When your windshield gets a chip or crack in it, do you really have the time to stop what you are doing and spend an hour or two in a repair shop getting it fixed? Wouldn't it be nice if you could just call a technician for repairs and go about your day? Well, I recently found out that this is completely possible. After talking with the technician for a bit, I found out that there are several auto glass services that can be performed with your car in the parking lot at work, in your driveway at home or just about anywhere else you may need to be. To find out about these services, keep reading
The windshield of your car soaks up damage on a daily basis. You may not notice it, or see any visible damage, but it's there. Pretty much everything that comes with driving a vehicle outside contributes to that damage. This goes for forces that you'd probably expect, like rocks, to those you would not, like the sun.
Both Durable and Fragile
Your windshield represents a strange duality. It's both extremely strong and durable, yet oddly fragile at the same time. When you're driving along, and the car in front of you turns up a pebble that strikes your windshield, it creates a microscopic crack. From then on out, everything new that strikes your windshield can cause that microscopic crack to grow.
Knowing that every small rock or pebble causes damage is concerning enough. But did you know that the sun and temperature changes can help to increase the size of those microscopic cracks as well?
Temperature changes don't cause damage, but they can exacerbate it. That's because whenever the temperature inside of the car is different from the temperature outside of it, there's pressure in between. And what's between those different temperatures? Your windshield.
Your windshield is doing everything it can to keep those two different temperatures from interacting with each other. This process places pressure on the windshield, and that pressure causes those microscopic cracks to grow.
For example, if it's absurdly hot outside and the sun is bearing down on you, odds are you're going to turn on your air conditioner. Your windshield is good at bouncing UV rays, but it will still heat up when it's hot outside.
The heat makes the glass just a tad more malleable, which can cause a crack to grow. When you turn on the air conditioner and create that extra pressure, you speed up the process. One side of the windshield is trying to expand while the other side is trying to contract.
This is a Slow Process
While this can all sound a little scary, don't worry. Until you see a visible crack, you're typically okay. Remember that a lot of what's described here occurs on a microscopic level. It's an unavoidable process, but it's not a process that occurs overnight.
Even if you do see a small scratch or crack, there are many things you can do to fix it yourself. Just know that once a crack starts to form, it's only a matter of time before you will need to get in touch with a professional windshield replacement service.Share