Whether you have
a small crack starting or a larger crack you’ve been watching
slowly spread, windshield cracks are a serious concern. Windshields
provide approximately 30% of a vehicle’s structural support and
they play a huge role in protecting you and your passengers in the
event of a rollover accident. Although these types of accidents
aren’t very common, they account for 35% of passenger fatalities –
so a sturdy, structurally sound windshield is vitally important.
Unfortunately, cold temperatures can make cracks worse and decrease
the safety of your vehicle.
How Does Cold Weather Affect the Glass?
Windshield glass is affected by changes in temperature – it expands and contracts. So if it’s really cold outside, the glass in the windshield will become more concave, which puts stress on damaged areas, like chips or cracks. This can lead to cracks in the windshield expanding horizontally. The Motor Industry Research Association found that once the temperature drops to 32 degrees Fahrenheit, a windshield is 60% more likely to spread. If the temperature reaches 14 degrees Fahrenheit, the chances of the crack spreading go up to 80%.
To make matters
worse, using your defroster on a cold winter day can add additional
stress to the glass (and increase the chance of the crack spreading)
because of the drastic difference in temperature between the outside
of the glass and the interior.
Can I Get the Crack Repaired?
A repair may be possible if the damage isn’t too deep and the crack is less than three inches long. It’s best to address cracks as soon as possible because that increases the likelihood that you’ll only need a repair, rather than a complete windshield replacement. Waiting until a crack is so large that it affects your visibility isn’t only unsafe; it’s more than likely going to cost significantly more than taking care of a small crack – and you may be at risk for a citation, too.
If you’ve noticed cracks or chips in your windshield, contact Lucky Dog Auto Glass at 253-569-9403 for a free estimate! We’re happy to evaluate the damage and let you know whether it can be repaired or if a full replacement would be the safer option.
you ever struggle to see out your windshield when it’s raining?
Maybe you’ve noticed that the morning fog and leftover road grit
create a streaky sludge that even brand new wiper blades can’t keep
up with? It can be a frustrating experience, but more importantly, it
can be downright dangerous.
there are different types of window treatments on the market, only a
engineered to bond with the silica in your windshield produces clear
visibility through rain and mud. At Lucky Dog Auto Glass, we’ve had
great results with what we consider the best product on the market,
The hydrophobic protection of GlassParency increases visibility in rain and snow. It improves the optical clarity of your windshield, reducing both night and daytime glare. In addition to keeping you and your passengers safer, it keeps the glass pristine and is backed by a 3-year warranty.
are other types of treatments out there; although they work, their
performance is much more limited. These are:
option is the cheapest but is least effective. It sits on the top of
the surface. While it does repel water, it needs to be re-applied
frequently, so it’s best in dryer regions, such as the Southwest.
An example of this is Rain-X Yellow windshield treatment, which is
specifically designed to work with the company’s windshield
mid-range option that is best for areas where rainfall is average,
such as the Midwest. Its signature feature is water beading,
allowing water to easily roll off the glass. AQUAPEL is a good
fluorinated-based treatment, and though it lasts longer than
silicone-based products, it does not bond with the glass, allowing
grit and grime to set up shop on your glass.
best because although
your glass seems smooth, it’s actually filled with craters, hills,
and valleys. We apply the treatment to your windshield in a
three-step process. The first is to cleanse the pores and ensure the
glass is free of contaminants to improve the bonding process. Next,
we apply the first chemical, which reacts to the silica and grows a
substrate within the pores of the glass. A second chemical then
combines with the first to form a barrier that even bugs, dirt, and
mud can’t stick to.
vision? A more aesthetically pleasing appearance? Lasting three years
with just one application? No wonder we’re stoked to share this
nano-technological advancement with you! When it comes to windshield
treatment, repair, or replacement, there’s only one dog in Kent,
and that’s Lucky Dog Auto Glass. Give
us a call today at 253-569-9403.