Having to replace your windshield can be intimidating, and the challenges are amplified during cold, wintry weather. There are a few unique considerations to keep in mind when getting your windshield replaced during cold weather. By understanding how low temperatures can affect your windshield, and taking the necessary precautions, you can ensure a successful windshield replacement even in the worst winter weather.
Why does it matter?
Cold temperatures can affect the adhesive that’s used to bond the windshield to the frame of your vehicle. If this adhesive can’t cure properly because of the cold, it won’t form a bond that’s as durable as it should be– resulting in safety concerns and structural issues.
If it’s cold out, the windshield, the frame of the vehicle, and the adhesive can all contract– resulting in improper alignment for the windshield during installation, negatively affecting fit and appearance.
The right location
If you’re scheduling a windshield replacement appointment in cold weather, make sure to choose the right location.
If it’s cold outside, you’ll need to choose a temperature-controlled indoor space, like a garage. Cold weather can have a major impact on the adhesive used in the windshield replacement process; a climate-controlled environment keeps the ambient temperature consistent and minimizes any negative effects to ensure proper adhesion.
When it comes to cold-weather windshield replacement, timing is key. Schedule the replacement during the warmest part of the day, when temperatures are as favorable as possible. Avoid early mornings or late nights, when it’s coldest, if you can– this can lead to adhesive issues and longer curing times.
Warm up the area
A reputable glass technician will be sure to warm up the area prior to replacing the windshield. If the materials are cold, the replacement windshield won’t fit properly– so they’ll use a heater, or heat gun, to ensure that the glass, the vehicle’s frame, and the adhesive are all at a consistent temperature. This step is necessary to ensure that the adhesive cures properly, and to minimize the risk of the windshield cracking due to thermal shock.
Your knowledgeable glass technician will be using cold-weather adhesive, which has a lower freezing point to ensure that it remains effective even in cold weather.
Using the right adhesive is a non-negotiable when it comes to proper windshield replacement, so a good glass technician will prioritize the quality of the adhesive that they use.
Keep the new windshield warm
Because glass expands and contracts when exposed to heat and cold, proper storage of the replacement windshield is also a necessity. A windshield that’s been stored in a warm environment will handle the installation properly, while a windshield that’s been out in the cold won’t fit properly due to contraction.
A thorough inspection
After the windshield replacement is complete, a qualified glass technician will perform a thorough post-installation inspection– checking for any gaps, leaks, or issues with the adhesive. A meticulous inspection helps to identify and address any potential problems before the vehicle is in use, when they could become serious quickly.
There are some unique challenges that come along with cold-weather windshield installation, but with some careful planning and knowledge of best practices, these can be successfully navigated.
If you want your windshield replacement to be in the best hands, give Fast Glass Service a call today to schedule your appointment– rain or shine, hot or cold!