Windshield Repair and Replacement
It happens to everyone: You're driving down the highway and a rock hits your windshield. With today's advancements in glass, windshield chip repair may be a better option than replacing the entire windshield. The windshield is your protective barrier that keeps you safe while you are in your vehicle. Making repairs in a timely manner, not only protects you, but also restores the visual clarity of your vehicle.
Windshield Care Factors
The professionals at Glass Doctor® of Birmingham will be able to assess the damage and determine whether windshield replacement or windshield chip repair is the best option. Several things must be considered to make an informed choice:
- If the location of the chip is in your direct line of vision for driving, our professionals will recommend a complete windshield replacement so there will be no marks or outlines to obscure your view while driving
- If a crack is more than three inches long or a crack is bigger than 3/8 inch, replacement is necessary
- The longer cracks and chips are left unattended, the harder it will be to repair them
Cracks and chips in your windshield can obscure your vision and put your family at risk. At Glass Doctor of Birmingham, we know how to correct the problem and get you back on the road in just a few hours. Whether the windshield needs to be replaced or repaired, we are ready to do the job.
Quick Windshield Repair
At Glass Doctor, our specialists often recommend windshield chip repair because it less expensive and it can easily stop the spread of damage that will eventually weaken the windshield. Windshield chip and crack repairs can be made easily within 30 minutes. Repairing a chip is much more cost efficient than replacing the entire windshield. Insurance companies will often pay for the repair of a chip and waive your deductible because of the major price difference. When a windshield is replaced, the damaged glass is sent directly to the landfill. Repairing a windshield is environmentally sound because it prevents large amounts of glass from being sent to the landfill.
To repair a chip in a windshield, a Glass Doctor of Birmingham professional will clean the chip, drill a hole large enough to clear the area and then inject a clear resin into the space using a special tool that sticks directly to the windshield. The area is cured and polished. When the procedure is completed, there will be little or no evidence the chip ever existed.
Safe Windshield Replacement
If the decision is made to replace the windshield, it is important that it is taken care of as soon as possible. During an auto accident where the car rolls, the windshield is responsible for close to 60% of the vehicle's structural integrity, according to the Auto Glass Safety Council™ (AGSC). At Glass Doctor of Birmingham, we look closely at the car's make and model to ensure the windshield is replaced properly after completing a series of important steps.
Our replacement specialists carefully remove the windshield, clean the area and install a pane matching the original equipment manufacturer's (OEM) specifications for quality. We only use adhesives that have been approved by the AGSC and follow the council's recommended procedures. We also allow for a one-hour curing time before the vehicle can be driven safely home. We also honor our G12® Road Hazard Guarantee and will repair or replace any damaged windshield within the first 12 months of it being installed.
Call Glass Doctor of Birmingham today and let our seasoned professionals get you back on the road. Windshield chip repair or replacement is what we do best!