When it’s time to replace the windshield, it is important that it is done correctly and professionally.
While many people think of the windshield as a cosmetic feature on a car, the windshield is actually part of the vehicle’s Safety Restraint System (SLS). The windshield has an important role in vehicle occupant safety, when replacing the windshield it is important to find a repair facility that can do the job professionally.
An improperly installed windshield can have devastating consequences. Your windshield’s job is important, but if the windshield isn’t secured in place properly, the safety of the vehicles occupants will be severely compromised.
Here are a few things to look for when searching for a windshield replacement shop. By asking questions to the shop before you commit to having the work done, you can find out about the shop’s qualifications, and can make certain that your new windshield will be installed correctly.
Ask About Their Procedure
Make sure you ask the shop how long you will have to wait before your vehicle is ready to drive away. If the shop tells you that it can be driven as soon as the windshield is installed, cross that shop off your list. The bonding agents that are used in windshield replacement need to set properly in order for the windshield to be considered safe. Different adhesives set differently – so the amount of time your windshield will need to sit will vary, but generally, the windshield will need to set for a one-hour minimum, and in some cases, it should even be left overnight.
It is also important to ask if the technicians wear gloves during the installation. Gloves are an important as the oils from the skin can contaminate the adhesives and can cause a windshield not to set properly.
Ask About Their Product
A high-quality windshield, adhesives, and gasket are important for a long lasting windshield. When choosing a repair shop, make sure you ask which types of windshields they use, and try to find a shop that offers OEM glass.
Also, keep in mind that while you may feel more comfortable using a dealer for windshield replacement, many dealers hire local glass replacement shops to replace windshields. By doing your own research and choosing a reputable shop, you can make sure that the shop you choose is qualified, rather than letting the dealer choose a shop for you.
When it comes to finding a glass replacement shop, it is important to find a reputable shop. Since the windshield is one of the most important safety restraints in your car, it is important that it is replaced by a professional who understands this.