Windshield Repair and Replacement
If you operate a motor vehicle long enough, you will almost certainly experience the headache of a cracked windshield. In the past, the only option was to replace the windshield. But today, thanks to modern resin materials and improved tools and techniques, most minor cracks and chips can be quickly and economically repaired.
Driver's in need of auto glass care can count on Glass Doctor® of Lexington. When deciding which service will best suit your windshield repair needs, we consider the safety aspects, damage severity, and insurance coverage along with several factors.
Windshield Repair Technique
When a Glass Doctor of Lexington repair specialist arrives at your location, they will first assess the damage and determine if a repair is possible. If your windshield can be repaired, we will then thoroughly clean the window and prepare the area. Next, we fill the damage with a special resin. The resin is cured with heat, and finally, the repair is polished to make it transparent. This entire process takes about an hour.
If the glass specialist determines that a repair is not safely possible, we can replace the windshield at our Lexington shop. First, a new windshield is located, matching the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) quality glass. If your windshield has special features, such as humidity sensors and radio antennas, we can order a matching windshield. To begin the repair, the first step is to remove the broken windshield. Once the frame is prepared, the new glass is fitted into place and the glass is sealed. We follow the Auto Glass Safety Council’s™ (AGSC) industry best practices to accomplished safe installation, which includes waiting for the epoxy to fully cure. Dry time takes about an hour.
Modern automotive glass is designed so it will not become a hazard in an accident. Rather than shatter into sharp, jagged shards that can seriously injure you, the tempered glass either stays intact or breaks into many small, relatively smooth pieces. However, if a windshield is damaged, the laminated glass might break or not behave in the intended manner, which ultimately supports your vehicle's safety system.
Another aspect of windshield safety is the overall strength of the automobile. Modern vehicles utilize an all-inclusive design to make them as strong and as safe as possible. Though it might seem strange, the front windshield provides as much as 60% of a vehicle’s overall structural support, especially in the event of a roll-over accident. Any pre-existing damage to the windshield reduces the vehicle's strength and safety rating.
Windshield Damage Severity
Most minor windshield damage is repairable. However, the longer you wait to call our auto glass specialists, the less likely a repair will be possible. Most crack up to three inches long and chips about the size of a dime are easily repairable. But, as time goes by, cracks spread and chips weather, both of which make safe repair impossible. As soon as you notice windshield damage, call Glass Doctor of Lexington. We will come to your location and take care of the problem before it gets worse.
Most Lexington area auto insurers fully cover windshield repair. Since it's less expensive for them to cover repair than replacement, many insurers waive the deductible. Our glass specialists will help you fill out any necessary paperwork for your claim.
After the repair in complete, the technician will go over our Windshield Protection Plan. Your new windshield is protected for a year after installation, even if you need a follow-up replacement.
Don't leave your windshield repair to chance. Make an appointment with Glass Doctor of Lexington for quality windshield repair and replacement services you can count on!