It’s Clear to See: 7 Signs Your Windshield Needs ReplacementWhen you’re out driving, your windshield does as much for your visual navigation as your engine does for getting you around. It needs to be sturdy, trustworthy and free of defects, but many car and truck owners tend to ignore big red flags that their windshield has been compromised. They worry about cost and hassle, not realizing how modern technology allows expert windshield technicians like Anthony Volk Glass to fix or replace windshields quickly and affordably. In fact, everything from the insurance claim paperwork to a guarantee on the glass for as long as you own your car come standard with every installation. Not sure if you’re overdue for windshield service? Here are 7 easy-to-diagnose problems that indicate it’s time to think about windshield repair or replacement for your vehicle:
1.) It’s Blocking Your ViewWhen it comes to a windshield, there’s no such thing as a “little” chip, crack or discoloration. Your driving ability depends on your ability to make split-second decisions, and if you mistake a chip in your glass for another car in your “blind spot,” over-correction can lead to a fender-bender or even a total-loss wreck. Cracks, especially spiderweb-like impacts, can also distort vision, especially in adverse weather conditions. That means that your limited ability to see in storms and blizzards could be further compromised if you put off windshield replacement.
2. Your Inspection Renewal is Coming UpDuring a Pennsylvania vehicle safety inspection, your vehicle will fail if there are large chips, cracks, sharp edges or other damage to the windshield glass that may affect the driver’s view. Rather than hope that your damage isn’t extensive enough to trigger a a failure – chances are that it will – it’s smarter to have your windshield replaced prior to your inspection renewal. This step prevents delays and the potential of additional fees and fines from failure and expired stickers. If you’re concerned that replacing your car or truck’s windshield will affect your valid inspection sticker, there’s no need to worry: special transfer procedures ensure the sticker will travel with your new glass.
3. The Winter Wasn’t Kind to Your WindshieldWinter can be rough to endure for humans, but it’s pretty hard on your vehicle, too. From hail to salt to the temperature pressures of heavy snow, cold weather can spell disaster for your windshield. If you notice pits, chips or cracks in your windshield, don’t hesitate to call Anthony Volk Glass to get it repaired ASAP. Once the integrity of your glass is compromised, continued temperature fluctuations – both hot and cold – can widen the fissures and breaks and in extreme cases can even destroy your windshield. Don’t take the chance of it happening while you’re driving down Pennsylvania roads!
4. Your Windshield Shows Evidence of PittingIf driving down 202 or a similar high-traffic road is part of your daily commute, you could be exposing your window glass to a considerable amount of flying debris, including small, sharp rocks and gravel cast-off from other vehicles. Over time, this can lead to pitting on the surface of your windshield, which will be most visible at dusk and dawn. The small pits scatter reflected light, making it hard for the driver to visibly focus on the road ahead of them. During rainstorms, pitted glass also doesn’t shed water as well or clear as quickly, which can spell trouble in road conditions that are already hazardous.
5.) You Notice a White Haze at the Edges of the GlassFor safety reasons, vehicle windshields are treated with a special plastic called PVB or Poly Vinyl Butral. This plastic ensures that if the windshield shatters, it does so into small, rounded chunks that won’t cut or slice occupants or passerby in a collision. When you spot a white haze around the edges of your windshield, that means that this plastic is starting to separate from the glass, putting you at risk of large, sharp pieces of glass flying inward during an accident. While it may seem harmless, this could potentially endanger you, your family and friends riding with you, so don’t take the chance!
6.) Any Part of Your Windshield is MissingGranted, this one is a bit more obvious, but a surprising amount of car and truck owners will try to “make do” with clear tarps, tape or other quick fixes for time until they can “get around” to calling a windshield replacement shop. Unfortunately, a windshield doesn’t just keep inclement weather and errant spiders out of your vehicle cabin, it actually provides important structural support for your car’s frame. Neglecting to promptly replace missing or damaged windshields and side windows can actually cause your vehicle’s frame to sag and potentially cause glass alignment issues during replacement.
7.) You’ve Had Second Thoughts About a Previous Replacement or RepairSometimes vehicle owners find out the hard way that not all auto glass shops produce the same results. If you notice wind noise, leaks or other installation problems after your new windshield has “settled in,” you might find that your previous shop isn’t willing to stand by their work. When you partner with Anthony Volk Glass, you’ll enjoy crystal clear glass, expert installation, and a warranty that protects you for as long as you own your car or truck. You deserve a windshield you can count on, and service quality that’s just as dependable! If you’ve spotted any of these 7 troubling signs of windshield damage, don’t wait to address them. Call Anthony Volk Glass today at (610) 436-9727 and schedule an appointment with our dedicated windshield repair and replacement team. We’ve got your back – and your car’s front!
Anthony Volk is a third generation auto glass installer born and raised in West Chester, PA. With over 20 years of personal auto glass experience he and his team will bring that experience to you.