Picture this: you’re driving down the road, minding your own business, when suddenly, out of nowhere, a truck kicks a rock up into your windshield. You hear the insidious, “Crack!” of the rock against your front glass, and look up. There it is, right in the middle of your windshield: a chip that, left untreated, could spread and crack your entire windshield, blocking your view and weakening your car’s infrastructure.

What do I do next?

It seems there are two options for your next move. Your first choice is to get it checked immediately by the experts at Idowa Autoglass, where they will be able to quickly and professionally fill the chip, prevent it from spreading, and get you back on the road. Alternatively, you could ignore it.

If you were to choose to ignore the chip in your windshield, one thing is certain: it won’t get better. Unfortunately, as is the case with most inaction, pretending that the problem doesn’t exist a guaranteed way for the problem to get worse. With the temperature fluctuations that are common here in Iowa, you will find that the glass expands and contracts, making room for the chip to turn into a crack.

Once a crack starts to spread, you quickly run out of time. In fact, a crack or chip that is bigger than the size of a dollar bill will require you to replace your entire windshield, and depending on your insurance and type of car, this can cost you big bucks. Some windshield replacements can be done for a few hundred dollars, but custom jobs can range into the thousands and more!

Why does my windshield matter?

The windshield has many responsibilities. Keeping bugs and dirt out of your eyes is a big one.  If you are unable to see perfectly through your windshield due to a crack or chip, you may find that the sun can reflect off of the imperfection and cause difficulties in visibility. Not to mention the challenges seeing through a crack or chip in the first place! Furthermore, the windshield is an imperative part of your car’s safety system. With a cracked or weakened windshield, you can face significantly higher risks in the case of a car accident.

Did you know that your windshield provides 60% of the roof strength during a rollover collision? Additionally, a windshield that is cracked will likely shatter during a collision, and this can not only affect your safety through the risk of flying glass to your body, but shattered glass can also slice into your airbags, causing it to fail during the collision. This could lead to serious injuries or death.

How long will my chip repair take?

Unlike a full windshield replacement, chip repairs are very simple for an expert. At Idowa Autoglass, our technicians have been in the windshield industry for over 25 years. Chip repairs are easily accomplished within 30 minutes, from start to finish. We are also mobile repair specialists, so we can get the job done at your home or office, while you worry about other things.

If you go with another company, make sure that you check that they are licensed, bonded, and insured, so that you don’t run the risk of the windshield repair not holding up the high standards or perfection that Idowa always demands.

If you’re planning on doing the windshield repair yourself, beware! Most jobs done by amateurs can risk decreased visibility or ineffective repair. It is said that you need to practice this skill 25 times minimum in order to get the hang of it. Now, if you’re someone who gets cracked windshields often, this might be a route you’d prefer to go, but if you’re like most Iowans, you’d be better off leaving the job in the hands of a professional.

How long can I wait to get it done?

The best answer to this question is that you simply can’t afford to wait. However, if you absolutely can’t find the time to get your windshield repaired right now, there are a few factors to consider. Depending on the season, temperature fluctuations can cause the windshield to expand and contract more rapidly, causing the chip to turn into a crack. If the weather is more steady, you can afford to wait up to two weeks safely.

You may also want to consider the fact that mobile repair specialists like Idowa Autoglass can come to you, take care of the chip repair, and have you back on the road before you even notice that the job was done. With 25 years of experience, you want the team at Idowa working on your car, because your satisfaction and safety is guaranteed.

How do I schedule with you?

Easy! You can go to our contact page to request a free bid, or you can contact us directly at (208) 766-6250. Headquartered in West Des Moines, we serve the entire Greater Des Moines area, including Des Moines, West Des Moines, Ankeny, Johnston, and Urbandale. We are looking forward to helping you get back on the road as quickly—and safely—as possible.