Keeping The Tint You Love After Windshield Damage

You love your car, so it's only normal you want your car to be the same after its windshield becomes damaged. From 12 to 15 million windshields are replaced in North America every year, and if you're one of those unlucky folks it's natural to wonder if the windshield will blend with your vehicle's appearance. By knowing what windshield repair and replacement options are available you'll be able to choose the best option to mesh with your car's appearance.

Windshield Replacement Options

When your windshield has sustained enough damage to warrant replacement, your options may be limited. Standard replacement windshields from places like A.O.K Auto Body & Glass are available with a band of tint at the top to block out the sun. These banded windshields are typically available in three colors: blue, green and bronze. The tint colors available from the manufacturer are based on the upholstery color of your vehicle and not the exterior paint color. Sadly, the windshields in production may not always match what was previously installed on your vehicle.

For banded windshields, repair may be an option if your tint choice isn't available in a replacement windshield. Windshield repairs are recommended for smaller chips or cracks. Repairs are not recommended for large cracks as the repairs may catch the light and may obstruct your vision.

Not So Standard Tinting Options

If you had a nonstandard tint option, such as a fully tinted windshield, getting it replaced may be difficult. However, not all hope is lost. If your windshield is fully tinted, you will have to see if the manufacturer offers a clear windshield for your model. If a clear windshield is available you will have to get a separate installation of tint to cover your windshield.

Before you consider having your entire windshield tinted you should find out if it's illegal in your area. If you have concerns about the legality of your desired windshield tint, contact your local BMV or windshield replacement facility before the tint is installed. They will be able to tell you if the tint shade you want is against the law.

Preventing Future Damages

No one likes a broken windshield or having to replace their tint, so it's important to prevent future damages. The majority of windshield cracks occur in the outer edges of your windshield. You can prevent these cracks by a clear plastic guard installed around the edges. This plastic guard is clear and doesn't interfere with your visibility. It prevents windshield damage by increasing the overall tensile strength of your windshield.