Did You Know? Facts and Info About Glass

What You Need To Know When You Schedule Windshield Installation

by Marion Holmes

There's nothing quite as frustrating as when you get a crack or chip in your windshield. It can make it difficult to drive and see well when a crack spreads and goes across the entire windshield. If you are ready to get a new windshield installed, then you will want to be aware of a few things before you schedule the replacement.

Check With Your Insurance Regarding Coverage

Many insurance companies will pay for part or all of a windshield replacement that was caused by a rock or debris hitting your windshield. There are some policies that offer full coverage of your entire car. Usually, these policies are more money, and they will include replacing any damage to the glass parts of your vehicle. There may be a special requirement for you to get the replacement, including getting more than one quote for the repair, so you'll want to find out what you need to do in order to have your insurance pay.

Replacement Can Be Scheduled for Any Location

One of the best and quickest ways to get your windshield replaced is to opt for mobile replacement. Auto glass replacement companies now have the ability to replace windshields remotely at someone's home or place of work. There might be a slight increase in the fee to do this service, but some companies offer it without any additional cost. You will be required to schedule the repair a few days in advance in most cases, but you'll be able to have your windshield replaced in about an hour. 

Avoid Driving Too Far for a Day

Some auto glass companies recommend a few restrictions right after getting windshield replacement. The first thing you will want to do is avoid getting the windshield wet, and it can't be washed for at least a day. Putting high-pressure water on the glass before it is fully set may cause it to come loose. In some cases, driving on the freeway or on a long trip right after a replacement isn't a good idea. If, for whatever reason, the glass cracks before it's fully set, that could be bad on a long-distance trip. It's best to wait a day or so for the repair to be fully set before freeway travel.

Taking good care of your car, especially those parts that need to be in good repair for safety, is a good practice. Your windshield may be fully covered by your insurance, and then all you have to worry about is having an auto glass replacement scheduled while you are at home or work.