Windscreens are an essential part of your car. However they are often susceptible to damage which can result in problems with visibility. Severe damage can also be a safety concern. It is vital you look into windscreen repairs and replacements if this part of your vehicle does get damaged.
Modern windscreens are built to stringent quality and safety specifications. They are produced using a dual layer of laminated glass. This is fixed into position and forms part of the overall structure of your car. It is rare nowadays for modern windscreens to shatter due to the dual layer technology. Nevertheless although the glass is strong it is still a relatively weak substance. There are a number of situations where you might require windscreen repairs and replacements:
Stone Chips - small stones can be flicked up from the road by other cars. Even if they hit your windscreen a low speeds they can cause chips and scratches. If left untended then stone chips may cause more severe problems later on. Cracks can extend in an outward direction from the point of impact and damage the strength of your entire windscreen. Headlights and indicators may also be damaged by stone chips.
Windscreen Wiper Blades - the rubber in wiper blades can perish with time due to exposure with water and chemicals. If the rubber perishes then this can mean that the sharp part of your window wipers scratches up against the surface of your window which causes damage.
Internal Damage To Windscreens - windscreens can also get damaged from the inside. If you happen to be wearing a ring and you wipe the windscreen directly with your hand then you could cause minor scratches that could increase with time. This can hinder visibility and affect the integrity of the windscreen. You must only wipe the inside of your windscreen with a clean microfiber cloth.
Repairing And Replacing Your Windscreen
It is important to spend money on windscreen repairs and replacements early on. In many cases a small stone chip could be mended without having to replace the whole window. This is a much more practical option and will ensure your windscreen lasts as long as possible.
Some damage will be more significant and will require a full replacement. Professional windscreen repairs and replacements are a sensible option. They will ensure your windscreen is replaced swiftly and securely.
Don’t forget that your windscreen repairs and replacements may be covered by your vehicle insurance. In most cases this would be completely free for you. Some insurance companies may require you to pay a small excess and you will have to check your insurance policy for more details.
Stone chip repairs in your windscreen can take as little as 30 minutes. A lot of companies will come directly to you and so there's no need to drive to a garage and wait around whilst the job is being performed.