What to Do If You Suspect Your Windshield is About to Shatter

Posted By: Main Auto Body, Inc. | January 15, 2020

Windshield Fractures

Windshield damage can come out of nowhere. One day your auto glass is clear and intact, and the next, you notice a crack slowly spreading across your field of vision. While some chips, scratches, or nicks may never expand, windshield fractures large or small can’t be ignored. If you’re worried your windshield might shatter, the auto glass replacement experts at Main Auto Body, Inc. explain everything you need to know about damaged glass.

Assess the Damage

First things first – you probably don’t have to worry about your windshield shattering completely. Windshields are made with safety glass, a composite formed with a thin sheet of plastic between two layers of glass. This prevents shattering and keeps dangerous shards of glass from falling into the cabin. If you’re in an accident, your windshield may shatter into many cracks, but most fractures don’t cause this kind of damage.

If you’re dealing with a small chip or a short crack, head to a nearby repair shop. Even minor damage can quickly grow worse, as changing temperatures, dirt, pressure, and additional impacts can all cause cracks to spread. At best, this makes it hard to focus as you try to see around the damage. At worst, you’ll lose visibility – perhaps even while on the road.

When the damage limits visibility or is so extensive you fear the windshield may shatter, do not drive your vehicle. Main Auto Body, Inc. provides towing services to help you get your car in for service without creating hazards for yourself or other drivers.

See an Experienced Auto Glass Technician

Glass repair is often possible for small chips and cracks less than a foot in length. However, only an experienced auto glass tech can determine whether repairs are possible. When damage is too severe, a replacement will be recommended. The technician will remove the windshield, taking care to avoid any damage to the vehicle’s interior. The surrounding surface is primed to create an airtight seal, and a strong adhesive is applied to securely hold the glass. Once it’s dry, you’ll be back on the road.

File Your Insurance Claim

Your car insurance may cover the cost of glass repair or replacement under comprehensive or collision coverage, and Oregon law allows you, not your insurance company, to choose a repair shop. A reputable repair shop will provide a free quote, which can help determine if making a claim is worthwhile. In some cases, costs are less than your deductible, and you’ll need to pay out pocket. At Main Auto Body, Inc., we understand how complex this process can be. To help, we assist with filing claims, so you can get the compensation you deserve without hassle.

Say No to DIY

Your local auto parts shop may carry inexpensive glass repair kits, and they seem tempting for small chips and tiny cracks. These kits seem like a good way to save money, but you’ll get what you pay for. DIY repairs often lead to air bubbles, bumps, and more, and you may even see the original damage worsen. In contrast, trained auto glass techs have the equipment and experience needed to get the job done right the first time.

Say Goodbye to Windshield Fractures

Don’t let a small crack spread into something worse. Contact your nearest Main Auto Body, Inc. location today to learn more about our glass replacement services. Our experienced technicians will explain the work that needs to be done and complete it to your satisfaction – guaranteed. For more information, contact us online or visit us in Albany, Bend, Corvallis, Dallas, Lincoln City, Newport, Philomath, or Salem.