It's easy to take your safety for granted when you sit down in the driver's seat behind your vehicle's windshield. After all, this is something most of us do nearly every day. However, if your auto glass is chipped or cracked, you're not as safe as you should be. Damaged glass can impede your light of sight, causing you to miss observing oncoming cars or other dangers. Additionally, if you're involved in an accident, a compromised windshield may lack the structural integrity needed to help protect you. It might more easily break, and it will offer less support to other parts of the vehicle. Even though it's made of glass, the windshield lends shape and support to the areas such as the roof. Before something unexpected happens, take care of your injured windshield at Gunter Automotive Collision Center in Ridgeway, Virginia. You'll find us near the 220/58 interchange at 4760 Greensboro Rd Ridgeway, VA 24148. We're easy to reach by phone at (276) 956-6152, online using our scheduling tool, or by simply walking in. We're glad to give you an estimate either on paper or online. Let us help you make your vision clearer with safe, reliable auto glass repair or replacement.
Types Of Auto Glass And Repairs
Did you know that there are two kinds of glass used in most automotive applications? Most often, your windshield will be made of laminated glass. This is a double layer of glass with a vinyl liner inserted between them. This configuration helps the windshield and vehicle hold their shape and integrity in an accident, especially rollover crashes. In contrast, most side windows are constructed from tempered glass. This kind of glass shatters into small fragments when broken. Both types of glass are required to meet federal safety standards.
You may be aware that there are options for windshield repair. While this is indeed true, there are limitations. If your windshield has a chip that is no larger than about the size of a quarter or a crack that is no longer than six inches (about the length of a dollar bill), we can often repair it using approved filler material. This process works best if the blemish is not directly in the driver's line of sight and/or there are no more than three chips. Also, smooth divots or pits are not repairable because their surface is not good for bonding. A chip with a "starred" pattern around it will better hold the filler. If your windshield doesn't meet the repair criteria, it will need replacing.
Your Local Shop For Glass Repair And Replacement
At Gunter Automotive Collision Center in Ridgeway, Virginia, we value your safety, so we take the condition of your windshield seriously. Let us help you with auto glass repair and replacement so that you're as safe as possible when you drive. If you see chips or cracks, give us a call at (276) 956-6152. If you need auto glass repair as part of your comprehensive collision services, we'll get it done and provide an estimate up front. Nothing is more important to your safety than a clear and solid windshield!