Vehicle maintenance should never be overlooked. However, all too often, we only check our cars close to vehicle testing or auditing dates.
Your windscreen is made with two sheets of glass with a clear plastic layer between them. These are fused together in a process known as lamination. If you have seen a smashed windscreen, the lamination process helps hold the glass pieces together.
Your windscreen also ensures you have an unobstructed view of the road. As a result, you need to ensure you get the damaged repaired as soon as possible.
Let’s discuss windscreen damage, and what damage needs repair or replacing.
However, when your car is out in the sun, the sun heats up the laminate. This haze often indicates that the glass and plastic are beginning to separate. As a result, in an accident, glass might fly free, causing further injury. Your windscreen will require replacement to ensure the safety of the windscreen.
A windscreen damaged by pitting is also a risk in the rain, as the windscreen will not clear as quickly or easily. This requires a full windscreen replacement.
Most scratches can be repaired without any issue, as long as you have them fixed immediately. If you leave a scratch too long, it can get clogged up with dust and dirt.
Chips are the most common type of windscreen damage. However, chips can also turn into cracks if left untreated. And, unfortunately, cracks may require an entire windscreen replacement rather than a repair.
When it comes to cracks, small cracks can be repaired – but must be no more than the size of a 20 cent piece. If the crack is directly in the driver’s line of sight, or there are more than three cracks or chips in the glass, your windscreen needs to be replaced. Never take small chips or cracks for granted as they can spread quickly.
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The best thing to do is call a professional windscreen repair or replacement service – like Solana Windscreens – to advise you on your windscreen damage.
The technician then lifts the damaged windscreen out using industrial strength suction cups. Old sealant is cleaned away and a new bead of sealant is applied to the windscreen mounting service.
The new windscreen is put in place and seated in the sealant. Trim is refitted to the exterior and interior of the windscreen. Finally, the windscreen is secured with adhesive tape – temporarily – while the sealant cures.
Concerned about a chip, crack or scratch in your windscreen?