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Windscreen Replacement


Getting a windscreen replaced is one of those tasks in life that none of us look forward to. That having been said, thanks to modern techniques and mobile technicians, the job doesn't have to be a chore. In fact, if you're lucky, replacement may not be required at all.


One of the most under-appreciated pieces of equipment on any vehicle is the windscreen. Far from being an ordinary glass window as you'd find in your home, this vehicle component is key to many things, aside from giving you a clear view of the road in front of you. It is also a safety system, designed to help prevent injury from flying shards of glass, in the unfortunate circumstance of a crash. It helps to corral your vehicle's airbags and provides for correct deployment when the bags are needed. It is critical to the structural integrity of the vehicle's cab area. It can be equipped with modern technology, such as rain sensors and the like. Although this technological marvel receives little thanks, it is critical that you give it proper attention when the need arises for repair or windscreen replacement.

 
 
  Watch a Windscreen Replacement being done by Glasstec of North London.  


To Repair or Replace my Windscreen?

Understandably, the obvious answer here is to repair your existing windscreen and maintain your vehicle's original equipment, if the circumstances of the damage involved will allow. Generally speaking, a windscreen can be repaired if it has incurred only minor damage, such as small rock pecks. Such damage areas are often referred to as 'bullseyes' , 'stars' , or 'combination breaks' , and are often only a couple centimeters or so in width. This type of damage, along with short cracks, are often repairable, and choosing this course of action will help you to retain your vehicle's factory windscreen, reducing the cost of repair as well as avoiding the risk of a new windshield leaking once it's installed.

Unfortunately, windscreen repair isn't always an option. If your windscreen has incurred major damage, replacement is likely your only option. However, this is no cause for alarm, because even a total windscreen replacement is a routine procedure for competent technicians. The replacement can often be done on-site, avoiding the need to leave the vehicle at a shop.

 


What Can I Expect the Windscreen Replacement Procedure to Cost?

Costs for windscreen replacement will naturally be higher than what's required for a simple repair. The price tag can vary wildly from one vehicle to the next, depending upon make, special equipment that's integrated into the windscreen, etc. An average replacement cost could very well fall into the £150-£200 range, less whatever amount your insurance company will pay, but you'll need to do your homework on this one. Be sure to obtain quotes from various companies regarding your specific application.


How much Time is Typically Required?

Windscreen replacement need not interrupt your daily routine. The work can often be done on site, at your home or office, and likely will be completed in an hour or less. windshield replacement techniciansYou'll need to be careful to avoid slamming the vehicle's doors for several hours after the repair, while the compounds used to seal the windscreen are allowed sufficient time to cure. When you slam the vehicle doors forcefully, you create a blast of pressure inside the vehicle, which can then rupture the seal on the new windscreen if it has not had sufficient time to harden. Just take things gently when closing the doors on the day the repair is made.

Needing a windscreen replacement is no reason for undue worry. The repair can be minimally intrusive to your schedule, and relatively inexpensive when compared to other types of vehicle repair. And in the process, maybe you'll discover a newfound appreciation for this often-overlooked, critical vehicle component.


 

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