The temperatures outside are well below freezing, and the icy chill has made that small crack in your windshield turn into a big problem. With the temperatures so low, you may wonder if you can replace it or if you should wait for warmer weather.
Your windshield is a crucial component of your vehicle’s safety, and having a large crack in your field of vision throughout winter puts you at risk. Therefore, waiting for warmer temperatures is unsafe and could also resort in a ticket.
Can You Replace a Windshield in the Winter?
Yes, you can definitely replace your windshield in the winter. The products that are used to make your glass windshield stick may vary by company, but if you work with a skilled provider like All-West Glass, we have the products designed for a faster, stronger cure, regardless of the colder temperatures. The only catch is that you will need to bring your vehicle in. Mobile repairs are harder to do, especially if the temperatures outside are colder, it is snowing, or you have ice build-up. If you replace a windshield outside in the cold, the glass will be too small, but then expand with the heat. If there was not enough room initially, that could result in cracking along the edges, and then you need a new windshield yet again.
Why You Should Never Wait for a Windshield Repair or Replacement
A chipped or cracked windshield should not be ignored, and you don’t have to wait for warm weather to change it. While it might seem like an unsightly blemish or no big deal to you, it is a safety issue that you need corrected immediately. Here is why it is essential that you do:
Structural Integrity – Your windshield is a component of your vehicle’s structural integrity. It would protect you and your passengers in an accident, mainly if you were to roll over. In fact, the windshield today plays a crucial role in accident safety.
Safety Hazard – Standard windshields use transparent pieces of glass that are glued together and have a vinyl resin sheet in the center. This resin is what keeps your windshield in place in an accident, and prevents any glass shards from flying into the vehicle. When the windshield is already cracked, that vinyl resin is often damaged as well, which means it cannot handle any further impact. Therefore, a large crack could pose a safety hazard if you were to be involved in an accident.
Field of Vision Obstructed – Your vehicle’s field of vision is obstructed, especially if you have a large crack. Furthermore, at certain angles and times of the day, you will have a sunlight glare that makes it harder to see.
Don’t wait to repair or replace your windshield. The cost to replace your windshield is much less than it would cost you to recover from an accident. Therefore, when your windshield is cracked and needs a repair, speak with someone from the team at All-West Glass. Our government-certified technicians are here to help you stay safe on the road, and we have more than 19 locations across North Western Canada to serve you, with select locations even equipped for pickup and delivery. Drop by one of our convenient locations or contact us today. You may also reach us online to learn more about windshield replacement and windshield repair in Edmonton or across Northern and Western Canada.