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Difference Between Windshield Repair And Windshield Replacement ?>

Difference Between Windshield Repair And Windshield Replacement

Having to deal with damages in your windshield can introduce a lot of new problems, especially financially and safety. However, most drivers prefer to just get their windshield repaired rather than replacing it with a new one because windshield replacement is much more expensive compared to windshield repair. But it should not be the basis of your decision and a professional technician can help you in making the right decision. Before you visit the auto glass shop, make sure that you educate yourself about the difference or windshield replacement from windshield repair.1435160857936

 

Windshield repair

Basically, a windshield repair would only consume about half an hour, but sometimes it can reach up to 40 minutes—depending on the size and type of crack that they are going to repair. If the crack seems deeper, the technician would eventually need to execute some preliminary measures first and it would consume about an hour or so. You can expect from your technician that he is going to inspect the damage in your windshield first before they can decide whether it can be repaired or it already needs a replacement.

Most of the cracks that are a bit slanting could have already damaged the PVB layer of your auto glass. Just that means that crack should be deepened using a drill in order to make it smoother and a small vacuum is also necessary when it comes to removing the small debris and particles that comes in the way.

In repairing your windshield, you can expect that there could be an injector that the technician is going to attach in the areas that have been damaged in your windshield and there is a resin that would be injected along the crack soon after.

Windshield replacement

Windshield replacements, on the other hand, are for those cracks that couldn’t be repaired anymore. A crack that is already longer than one foot should already be already replaced with a new windshield. It will take up to two hours, depending on the technician because it will take some time in installing the windshield carefully and making sure that it is perfectly fitted in the model of your car.

Not only that, but the repair shops will also ask you to rest your car for a bit—about an hour or so in order to make sure that the resins and bonds are clung tightly into the frame of the car and the newly-installed windshield. So if you are going to replace your windshield, it is highly advisable that you bring something with you that could entertain you because it’s going to be a long hour waiting for your new windshield to be installed.

Aside from that, you should also educate yourself about the basics in installing a windshield and watch the technician carefully. It’s not always good if you have no idea what they are doing, especially that it already addresses your safety as well as your passenger’s whenever you are driving your car.

Tips In Minimizing The Costs Of Windshield Replacement ?>

Tips In Minimizing The Costs Of Windshield Replacement

Replacing your windshield can be quite expensive, and if it’s unexpected and you’re in a tight budget, you should be able to make some ways in order to at least minimize the cost of the windshield replacement. Here are some things that you could try in order to stop the crack from spreading, as well as stop your bill from increasing, too.

 

Skip replacement

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Your technician could also help you in deciding whether or not you need a windshield replacement because they know better when it comes to these things.

 

Use your auto insurance

Make sure that you also call your insurance provider and ask about their policy when it comes to a damaged windshield. There are instances when you can use your auto insurance so that your car company will be the one paying the overall costs of the repair or replacement. It could make a very huge difference, so make sure that you take your time talking to the representative of your car insurance provider.

 

Always go to your local auto glass repair shop

As much as possible, make sure that you head to your local auto glass repair shop. They can also provide a high quality service and the highest possible quality of the type of glass that they are going to install in your car. You should also think about whether or not you wanted an OEM glass installed into your car in the windshield replacement in order to reduce the overall costs of the replacement, but do not pick poor quality glass just because you wanted to save. It would just cost you a lot of money when time comes because a poor quality of a glass will easily shatter in the near future.

Choose your car wisely

Your car is what could be one of your greatest investments in life because it takes years in buying a car. Make sure that you know a reputable model of a car that can provide a sturdy windshield that could withstand pebbles getting thrown around or walnuts coming down from the trees. Choosing a good model of the car will assure you that you will be able to save yourself from future repairs if you have a high quality of a windshield as well as a high level of a car. You should also keep in mind that smaller cars also means lower auto glass replacement costs so you should think about choosing it instead of monstrous trucks.