Thursday, August 22, 2019

Will Auto Insurance Pay for My Windshield Damage?

Photo of woman on cell phone with her vehicle’s broken windshield visible in the foreground. Headline reads: “Will Auto Insurance Pay for My Windshield Damage?”

A windshield crack is a nuisance, and the hard fact is that most small cracks get bigger, so it’s best to deal with them sooner rather than later. But will auto insurance pay for your windshield damage?

The Answer is a Definite “Maybe”

It depends on what types of insurance policy you have on the vehicle …

Monday, August 19, 2019

How to Tell if Your Windshield Damage is Repairable

Title photo showing windshield chip says, “How to Tell if Your Windshield Damage is Repairable.”

Used to be, if your windshield got even a small chip or crack, you had to replace it, period. But in 1981, a new option was made available to the public, based on previous research done by Dr. Frank Warner, a chemical engineer in Wyoming. The technique worked so well that it caught on, and now it's easy to find windshield repair in Wichita, Kansas, or pretty much anywhere in the country.

But repair isn't always an option. In this article, we'll cover the differences between repairable and non-repairable windshield damage.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Are Old Wipers Damaging Your Windshield?

Glass is hard stuff, especially auto glass—harder than the steel parts of windshield wiper frames—but these parts can scratch your windshield over time, if your blades are too worn. Most of us change wiper blades before this point because we notice they’re not cleaning the windshield properly, but sometimes a damaged blade can allow the frame to score the glass before you catch the problem and deal with it. In this article, we’ll show you what to watch for and how to recognize the signs of an abrasive wiper.

A windshield technician repairing auto glass.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Is Your Windshield Sandblasted?

Photo of a sandblasted windshield with the headline: “Is Your Windshield Sandblasted?”

Most windshield damage happens fast, whether it’s a stray piece of gravel out of nowhere or a hail storm wreaking general havoc. But one type of damage happens slowly, over time, so you may not even notice it at first: Sandblasting is the result of dust and near-microscopic debris pitting your windshield over time. When the air is thick with particles, you may see or hear the dry spray against the glass. These tiny fragments aren’t large enough to cause a crack, but they’re still capable of etching pits into the surface.