Protect Your Windscreen

The windscreen is a very important part of your vehicle – and sadly something that is prone to damage. Modern windscreens are technically sound and made from dual layer laminated glass which is glued into position which also helps in the rigidity of the structure of your vehicle. Windscreens usually fragment due to an inner layer, helping safety in the event of a rollover. A windscreen check is part of the vehicles MOT.

Car Windscreen

By nature glass can be a very fragile material, even with the processes with which modern screens go through in order to protect them from any damage. There are several factors that can effect damage such as tone chips, wiper blade scratches and the use of sharp objects to remove frost from your vehicle.

The most common type of damage is a stone chip. There are several factors that determine this type of damage, such as road surface driven on, distance travelled, size and shape of your windscreen, the rake angle and make and model of your vehicle. Some vehicles are more prone to windscreen damage than others.

A stone chip is a general term for just about anything causing damage by impact to your windscreen, another area prone to this type of damage is  your bonnet. There are a number of different types of impact that may be visible should your car suffer this, such as rounded ‘bulls eye’ damage or a ‘star break’ where the damage blooms outwards in all directions.

Of course, a chip is just that – and quite often does start off very minor at first but will lead to real problems later as the chip gets bigger. This can be caused by shock or vibration, extremes of temperature (this is why you must not pour hot water onto your frozen windscreen) or other impact damage.

Having your windscreen chip repaired by a specialist company can result in you saving yourself the cost of a new windscreen later. Most insurance policies include glass cover, a repair which in most instances is usually free of charge. Compare this with the cost of a replacement windscreen. If your windscreen chip cracks and you have glass cover on your insurance then you will have to pay your glass excess which is generally £50-£100.

This is why it is essential to have any damage repaired sooner rather than later, as once the damage goes beyond a certain point, you have no option but to replace the whole windscreen. Without glass cover on insurance, prices do vary so check with a number of suppliers before agreeing to have a repair carried out.

It is also worth highlighting that whilst there are a range of suppliers, it’s best to go with one that can provide you with a guarantee of the work done.

If you have any worries regarding  your windscreen or any other car windows, please do get it checked out by a specialist such as A1 Clutches this is important not just for your wallet but also your safety.

Windscreen repair (rather than replacement) has the below benefits:

  1. Environmental (the screen is repaired instead of being removed and replaced with a new one) it’s quicker (takes just 30 minutes for a repair) so if time is money then this helps you save too Plus there are the safety aspects.
  2. A windscreen chip could crack at any time and may distract you whilst you are driving (potentially causing an accident).
  3. Your windscreen provides up to 30% of the vehicle’s structural strength because it is bonded with special adhesive to the window aperture and the passenger airbag relies on the windscreen to provide support if the airbag deploys. Repairing a chip will result in your windscreen being as strong as before the damage happened.

It is also worth highlighting that whilst there are a range of suppliers, it’s best to go with one that can provide you with a guarantee of the work done.

If you have any worries regarding your windscreen or any other car windows, please do get it checked out by a specialist such as A1 Clutches this is important not just for your wallet but also your safety.