Lightning Auto Glass

Why You Shouldn’t Wait To Repair Damaged Auto Glass

If you spot a crack or chip on your auto glass, don’t wait to have the repairs made. Here are four reasons you should repair damaged auto glass as soon as possible.

Why You Shouldn't Wait To Repair Damaged Auto Glass

1. Your Insurance May Cover The Cost

Depending on your policy, your car insurance may cover some of the cost to fix cracks and scratches in your glass. Some insurance policies may even cover the entire cost of your repair if the damage resulted from an accident. Lightning Auto Glass is approved by all major insurance companies and is networked with them to file your insurance claim for you. Just give our office a call, and we will handle it from there.

2. Waiting Could Make Damage Worse

Repairing your damaged auto glass right away can prevent it from spreading. Allowing a crack or chip to sit in the glass can result in a more expensive repair down the road. You may even need to have replacement glass installed. Repairing auto glass damage is generally less costly than installing a replacement.

3. Limited Road Hazard Warranty

Lightning Auto Glass offers a limited road hazard warranty on all windshield repairs and replacements. Our warranty will cover the repair or replacement of your windshield due to damage received from normal driving conditions. This warranty lasts for as long as you own the vehicle. Click here to read our warranty terms and conditions.

4. Driver Safety & Visibility

Large cracks and chips on a windshield can compromise the structural integrity of the glass. This negatively impacts the windshield’s ability to protect you and your passengers in the event of an accident. Likewise, if the damage is located in the driver’s line of sight, it could decrease their visibility while driving.

Contact Lightning Auto Glass For Repairs

Whether small or large, if you’re dealing with windshield or auto glass damage, you should contact Lightning Auto Glass for repair or replacement as soon as possible. We can often have your vehicle’s repairs completed within the same day as your scheduled appointment. Call our shop at (770) 451-6468 or click here to schedule your appointment.

How Cold Weather Affects A Cracked Windshield

Cold weather can negatively affect windshields with cracks or chips in them. We highly recommend repairing your damaged windshield before the damage worsens with colder weather.

Cold Weather Windshield Crack Repair

Why Are Windshields Important?

A secure windshield is crucial to your safety. It protects you and your passengers from dirt, debris, rain, and wind, and it makes up nearly one-third of a vehicle’s structural support. Windshields are especially important in rollover accidents, which can be fatal if the roof collapses.

The structural integrity of a windshield becomes compromised if it suffers damage. A crack or a chip, no matter the size, is cause for concern. When we experience colder temperatures in Atlanta, it’s essential to have your auto glass repaired quickly, so the damage doesn’t get any worse.

What Effect Does Cold Weather Have On Auto Glass?

As temperatures drop, glass expands and contracts. The same is true for your vehicle’s windshield and windows. The expansion and contraction of the glass will cause it to weaken and become more concave. This increases the sensitivity of the glass and makes cracks more likely to appear.

If your windshield already has damage, such as a crack or chip, you may notice the damaged area start to spread horizontally. According to a Motor Industry Research Association study, a windshield crack is 60% more likely to spread when temperatures drop to 32 degrees.

How To Protect Your Windshield This Winter

It doesn’t get frigid often in Atlanta, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared for the occasional dip in degrees. Here are some ways to keep your windshield protected when colder weather is approaching.

  • Replace Your Windshield Wipers – Keep them in good shape and have them inspected during normal oil changes or scheduled maintenance
  • Be Cautious With Your Defrosters – Don’t blow your defrosters directly on your windshield. Instead, aim the airflow toward the floor and increase the heat gradually. Blasting warm air on the inside of the auto glass puts additional stress on the glass when temperatures are much colder on the outside. This will likely lead to increased damage.
  • Keep Washer Fluid Tank Full – Get in the habit of checking windshield washer fluids regularly during winter since they’re used more often in colder weather.

Get Your Cracks and Chips Repaired Immediately

We urge you to repair your cracked or chipped windshield before the damage worsens.  Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our Chamblee location for a thorough inspection.  It’s simply not safe to drive with a damaged windshield in the winter. Don’t delay – contact us to schedule your appointment.