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Windshield Repair and Replacement

Your windshield may seem like a mundane safety feature, but if it becomes damaged, it could compromise your ability to see clearly. Whether it’s caused by a rock or other debris hitting your vehicle, a crack from a road mishap or a runaway baseball – or even just age – it’s important to get any damage fixed as soon as possible.

The good news is that with new tools and techniques being developed, most chips and cracks can be repaired. The key to getting the best results is to choose a repair shop with a good reputation and years of experience in the industry.

Windshield repair involves injecting a curable resin into the broken glass, which bonds the surface back together. The resulting repair is invisible to the naked eye and can restore the structural integrity of the windshield. In addition, a professional repair will prevent the crack from spreading further down the windshield.

To check for a qualified repair technician, look for certifications from the National windshield repair Association (NWRA) and the Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standard (AGRSS). These credentials indicate that your glass will be repaired to the highest standards and is safe for driving.

It’s also a good idea to work with a service that has experience working with insurance providers. This can make the process much easier and ensure that you are fully covered in the event of an accident.

While it is possible to repair many chips and cracks in your windshield, there are a few situations where you should consider replacing it. The most important factor is the size and location of the damage. If it is larger than a quarter, or if it is in the driver’s line of sight, it will need to be replaced.

Another factor to consider is the quality of the windshield. If you are considering replacement, NWRD recommends using OEM glass. This will guarantee that the windshield is a direct fit to your vehicle, which will help minimize vibration and noise in the cabin and improve overall visibility.

It’s always best to call your insurance company first before having a windshield repair or replacement done. They can provide you with details about what coverage is provided, as well as the steps you will need to take to file a claim. Also, if the damage to your windshield is related to an accident, they can often handle all of the paperwork for you. They can also offer you an option that will waive your deductible, which can save you money in the long run. This is especially helpful if you have to pay for the repairs out of pocket.

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