Getting a windshield replacement can be kind of a big investment, depending on the make and model of your car and what type of windshield you need. When it’s time to get yours replaced, you definitely want to avoid any further expenses that might arise from an incorrectly installed windshield; you want to work with glass technicians who will do it right the first time.
It’s about more than just convenience and saving money, though. A damaged or incorrectly-installed windshield has the potential to be really dangerous for you, your passengers, and even other drivers on the roads.
It’s a structural requirement for your car
Your car is a carefully-designed machine that’s meant to transport you from point A to point B as quickly and safely as possible. But when an important part is missing or damaged, the entire structural integrity of your car can be affected.
This is definitely true for windshields. Although it might be surprising to hear, your windshield actually does a lot of work to protect your car. In the event of a collision, your windshield is designed to protect you from damage. The adhesive it’s installed with actually absorbs some of the impact of a collision– which can literally mean the difference between life and death.
An improperly installed windshield won’t have the same shock-absorbing qualities.
In the event of a collision, your windshield might shatter in a way it’s not supposed to– adding broken glass to the problems you and your vehicle are already facing. Windshields are made of laminated safety glass that’s meant to keep them together even if they break, preventing shards of broken glass from flying around your car. But the safety of the glass is impacted by proper installation of the windshield, and if it hasn’t been done correctly, impact might result in scattered broken glass, which is not something you want to deal with!
A windshield that hasn’t been installed correctly is more susceptible to damage in general. In addition to the risk of breaking incorrectly in a collision, its structural integrity is put at risk by poor installation, which makes chips and cracks a much more likely occurrence. More than just annoying, this damage to your windshield can spread, eventually affecting the entire surface of the windshield. They can also pose a safety risk by obstructing your vision– and if a police officer happens to see a chip or crack within the driver’s eyeline, you run the risk of getting a ticket.
It can also be a major safety hazard.
Windshields are much more closely related to the effectiveness of airbags than most people realize. A properly-installed windshield will aid in airbag deployment– the airbag bounces off the surface of the windshield, protecting you from the shock of a collision– but if yours hasn’t been installed correctly, your airbag might not deploy the way it should, putting you at serious risk of injury.
One of the problems with windshield installment is that a lot of places offer the service, but don’t properly train their employees on how to do it. That means that a lot of auto body shops offer glass repair or replacement services without any kind of certifications or specific training– which might look like a bargain to you, but can have serious and expensive consequences down the line.
When it comes to your windshield, it’s best not to cut corners with proper maintenance and replacement. Seek out a team of glass repair and replacement experts like our team at Fast Glass. We’re trained and certified to install a new windshield safely to protect you from all of the dangers listed above and more– and we offer mobile replacement services, too, which means you don’t even have to leave your house to get the problem fixed! Give us a call today at 800-242-5644 to schedule an appointment.