Intense heat can be unbearable for a person to handle, but you could say the same for the windshield of your car. If the windshield has a chip or crack and it’s forced to endure heat for an extended amount of time, it is highly likely that the small damage will turn into large damage faster than you would expect. If the damaged windshield is going to be exposed to higher temperatures on a regular basis then there are some things you should be aware of.
While Mother Nature is causing damage on the outside, usually human nature is damaging it from the inside of the vehicle. A common mistake is while the glass is hot on the outer layer and the glass is expanded, most people get in their vehicle and immediately turn their A/C on high, causing the inside layer to contract. This happens very often and most times is how chips become cracks or a simple chip repair turns into a full windshield replacement.
Why does this happen? Well, the intensity of temperatures of the glass both outside and inside leaves the windshield little options, as it is fighting both extreme temperatures, trying to flex in 2 different shapes at the same time.
Here are a few ways to avoid having a simple chip turn into a full replacement. First, always make sure to NOT wash your car until the glass damage is REPAIRED FIRST! That way there will not be any chemicals in the damage that could affect whether or not your damage can even be repaired after being exposed to those chemicals. If your car is going to be exposed to high heat for extended amounts of time then always make sure to park your car in the shade or in a covered garage preferably. Now as we all need A/C in these heat conditions make sure to slowly but gradually turn your A/C power up and not immediately to full blast mode. This way the glass has plenty of time to slowly adjust to both temperatures and gives the damage/glass a better chance of surviving. If you ever have any chip/crack damage to your windshield and extreme heat or cold is approaching make sure to take your vehicle to a Cured Autoglass / Windshield Repair shop as soon as possible to have your damage repaired before Mother Nature takes yet another victim!
Cured Autoglass + Windshield Repair
6780 Miramar Road, San Diego, CA 92121