If you have driven for more than a few years, you have doubtless been there. You are driving along, minding your own business, when out of the blue, something hits your windshield, causing a ding that over time turns into a small crack. Without treatment, that crack can spread. So, what’s the big deal? Why replace a perfectly good windshield for such a minor crack?
In some cases, you might not have to. Windshield Repair may be a viable option for you if you catch it early enough. It will depend on large the chip is, its position in the windshield and whether it is cracking toward the outside, or the inside of the glass.
In cases where the chip does begin to crack beyond repair, it is easy, especially in Oklahoma City, where a hail storm is nearly guaranteed once a year, to wait until tragedy strikes to have your windshield replaced, but according to experts, this is a bad idea.
First, cracks never get smaller. Over time, the crack will not only get longer, but the edges of the glass can become uneven with each other, leading to potential failure of the windshield, which can be very dangerous if it happens at high speed, pushing glass into the car. The longer your repair is put off, the more likely this scenario may play out due to delamination.
Windshields are made up of two main layers. The glass, on the outside, and a laminating film on the inside that holds the glass together in cases where the glass is shattered. Damaged windshields, left over time, can begin to delaminate around the damaged area, causing the inside laminating layer to separate from the glass and weakening the structure.
In cases of collision where the driver is thrown from their seat, statistics prove that a driver who remains inside the vehicle has a much higher likelihood of surviving the crash. Not only that, but delamination can weaken the windshield, making it more likely for the driver to be ejected during the course of an accident.
If you have a cracked, or chipped windshield in the Oklahoma City area, visit OkcGlassPros.com for more information. Schedule an appointment with one of their professional staff to assess your windshield for repair, or replacement. Sooner is better than later.