It has always been a dream of mine to have a greenhouse that I could use to grow my own produce during the winter. I love garden fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, cantaloupes and a variety of other produce and it made me sad when I had to quit gardening for the season. I decided that it was time for me to invest in having a greenhouse built in my backyard so that I could continue to grow throughout the entire year. Learn all about the selection of the glass and how it needs to be cared for right here on my blog.
It may be time to replace your car's windshield, even if you don't see signs of major damage. Safety is always the main concern, but how do you know when your windshield may no longer be safe? The following guide can help you know when it's time to get it replaced.
Cracks and Obvious Damage
A chip or crack on a windshield doesn't necessarily mean it's time for a full replacement. Small chips and cracks, generally those smaller than a quarter, can usually be repaired if they aren't near the edge of the windshield. The key is to get them repaired promptly so they don't have a chance to get bigger.
Larger cracks, especially those that spider web over a large area or that connect to the sides of the window, can majorly compromise the integrity of the window. This means the entire windshield could easily cave in. It is important to get the windshield replaced immediately if this occurs.
A leaky seal around your front windshield can spell trouble. First, you need to make sure the seal is actually leaking. Sometimes condensation builds up inside the car and runs down the interior of the window. If water streaks are coming down from only one area, or if you can actually pinpoint the leaks when you dump water on the windshield, then the seal is probably the concern. Your front windshield adds to the structural integrity of the car, so it needs to be fitted in securely.
Fortunately, you may not need to have the entire piece of glass replaced. In most cases, an auto glass repair shop can simply remove the faulty seal and then reseat your windshield with a new seal. This will eliminate the leaks and prevent further issues from occurring.
There are many causes for scratched or etched glass. The most obvious occurs when you get a series of scratches in the line of your windshield wipers. These are caused by grit caught under the blades. You can prevent these by replacing the blades when needed and never running the wipers on a dry window.
Your glass can also become etched due to dust and gravel hitting your windshield on the road. Regardless, you know the window is badly scratched if you have trouble with glare. In some cases your repair shop, like Becky's Glass Works, can buff and polish away the scratches. You may need a full replacement if the window is badly etched.