Auto Windshield Repair and Replacement
According to the Auto Glass Safety Council™ (AGSC), approximately 60% of a vehicle’s structural support during a rollover incident comes from an intact windshield. At Glass Doctor® of St. Charles, MO, we provide all types of auto glass repair and replacement services. Whether you’re driving a car, truck or motorhome, you can have confidence that Glass Doctor auto glass specialists have the expertise and materials to repair your vehicle. We’ll even file the insurance claim for you.
Windshield Repair or Replacement
While most windshield chips can be quickly and inexpensively repaired, dings that are directly in your line of sight or larger than the size of a quarter, will probably need full windshield replacement. Chip repairs sometimes don’t cure perfectly clear, leaving slight distortion. Cracks longer than three inches or those that occur near the windshield’s edge will almost always require windshield replacement as well.
Small cracks and chips need to be handled in a timely manner, because as time goes on after your windshield is damaged dirt and grime will settle in the chip or crack and make replacement the only option.
Windshield repair is a less expensive alternative to replacement and always recommended by Glass Doctor of St. Charles, MO when possible. A quality repair will halt the spread of a chip or small crack and return the integrity of the glass without a compromise to your safety or your car's visual appeal. Some of the advantages of repair over replacement include:
- It's considerably less expensive to repair than to replace
- It's more convenient, since most windshield repairs can be completed in about an about an hour
- Because a less expensive repair will save your insurance company the higher cost of a replacement, they're often willing to forgo your deductible and absorb the entire cost
- A simple repair allows you to keep your original, factory-installed windshield in place
- A repair will keep your windshield from being disposed of in the landfill, which is an environmentally friendly alternative
A proper windshield repair consists of cleaning the area to be repaired, injecting a special clear resin into the area using special tools and allowing the resin to cure. This process will restore the original strength back to your windshield. The repaired area is then polished to a fine, clear finish.
When windshield damage is such that replacement becomes necessary, our auto glass specialists take special care to remove the existing glass carefully to cause no damage to the surface where the bonding will take place. This ensures that there will be no future problems with corrosion or leaking. We closely adhere to Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standards (AGRSS®) and follow the guidelines set out by the AGSC, including approved adhesive compounds. Adhesives are also allowed to cure for a minimum of one hour before the vehicle is driven, another step in ensuring maximum passenger safety
Finally, we present and review our Windshield Protection Plan that covers newly installed windshields from road hazard damage for 12 months. Certain conditions apply.
If your vehicle requires auto glass repair or replacement, schedule an appointment with Glass Doctor of St. Charles, MOtoday!