If you drive a lot, especially on gravel roads, you’ll probably end up with a cracked or chipped windshield at some point. All it takes is one rock to kick up and hit your windshield. If the damage appears minor or the chip is small, you may think you can save a buck by doing the repair yourself. However, when it comes to auto glass, DIY won’t save you time or money.
Windshield chips and cracks are no joke. You may need your windshield to save your life in the event of an accident, just as you rely on seatbelts and airbags. Here are a few reasons why you don’t want to compromise your safety by trying to do windshield repairs on your own.
1. Limited effectiveness
DIY windshield repair kits aren’t a permanent solution. They’re designed to keep small chips or cracks from spreading until you can bring your vehicle to a professional to have it fully repaired. DIY kits usually contain basic tools and adhesives that don’t provide a complete repair. Plus, if you purchase the wrong type of kit, you could worsen the damage to your windshield, making it more difficult and expensive to repair in the future.
2. Safety concerns
Windshield repairs require a certain level of expertise and skill to ensure they’re done correctly. There are multiple steps to installing automotive glass, which take many years to perfect. Without proper knowledge, you could inadvertently damage your windshield further or create a safety hazard. A poorly done repair can weaken the structural integrity of your windshield, causing it to shatter or crack in the event of an accident.
Whether your windshield has a small rock chip needing repair or requires full replacement, it’s always best to go to a professional. At All-West Glass, our technicians have the necessary equipment, expertise and experience to ensure your windshield is repaired safely and effectively. In fact, all our locations have either I-CAR® (Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair) or government-certified technicians.
Auto Glass Repair and Windshield Replacement
At All-West Glass, we offer fast, efficient and reliable auto glass service in Grande Prairie, Dawson Creek, Smithers and 18 locations across Northwest Canada. We have an extensive automotive glass inventory and can complete most services on the same day. Contact us to learn more about our products and services.