What is Windshield Pitting?

Have you ever been driving down the road when suddenly the light from the sun, or another vehicle, is right in your eye and utterly blinding? Now, obviously lights are bright, but these intense bursts of light can actually be caused by windshield pitting. When there are pits in your windshield, they can cause light to shine intensely in your eyes for a couple of seconds. Not only are these bright lights distracting, but they are also dangerous. Being blinded for even a brief time on the road can lead to some serious problems. Let’s go over the causes of windshield pitting and how it impacts your auto glass.

What Causes It?

Windshield pitting is caused by things such as sand, dust, pebbles, and other road debris hitting your windshield and wearing it down over time. These small things won’t be enough to cause significant damage, but they can create pits in your auto glass over extended periods of time. If you look closely at your windshield, you might discover there to be tiny dents or specks. Those are windshield pits.

How Does It Impact Me?

It doesn’t take a lot of pits for them to rear their ugly heads and let bright light right into your eye. When a beam of lights hits the pit(s) just right, the beam is either distorted, magnified, or refracted. The light typically only lasts for a brief moment, but it’s enough to make driving a problem for the person behind the wheel. Any type of damaged auto glass is hazardous for drivers.

Weakened Auto Glass

Having a couple of pits in your windshield isn’t the end of the world and won’t immediately weaken it. However, over time, several pits om your windshield can lead it to become unstable and unable to withstand even minor impacts. Weakened auto glass is a major safety issue and we suggest coming down to our nearest center so that we can remedy the problem for you.

Are you currently dealing with a pitted windshield? If so, head on over to your nearest Wisconsin Windshield Center. We can fix your problem quickly and have you back on the road with non compromised auto glass in no time! We look forward to helping you.

What to Look For in an Auto Glass Repair Service

Hopefully you don’t often find yourself in an auto glass repair center, in which case you might need some pointers on what to look for when searching for one. After an accident, freak weather, or a vehicular break-in, you’re going to require speedy auto glass services. Windshield Centers is the only place for you, if we’re in your area. If you’re outside of our service areas, we want to help you find a reputable company who is knowledgeable in the industry. The following are a few of the things you should want in an auto glass repair company.

1.) They Work with Insurance Companies

This is an important aspect of any auto glass servicer, considering many repairs and installations are covered by your auto insurance policy. Since plenty of auto glass repairs and installations are covered by car insurance, you can opt to file a claim as opposed to paying out of pocket. This helps keep both you and your bank account happy!

2.) They Offer Mobile Repair Services

When you work 9-5 from Monday through Friday, it can sometimes seem impossible to get anything done. This is why it’s important to find an auto glass repair shop that sends technicians to you. Mobile repair services are super convenient since all you have to do is book an appointment, provide the shop with the location of where your call will be, and have your windshield fixed! With all the stresses the world throws at us, it’s nice when windshield and auto glass repair are a breeze.

3.) Auto Glass Associations

Another thing to keep an eye out for is whether your auto glass servicer is registered with, or certified by, any auto glass associations. When the company you choose is certified by an auto glass association, you can breathe easy knowing they follow all standard safety procedures while utilizing the best technology to tend to your auto glass.

You might think that all auto glass servicers are relatively similar, but there are certain aspects you really should be on the lookout for. The difference between a quality service job and a shoddy one is like night and day, so do your research before pulling up to any random auto glass center. For all of your auto glass repair and replacement needs, trust Wisconsin Windshield Centers. Call us at 262-832-1160, or fill out an online contact form!

Windshield Cracks Should Be Fixed Before Hot Weather Hits

When your windshield is damaged, and sustains a crack, it is very important to get the crack filled. Not only does this prevent the crack from worsening, but it also gives you peace of mind about your windshield. Often times, however, people continue to drive and put off their windshield repair. With summer in full swing, you really should have the damage addressed sooner rather than later.

Higher temperatures make your windshield glass heat up, which cause the glass molecules to expand. When the glass molecules expand, the damage to your windshield also begins to expand. It is a gradual process, but over time the crack or chip will continue to grow due to expansion. Filling the crack before summer heat waves can help prevent this. If you wait too long, and allow the damage to linger throughout the summer months, the crack stands the chance of growing past the point of being eligible for repair. This is incredibly important to keep in mind, as a repair job is much cheaper than a full replacement.

If your windshield has sustained damage, but you aren’t able to get it fixed before a strong heat wave, do your best to keep it in the shade. Keeping the windshield out of the sun will help keep the crack from growing while you figure out what to do about the damage.

For all of your windshield repair needs, get in touch with the professionals at Wisconsin Windshield Centers! Call us at (800) 900-1505, or fill out our online contact form! We also offer convenient mobile windshield repair services.

How Does Summer Heat Affect your Windshield?

The summer heat is a very common cause of windshield damage. Heat causes windshields to expand, causing cracks and chips in the glass as it is in a vulnerable position within the frame.

Summer heat can also cause small chips or cracks to quickly spread into larger breaks. This is why we recommend getting a windshield repair as soon as you see minor windshield damage, in order to avoid needing a full windshield replacement.

Another reason why windshield cracks are common in the summer is because drivers usually crank up their air conditioning when they jump into their hot car during the summer. Imagine when you pop a couple of ice cubes into a warm drink. That popping sound is similar to what is happening to your windshield when you are blowing ice cold air onto it after it has been baking in the hot sun for hours.

Use caution during the summer if your windshield has any minor chips or cracks. Get your windshield professionally repaired as soon as possible, but in the meantime, do your best to park in the shade whenever possible. Also, keep your windows slightly cracked when it is parked so that the heat in the inside of your car does not get too intense. And if you can help it, slowly turn up your air conditioning so that you do not stress out your glass.

For more information about our windshield repair services, contact Wisconsin Windshield Centers at 800-900-1505.

Will I be able to see the damage after the windshield repair?

After a windshield repair from Wisconsin Windshield Centers, the place of the windshield damage will be virtually invisible. This is because all of our windshield repair services utilize our Clarity® Windshield Repair Resin. This repair resin, which was developed specifically for Wisconsin Windshield Centers and partners, is designed to match the refractive index of the glass it is injected  into. This means that the glass will be extremely clear where the damage happened.

This guarantees the safest possible windshield repair. Our main concern with every repair is that the windshield is restored to its original strength so that it provides the highest level of safety and structural integrity to the driver and car. However, this is not enough. We call our windshield repair resin Clarity because it delivers the clearest view to the driver. The damage after a Wisconsin Windshield Centers windshield repair will be virtually invisible.

For more information about our windshield repair services, contact us at (800) 900-1505.

How is your Windshield a Safety Feature for Automobiles?

Your windshield does more than just keep bugs and rocks out of your eyes. It is also a key safety component for your automobile. Just like the seat belt, air bags, and anti-lock brakes, the windshield has developed with automobiles over time to become an important element for keeping the driver and passengers safe.

The early windshield was designed to help the driver see while on the road. Nowadays, the windshield heavily contributes to the structural integrity of every automobile. In rollovers, the cabin of the car must remain intact as the roof of the car takes heavy impact, and if the car ends up landing on its back. The windshield helps provide the roof of the car with support, preventing the car from crushing in from the roof.

In front end collisions, the windshield also provides structural support to the front of the car. The windshield can provide up to 45% of structural support in front end collisions. Windshields also play an important role in front end accidents because the passenger side air bag actually bounces off of the windshield when it is deployed. Your windshield must be strong enough to support the force of a deploying air bag. According to GM, airbags deploy at about 200 MPH.

Additionally, the windshield helps keep occupants inside the cabin of the car. One of the most common causes of fatalities from motor accidents is ejection from the vehicle. The windshield helps keep you in the car in front end collisions.

If you have a cracked or chipped windshield, the structural integrity of your entire vehicle is at risk. Contact Wisconsin Windshield Centers for more information about windshields and our windshield repair services.

Why should I get my windshield repaired right away?

When your car or vehicle takes minor windshield damage, you are fortunate to have the option to get your windshield repaired right away. Minor windshield damage can be defined in several ways. One way that makes the damage “minor” is if it’s in the form of a crack that is shorter than a dollar bill, “the long way”. Another kind of minor damage is circular or star shaped damage that is smaller than the size of a quarter. Another requirement is that the damage is not in the line of vision of the driver, because our safety standards require that we must replace windshields that have any damage directly in front of the driver.

If your damage meets these requirements, and our repair specialist signs off on it, you can get your windshield repaired instead of replaced. However, many drivers do not take advantage of this situation. Many drivers simply put off taking care of their damaged windshield because it is so minor. This catch-22 ends up costing people added money, because in most cases minor windshield damage does not stay that way. Minor cases of windshield damage often spread and become more serious over time. With weather, changes in temperature, and other elements, the glass can get warped and the damage can spread past the line of “minor” into a major case of damage.

Our windshield repair services are fast and affordable. A repair can be done in 20 minutes, versus an hour for a replacement. Many insurance companies will completely cover the cost of a repair, while some replacements require you to also put down a deductible. Also, it is much more safe to get your windshield repaired right away, instead of waiting.

Contact Wisconsin Windshield Centers today at (800) 900-1505 to find out if we can repair your windshield today.