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How Windshield Replacement Cost is Calculated

When your windshield cracks, chips, or breaks, the first thought on most people’s minds is, “is it going to cost a fortune to fix this?” Price is at the forefront of most decisions. Windshield repair and replacement typically costs most people between $100-$500. The cost of a windshield repair or replacement is based on how badly it was damaged, the labor necessary, and the parts available to fix the windshield. Most shops are more than happy to discuss the price with you and explain it. 

5 Things To Avoid After Windshield Replacement

When you've found yourself in need of a windshield replacement you may be wondering if there's anything to avoid right afterwards so that your windshield has time to “settle” before driving.

How Can You Tell if Your Windshield was Incorrectly Installed

When the time comes to have your vehicle's windshield replaced, it's always recommended to have a professional company do the work. This will help give you the peace of mind that your windshield installation was done properly. Here are some signs that could mean your windshield was incorrectly installed. 

3 Tips for Winter Windshield Care

Safe winter driving includes maintaining your vehicle’s windshield from the conditions. Visibility on the road is the most important thing while driving, and between snow, rain, ice, and fog, improper care can lead to an accident. Windshields account for 30 percent of a car’s structural support. A strong windshield can protect you and your family in an accident. Glass contracts and expands when the weather changes, and such natural movement can exacerbate existing problems.

4 Common Problems That Mean You Need a New Windshield

Keeping a windshield in good condition is vital for visibility as your drive. But did you know it can also protect you in case of an accident? When a windshield is compromised by cracks and chips the function of it is also compromised. Much of the structural stability of a vehicle depends upon the windshield being in good shape, with no cracks. Let's discuss four common problems that could mean it's time to replace your windshield

Car steering wheel dashboard on a blurry foggy landscape.From above shot.

It’s extremely dangerous when anything impairs your vision while driving. A foggy windshield is no exception. No matter what the weather is like outdoors the interior of your windshield can get fogged up. 

An agent draws up documents for broken windshield in car.

No matter how it happened, a crack or chip in your autoglass should be checked out by a repair shop since it is considered unsafe. Sometimes the idea of getting your auto insurance company involved causes uncertainty, because no one wants their premium affected. 

Red car with broken side door mirror parked on the street

Your side mirrors are very necessary for safety. One of the first rules of driving is to adjust your side mirrors, and that’s because they act as a third set of eyes on the road, alerting you to dangers behind and to the side of you. If you crack or break your side mirror, you must fix it immediately, especially if it is causing any kind of visual obstruction. Side mirrors are prone to breakage as they jut out from the body of your car, and are easy to lose or break upon impact. Years of wear and tear from flying debris on the road may also damage the glass and inhibit your vision. Here are the three big reasons you must fix your side mirror immediately. 

common myth about driving with a broken windshield

If you drive even a minimal distance regularly you've probably experienced the annoyance of a small pebble flying up and striking your windshield. A vehicle’s windshield can get cracked or chipped from debris or rocks pretty easily. Auto glass may also be damaged by other vehicles, storm debris, extreme temperature changes, or vandalism. The tempered glass is made to withstand some impact but it's unfortunately not completely resistant to damage.

what to know about auto repair for pickup trucks

The windshield in your pickup truck is more than just glass - it is a safety mechanism. It’s important to keep your truck’s glass in shape and fix any scratches or breaks immediately, otherwise, it won’t function properly. Autoglass repair for pickup trucks is more important than other vehicles because it has to be done properly by extremely experienced professionals who can select and install just the right glass. 

man cleaning snow from car windshield with brush in winter morning. transportation, winter, weather.

Virginia winters are tough on your vehicle’s windshields and windows. Preparing your autoglass and yourself with the right information is vital, so that you can take care of any situations before they become a problem. 

rear view mirror exterior outside covered with a layer of dust closeup of a dry dirty red car with rubber blades on wipers of windscreen, nobody.

It may seem no matter where you park, sticky residue always finds its way onto your windshield. Road grime, tree sap, bird droppings and a host of other environmental factors will result in your windshield having an array of sticky stuff on it. There are some ways that are safer and work better than others. 

Big truck of load in movement on highway.

Auto glass care on your big rig should be a top priority for safety. Cracked glass or glass that causes limited visibility can result in an accident. Keeping the windshield free of debris and clean inside and out is pretty simple, but there are some routine actions you can take to make sure your auto glass is safe as can be. 

Bulldozer, Excavator and Soil compactor on road work. Earth-moving heavy equipment and Construction machinery during land clearing, grading, pool excavation, utility trenching and digging

The glass in trucks, bulldozers, farming tractors, and other commercial and large vehicles is the backbone of safety for the workers operating these machines. At Smiley’s Glass, we’ve been servicing heavy equipment glass for decades in the area, with a variety of companies relying on us to provide the top-quality customer safety glass they need to keep projects moving. Even a small crack or hole in the glass can expose your employees to a variety of dangers, and the best maintenance for heavy equipment glass is professional services. 

Close up, Car glazing, fixing and repairing a windshield

Whether you’ve got a chip, crack, or hole in your windshield, you’re probably wondering how much money it’ll take to fix it. Depending on how the damage occurred and what kind of insurance you have, filing a claim may be worthwhile. 

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