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The Importance of Looking After Car Windscreens

Windscreens are vital to our safety.

Besides the obvious job of keeping us sheltered from flying debris and the elements, it is also paramount to maintaining the structural integrity of our cars.

Even the smallest chip or crack is detrimental in that it obstructs our vision, damages the windscreen further and weakens the car’s structural strength. In the event of an accident, a car’s roof can easily collapse if it is not supported fully by the windscreen.

If a crack or chip in a windscreen is repaired in time it will stop the need to get it replaced. Repair is a much cheaper option than replacement, so the moment you notice a small chip or crack get it repaired immediately.

Consult our diagnostic chart in order to see what the dangers are of various windscreen damages and how you should go about repairing them.

Chip

Damage Description

Caused by flying debris hitting the windscreen. Cracks often form around the chip.

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Dangers of a chipped windscreen

Risks of Damage

Can limit vision. Moisture, extreme temperatures, vibrations can cause larger cracks. Cracks can ruin windscreen wipers.

Type of Repair

Repair as soon as possible to avoid costly replacement.

Crack

Damage Description

High impact from debris. Chips that have become cracks from.

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Dangers of a cracked windscreen

Risks of Damage

Limits vision. Weakens the windscreen, compromising structural integrity.

Type of Repair

Can be replaced depending on size. Large cracks must be replaced.

Glare or Reflections

Damage Description

A reflected image may occur when the dashboard reflects onto the windscreen.

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Dangers of glare on a windscreen

Risks of Damage

Limits vision and can be distracting.

Type of Repair

Ensure both the interior and exterior side of the windscreen are as clean as possible.

Haze

Damage Description

Occurs when wipers are used sometimes and cause smudges on the windscreen.

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Dangers of haze on a windscreen

Risks of Damage

Limits vision.

Type of Repair

Clean your windscreen with white vinegar and a soft cloth.

Milkiness

Damage Description

When the vinyl layer loosens from the windscreen and returns to its pre-laminated state.

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Dangers of milkiness on a windscreen

Risks of Damage

Limits vision. Compromises windscreen’s ability to protect occupants in the event of an accident.

Type of Repair

Replace windscreen as as soon as possible.

Sandblasting

Damage Description

When the windscreen has been subject to abrasion from sand and dirt particles over time.

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Dangers of a windscreen with sandblasting

Risks of Damage

Causes flecks that sparkle in the sun, limiting vision. Can also limit on-coming traffic’s vision if it reflects into their eyes.

Type of Repair

Replace windscreen as as soon as possible.

Delamination

Damage Description

When a layer of glass separates from the vinyl layer, often caused by trapped moisture.

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Dangers of a windscreen with delamination

Risks of Damage

Can impair vision with optimal illusions and lessens the protective ability of one’s windscreen.

Type of Repair

Replace windscreen immediately.

Fog or Mist

Damage Description

Different interior and exterior temperatures can cause the inside of a windscreen to mist up.

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Dangers of mist or fog on a windscreen

Risks of Damage

Impairs vision.

Type of Repair

Use the demister and wait until mist clears. Alternatively use a piece of felt material to wipe the condensation off.

Frost

Damage Description

Cold temperatures can cause frost to gather on the outside of the windscreen.

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Dangers of frost on a windscreen

Risks of Damage

Limits vision. Cold temperatures can cause chips to crack.

Type of Repair

Use heat setting on demister or cover your windscreen with a blanket at night when temperatures are cold.