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Crystal Clear: A Blog About The Wonderful World Of Glass

I first fell in love with glass when I was ten years old. My mother took me to see a wonderful recital where the pianist was playing a glass piano. I was mesmerised by the way the piano shone and sparkled as it reflected the stage lights. I could never have imagined such a glamorous object. Ever since then, i have been fascinated by different types of glass. From stained glass panels to one-way mirrors, my eyes will always notice the glass fixtures in a room first. Recently, I ate at a restaurant in Japan where the entire floor was made of patterned glass. Needless to say, I was too excited to eat! This blog is for those who are looking for glass items and glass lovers like myself. I hope it gives you a peek into the wonderful world of glass and the options out there. Please tread carefully.


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Myths About Vehicle Windscreen Chips and Cracks

by Ellen Jokinen

When you're driving along and hear the indistinguishable sound of a crack against your windscreen, you may feel relieved when you see that the chip is small. However, whether you're staring at a full-scale crack or a tiny dent, you need to take prompt action. Due to some common myths, however, you may feel comfortable ignoring the chip. It's important to understand the truths behind these myths so you do the right thing.

Ignoring Small Chips Is Fine

It's easy to see why this myth perpetuates. When a chip is so small that you have to look hard to see it, it seems as though it's innocuous. However, the second a chip occurs, the integrity of your glass is compromised. It's no longer as strong as it once was, which means it's susceptible to breaking during certain weather conditions. Both very high and very low temperatures can cause a chip to expand into a full crack. When that happens, you may need to replace the windscreen rather than just repair it. Additionally, going over an unseen bump at speed or hitting a pothole can have the same result. It's always better to seek out a quick repair rather than letting the chip grow into a big problem.

You'll Need a New Windscreen

If you believe you'll need a new windscreen as soon as a chip appears, relax. In a lot of cases, that isn't true. It's possible to repair small chips and maintain the windscreen's integrity. Repair teams achieve this by using specialist resin that fills in the dent, resulting in both cosmetic and structural benefits. Such teams also aim to perform repairs before they move on to vehicle windscreen replacements. However, if they do recommend a replacement, it's important to take action. An unsafe windscreen can prove fatal if you're in an accident, as it's one of the first forms of protection your car offers in a crash.

Windscreens Don't Shatter

Although it's true that modern car windscreens benefit from safety glass, it's untrue that they don't shatter. If the glass features laminate, it should hold together even in the event that it shatters. However, if you're ignoring a crack because you believe shattering won't take place, you may find yourself trying to look through a heavily shattered screen if something else comes into contact with it. If your car isn't modern, it may not benefit from the laminate that stops flying debris, making it even riskier if a crack occurs.

When something causes damage to your windscreen, always speak to a professional. Even replacements shouldn't inconvenience you too much. With a mobile vehicle windscreen replacement, you can return your car to a safe state from the comfort of your home and get back to driving quickly. 

For more information about vehicle windscreen replacement, contact a local company.