When I noticed a few chips in the windows of my home, I didn't worry too much about how it would affect anything. Instead, I mainly focused on how it made my home look, and I secretly cursed the unsightly damage. However, those small chips began to grow until there were large cracks. After having that experience, I decided to dedicate myself to spreading the word about the problems associated damaged glass. Read this blog to find out how damaged glass could affect you and your family members.
When you're spending a large amount of money each month to cover your car payment and car insurance, you probably cringe at the thought of having your windshield glass replaced as well. In some cases, your insurance company may either completely or partially pay for the replacement, so check with your company first.
Car windshields are important safety features, as they can withstand heavy impacts and may protect you from flying debris during accidents, as well as broken tree limbs and other objects. Also, if you have even small chips or cracks in the glass, they can impair your vision while driving. Over time, the insignificant chips can turn into large cracks as well.
Due to these reasons, it's important to replace your automobile's windshield as needed. Making the investment now may save you from having to deal with more expensive issues later.
Here are some reasons for replacing a windshield.
1. Cracked Glass
Even the smallest blemish, such as a nick from a pebble or road debris, can transform into a crack that runs across your windshield. Not only are the cracks unsightly, but they can also be dangerous.
Most windshields are composed of two sheets of glass with a vinyl resin in the middle. The resin is what prevents the windshield from shattering into dangerous shards during an accidents, but it may be damaged by a crack. If your windshield has one or more cracks that is several inches in length, it may be time to replace the windshield.
2. Impaired Vision
Not only do windshield cracks hinder the safety of the glass, they can hinder your vision while driving, too. Sunlight glinting off of the cracks can give you a blind spot, and dirt, dust, and debris can also collect in the broken glass, making your windshield dirtier.
In some states, driving with a cracked windshield can result in a ticket as well. The cracked glass may also prevent you from registering a new vehicle.
3. Selling the Automobile
No matter how nice your vehicle is, a damaged, cracked windshield can make it hard to sell. The blemished glass can lower the overall value of your car, so it pays to have the glass replaced prior to putting the car up for sale.
The price you pay for the glass replacement at a car-repair shop will most likely be less than the money you would lose from not replacing the glass.