Facing a cracked windshield is disheartening, to say the least. A windshield chip is easier to fix, but that little rock chip repair is still an urgent matter. A chip on your windshield can turn into a crack without a moment’s notice. Even the smallest scratch on a windshield.
You want to know it’s going to get fixed quickly and professionally, in a way that is ecologically friendly and backed by a guarantee.
It’s in your best interest to have Bemac’s professionals fix it before a simple problem becomes a serious one. We are who Ottawa drivers trust for their windshield replacement service and all your auto glass repair needs.
Best of all, Bemac is approved by all Canadian insurance companies.
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Auto Glass Repair
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Why Are Windshields So Important?
Your windshield is a vital part of your vehicle’s structural integrity; it’s as important to you and your family’s safety as seatbelts and airbags.
Windshields improve visibility, support the passenger-side airbag, keep passengers safe in the vehicle and cushion the blow if a passenger is thrown forward in an accident in the worst-case scenario.
Finally, and most important, windshields provide much of the structural integrity of the passenger compartment. These two sheets of glass and a layer of polyvinyl help prevent roof collapses during rollovers.
Whenever possible, we prefer to preserve the original windshield. When this is impossible like if your windshield is shattered by flying ice, our auto glass team is fully equipped to install a new one.
We are happy to offer our Ottawa customers chip repair, windshield replacement and auto-glass services whenever you need them! Our Ottawa mechanics will inspect your vehicle to make sure it is safe and roadworthy, and to prevent minor cracks from spreading. We’ll give you trustworthy advice as to whether it’s better to repair vs. replace your windshield.
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Should I Repair vs. Replace My Windshield?
Windshield replacement and windshield repair are two different processes that our certified technicians have to do and it depends on your situation. In general, chip repair is done on chips less than 2.5 centimetres in diameter, and small crack repairs are for those that are less than 8 cm long.
There are a few conditions where auto glass replacement is recommended no matter the length or diameter.
- If it is a deep chip or crack that passes into deeper layers of the windshield.
- If the damage to the windshield is at the edge of the auto glass.
- Windshield repair is needed in more than 3 areas.
- The damage prevents the driver from seeing clearly.
It’s incredibly common for a rogue piece of gravel to do damage on all vehicle makes and models. Stone chip repair is often a very low-cost service and is incredibly important to do immediately as once the auto glass has lost integrity, a chip will turn into a crack in a split second, and you’ll now have no choice but windshield replacement.
Next Time: How To Avoid Windshield Damage
Here’s how to avoid the most common auto glass problems:
- Take an alternate route. Avoid driving on rocky roads or newly graded gravel.
- Keep your distance. Stay well behind other vehicles, especially road work trucks. This goes double in wintry weather.
- Apply “chip first aid.” If you do get a small chip, cover it with clear packing tape to keep it clean and dry until you can get to your local auto body shop.