What to Do If Your Window is Broken

Whether you’re running errands or simply leaving for work in the morning, odds are you want your car to be fully intact when you go to drive it. Exiting your house to find one of your car windows smashed in is definitely a bad way to start the day, to say the least. Regardless of whether it’s the result of theft or some freak accident, you’re going to have to tend to your broken auto glass. We’re here to offer some tips on what to do after your window has been broken.

1.) Call Your Insurance Company and File a Police Report

If your broken window is the result of a break-in and not some natural event, leave everything undisturbed until you call your insurance company and file a police report. Sometimes both the police and insurance companies will take all the details over the phone, and other times they will want to come to you in person to write up the report. If your situation falls into the latter, and the insurance company and police want to come in person, then clean nothing. This way, they can fully assess the situation without your interference. If they aren’t coming in person, make sure you take pictures that accurately capture the damage.

2.) Clean the Glass

One of the easiest ways to clean up shattered glass is with a vacuum, so grab a vacuum and clear as much glass as possible. You should keep in mind that when you bring your car in for a new window, the technicians at the shop will also vacuum your car. So, you don’t have to worry about getting all of the glass. Also, be sure to empty the glass from the vacuum before putting it away.

3.) Cover Your Window

Once the two previous steps are all said and done, try your best to secure the window. Doing so will help keep any elements from the outdoors, such as rain or snow, from entering your vehicle until the window can be addressed, and thus protects your interior. A couple of examples of materials you can use are clear packing tape and/or a trash bag. Various other methods can be employed to cover up your window, it just depends on which one works best for your specific situation. Just be sure not to get any of the clear packing tape on the paint of your car, as it can cause the paint to peel.

Having all of your car windows intact is important. After all, they are there for a reason! After going through the motions of filing a report, if necessary, and cleaning up the initial mess, come on down to Windshield Centers. Our professionals will replace the window and have you on your way in no time. Call us at (585) 957-7080, or fill out our online contact form!

3 Methods of Windshield Repair

When you’re out driving on the road, rocks and other debris can easily cause damage to your windshield. You could be casually driving along when BAM, a rock hits your windshield at the perfect trajectory. As you go through the motions of scheduling an appointment for auto glass repair, you may find yourself wondering about how a windshield is repaired in the first place. We’re here to explain three common windshield repair methods.

1.) Replacing the Windshield

Sometimes there are chips and cracks that go beyond simple patch jobs. If a windshield chip is larger than a quarter, it likely cannot be filled. Also, if the crack is larger than a dollar bill, repair isn’t an option. In situations like that, the entire windshield would have to be replaced. Replacing a windshield involves taking out the old windshield and putting in a completely new piece of glass. This process is best left to a professional, and should not be performed on your own.

2.) Windshield Patch

If you’re in need of a windshield patch, you can usually purchase a do-it-yourself repair kit. After acquiring the kit, apply the patch over the damaged portion of the windshield, and smooth out the patch to allow it to work. The patch will harden, which helps strengthen the damaged area. The patch will not strengthen the glass itself, but it will hold the area together to prevent future cracking.

3.) Windshield Resin

This method is used most often by professionals for repairing cracks and chips. The way it works is that resin is injected into the crack or chip, and then a heat source is utilized to harden the resin. As it hardens, the resin expands and works to fill the damage. The resin helps prevent the current windshield damage from spreading, and also helps strengthen the area.

For all of your windshield repair needs, contact the professionals at Windshield Centers! Call us at (800)-900-1505, or fill out our online contact form!