Windshield Repair & Glass Replacement
Many people believe the only purpose of a windshield is to prevent debris, wind, and rain from entering the vehicle. Although this is an important function of a windshield, it also most important to understand how the windshield protects the occupants in many other ways. For example the windshield and auto glass allows you to have a clear view of the road and traffic around you. A cracked or damaged windshield may obstruct your vision, putting you and others at risk.
In the event of a collision and the airbags should deploy, your windshield plays a roll in absorbing the impact of the passenger airbag. As the airbag deploys, it expands upward bouncing off of the windshield to shield the front seat passenger. If the glass is chipped, cracked or improperly installed, it may not be able to withstand the impact of the airbag resulting in poor to no protection for the passenger.
A chipped, cracked or improperly installed windshield can prevent passengers from being ejected in the event of collision or rollover. An improperly installed windshield is the reason why in a collision, the windshield separates from the frame of the car leaving the area unprotected. Your vehicle's windshield is designed to provide structural support to the roof. This is especially important in the event of a rollover or high-speed collision. Should your vehicle roll and come to rest on its roof, your windshield acts as a strong support to prevent the roof from collapsing.
The windshield provides believe it or not acoustical qualities to the vehicle for the purpose of audio, video. It also can be responsible for sound insulation assisting in keeping the passenger compartment quiet from exterior noise.
Stone chips can be successfully repaired in most cases, cracks however warrants replacement of the windshield for all the reasons mentioned.
Be sure to locate an auto glass company that is well trained and experienced in replacing all types of windshields. Ask about the warranty on all work and be sure that high quality glass made specifically for your vehicle is used.