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Cold Weather and Window Chips | Glass Doctor

Cold weather and window chips can be a dangerous combination—the longer you leave a chip or small crack on your windshield, the more likely it is to expand and get worse, especially during colder weather.

Instead of waiting to get your windshield fixed, call the certified professionals at Glass Doctor® at 855-603-1919 to repair it as soon as possible.

How Does Cold Weather Affect My Windshield?

cracked windshield

When the weather begins to cool, windshield cracks are 60 to 80 percent more likely to spread in cold weather because the temperatures cause the windshield to weaken and take on a concave shape.

Even though windshields are designed to endure a lot of stress, your windshield is more likely to crack in colder weather because the temperature change causes glass to expand and contract.

When Should I Repair My Windshield?

If you wait to get your windshield repaired when temperatures are colder, there is a high chance that the crack will get worse. Even if you don’t have a visible chip, a sudden change in temperature can cause your windshield to crack.

Additionally, in some states it’s illegal to drive with a damaged windshield because it’s a driving hazard. If you have a chip or minor crack in your windshield, you should get it fixed as soon as possible to avoid possible accidents or serious fines when driving.

While repairing your window chip during cold weather is not ideal because of the extended time it takes the resin to dry, it is possible. The glass experts at Glass Doctor can repair or replace your windshield in any type of weather, at any time.

What to Expect with Glass Doctor

crack in windshield

At Glass Doctor, our certified professionals provide emergency windshield repair and replacement services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

We will determine if your windshield needs a repair or replacement by looking at these three factors:

  1. Size—Chips larger than 3/8 inch and cracks more than three inches long will typically require a replacement.
  2. Location—Cracks near the edge of the windshield or in your line of sight require replacement because of their tendency to spread and impair your vision.
  3. Timespan—The longer you leave chips and cracks unaddressed, the more likely dirt will build up, making it more difficult to perform a successful repair.

We recommend repairing your windshield over replacing it because it’s more affordable, the job can be done in a more efficient timespan, and most insurance companies will waive your deductible and pay for your windshield repair.

Windshield Repair Process

To properly repair your windshield, Glass Doctor specialists will remove debris from the damaged area, occasionally using a drill to create a clean path for the repair resin.

The special resin is then injected into the crack using a tool that attaches to the surface of the glass. After injecting the resin, it is cured and polished to a clear finish.

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Repair Your Windshield with Glass Doctor Today

Don’t wait to get your window chips fixed during colder weather. Call the experts at Glass Doctor today for a quick, efficient windshield repair or replacement.

Schedule an appointment with our experts at 855-603-1919.

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Sources:

Auto Glass Safety Council: http://agsc.org/

Glass Bytes: http://www.glassbytes.com/2014/01/can-repairs-be-successful-in-cold-weather/

HORIBA-MIRA: https://www.horiba-mira.com/