Auto Glass is Such a Small Thing

When you think about it, the role auto glass plays in the effective functioning of your vehicle is fairly amazing. It’s less than a quarter inch thick, yet it serves to keep out wind and weather, not to mention the noise of the road. Without the glass in your front, rear, and side windows, your heat and air conditioning are virtually useless. These thin panes are far more insulative than we really think about until we find ourselves stuck without them.

Even The Grand Canyon Started Small

The problem with auto glass is that in order to do its job, it has to be rigid and that makes it brittle. The sand of which all glass, not just that for vehicles, is made, flows gently through the fingers, yielding to pressure and drifting gently in the wind. It is very hard to break because the pieces are so small. Packed in bags and stacked, these characteristics make it an excellent flood barrier, but it won’t keep sound or bugs out of your car.

To make the windshield a solid entity, the sand has been heated and treated and turned into glass, which is then annealed and tempered and sometimes laminated. All of this makes the best, strongest, safest barrier between you and the outside world. Unfortunately, the nature of that barrier means that a ding or a nick will inevitably grow and ultimately decrease the windshield’s efficiency.

Only You Can Prevent Damage

It is true that it is quite possible to make windshield glass that is much sturdier than that which is currently used. Unfortunately, it would be difficult to see through and radically decrease your gas mileage. The best balance is what we have at the present.

Therefore, a great deal of responsibility lies with you. Driving attentively and defensively will help to prevent much of the damage incurred through daily driving. However, even the best driver cannot avoid everything and when a chip or nick happens, it is in the best interest of the functioning of your vehicle as a whole to get it to an auto glass specialist as rapidly as possible.

Technology To The Rescue

In the not so distant past, there was some justification for letting chips become cracks and cracks become disasters. That was because any windshield glass repair necessitated a full replacement. At present though, it is completely possible to utilize aspects that mimic the process of making glass in the first place to reform the glass around the spreading crack and make it as good as new.

There are also numerous fillers that the skilled professional can use to stop a break before it ever gets that far and restore unimpeded vision. These processes are also less expensive – even with insurance – than waiting to replace the entire window. Thus, you have no excuse to risk your safety and that of others as you track the progress of a crack across your field of vision.