It can happen anywhere. Down at the shops. Out on the highway. Way out west in the outback. That’s right, we’re talking about the dreaded, but unavoidable broken windscreen. Sure, windscreens are as tough as nails. In fact, they’re made from laminated autoglass. But that doesn’t mean they’re invincible. Sooner or later, you will experience a broken windscreen.
Luckily, that’s far from the end of the world. In fact, it’s an easy fix in most cases. As far as car troubles, a broken windscreen rates pretty low on the scale. So let’s take a quick look at some of your options, for the next time you get a broken windscreen.
The first way to fix a broken windscreen is with a sticker – but is that a long term fix?
What better place to start, than with the cheapest fix: a sticker! You can buy small patch stickers for your windscreen from most automotive stores. But how do they work? Windscreen patch repairs are essentially small adhesive protective stickers you can place over minor windscreen chips. They do a great job at keeping your windscreen together for a short period, before you can get a professional repair. What’s important to remember about the sticker approach is that it’s not permanent. These stickers won’t hold your windscreen together forever; you need expert help! But if you’re out on the highway, far from help, one of those stickers might just save you from more serious damage.
The next step in addressing a broken windscreen is a professional repair – here’s what it involves
So let’s say you’ve made it off the highway with only a little chip. What’s your best option? As far as we’re concerned, your safest bet is a professional repair. Windscreen technology has come a long way. So much so, in fact, that a minor glass chip can be repaired to effectively brand new condition. No longer do you need to replace your windscreen due to minor damage. And no longer do you need to sit by and watch a small chip turn into a big crack. But time is of the essence. Chips do expand over time, so you need to nip the problem in the bud. Get into the windscreen experts, and get your chip filled ASAP!
Is your windscreen really broken if it just has a little crack? Here’s why cracks are a problem
Let’s take this opportunity to address one of the big questions in windscreens: is a crack really serious? In a word, yes. And it’s not because of the damage it current poses, necessarily. Cracks are the most insidious form of windscreen damage, as they worsen. They worsen quickly, too.
Windscreen cracks are susceptible to everything from bumps in the road, to changes in temperature. Remember, glass is a brittle substance. So any sudden movement will worsen weak points in a windscreen. That’s why you need to get your crack attended to by a professional quickly.
Is your windscreen broken a little more seriously? It’s time to think about a replacement
If your windscreen is suffering from slightly more serious damage, repairs might not cut the mustard. You could be in for a replacement windscreen. Don’t worry though! Compared to other forms of car repair, windscreen replacement is as cheap as chips. Most insurance policies cover a certain number of replacements per year, as well. It’s also quick. Windscreen replacement takes about an hour, and it can be done on your driveway, or in a windscreen repair workshop.
So if your windscreen has a large crack or bullseye chip, get in touch with the experts for a replacement. Call us today on 1800 008 977.