Let’s take a moment to talk about how the weather can affect the glass on your vehicles and even your house.
Temperature changes cause auto glass to expand and contract.
Expanding and contracting of the glass will weaken the glass. The changes in the glass can lead to cracks. Pay attention to inspecting your windshield on a regular basis for chips and cracks before the cold weather sets in. Pro Glass can help repair any glass chips you may find. We can also replace the windshield if it is not repairable.
Many people experience windshield chips or cracks while driving long distances. Oftentimes, windshield chips are the result of flying debris or rocks on the roadways. For that reason, you’re very likely to get a chip or crack in your windshield during the summer months when long-distance travel is more frequent. While a small chip in your windshield may not seem like a big deal, it can cause a lot of damage in the long run and can even cause your vehicle to fail state safety inspection, if it worsens.
Seasonal changes in weather are gradual. That’s why some days in fall can be very cold while others can feel as though summer hasn’t yet ended. Mother Nature’s temperamental temperature changes will really test your windshield, especially if you already have a chip or crack in the glass.
While your windshield is designed to be exposed to the elements, it is still susceptible to damage due to extreme temperature changes. For example, when your car is parked in the sun on any normal summer day in Central Texas, the glass expands ever so slightly. If you already have a chip or crack in your windshield, this can cause it to grow. The same thing can happen in cold weather too. If your car is parked in a very cold location, the glass will contract. This can also lead to growing cracks in the glass. Because your windshield is susceptible to damage in extreme hot or cold, you can see how the temperature swings of winter weather can further damage even slightly chipped glass.
SEASONAL STORMS CAN CAUSE NEW DAMAGE
In the fall and early Winter in Central Texas we see a rise of stormy and inclement weather. Storms cause damage to windshields in three primary ways; flying debris, falling trees and hail. When a strong storm comes through the area, high winds can send debris flying. If any of these items happen to make contact with your windshield, you’ll be lucky to escape with just a windshield chip. High winds from storms can also cause tree branches to fall. If a branch lands on your windshield, it could be chipped, cracked or shattered, depending on the size of the limb.
Another common way that a storm can damage your windshield is with hail. While hail does not occur with every storm, it an be dangerous when it does. Hail is a solid form of precipitation that occurs during intense storms. In better words, hail refers to ice falling from the sky. In Central Texas we can see any number of “tropical storms” come through in a very short time.
FIX WINDSHIELD DAMAGE IN FALL
While fall can be the most damaging season for your windshield, it’s also the most important time of year to fix any damages to your vehicle’s glass. Many drivers find that as the weather cools and the bitter cold of winter sets in, their windshield damage grows exponentially. More often than not, that small negligible chip in your windshield will grow into a full-flown crack when winter hits.
One of the main reasons windshield chips grow into cracks is due to a combination of moisture and dropping temperatures. When moisture gets into the small chip or crack in your windshield, it can freeze and expand. This inevitably causes your windshield chip to grow seemingly overnight. By the time this occurs, you’ll need a windshield replacement which is far more tedious than if you had fixed the crack or chip early on. Here at Pro Glass we can handle either repair with ease and even offer to walk you through the insurance process when you need.
No matter what caused that chip in your windshield, it’s extremely important to have it fixed as soon as possible. It is possible for a vehicle to fail its state safety inspection due to windshield damage, especially if the crack is in the driver’s line of sight. Whether you encounter inclement weather, changing seasons or simply a pothole on the road, that crack on your windshield will grow into a larger issue with time so it’s crucial that you get it fixed as soon as you can.
If you have a chip or crack currently that you’d like repaired Pro Glass is the company to call in Central Texas to help with your windshield.