Windshield replacements are a common occurrence and usually can’t be avoided. In order to understand how they can be prevented, it is first important to understand what problems lead to the windshield needing replacement in the first place. For example, having a long crack in the windshield is the main reason for more than 90% of all replacements. This type of crack usually comes from either rock chips or edge cracks.
Fixing an Edge Crack
An edge crack is the reason behind 60%-80% of all windshield replacements in Richmond, VA. The outer edge has three defects that are unfortunately inherent to all windshields. This causes chips and cracks to occur on the outer edge 2.5 times more often than on any other part of the windshield. Since it is also the largest piece of glass on the car, it also has the highest likelihood to immediately expand to eight to ten inches.
There is one solution to preventing this and any other type of windshield repairs and replacements. Get the rock chip repaired as quickly as possible.
Fixing a Rock Chip
Rock chips cause 10%-20% of all car windshield repairs. These occurrences are typically more centrally located but can often be considered any crack on the outside edge. According to Brucessuperbody.com, smaller chips and cracks are less likely to expand quickly but they should still be dealt with as quickly as possible.
Windshield replacements are very expensive but also very common issues that most will eventually have to face. This is why insurance companies deal with windshield repairs and replacements over any other types of car-related issues. Luckily for us, though, the two main reasons for windshield replacements (rock chips and edge cracks) are both easily preventable before replacement is necessary. So, if you see any chips or cracks in your windshield, be sure to get it repaired as soon as possible.
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