Windshield Repair and Replacement
You might have difficulty deciding whether you need windshield repair or windshield replacement, but the choice is more important than you may think. Your windshield plays a vital role in keeping you and your passengers safe. Rollover accidents cause a sizable number of fatal accidents each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Since the windshield is responsible for 60 percent of the vehicle’s structural integrity, any damage it sustains puts the driver and passengers at greater risk during an accident. At Glass Doctor® of Sioux Falls, we repair chipped windshields but cracks and more extensive damage generally call for windshield replacement.
Our team will make every effort to perform a replacement, but four important questions affect whether a repair is possible.
- How big is it? Windshield repair is possible for chips smaller than 3/8-inch deep and for cracks less than three inches long.
- Where is it? Windshield replacement is needed when cracks or chips are near the edge of the windshield. They significantly reduce its effectiveness as part of vehicle structural integrity.
- How long has it been there? This is an important question because time is the one factor that will cause a simple windshield repair to turn into a windshield replacement. Chips and cracks get larger over time and the accumulation of dirt and road grime makes it much more difficult to repair them.
- Does it impair the driver's line of sight? If a crack or chip is in the driver's line of sight, the best option is usually windshield replacement. Windshield repairs in that area of the glass may leave distortions that could distract the driver and lead to a possible accident.
That chip in your windshield will become a major problem for you if you wait to have it repaired. A small crack will not stay tiny for long because of thermal pumping. Thermal pumping is the daily rising and falling temperatures that cause windshields to contract and expand. Windshield damage, exposed to the daily stresses of temperature change and weather grow larger.
Do not wait to get it fixed and leave your family at risk of a serious injury. Call Glass Doctor of Sioux Falls to enjoy the benefits of timely windshield repair. Our mobile service performs windshield repairs at your location and will usually finish in under an hour. Our auto glass specialists carefully clean the area and inject specially formulated resin into the damaged spot. After curing and polishing, the windshield looks great and its structural integrity is restored.
Glass Doctor of Sioux Falls works carefully to provide our customers with the best possible windshield replacement services. Every windshield replacement begins by carefully removing the old windshield without damaging the bonding surfaces. A matching OEM windshield is installed using only Auto Glass Safety Council approved procedures, materials and adhesives. After the work is complete we explain our road hazard guarantee. If the new glass is damaged during the next year, we will repair or replace it for free. Call 605-679-4270 or set an appointment online, today!