When it comes to auto glass replacement, safety should always be the top priority. It is essential to ensure that the windshield is an inch or more away from any gaps or bubbles before installing the new glass. If there are any imperfections, the adhesive must be removed and reapplied. Automotive professionals recommend that when a notch or crack occurs in the windshield, it should be repaired rather than replaced, as this will save you a lot of money.
However, if the damage is too severe, then a full replacement may be necessary. When repairing car glass, it is important to use protective equipment and to make sure that the repair center uses the latest safety equipment and follows recommended protocols. If the cracks are less than three inches from the edge of the glass, then a full replacement is necessary. It is best to hire a highly qualified and highly recommended auto glass company to ensure that the replacement windshield is properly installed and secure. When choosing an auto glass contractor, there are several factors to consider. The company should accept the Safety Standard for the replacement of automotive glass, be a member of the National Glass Association (NGA) and be certified by the NGA, provide you with a quick and accurate estimate of the cost of the replacement, and be able to tell you how long it will take to replace it.
Additionally, if you prefer to use OEM-quality glass, you should consider buying the glass from the automaker's dealer. Replacing your car's windshield promptly and hiring a qualified contractor to guarantee its operation will ensure your safety and that of your passengers on the road. Car glass prices can vary depending on the severity of the damage, the type of glass, and the mechanic you choose. Tara Taffera is the editorial director of USGlass, Auto Glass Repair and Replacement, and Window Film magazines.