Dealing with shattered or damaged car door glass or windshields can be a hassle. Not only does it look unpleasant, but cracks and holes can also obstruct a driver's view of the road and surroundings. In addition, the structural integrity of the windshield may be compromised. This can result in serious collision and injury.
That's why it's important to replace your damaged auto glass as quickly as possible. Before you hire an auto glass replacement company, there are a few things you should consider. Explore this article to learn about the following:
- What to know before getting your auto glass replaced
- Signs you need windshield auto glass replacement
- FAQs about replacing auto glass
- Our auto glass replacement services
- Get an auto glass replacement quote
What to Know Before Getting Your Auto Glass Replaced
If you get a crack in your windshield or a window breaks, it's time to take action. Keep in mind that you don't have to replace it if the chip is smaller than a quarter, does not block the driver's view, or doesn't go all the way through the glass. If the answer is no to any of the above, you should immediately address the problem.
Here are important things to look out for when getting your auto glass professionally replaced:
- Your insurance may cover some costs.
Many auto insurance plans include some type of glass coverage. We recommend calling your insurance company to find out exactly what's covered under your policy.
- Not all auto glass is the same.
Some types of aftermarket replacement glass don't match original equipment manufacturer specifications. Installing lower quality glass can result in poor surface control and optics. It's important to ask your service professional what replacement glass they will use and make sure it meets federal safety standards.
- Make sure your glass is installed with a high-quality urethane adhesive.
Some types of adhesives may take longer to set and pose dangers to you and your passengers. We recommend that your auto glass replacement company use one-hour drive time urethane. If you use anything but one-hour drive time urethane, you will have to wait longer before you can drive your car.
Signs You Need Windshield Auto Glass Replacement
If you're a driver, you've likely experienced some damage to your car at some point in your life. Here are some signs to look out for when deciding it's time for windshield replacement:
Cracks: Windshield auto glass replacement is necessary if a crack starts or finishes at the end of the windshield. The crack will only get bigger if not addressed quickly.
Permanent chips: Not every chip can be repaired. If it's bigger than 40mm in diameter, you must replace the windshield.
Poor windshield installation: A whooshing sound while you're driving even with the windows closed is a sign your windshield wasn't installed properly. Rattling sounds could be another indication that your windshield wasn't fitted correctly.
FAQs about Replacing Auto Glass
What are the dos and don'ts after windshield replacement?
After you get your windshield replaced, make sure to do the following to keep it in good condition:
- Wait to drive your car for at least an hour to ensure the new windshield adhesive has time to dry.
- Avoid car washes for at least 24 hours.
How long does a windshield have to sit after being replaced?
Most windshields usually have to sit for at least 60 minutes, some longer, for the adhesive to fully set. Weather won't impact drive-away time if the windshield was replaced in-shop. Keep in mind, however, that the climate may affect this recommendation if your windshield was replaced as part of a mobile service.
How do you know if you need a rock chip repair or a new windshield?
You can repair the windshield if the chip is smaller than a quarter, does not obstruct the driver's view, or doesn't go all the way through the glass. If the answer is no to any of these, you should replace it.
Our Auto Glass Replacement Services
From damage sustained in an accident to a stray golf ball hitting your car, we've seen it all. Our experts can replace any type of auto glass.
Types of auto glass we replace:
- Door glass
- Sunroofs and moonroofs
- Quarter glass and side windows
- Back glass
Learn more about our car glass repair and replacement services.
Get an Auto Glass Replacement Quote
We know how dangerous damaged auto glass can be — and we're here to help. Our Glass Doctor professionals provide same-day services to fix your car, no questions asked.
Our service professionals look at several variables before recommending replacement, including the size and location of the damage and how long it has been damaged.