How to prevent a chipped windshield from spreading

Windshield cracks can happen anywhere and at any time. You don’t even need to be driving for a chip to occur on your windshield. Changing temperatures can cause enough stress on your windshield that a crack can appear.

Cracks can be a real pain. If you are a driver in the know, you’ll be aware that chips can turn into cracks in no time. It doesn’t matter how small they start, any chip can turn into a huge crack. The longer you leave it, the more dangerous the crack becomes. Not only does it impair vision but it also damages the structural integrity of the windshield. The quicker you can prevent a chipped windshield from spreading, the better. Here’s what you need to know.

How auto glass works

Your windshield isn’t made from a single layer of glass. Unlike all of the other glass on your vehicle, your windshield is made from two layers of glass with a layer of laminate between them, This stops your windshield from shattering when it is involved in an accident. Normally, a chip will only affect the top layer. But that isn’t always the case. Sometimes debris can cause a crack large enough to pierce both layers. Naturally, chips of this kind need to be repaired immediately as the entire integrity of your windshield has been compromised.

Even if a chip only affects the top layer, however, water can still get in, freeze and then cause the crack to spread to the second layer. When water gets in, you’ll find your glass becomes even less visible because of mist or fog that forms inside.

 

Stop the chip from spreading by getting it repaired

Getting your chip repaired as quickly as possible is the only surefire way to stop it from spreading into a crack that requires the entire glass to be replaced. But don’t think you can repair the chip yourself, however. The is almost guaranteed to cause more damage in the long run. Instead, take your car to an auto glass repair shop as soon as possible. These experts will have the proper tools and equipment needed to properly repair the chip for good. It doesn’t matter how large or small the chip or crack is. Take it to an expert as soon as possible to stop a chip from spreading.

 

Using products to stop it spreading

Many people think that they can use store bought products to stop a chip from spreading. Many of these products will promise to stop a chip dead in their tracks. But despite these promises, there is no guarantee that they will work. If you’re thinking about using products, please think again. Even if you are only using products as a stop gap before taking your car to an expert, don’t. Take your car to a repair shop and let the experts stop your crack from spreading.