How Do Extreme Temperatures Affect Your Auto Glass?

November 5, 2019 11:22 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

As we find ourselves already in the middle of autumn, you can feel the shift in the temperature. While our afternoons in Oklahoma are still warm, the nights and early mornings are significantly cooler already. What do these extreme fluctuations in temperature mean for us? If you said “sweater weather,” you’re not wrong. At Eagle 1 Autoglass, however, this time of year means our calendar will quickly fill with requests for car window repairs in Oklahoma City, OK.

Fluctuating temperatures

Temperature changes cause glass to expand and contract, just like water. As the temperature fluctuates from one extreme to another during an Oklahoma winter, your auto glass weakens. Thankfully, most auto glass is designed and installed to be a little flexible so it can withstand these fluctuations. If your glass is already compromised, however, by a chip or crack in the surface, fluctuating temperatures may have a much greater effect on the integrity of the glass. In fact, the constant expanding and contracting can actually cause a crack to spread across the surface of the glass.

Freezing temperatures

It’s not only fluctuating temperatures that can negatively affect cracked or chipped auto glass. Temperatures at or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit increase the likelihood of a crack in your windshield spreading by 60 percent. And as we pretty regularly see these kinds of temperatures during the winter, it’s important to note that temperatures reaching 14 degrees Fahrenheit or lower increase the likelihood of a crack spreading by 80 percent.

Your defroster

It’s not unheard of to wake up on early on an Oklahoma morning and find frost on your car windows. This is easily remedied by switching on your defroster, but if there is a chip or crack in your auto glass, turning on the defroster could cause further damage. The hot air on the inside of the glass and the cold air on the outside put additional stress on the glass, increasing the likelihood of additional damage.

While operating a vehicle with damaged glass is always risky, in the winter months it becomes even more dangerous due to the increased likelihood of further damage. But even if you take the risk and safety hazards out of the equation, there is also the added cost of repair to keep in mind. A small chip or crack can be easily repaired at minimal cost, but a crack that spreads due to extreme temperatures may result in the need to replace the whole windshield, which can be much more expensive.

Thankfully, it’s not too late to schedule your car window repairs in Oklahoma City, OK with the team at Eagle 1 Autoglass. We are your premier source for auto glass repairs in the area, and with over 10 years of experience, there is no repair we can’t handle. Large or small, we’ll make sure that your vehicle is safe and comfortable to drive this winter. To learn more about what we have to offer, check out our services here or contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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