A windshield’s functionality isn’t simply restricted to protecting the habitants of the car from environmental influences like wind, rains, hot weather. The auto glass plays an important role in supporting the automobile’s roof; protecting the driver or anyone else in the car in case it turns over. Don’t take their car’s windshield for granted till the first signs of damage start being visible.
When considering windshield replacement, the quality of the glass and the installation method play a significant role. Here are 3 signs that indicate that the windshield should be correctly installed:
Gaps and spaces left during installation
A windshield is said to be properly installed when the glass fits well into its frame. The smallest gap in the frame can lead to many problems. Cooling in your car may not be as effective, as the cool air can easily escape into the exteriors through the gap. During heavy rains, it will be easy for the water to seep into the car when it lashes against the windshield. Similarly, resistance to dust and noises from outside becomes lower. Such gaps should immediately be addressed with a good quality windshield sealant such as urethane.
Loosely fitted glass
A glass that hasn’t been bound by with a strong adhesive and or hasn’t been fitted properly can easily pop out of the frame with a little stress or pressure. This can be life-threatening in conditions of serious impact. If the windshield pops out immediately when a car rolls over in an accident, the roof may get compressed and injure the passengers. The effectiveness of an airbag is heavily dependent on the windshield. The windshield is instrumental in the deployment of the airbags and if isn’t fit properly, the airbags might not deploy at all.
A glass with cracks reduces its durability against impact. Therefore a damaged windshield with cracks may crumble and shatter under force that a new or an undamaged one can easily sustain. A cracked windshield should be repaired or replaced at the earliest.
It is important for the windshield to be installed correctly to ensure the safety of the passengers.