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.
Your car's windshield serves many purposes. It helps to keep debris out of your car. It helps to increase the structural strength of your car to protect you in an accident. And it helps to improve your visibility while you are driving. But if your windshield is pitted, the small pits on the windshield can decrease your visibility and leave your windshield more susceptible to shattering in an accident. Here is a bit more information that you need to know about pitting on your windshield.
What Does Pitting Look Like on a Windshield?
Pitting is small indents on your windshield. Envision a piece of metal after it has been in a hail storm. The metal often has many smaller dings and dents in it from the hail. Pitting is like this, just on a much smaller scale. As such, you may notice tiny pits or dents on your glass; you may feel them while you are cleaning the glass, or they may present as small scratches in your glass.
What Causes Pitting on a Windshield?
The most common cause of pitting on a windshield is sand and salt that hits your windshield. If you live in a desert environment or if you live in an area that sands or salts roads to prevent ice in the winter, you may experience pitting. The sand and salt granules fly up from the road and hit your windshield. The sand and salt constantly pinging your windshield wear away at the glass, causing the pitting you may experience.
Can Windshield Pitting Be Repaired?
There is not a way to fill in the pits on your windshield. You have two options when it comes to windshield pitting. If the pits are small and your glass is otherwise in good condition, the glass may be able to be sanded down, removing the outer layer of glass. This exposes a new layer of glass that is pit-free. However, this causes your glass to become thinner and weaker, so it can only be done once during your windshields lifespan.
The other option is to replace your windshield. If your windshield has already been sanded down, if your windshield has cracks or other imperfections, or if the pits on your windshield are deep, glass replacement is your best option.
Do you have small pits on your windshield? If so, it may be time to replace or repair the windshield. Contact your preferred auto windshield repair shop today to get started.