Windshield Crack Repair in Austin, TX
Impact damage often appears as a chip or a crack in the windshield. A chip usually has a local area of damage surrounding a point of impact. A crack is characterized by a linear break in the glass that usually radiates from an impact point. The lines can run in any direction. If you delay the repair, there is a danger that the line will get longer and may reach the point where you must replace the windshield and repairing it is no longer an option. At Auto Glass Rescue, we pride ourselves in providing our customers with the best windshield crack repair in Austin, TX. For your convenience, we have a mobile service team and can come to your home or office to perform the work. If you’re not sure if you need a repair or replacement, you can measure the damaged area, take a photo of the windshield and email us the information. We are happy to provide you with a free telephone consultation. Please remember to include your phone number in the email.
The Repair of Laminated Automotive Glass Standard (ROLAGS) states that a short crack is a line of separation with a maximum length of six inches. The appearance of short cracks in a windshield is a common occurrence. You can minimize the frequency by avoiding situations that are likely to impel debris into the air. For example, avoid parking near a lawn mower because it can fling objects at the car. Similarly, don’t follow too closely behind another vehicle when you’re driving; the other car could drive over objects and send them flying toward you. Common sense dictates that you avoid dump trucks full of gravel. Remember that the windshield is an important safety component of your vehicle and you need to inspect it periodically for damage.
ROLAGS defines a long crack as a linear separation that’s longer than six inches. Short cracks have a nasty habit of turning into long cracks. Don’t ignore them. Longer cracks are more expensive to repair and may cause you to spend even more money for a new windshield. ROLAGS advises car owners to replace the windshield if the crack is longer than six inches. It also recommends window replacement if three or more long cracks are associated with the same impact point. The longer the crack remains unrepaired, the dirtier it gets. If the dirt becomes so embedded that the crack can’t be cleaned thoroughly, the windshield has to be replaced. In addition, if the crack is in the driver’s primary field of vision, you don’t want the distraction of looking at a crack every day. The separated glass may act like a prism and cause excessive glare when sunlight or headlights bounce off the area. We are concerned about your safety and the safety of the other drivers on the road. Don’t neglect the cracks. Even something as simple as a bumpy road can make them spread. Hot and cold weather can also stress the windshield and increase the severity of any existing damage to the glass.
An edge crack is a crack that touches an edge of the windshield. ROLAGS recommends a windshield replacement if more than one edge is affected. This could result from multiple cracks forming in separate areas of the windshield, or one long crack that intersects two edges. However, remember that cracks longer than six inches require a windshield replacement instead of a repair whether or not they are edge cracks. The edge is the weakest part of the windshield because it gets significantly hotter than the rest of the windshield. The manufacturer bakes a black band into the windshield around the periphery to protect the polyurethane seal from drying out from continuous exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet light. The band protects the seal, but its black color causes the edge to get 20 or 30 degrees hotter than the center. The black color also makes it difficult to see chips that occur near the edge of the windshield. These untreated chips are likely to develop long cracks. Over time, the prolonged exposure to the sun can makes the glass at the edge brittle and more likely to develop damage. Windshield replacements occur most often in the hot summer months.
A floater crack is any crack that doesn’t touch an edge. These tend to be short cracks because 90 percent of the long cracks start with an impact point on the edge. Floaters are the least common type of cracks that are typically caused by projectiles hitting the glass. A star break is a floater that has an impact point with small cracks radiating outward from the center until it assumes the shape of a multi-pointed star. A Combination break is another type of floater that combines the characteristics of more than one type of break. For example, a Star may be combined with a Bullseye break.
Stress cracks start at an edge and have no discernible impact point. This type of windshield crack isn’t caused by a sharp object but is usually associated with temperature extremes or improper windshield installation that results in undue stress along the periphery. Extreme heat makes glass brittle and even a grain of sand hitting the windshield can result in a crack. Don’t leave the sun visor down and against the glass when you leave the car during the hot summer months. This area will heat up very quickly and may weaken the windshield over time. Avoid significant temperature differences between the two sides of glass. In particular, don’t pour hot water on the windshield on a cold day.
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