Popular Windscreen Replacement and Repair Myths
There are a few myths relating to the replacement or repair of car windscreens that many of us have heard, and even if you can’t remember when you first heard any of them, chances are they have been around for more than 20 years. How windscreens are manufactured has advanced considerably in recent years, with a positive knock-on effect for how windscreens are repaired or replaced. So, while some of these myths might once have been somewhat true, they no longer apply today.
All Chips and Cracks Are the Same
We have previously written about the different types of windscreen chips commonly encountered, showing how the size and location of the different types dictates whether they can be repaired or call for the windscreen to be replaced. This is because the different types of chips present different risks for growing or spreading, influencing how much of the windscreen’s structural integrity is weakened, and whether or not they affect your line of sight. Of course, it’s not just the size and location, but also the depth of the chip or crack that will differ and affect whether or not they can be repaired.
It’s Fine to Use DIY Windscreen Repair Kits
There’s nothing inherently wrong with DIY windscreen repair kits other than making it seem like repairing a windscreen yourself is easy. And while it isn’t incredibly complex, a simple mistake could ruin the windscreen, forcing you to have it replaced. Additionally, auto glass technicians are more skilled at knowing what cracks and chips can be safely repaired.
Replacing a Windscreen Takes Hours
This hasn’t been true for many years, with the only potential delay to replacing your windscreen caused by the auto glass company not having your windscreen in stock. If windscreen replacements still took hours to complete, we wouldn’t be able to offer a mobile windscreen replacement service with us coming to your home or workplace to carry out the replacement or repair. The materials used to seal and secure the windscreen in place do take a few days to cure fully, but that only prevents you from washing your car, not from driving it within an hour of the replacement being completed.
Small Chips and Cracks Don’t Need to Be Repaired
Any chip or crack, no matter how small, weakens the integrity of the windscreen. Rarely to the extent of causing the windscreen to shatter with no warning, but enough to cause the chip or crack to grow. Add water and fluctuating temperatures to the mix and the crack or chip will begin to spread more rapidly. And once they reach a certain size or spread to within the critical vision area (CVA) of your windscreen, the likelihood of a repair being possible diminishes. If you want to be able to repair chips and cracks, taking your car in to an auto glass specialist for assessment sooner rather than later is always better.
Car Insurance Doesn’t Cover Windscreen Replacement
Some car insurance policies don’t include windscreen cover, but you can have it added for a minimal extra cost. But as with any insurance cover, read the product disclosure statement (PDS) carefully; a good policy with allow one windscreen replacement a year without any excess being due, and even better if it doesn’t cause your premium to increase.