How Extreme Heat Can Damage Your Windshield

Installer replacing a windshield

When people think of car repair, they often think of making sure their vehicle’s belts, transmission, engine and tires are in excellent condition. Regular auto maintenance helps to keep these parts in working order, and you likely rely on your mechanic to help you identify which parts need to be fixed or replaced because many of these parts are invisible to the naked eye.


One part of your automobile that both you and your mechanic may overlook is your windshield. It’s one of the most visible parts of your car, and people often take it for granted that the glass will stay in top shape. Unlike belts, hoses and oil, windshields generally last a long time unless your car is in an accident or gets hit by a rock or hailstone.


Your car’s windshield takes a beating every day. It protects you from the wind, flying debris, and even reflects many of the sun’s rays, so that you can drive down the road safely with unobstructed views of oncoming traffic, roads, and traffic lights.


Often, however, windshields develop chips from flying rocks, hail or other debris. Sometimes these chips start out small and you may not think about getting them fixed if the small dent isn’t causing you any problems. One wrong bump in the road, however, and that small chip can lead to much bigger windshield cracks, necessitating windshield replacement.


Other factors that can lead the chips in your windshield to expand include time and disparity of air temperature. For example, you may take your car to the car wash on a hot summer afternoon. Your car’s windshield has been in the sun all day, leading it to grow hot. If the car wash sprays cold water on your windshield, the rapid change in temperature may cause that innocuous chip to expand and shatter your entire windshield. Then, you’ll have to seek windshield replacement.


Chip repair is simple, quick and inexpensive. In fact, many insurance companies will pay to repair your chips. It’s more cost effective for them to pay for chip repair than it is to pay for windshield replacement.


When you need Scottsdale car glass repair, there are many qualified auto glass repair shops available to help you get your car back in pristine condition so you can continue driving to work, running errands and using your car freely and safely.


Look for an auto glass repair shop where employees patiently answer all your questions, and help you evaluate the safety considerations when pursuing chip repair or windshield replacement. Because your car’s windshield protects you from so much and helps to make your car structurally sound, it’s important that the auto glass repair is completed thoroughly, accurately and with quality materials.


For example, during windshield replacement, the car glass must be properly sealed. Some Scottsdale auto glass shops don’t wait a long enough time to let the adhesive set, which creates a safety hazard resulting from windshield repair.


There are many variables to consider when making decisions related to windshield repair, and diligently investigating all of them might seem stressful or overwhelming, but you’ll be much happier in the end if your car is repaired correctly.