A crack on your car's windscreen means it is time for a prompt repair. The following can help you better understand what to expect.
Can a Windscreen Be Repaired?
In some cases, a full replacement may not be necessary. If a chip is relatively small and not directly in the driver's line of sight, your glass tech may be able to repair it with a quick-curing resin glass filler. Large chips or cracks, those that are still growing, and those in the driver's line of sight will typically require a windscreen replacement.
How Long Does Replacement Take?
Replacing a windscreen can usually be done in an hour or two. The process itself is relatively simple. The seals are removed, the old windscreen is lifted out, and the frame is cleaned. A new windscreen is fitted into place and sealed. Most of the wait time is in allowing the seals to properly cure so leaks don't form. Chip repairs on the front windscreen can take even less time, as these don't need a long curing period.
Must a Windscreen Be Repaired?
Safety concerns are the main reason to schedule a replacement as soon as possible. If the crack impedes the driver's view of the road, a collision is much more likely. Impediments to the driver's view, such as a crack or large chip, may also be a traffic offense that can lead to a fine. Further, cracks can worsen over time and eventually compromise the integrity of the windscreen. To minimise damages and avoid violations, fixing the windscreen as soon as possible is advisable.
What If the Car Isn't Drivable?
Mobile repair can bring a windscreen tech to your location, in the event that the windscreen damage is too severe to drive the vehicle safely. You can also schedule mobile service if you don't have time to bring in your vehicle. Your car simply needs to be parked in an area where it is easily accessible and there is no danger to the tech from nearby moving traffic.
Will Insurance Cover Repairs?
If your coverage includes windscreen damage replacement, then it should be covered. The main issue is whether the shop bills your insurance directly. If they do, then all you need to do is provide your insurance information at the time of work. For shops that don't bill directly, you will pay for the replacement out of pocket and then file for reimbursement from your insurance company.
Contact a windscreen replacement service for more help.