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Answers To Windshield Repair Questions

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With most things, a repair job is less expensive and a simpler process than a full replacement and this is the same thing with windshield cracks. In many cases, you will need to have the auto glass replaced because the cracks are so big or in a certain location that repairing would not be a viable option. However, in many other instances, auto glass repairs would serve your purposes the best. If you have questions about this type of repair, then you may find the answers below.

How can you tell if your windshield can be repaired?

In many cases, a crack that is smaller than the length of your hand will be a good candidate for repair. However, there are other things to be considered, such as the location. You won't know for sure if the windshield can be repaired or if it needs to be replaced until you take it in and have it looked at.

How long can you drive with a cracked windshield?

As soon as you notice a crack in the windshield, you should take it in and at least have it looked at. Depending on the location and size, you may not even be legally allowed to drive your car on the roadway until it has been repaired. Also, cracks in some areas of the windshield can quickly become larger cracks due to stress. This can put you and others sharing the same road as you in a dangerous position.

What's so different about windshield glass?

You know there is a difference between the glass that is in your windshield and the glass that is in your other windows, but not understand what that is. Windshields are designed from two glass panes and laminate with a thin sheet of vinyl between the panes. The reason for designing the windshield in this manner is to keep it in one piece if it ends up being broken. The other windows are tempered glass that breaks into little pieces instead of dangerous shards if broken. The windshields integrity depends on it being kept in good shape and this is why repairs are so important when there are cracks.

Can you drive the car right after the windshield has been repaired?

You will be able to drive your car much sooner after having your windshield repaired than you would be able to if you had the windshield completely replaced. However, you will still have to wait long enough for the adhesive to cure before you drive your car. The good news is that this process should only take an hour or so, which means you won't have to wait long before driving off.