Winter isn’t the only culprit for glass damage in your car — you can experience a broken windshield any time of year.
But, if you live in an area that receives heavy snowfall or ice during the winter, replacing your auto windshield, even once, is an investment that can protect you.
Besides improving your car’s appearance, it promotes road safety with your advanced driver assistant systems (ADAS).
What Does Windshield Replacement Involve?
Windshield replacement is the process of replacing a damaged or cracked windshield.
The most common reasons for windshield glass replacement are a window damaged from a collision or extreme heat and cold. You can also replace windshields to improve visibility or appearance.
The windshield replacement process involves several steps:
1. A technician inspects the damage on your windshield and determines whether you need to replace it. If so, they will give you an estimate of how much it will cost and make the necessary repairs.
2. The technician removes your old windshield and replaces it with a new one. This involves removing all the old adhesives, mounting brackets, and trim pieces from around the window frame before installing them on the new glass panel.
3. After installation, the technician cleans up any leftover debris around your car’s interior to ensure a clean and neat job.
How Does Winter Weather Affect the Process of Windshield Replacement?
The Overall Process Takes Longer
Windshield installation or replacement takes longer when it’s cold out because technicians have to work more slowly and carefully to avoid damaging the glass or your car.
If you’re hoping for a quick fix, winter probably isn’t the best time of year to replace your windshield—unless it’s an emergency.
The Resin Needs More Curing Time
Winter weather can be the worst for windshield replacement. The resin needs more curing time in colder temperatures, so if you live in a cold climate, your windshield will take longer than usual to fix.
Technicians aim to keep the resin at 70 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Otherwise, they could expose you to danger while driving. If they’re not careful, you could end up with a windshield that doesn’t cure properly, making it weak or even dangerous.
Here’s why: when temperatures are below freezing, there’s not much moisture in the air. That means that when your technician applies the resin to your damaged windshield, it won’t cure properly.
Instead, the resin will harden too quickly and become brittle or weak. As a result, you could crack your windshield if you hit something or get into an accident!
The best way for technicians to avoid this problem during windshield replacement is by taking extra care with their application process.
They start by applying heaters onto the car’s body so enough moisture is available for proper curing.
Then, they use a special fan system that blows warm air through a tube to keep it from getting too cold during application and after curing.
Any Moisture in Windshield Cracks Needs Careful Removal Before Repair Can Begin
Winter weather does not affect the windshield replacement process because the repair occurs inside a shop or garage. However, moisture in the cracks needs special care during removal so it doesn’t get into the glass.
Moisture can cause discoloration and cloudiness in the glass, which means it won’t look as good as new. That’s why technicians use special tools to remove moisture from cracks without damaging surrounding areas on the windshield.
They use hair dryers or heat guns to speed up this process by warming up the glass until it expands outward and pushes out any remaining moisture. Once they do this, they use a razor blade or putty knife to scrape away any dried-up glue or sealant on top of their windshield before applying the new adhesive.
Get in Touch with Arizona Auto Glass Pros for Assistance
If you’ve been in an accident or have a damaged windshield, it can be hard to know who to trust with reliable auto glass replacement or repair services.
Arizona Auto Glass Pros provides high-quality work to get you back on the road as safely and quickly as possible. Our experienced team can help you with all your auto glass service needs, including:
- Windshield installation
- Car window repair
- Vent window replacement
We strive to give you the best service in town, and we do that by having an experienced team of auto glass and windshield replacement specialists who know how to get the job done right the first time around.
Contact us by calling (480) 771-8784 for a free quote!