When you are looking for someone to do this glass replacement, or windshield replacement, you need to ask the following questions.
• How much experience do they have?
• Do they accept my insurance?
• What types of glass can they replace?
• Where is their shop located?
• Will they come to my location to replace my glass?
• How soon can they do the work?