It's not as hard as you might think it is to replace a window. Usually, I prefer to have an experienced glass company take care of it when I need a window replaced, but sometimes, they can't get to me as fast as I'd like, or I can't afford a new window right away. I keep a few inexpensive panes of glass and some supplies in my garage so that I can temporarily replace a window until I can get the glass company to my house to install a better one. This is definitely something that anyone could learn to do, so I decided to start a blog about it to try to teach others how to replace windows. Whether you're temporarily replacing a window or you want to do a permanent job, you can learn the basics here in this blog.
Winter can be a tough time for your windshield and visibility. If you live in an area with frost and snow, it is even tougher to keep that windshield free and clear of ice. In some cases, clearing ice the wrong way can cause damage to your windshield. Here are five tips for making sure that your windshield remains clear and trouble-free during the cold winter months.
Shelter your car:
Keeping your car completely ice free from the beginning is the best way to protect your windshield. Shelter your car in a garage or carport whenever possible, especially overnight. If this isn't possible, try using an exterior windshield cover to keep your windshield ice-free.
Use proper tools:
Specially made ice scrapers and snow brooms are ideal for clearing ice and snow, but standard brooms can also be used. Ideal scrapers are made of thick, hard plastic and are structured to give enough leverage for scraping. Never use a shovel to clear ice. Though it can be tempting, do not use your hammer with your scraper to chisel anything off the windshield.
Change your wipers and washer fluid:
Be sure to change your wipers to stronger, winter wipers as soon as cold weather starts. Special winter wipers are more durable and are less likely to stick to the windshield. Change your window washer fluid as well. Winter blends often come with a de-icer and anti-fog components.
Be sure to fix any cracks or chips to the windshield before winter, if possible. Cold weather can exacerbate cracks, especially with the repeated heating and thawing that windshields go through during the winter. Add the need for using an ice scraper over these cracks and they will continue to get worse. It is also recommended that you have the seal around the windshield checked, especially if you've been hearing the wind whistling through.
Clean the inside of the windshield:
Many people may not realize that it is as important to keep the inside of the windshield as clean as the outside. Oily film frequently builds up over time and can severely reduce visibility. Add frost and ice, and the situation can become dangerous. Be sure to make a habit of at least wiping down the inside of the windshield on a regular basis.
Taking care and protecting your windshield from ice will mean good visibility and safe driving for the months to come. If your windshield is damaged, take it to an auto glass repair shop like Premiere Glass And Mirror as soon as possible before it gets worse.