It is not often that a windshield gets damaged and shatters into pieces. But that doesn’t mean that windshield cannot get damaged. And it certainly doesn’t mean that such a damaged windshield is not repairable. In this article, we are going to discuss windshield damage and repair in detail so that you can make the right informed decision when the time comes to fix your car front glass without any delay.
Windshields are extremely well-constructed
Normally, one would expect glass to be a delicate material. However, in automotive industry, specialized glass material is used in order to maintain the safety and the structural integrity of the vehicle.
For windshields, safety laminated glass is used which is usually two layers of glass sandwiched by a plastic interlayer, usually PVB (or Polyvinyl Butyral). This interlayer acts as a glue that keeps the glass sheets together even after damage. Thus, instead of shattering into dangerous shards, laminated glass’ broken pieces remain stuck to the interlayer. Overall, laminated glass is many times stronger than ordinary annealed glass.
Windshield repair is possible and easily available
Let’s make this quick. There are few things that you need to remember about windshield repair.
Proper damage assessment will tell you if your windshield can be repaired
Not every type of windshield damage is repairable. Depending upon the intensity of damage, its depth, its spread across the glass, its location, and its type, one can deduce whether a repair will be possible. Thus, proper windshield inspection is must. If the damage is more than 1 inch in diameter, spread on the edges, present right in driver’s line of sight, or penetrates the first sheet of front windshield glass, then it is better to go for a full-fledged, glass replacement procedure. In other cases windshield repair can be done …READ MORE