Nothing affects your visibility more than your windshield, but it's also responsible for a large portion of your vehicle's crash safety system. According to the Auto Glass Safety Council™ (AGSC), your windshield is responsible for up to 45% of the structural integrity of your car during a crash. At Glass Doctor® of Summerville, SC, we take your safety seriously. That's why our windshield repair and replacement services are fast, thorough and held to the highest standards.
For convenience, cost, safety and insurance purposes, we will not replace your windshield unless it's absolutely necessary. If the damage is minimal, our specialists will clean out your crack or chip, then inject it with high-grade resin that dries clear and restores your visibility immediately.
Our decision ultimately depends on a few different factors:
Where is the damage? If there's a crack or chip in your line of sight, it doesn't matter how small it is; repairs will be necessary to maintain your visibility. If a crack has splintered or spread to the very edge of your windshield, it's also a red flag.
To estimate the size of your windshield damage, grab some pocket change. Cracks longer than three inches usually can't be fixed; fold a dollar bill in half and compare the damage to see if repair is possible. If the crack is longer than the folded bill's length, a full replacement might be necessary. If your windshield is chipped, it's fixable if the diameter is smaller than a quarter.
The longer you drive around after getting a chip or crack in your windshield the more dirt, grime, and oil build up in those damages, making replacement the only option.
Repairs are only possible if you act fast. If you waited too long or the damage was too severe, our specialists will perform a full windshield replacement.
After carefully removing your windshield, we install a new one that meets the Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standards (AGRSS). We use special tools and adhesives throughout the process to protect your vehicle's paint, prevent additional damage and guarantee your structural integrity.
It takes our specialists about an hour to complete most windshield repair services, and new windshields dry in the same amount of time. This dry time is an important part of the process because it insures your windshield has an airtight seal. While you wait, we go over our G12® Road Hazard Guarantee, which protects your new auto-glass for 12 months following your repair. It's our way of thanking you for choosing Glass Doctor of Summerville, SC.
Never delay windshield care. Call us today or schedule an appointment. We'll work with your busy schedule to ensure a convenient appointment time.