Why Windshield Crack Repair is Important in the Winter Months, Even With Tinted Windows

Posted on: 29 December 2016

If a rock flies up and leaves a small chip or crack in your windshield, you likely know that it needs to be repaired. However, you may find yourself putting it off. You may think that the crack or chip is small, and you have time or you will wait until it is more convenient to fill it. And unfortunately, if you have window tinting, you may think that you are protected from many of these negative things thanks to the added protection of the film. But, especially in winter months, waiting can cause the crack or chip to get bigger, which can ultimately be the difference between your crack or chip being filled or your entire windshield needing to be replaced. Here are two reasons why windshield crack repair is especially important in the winter months.

Gravel Can Cause a Weakened Windshield to Shatter

In some parts of the country, small amount of gravel is placed on the road to help with the traction on icy roads. While this is normally not a huge deal, it can be a big deal if you have a crack in your windshield. Gravel can fly up and hit your windshield. If your windshield is already damaged due to an unfilled crack, the windshield may be weakened. A piece of film from your window tinting does nothing to strength the windshield. A large piece of gravel, or repeated fly-ins with smaller pieces, may cause your windshield to shatter due to the loss of strength. Having your crack filled in a timely manner prevents this from happening.

Cracks Can Increase in Size

When you have a crack in your windshield, sealing it prevents moisture from seeping into the crack. When moisture seeps into the crack or chip, and then temperatures dip, the moisture in the crack can freeze. This causes the water to expand, which in turn, causes your crack or chip to grow in size. If you have tinted windows, you may think that your chip is protected from moisture due to the film on top of the window. However, this is not true. When the rock pierced the windshield, it likely pierced the film as well, so water can seep in, even through your window tinting.

If you have a crack or chip in your windshield, mobile windshield repair can make the process faster. A professional can come to your place of work or your home and fill the crack right then and there. If your window shield is tinted, the crack will need to be repaired, followed by the window tinting. A mobile windshield repair can do this service as well, ensuring your windshield looks good as new.