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An Auto Body’s Guide To Windshield Replacement

Windshields are an important part of your automobile, however they are at risk during the winter months when they are prone to cracking and even shattering. There are a number of dangers including falling ice, hail, or a rapid change in temperature.

If your windows or windshield are damaged, it’s important to repair them as soon as possible.

How Does Automobile Glass Protect You in an Accident? 

Windshields are made from glass with a special tempering technique. In this process, the sheet of glass is heated and then the glass is cooled rapidly. This process causes the glass to constantly expand and contract resulting in the outer layer hardening and the inner layer being induced with tension. Tempered glass is used for rear, side, and front glass window replacement. 

A windshield is often your first line of defence in a serious automobile accident and can prevent you from getting injured or worse. You should ensure your windshield and your windows are intact and not damaged, otherwise you put yourself and your passengers at risk.  

Why Should You Fix a Cracked or Chipped Windshield?

It’s always a good idea to get a windshield fixed if it’s cracked or chipped. Here are some of the more common reasons why:

  • Cracks Can Expand - When there is a small crack or chip it will weaken the rest of the windshield and make it more likely to fail in an accident. 
  • Visibility – Even a small crack can obstruct the view of the driver. If the driver has a problem seeing out the windshield it can cause a delay in reaction time and can create an accident. 
  • Cost- Small cracks and chips aren’t expensive to repair but if you wait you might have to replace the entire windshield. It’s better to be proactive and fix the problem before it becomes a major issue. 

How To Repair A Windshield

It depends on how large of a crack is in the windshield and if it needs to be completely replaced or can be filled. If the crack is less than 3 inches, it’s possible to simply repair the windshield without having to replace it entirely. On the other hand, windshield replacement is recommended if there are three or more cracks on the glass. No matter what type of crack it is, you should hire an expert. If you’ve been in a collision or if your vehicle has been broken into give us a call at Tom’s Custom Auto Body.

Why You Need A Professional

Colorworks Toms Custom Auto Body has trained staff which can handle almost every type of vehicle from luxury vehicles to commercial fleets and more. We can fix your car so it’s as good as when you first drove it off the lot, if not better. 

Colorworks Toms Custom Auto Body has several locations including one in Coquitlam and one in Port Coquitlam. We also serve the surrounding Tri-City areas including Port Moody, and Pitt Meadows. To make an appointment, call our number at 604-931-3441 and we will help direct to the best location to handle your auto body repair, dent repair, or collision repair needs.

Give Us a Call: 604-931-3441