Car glass is susceptible to damage from all kinds of weather conditions. However, did you ever know you are not the only person that can be affected by the bad weather? Car glass damage can also get quite expensive if not repaired quickly. Although, did you also know that the windshield can also become damaged by a wind storm?
Windshield cracks are caused by too much sun, and rain, as well as by sudden changes in temperature. If you have noticed that the windows in your car windows are constantly fogging up, then you are one of those people that needs to get a windshield replacement.
You can do the windshield repair yourself by consulting a certified windshield repair specialist. If you choose to repair the windshield yourself, you should first make sure that the damage has been caused by a collision or by a heavy object hitting it, such as an object that slams into the windshield.
Once you have determined the exact location of the damage, the glass should be carefully removed so you can see exactly where it is located. Be sure not to try to clean the glass yourself, as the chemicals used are corrosive. If you do this on your own, then you could actually cause more harm to the glass than help it. Also, if you are not a certified glass technician, you should take someone with you that knows how to work with car glass repairs, as they will also be able to inspect the glass and do any necessary repairs that need to be done.
If the damage to the glass is more severe, then a qualified glass technician should be called in. They will be able to identify the problem and suggest the best course of action to correct the issue.
After the glass is removed, you should clean it thoroughly. You should never use a solvent or glass cleaner on a stained-glass window because they are very abrasive and will cause damage to the glass, as well as the paint on your car. Once cleaned, you should apply a special wax to the entire windshield, which protects the paint and the glass itself.
After the glass is thoroughly cleaned, you should sand the area, removing any scratches that may have been created during the cleaning process. You should then apply another coating of glass-safe car wax to seal the area.
You may want to think about taking your car to a certified glass-repair specialist for a free estimate before you decide to go the route of a car windshield repair. It is recommended that you do not attempt to repair the damage on your own. You will save yourself a great deal of money by doing it right from the beginning.
To find a good glass technician, you will want to ask your friends and family for referrals. Your local Better Business Bureau is a good place to start, as they can list the number of complaints against a particular company. You can also check out the Better Business Bureau online to view customer reviews of companies in your area.
When it comes to choosing a company to do your glass repair, it is important to make sure they have the appropriate insurance. Most companies have their own insurance, but some do not, and do not offer any sort of insurance cover if you choose to pay the repair out of pocket. This means that if you should have an accident and have to replace the damaged part, you could end up getting a lot more money out of it than you paid for the original amount.
In some cases, you may even be required by the insurance policy to pay for the repair out of pocket because the glass itself will be covered by the insurance. You may have to prove to them that you are unable to work on your own, but they can also tell you that you may have to pay for a portion of the cost. If you do not have insurance, you may even be required to pay extra for coverage.
Whichever way you choose to go, you should be sure that your windshield is professionally installed by a reputable company. You should also make sure they are certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (NIA).