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.
Should You be Fixing Windshield Cracks?
Despite what the kids might think, cars were around when their parents were young. Glass had been invented by then and was even around during their grandparent's time. Sometimes it comes as a shock that anything cool existed before video games and cell phones, but classic cars are definitely cool. When windows need to be replaced, lovers of classic vehicles cannot always turn to the regular auto body repair shop where they get their 2011 Ford windows fixed. The right pieces of glass are not typically in stock, and not all windows fit every make and model of car.
Patterns for auto glass were different forty, fifty, and sixty years ago. There are special patterns for each type of vehicle which specialist auto glass replacement and repair shops have access to. Although tools used to cut this glass are more technically advanced compared to those which cut glass 50 and more years ago, the glass is cut precisely to fit into the windshield of an old-fashioned Desoto, Hudson, Studebaker, or other pre-1960 model. A number of auto body shops specializing in repairing old automobiles possess a library of patterns. If the one a customer wants is not available on-site, they will order the pattern. These professionals appreciate the beauty of an older vehicle and the history around its creation.
If you are still uncertain about which company to give your business to, websites often post pictures of cars they have helped to restore. Use these to find out if a company seems to know what it is doing. Although there are specialist auto body outfits all over the country, finding exactly the right professional for the job is worth a road trip if you needed an excuse for one.