Ever had a chip on your windscreen and wondered if you needed to repair it? Chipped windscreens can be a nuisance, but they can also be hazardous – windscreen chips reduce the structural integrity offered by windscreens, as well as have the potential to spread as a crack.
There are two types of glass that can be used for windscreens – Laminated and toughened glass. Laminated glass, which is the most common type of glass used for windscreens, contains two sheets of glass with a transparent plastic sheet in between the layers. This lamination prevents pieces of glass from shattering into sharp pieces. Toughened glass, which is no longer used in new cars, is manufactured with a heat treatment that allows the glass to crack into many granular shapes when struck – this prevents glass slinters from causing injuries.
If your windscreen is chipped or damaged, it’s important to follow a few simple do’s and don’ts
- Measure the length of the chip or crack; chips or cracks smaller than 10 centimeters, it may be repairable.
- Placing clear tape over the chip will keep the area free of dirt, dust and moisture.
- Seek repairs if the chip or crack is in the drivers line of sight.
- Don’t keep your car parked in direct sunlight.
- Avoid pressure washing your car and windscreen.
- Don’t try to fix the chip or crack yourself, rather seek professional help.