Windshield Replacement: When it’s time for a replacement?

In Part 1 of our windshield series, we talked about chips and cracks that are repairable. For Part 2, we’re focusing on that pesky damage that doesn’t quite make the repair cut and warrants full windshield repair.

If your car has a chip or crack that meets the following criteria, stop what you’re doing and book an appointment to get your windshield replaced. There are a lot of risks to your safety as the structural integrity of your vehicle is at risk.

How do I know if I need a replacement a windshield replacement?

  • If your chip is over 3/8 of an inch or your crack exceeds 3 inches in length.
  • The chip/crack is in the driver’s direct line of sight.
  • The damaged area touches the edge of the windshield.

Benefits of Windshield Replacement:

Safety: Windshield replacement will drastically improve the safety of you and your passengers in the vehicle. In the event of an accident, especially rollovers, a large windshield crack could cause your roof to collapse and increase your risk of a fatal accident.

Improved Vision: Large cracks that span the entire windshield or ones that are located in the driver’s direct line of sight may distort your vision or create harsh reflections from the sun. Replacing windshields will eliminate all distortion and improve visibility.

Aesthetics: Sometimes you just want your car to look good and like new. If you’re one of those people, then a full windshield replacement is the right fit. A new windshield means no cracks and instead of the 80% aesthetic improvement like we mentioned in our windshield repair  segment, you will get 100% results.

Post-replacement Care

A full windshield replacement takes a bit more time and involves a few more precautions than a simple repair. Here is what to expect in the first 24-hours after your replacement:

  1. Wait at least 24 hours before going through a car wash. Water sources such as rain, moisture, and even hand washing are acceptable in the first 24-hour period.
  2. It’s important to wait for the windshield adhesive to cure before driving away. This time-frame will vary depending on the type of glue used, but in general it takes between one to two hours.
  3. Leave the retention tape on for at least 24 hours after the new windshield is installed.
  4. Air pressure in your vehicle may cause the adhesive to leak. Leakage can be prevented by rolling your windows down an inch or two in the first 24-hour period.
  5. Budget Glass 90 day guarantee. If you note any defect within the first 90 days of installation, we will replace it for you at no extra charge. A windshield replacement with Budget Glass also offers a “no leak” guarantee for as long as you own your vehicle.

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