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Getting your Windshield Replaced? Four things to keep in mind


You've badly nicked your windshield - and have just been told that the crack cannot be repaired, you need to replace the glass. You may not know it, but the windscreen is one of the most critical components of your vehicle's safety system - so getting it replaced needs a lot of careful consideration. Driving with a cracked windshield is one of the most dangerous things that you can do. The glass could shatter at any moment, almost certainly causing a disastrous accident. As far as possible, get the replacement done at the earliest- but don't get it done in a hurry!

There are four important factors that you must keep in mind.


Insist on a professional installer who has been trained and has several years experience in replacing windshields. An incorrect installation could cost you your life- so take an informed decision while picking the right technician for the job. Qualified technicians will not use any shortcuts, and will take time and use the right materials to ensure the perfect replacement. The technician should first evaluate the extent of the damage done, and should take preventive measures to ensure that the removal of the existing glass and the replacement are both done with the utmost care. If possible check out the quality of his work by speaking to some previous customers.


Insist on the right glass. The glass has to be to OEM (Original equipment manufacturer) standards and should be made by a reputed company (or should be of equivalent quality). OEM glass will have the right optical quality and safety standards and will maintain the same solar performance characteristics of the original glass. OEM companies also make replacement glass, and since the same tools and techniques are used, you can be sure that the windscreen will fit perfectly. Extreme caution must be taken while cutting away the broken or cracked windshield, and preparing the new one for installation. This job needs two professionals as the glass can be very heavy and needs to be handled with utmost care.


It goes without saying that the right adhesive must be used, and it should be the right urethane that is specified by the vehicle manufacturer. The technician must also use a primer that is specially matched to the urethane adhesive. This will prepare the glass to accept the molecules of the urethane. Curing time should not be compromised upon for any reason whatsoever. The vehicle should not be driven away till curing is completed. If recommended by the manufacturer, two-component urethanes must be used.


Make sure your warranty is in place after the work is done. All good Auto Glass shops vouch for the quality of their workmanship, so you should make sure you get a written lifetime warranty that covers any defects in workmanship, such as water or air leaks.

If you find that the work done wasn't perfect, never hesitate to go back and get it corrected. After all, your safety is all important - nothing matters more!

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