Hail, rocks or car accidents cause windshield damage. Windshield damage affects your vehicle’s safety and requires windshield repair as soon as possible. While the exact statistics depend on the vehicle's design, the Auto Glass Safety Council™ (AGSC) reports that the windshield constitutes up to 60% of the vehicle's structural support in the event of a rollover. For these reasons, it's important to repair or replace a damaged windshield as soon as possible. So go to the best windshield repair team in the area, Glass Doctor® of Middletown.
Windshield repair typically takes about an hour. Our glass specialists clean debris from the damaged area, sometimes clearing the area with a drill. We then inject a resin into the crack or chip, allow for it to cure and polish it to clear and smooth finish.
In comparison, windshield replacement is a more detailed process. Our glass specialists select a windshield matching the original manufacturer's quality. Then we carefully remove the old, damaged windshield, taking care to not damage the bonding surface and the vehicle's paint. The adhesive that holds the new windshield in place must be allowed to cure for one hour; this wait period ensures the bond is fully dried and adhered.
Windshield Repair or Replacement
Glass Doctor of Middletown recommends repairing rather than replacing damaged windshields when at all possible. It's quicker, and because it's less expensive, your insurance is more likely to pay for the replacement. Repairing the damage is also much more environmentally friendly than replacing and disposing of the old windshield.
While Glass Doctor of Middletown can repair most any chipped or cracked windshield, in some circumstances complete replacement is a better option. You'll want to take into account the following factors:
Extent of damage: Generally, chips larger than 3/8 inch and cracks more than three inches long cannot be repaired, and the windshield must be replaced instead.
Damage location: Windshield repair often leaves a faint outline where the damage once was. This can be distracting if it's in the driver's line of sight, so in that case it's a good idea to replace the entire windshield. Also, if the cracks have spread to the windshield's edge, they may spread even further, so replacing the windshield is advisable.
Damage age: Dirt and dust accumulate in cracks and chips over time, making it more difficult to successfully repair the windshield and requiring replacement instead.
Windshield Replacement Guarantee
Glass Doctor of Middletown is committed to excellent and safe windshield replacement practices. When putting the new windshield in place, we follow all AGSC procedures, including only using adhesives that have met with AGSC's approval. What's more, we guarantee our work. Our G12® Windshield Road Hazard Guarantee states that Glass Doctor of Middletown will repair any chips or cracks on the new windshield that appear within the next year, free of charge. If any damage done during that time cannot be repaired, our glass specialists will replace the entire windshield for free.
If your windshield is chipped or cracked, check with your insurance agent to verify your coverage, then contact Glass Doctor of Middletown today to ensure your vehicle's safety.