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New Windshield? 7 Tips to Make Sure It Lasts

According to the trusty Kelley Blue Book, depending on your make and model, a windshield replacement could cost you as much or more than $1,000. That’s a steep price to pay, so when you do get a replacement, you want to make sure it lasts. Here are a few tips in that regard to help you extend the life of your new windshield.

1. Allow Proper Curing Time

After having your windshield replaced, it’s important to allow the adhesive to cure properly. This means keeping the vehicle stationary for at least an hour after the installation. Additionally, you’ll want to avoid driving on rough roads or slamming your car doors for the first 24-48 hours. Also, though tempting, don’t remove the adhesive tape either for a couple of days. These precautions help the adhesive bond correctly and keep the windshield securely in place.

2. Park in the Shade or Indoors

Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can cause the adhesive to deteriorate faster. Whenever possible, park your vehicle in a garage or in the shade. Extreme temperatures, whether hot or cold, can stress the windshield and the adhesive, potentially leading to cracks or other damage.

3. Avoid High-Pressure Washes

For the first few days after installation, avoid using high-pressure car washes. The force of the water can compromise the newly installed windshield and its adhesive. Hand washing your car with a gentle stream of water is the safest option during this period.

4. Keep Your Distance on the Road

Debris from other vehicles can be a significant threat to your new windshield. Small stones and gravel kicked up by other cars can cause chips and cracks. Try to maintain a safe distance from trucks and other vehicles, especially on highways or roads with loose gravel. 

5. Use Gentle Cleaning Techniques

Cleaning your windshield regularly helps maintain visibility and integrity. However, it’s essential to use the right techniques. Use a soft microfiber cloth and a non-ammonia-based cleaner. Avoid abrasive materials and harsh chemicals that can damage the glass and the surrounding seals.

6. Repair Chips and Cracks Promptly

Even minor chips and cracks can spread quickly if not addressed promptly. Temperature changes, vibrations, and general wear can turn a small chip into a significant crack. Repairing these small damages as soon as they occur can prevent more extensive (and expensive) repairs down the line. Many small chips can be fixed with a simple resin application that restores the integrity of the glass.

7. Maintain Your Wipers

Worn-out windshield wipers can scratch and damage the glass. Regularly check your wiper blades for signs of wear and tear, and replace them as needed. Clean the blades periodically to remove dirt and debris that can scratch the windshield.

A new windshield is an investment in your vehicle’s safety and appearance. Proper care and maintenance will extend the life of your windshield and make you safer out there on the road. If you need glass repair for your car or truck, please get in touch with us today.