Windshield Repair and Replacement
Determining whether windshield damage warrants a simple repair or a total replacement should be left to professionals like those at the Glass Doctor® of West Central Illinois in Jacksonville. Our glass specialists have the necessary skills and experiences to determine your exact windshield needs. In addition, our team will verify coverage and file all the appropriate paperwork with your insurance.
Here are some of the factors that our experienced specialists consider before making a recommendation:
- Size: With a few exceptions, whenever a chip exceeds 3/8 an inch in diameter or a crack is any longer than three inches a replacement windshield is required to maintain the structural integrity of the car and to provide the maximum safety for the driver and passengers.
- Location: Damage inflicted near the edge of the windshield will experience significantly greater stresses than those located near the middle. This means the damage will spread in short time period and will ultimately require a replacement.
- Timespan: Putting off making any windshield repair is a recipe for disaster. At best, a small chip or crack will become filled with dirt and debris requiring replacement while ignoring larger cracks is a serious issue.
Windshield Repair in Jacksonville, IL
Repairing a windshield, as opposed to replacing one, delivers a host of benefits. In particular, it is a far less expensive service, plus most insurance companies will not only pay for the repair but also waive the deductible. Repairs are also quite convenient; our specialists usually take less than an hour to complete the procedure and can even do it at your home or office.
The repair itself is quite straightforward. A power drill is used to ream out the chip or crack and any associated dirt and debris. Next, a high-tech resin is injected into the space created and allowed to dry. Once the curing process is completed, the repair is polished until flush with the existing windshield. In the end, the repair is almost invisible to the naked eye.
Windshield Replacement in Jacksonville, IL
If your car's windshield is damaged beyond repair, a replacement will be necessary. Windshields provide several layers of protection, two pieces of glass sandwich a strong vinyl piece. This build protects against the wind and flying debris, and is also an integral element of the structure of the vehicle.
The key to a superior windshield replacement is using the right materials and procedures. Settle for nothing less than glass and adhesives approved by the Auto Glass Safety Council™ (AGSC). In addition, it should be installed using the same councils recommended procedures. The Glass Doctor of West Central Illinois does both of these and also offers a 12-month G12® Road Hazard Guarantee that covers anything that happens to the new windshield over the next year.
For more information about windshield repair or replacement in the Jacksonville area, please visit us online at Glass Doctor of West Central Illinois. Reach out to us with any questions at 217-407-0649 or online.