Fast Glass Windshield Replacement Page
At Fast Glass Service, our number one priority is to get you back on the road as quickly and safely as possible. We carefully inspect each and every windshield that enters our shop and evaluate the damage closely to ensure that we are saving you as much money and time as we can. However, a simple crack fill isn’t always possible. If the damage to your windshield is too great to repair, we may recommend that your windshield be replaced.
If you require a full windshield replacement, we will work with you to find the best product for your budget and your vehicle. While windshield replacements are often more expensive than repairs, they are sometimes necessary to ensure your continued safety and the structural integrity of your vehicle. Fast Glass Service does everything we can to lower your costs while still providing you with a high-quality piece of glass that fits your vehicle perfectly.
Other than complete shattering, there are several signs that may indicate that your windshield needs to be replaced:
Visibility is impaired by the severity of the damage
Crack is 14 inches or longer and/or a bullseye or chip is larger than 3 inches in diameter
The inner layer of glass is broken
Damage has reached the edge or corner of your windshield
If you are still unsure of the extent of your windshield damage, contact the professionals at Fast Glass Services – we’re happy to examine your vehicle and offer you a free estimate.
Driving a vehicle with impaired or limited visibility is a serious safety hazard and can also leave you liable in case of an accident. To avoid injury and charges of reckless endangerment, always replace any auto glass that is so damaged you cannot easily see around or through it or that is visually distracting while you drive.
Your safety is our number one priority. Although driving with a damaged windshield for a short distance is not always dangerous, you should try to have it replaced or repaired as soon as possible to avoid risking your safety and the safety of your passengers and other drivers.
Damaged glass is weakened glass, and weakened glass is much more likely to shatter on impact. Flying car glass can cause severe injuries and even death in the case of a collision. Windshields are also an important component of your car’s structural integrity that, when compromised, can affect the crumple point during a head-on collision.
To help ensure your safety, Fast Glass Service also offers mobile windshield replacement services so you don’t even have to risk driving to the shop! Just call or contact us online to make an appointment and we’ll repair your windshield right in your driveway!
Depth, Position, and Severity of Damage
The National Windshield Repair Association (NWRA) has published a guide called Repair of Laminated Automotive Glass Standard (ROLAGS). We use this guide when assessing the damage done to your windshield. Cracks up to 12-14 inches may be safely repaired, but those larger may call for a full replacement. Chips and bullseyes up to 1 inch in diameter can be safely fixed, but any larger may also warrant a replacement.
No matter the dimensions of the damage, if your crack or chip reaches the edges of the windshield, it needs to be replaced. Chips located near the frame compromise the structural integrity of the glass and can lead to splitting and splintering with further impact. Sometimes, just going over a speedbump with this kind of damage can cause shattering.
The depth of damage is also an important consideration. Your windshield is composed of two layers of glass. The outer layer is actually made of plastic and can be easily repaired. The inner layer of glass is true glass and when it is compromised, the entire windshield must be replaced to protect the structural integrity of your vehicle.
If you have questions about windshield replacement in Central Arkansas, contact Fast Glass Service today. We’re happy to walk you through the process, answer any questions, and provide you with a free estimate on repairs.
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