Structural Integrity and Strength
Windshields rank among the most important parts of your vehicle’s SRS (Self Restraint System) system. Along with airbags and seatbelts, a properly installed and damage-free windshield is a critical element of your vehicle’s safety performance. In a front end collision, the windshield provides up to 45% of the structural integrity of the cabin of the vehicle, while in a rollover, it provides up to 60%. In a crash or roll-over accident, the windshield supports the roof, helps the airbags deploy, prevents you from absorbing the force of the crash, and prevents you from being thrown from the vehicle. If your windshield is weakened by a chip, crack, improper installation, or any other damage, you’re compromising your safety.
Windshield Damage Requires Immediate Attention
Windshield damage can occur at any time. From flying rocks, vandalism, wrecks, and other mishaps, the repair or replacement of a windshield is vital for a drivers’ visibility and passenger safety. Quickly repairing or replacing a windshield is crucial, as a fully intact and flaw-free windshield helps protect the structural integrity of you vehicle, which ultimately protects you, your family, and any other occupants.
Regardless of the size and location of a chip or crack, scheduling an inspection not long after damage occurs could save you time and money, but it ultimately protects your personal safety. Even seemingly simple cracks and chips should be inspected and treated quickly, as chips and cracks may spread over time. Plus, dirt quickly works its way into damaged areas, affecting the effectiveness and clarity of a repair. Also, if moisture gets through cracks and chips in the windshield, it can damage vinyl, weaken the windshield, and compromise your safety. Finally, cold and warm temperatures bring new stresses and a greater potential for spreading. A proper repair prevents damage from spreading, but as every chip is unique, some windshields may still require a replacement.
Along with the structural strength of your windshield and auto glass, it’s important that you retain visibility at all times. Addressing any damage to your windshield and auto glass will help assure your visibility and safety as you drive. Maintaining visibility also applies to rear windshields and side glass, as they include important sight lines while driving.
At Hatchett Glass, we inspect, repair, and replace all kinds of auto glass for all kinds of vehicles, cars, and trucks. Our professional technicians work with insurance companies and private clients to maintain your comfort and safety.
Should You Repair or Replace Your Damaged Windshield?
Every chip, crack, and damaged area is unique, but these are a few signals that we look for when recommending repairs or replacement windshields: size, severity, location, and time span of damage. We go into more detail here, but feel free to contact us for more information or a quote.