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Repairing And Replacing Your Windshield

Jan 3, 2008
Owning a vehicle can be frustrating at times, especially when you need to replace your windshield yet again. Windshield replacement doesn't need to be frustrating. You can find an auto glass repair shop that will take care of that cracked windshield for you.

It can be annoying for vehicle owners when they are minding their own business, driving down the highway when all of a sudden, a large rock jumps up from the vehicle in front of them and hits their windshield with such force, it sounds like a bullet fired, leaving a deep indent in their windshield with spider cracks emanating from the middle. However, a windshield replacement company can fix you up in no time at all.

One of the benefits of having auto glass insurance is that windshield replacement is covered under your insurance benefits. Instead of having to pay for the entire price of the windshield replacement, you only need to pay your deductible, which is often less expensive.

Replacing a windshield can be done quite quickly at an auto glass repair shop - in less than an hour or two, you can be back on the road with a brand new, crack free windshield. Many auto glass repair shops will pick up and drop off your vehicle for you, which means that you can have your windshield replaced while you are at work. Some windshield replacement specialists even have mobile replacement options, meaning they come to you and replace your windshield on the spot at your home, your office or wherever you are located.

Windshield replacement is no longer a long and drawn out process like it used to be. Windshield replacement specialists can have your windshield out and a new one installed in a matter of a few minutes - they are, after all, specialists of their craft. Windshield replacement no longer needs to mean hours of your car being holed up in a repair shop - in many cases, you can wait while they finish up your windshield, or have the repair shop come and pick up your vehicle and return it to you.

Sometimes, if the chip in your windshield is caught in time before the spidered out webs appear in your windshield, the chip can be repaired, instead of needing to replace your entire windshield. A windshield repair specialist can do this with a special tool that bleeds resin into the crack, filling it and leaving your windshield looking almost new again. Most insurance companies will cover 100 per cent of the cost of repairing your windshield, without you needing to pay a deductible, as you would need to pay to replace your entire windshield.

Repairing a rock chip on a windshield is a simple process - a repair technician cleans your windshield, removing moisture and dust from the damaged area. Once clean, a strong resin is injected into the crack or chip in your windshield, then cured with an ultra violet light.

Once cured, the technician will clean the repair and polish it. Repairing the windshield may not cause the damage to completely disappear, however in many cases, you can hardly see where the damage originally was. However, the repair can stop the rock damage from spreading and getting worse, and it restores the integrity of your windshield.

Many people ignore rock chips and small cracks in their windshield because they are out of the line of sight and haven't really gotten any bigger. However, fixing the problem when it is small can save you a lot of money. Having the chip or small crack repaired before it turns into a bigger problem can mean no windshield replacement, but rather just a small, quick fix that is inexpensive and easy.

If, by chance, you can't have your windshield crack or rock chip repaired, an auto glass technician can replace your windshield for you. Due to modern technology, many windshields have insets in them - radio antenna, heating coils and more, that drive up the price of your windshield.

If you have glass insurance on your auto insurance policy, you can likely afford to replace your windshield with a factory windshield. However, if you don't have glass auto insurance, you can still get competitive pricing.

The next time you require your windshield to be repaired or replaced, look for a auto glass repair shop and find out if your windshield can be fixed or if it needs to be replaced. Check out your auto insurance policy and find out if you have glass insurance included in your coverage, to help offset the costs.
About the Author
David Warren is owner of Apple Glass Company, a glass repair and replacement firm that serves the Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas markets. Contact David Warren at 281-440-1292 or visit http://www.appleglasscompany.com to schedule a service appointment.
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