Driving in the winter is fraught with danger.
There's nothing worse than getting in your car early on a cold winter morning to find that your windshield and windows are frosted over; you'll need to put the defrost up high and just wait for a short minutes to drive safely.
You're not out of the woods once your car's defrosted enough to see out the windshield. You'll almost certainly still have to handle slushy, snowy roads--and watch out for "black ice," which might put you in great danger of an accident.
Furthermore, cold weather causes glass to contract, including your windshield. Because of the way glass reacts to climate, you may be asking how windshield repair can be done in the winter.
Is it possible to replace my windshield during the winter?
We're here to assure you that, yes, you can obtain a windshield repair in the cold!
There are a few principles to follow whenever you get a windshield replacement to ensure that your new windshield cures correctly, providing an airtight seal that keeps you safe.
There may be a few additional concerns for installations performed during the winter months, but nothing severe enough to prevent you from getting a necessary replacement completed.
Should I replace my windshield during the winter?
Because there are a few extra steps to take over the winter to maintain a proper seal and cure, some people may be tempted to wait until the weather warms up before having their windshield replaced.
We'd want to discourage you from waiting because a windshield repair is frequently required due to damage to the glass of your windshield.
If your windshield is damaged enough to require replacement, waiting will only make the situation worse, especially during the winter months.
For example, if your windshield is significantly cracked or chipped, the stress that the glass undergoes as a result of changing temperatures can exacerbate the problem, compromising the structural integrity of the vehicle. You may also be pulled over depending on where the crack is located--it's unlawful (not to mention dangerous!) to drive with a crack that blocks the driver's field of vision.
How does a windshield repair function in winter?
The windshield replacement process can be more difficult in cold weather. We must be particularly cautious to avoid any type of stress on the glass that could cause harm.
It is also critical that there be no moisture present near the windshield seal during installation. If there is ice or snow on the ground, moisture may become trapped and hinder an airtight seal, causing future issues with the glass and compromising the structural integrity of your vehicle.
Is it possible to have a mobile windshield replacement in the winter?
Fast Glass takes pride in our mobile windshield replacements and repairs. Having your windshield repaired from the comfort of your own home or workplace is quite handy, and we recommend taking advantage of this service for the majority of the year!
However, mobile windshield replacement in subzero temperatures may make it more difficult for the technician and your windshield to cure properly.
As a result, we recommend visiting our Russellville or Fort Smith locations for your winter windshield replacement. A warm climate guarantees that the windshield glue cures properly and fast, avoiding any potential complications that may develop with an outdoor replacement.
To get started, give us a call or send us an email. We'd love to get you back on the road quickly and safely!
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