A cracked windshield does not only look bad, it also distorts the view of the driver and other passengers on board. The cost of repairing a windshield can be astronomical, so before any major cracks appear, deal with the small windhshield cracks as soon as you notice them. The best cure for a crack is, of course, replacing the entire windshield. But this can be quite expensive! There might be shops that offer repairs on minor cracks, but prevention is still the best way to deal with this problem. Still, if you're unfortunate enough to have a windshield crack, here are a few ways on how to prevent it from spreading.
- First, take a good look at your windshield to see if you can still repair it. If the crack has been on the windshield for over 30 days, or if the crack is wider than 1/8th of an inch or longer than 12 inches, you may be better off changing the entire panel.
- You may take your vehicle to an auto repair shop or a detailing shop to repair the glass on your car. Most shops will have the top of the line type of glass for replacement, and if the crack can still be remedied, they can professionally take care of that problem for you. Filling in the cracks seals the gap between the two fragments makes the crack more stable and less likely to get bigger through time.
- To save money, compare the costs of changing the entire panel and the price of filling the crack. It's expected that a new windshield would most likely cost more than a repair. But in the long run, this might be the better option, if you're concerned about your safety.
- Inquire about the insurance coverage for your vehicle. Some policies would pay for the price of repair or replacement of the windshield, especially if the crack is caused by a third-party, such as with a collision. You might have to pay a participation fee (which usually amounts to only a few dollars), but that's better than paying the repair price in full. If you find out that your policy doesn't cover the price of repair, you have to fork out the additional amount to settle with the auto repair shop.
- Once you've had your windshield repaired, take the effort to check for nicks and small cracks from time to time. Bear in mind that a smaller crack, chip or nick on the windshield is way easier (and cheaper) to repair compared to a huge one that spans the entire length of the panel. It may seem obvious, but remember that these big cracks start somewhere.
If you've experienced a cracked windshield that does not completely crumble, consider yourself lucky. Automobile windows are usually made of tempered glass, which means once it breaks on impact, it will not produce shards, but will rather crumble into hundreds of small, blunt pieces. This is to ensure safety in the event of a collision, but it could also mean your glass might shatter into bits because of a small crack.