Can hailstorms effect your cars windshield

It’s that time of year in Florida when tropical storms and afternoon showers are a common occurrence. These storms can even produce golf ball size hail.  Hail storms produce ice spheres that can cause extensive denting, especially on the hood, roof, and trunk of your vehicle.

Since the windshield is the most vulnerable part of your vehicle during a hailstorm when hail hits a windshield it can leave damage that can shatter the windshield or cracks around where the hail impacted.

After a hailstorm, Gerber Collision and Glass recommends inspecting your vehicle for damage.  Even minor chips require attention before they turn into large cracks.

With over 100 locations to serve you, and a written lifetime guarantee on all work, we are your hail damage repair specialist.

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Car Windshield Care

Windshield Care

Maintaining your windshield is one of the main priorities of your car.  It makes the car look good and it helps you drive safer.  In a collision, the windshield is what prevents the roof from caving in.  Here are some important tips to contemplate when it comes to taking care of your windshield. 

If you have a crack or chip in your glass get it fixed right away.  Sometimes when you are driving, debris such as pebbles, sand, or trash can cause dings in the glass.  Over time the dings will turn into bigger cracks.

Don’t slam your car doors.  Slamming the doors cause strong vibrations to the windshield.  The vibrations can cause the dings to spread. 

Don’t leave your vehicle in direct sunlight.  Extended exposure to sunlight can shorten the life of your windshield.  If there is a great temperature different on either side of the windshield, the dings could get worse. 

Clean the windshield with vinegar or alcohol.  Use cotton or microfiber towels.  Don’t use ammonia based glass cleaners.  They could destroy the tint. 

Use a rag to clean the wipers.  Dirt and sand can get on the wipers and scratch the windshield.  Rub the rag on the blades to remove the dirt, dust and sand.

Gerber Collision and Glass want you to keep your windshield in good condition.  If you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to call us at 1-877-7gerber. Don’t forget your windshield tips. 

Effects of Acid Rain on Cars

Effects of Acid Rain on Cars

Acid rain is the deposit of damaging toxins.  These pollutants can be wet or dry.  When the rain dries it leaves the acid.  The acid rain stays on the car.  Acid rain can cause damage to a vehicle.   It corrodes paint and makes cars look dirtier.  For the most part, acid rain damages the flat surfaces of a vehicle.  These areas include the trunk, hood and roof.

Avoiding some of the worst acid rain will help save your car’s paint.  Try and park your car in a covered area or a garage.  Have your car regularly washed and hand dry it.  Darker-colored cars will display wear sooner than a light-colored car.  Some manufacturers use acid resistant paints.  Clean your tires to avoid cracking from acid rain. 

You might have acid rain buildup on your windows and windshield if it has a filmy look.  Clean it with a vinegar and water mix.  One cup of vinegar to one quart of water should do the trick.  Hire a professional to have your paint cleaned up that has been exposed to acid rain.  Gerber Collision and Glass would like you to keep your car acid free.

Got a chip in your windshield

Got a chip in your windshield

Got a chip in your winshield? Gerber Collision and Glass can help. Whether you have a small crack or a large split in your glass, our experienced technicians can evaluate your situation and have you back on the road in no time. We use only the highest quality materials found in the automotive glass industry. We also offer a free mobile service for your convenience.

With over 70 years of experience, Gerber Collision and Glass are proud to be approved by all major insurance companies. So whether it’s one vehicle or an entire fleet you need evaluated, our experts are here for you. We have many locations throughout the United States and Canada to serve you. Windshield cracks can impair your ability to drive safely. Don’t let that broken glass go untreated. Let Gerber collision and Glass solve the problem.

Car Windshield Glass Repair – Does it Matter if I have Broken Glass?

You might have a lot of questions about automotive windshield glass repair that we can help you with.

  • Does it matter if I have broken glass or a chipped windshield? Yes, absolutely it does. Damaged or chipped glass can break when you hit a bump in the road, but more importantly your glass serves as an important structural purpose during an auto accident.
  • Do I have to replace my windshield? Many small rock chips and cracks can be repaired without needing to replace your windshield, saving you time and money. If your rock chip is smaller than a quarter in diameter, it may be repairable. If your windshield crack is less than 6” long (the size of a dollar bill), it may be repairable.
  • Is there a difference between my windshield and the other glass in the car? Yes there is. Windshield glass is laminated safety glass, designed to react differently in an auto accident, where the sides and rear are often tempered glass.
  • Do I have to take my car somewhere for the repair? Gerber Collision and Glass glass has locations throughout the United States or our mobile service can come to you at your home or office at no additional charge.
  • How long will the repair take?Most repairs at Gerber can be completed in 30 minutes or less. Actual time may vary depending upon climate conditions and the extent of the damag
  • How long before I can drive my car again after the repair? Generally our OEM adhesives cure within an hour. However, safe drive away times do vary depending upon climate conditions. Your Gerber technician will be able to provide you with the safe drive away time for your windshield replacement.
  • How soon can I wash my car? You want to wait at least 24 hours prior to washing your car after a windshield repair.

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What do you do if you notice a windshield crack in need of repair?

One repair that many car owners often overlooked until too late is auto glass repair.  Even the smallest windshield chip or windshield crack does not seem like it can cause harm, but debris and changing temperatures can cause auto glass chips to grow larger over time.

If you notice a crack in your windshield glass, first inspect the damage. You can do this yourself or even take your car to Gerber Collision and Glass for inspection.  Windshield damage that is limited to a minor chip, crack, or knick should be repairable. Many small rock chips and cracks can be repaired by Gerber without needing to replace your windshield, saving you time and money.Some larger or “spider-like” windshield cracks may not repairable and require windshield replacement.

While a chip in your windshield may seem insignificant, it’s important to take care of as soon as possible before they grow or in worst cases, cause a driving hazard.

If you have any questions regarding auto glass repair or auto glass replacement service, our helpful customer service representatives are available to answer your questions at 877-7gerber (877-743-7237) or online through our Contact form.

How does the cold weather cause windsheild glass cracks

Cold Weather and Windshield Cracks

With weather chill in the air, not only are we having to bundle up a bit more but we also need to be on the lookout for changes in the windshields of our car. Because changes in temperature can expand and contract your vehicles windshield, it’s important to look for small cracks that can travel the length of your auto glass.

For instance, if the inside of your car is around 60 degrees but the outside is in the 20s, the inside layor of the class will expland while the outside will contract, causing distortion and often cracked auto glass that is in need of windshield repair.  Even a small difference in degrees can stress your auto windshield.

If you’ve had a small windshield crack after about a month or so you will notice it begins to get dirty.  How do windshield cracks become dirty?  Typically the windshield wipers push dirt into the crack over time or when it rains dirt can be carried into the auto glass crack. It’s important to have your vehicle looked at by an auto glass service company because preventative measures will take care of the crack before it spreads.

Don’t let a cracked windshield run

Don’t let a cracked windshield run

What is the function of a windshield on a vehicle? Have we ever really thought about it?  It seems like the only time we think about it is when it is cracked or in need of some attention.  We know it protects the driver from weather and debris. The windshield also supports the roof and decreases the chance of the roof caving in if it is involved in a collision. The windshield should be maintained to keep your vehicle in top shape.  There are a few tips you want to consider when properly inspecting your windshield.

Make sure there are no stickers or decals in your view.  These can hinder your sight and create a blind spot in front of you.  A small crack in your windshield should not be overlooked.  Cold weather or pressure can cause the crack to spread.  This may also become a hazard in your ability to see out the front.  Gerber Collision and Glass recommends getting cracks or nicks in your windshield looked at as soon as possible.  If it spreads you may need the entire windshield replaced, so it’s best to get a professional to diagnose the condition of the glass at the earliest possible time.

Gerber Collision and Glass can evaluate and assess the condition of your windshield at any stage.  Customer satisfaction has been job one over the years and continues to be what this business strives for every day.  It is important to make sure your windshield is in good condition.  Routinely check to make sure there are no cracks or divots.  It can become a major safety issue if cracked windshields are not taken care of.

What to do when you get hail damage on your vehicle

What to do when you get hail damage on your vehicle.

What do do when you get hail damage.

Your vehicle was damaged in a hailstorm. Now what? The process of getting it repaired can be even more frustrating. Running around town getting estimates takes up a lot of time, and it can be confusing. Hopefully the following information will answer some of the questions you might have and help you save a great deal of time.

First, contact your insurance company to start the claims process. Do not be hesitant to file a claim for fear of the insurance premiums being raised. Hail damage should be covered under your comprehensive coverage and is considered an act of nature. Filing a hail claim should not cause your premiums to go up. most major insurance companies now endorse dent repair for automobile hail damage.

Next, your insurance company inspects your vehicle’s hail damage. Often they will give you a list of body shops they recommend you go to for repairs, such as Gerber Collision and Glass.

Backed by our Lifetime Guarantee, our qualified, experienced technicians will repair your vehicle to its pre-hail condition. Our computerized paint systems offer superior colour matching capabilities to restore your vehicle’s cosmetic appearance, and our paint booths use cutting-edge ventilation systems to ensure a flawless finish.

We inspect the repair at several quality check points throughout the process to ensure that we deliver on our service promise. Once the repair is complete, the vehicle is thoroughly inspected once more before we return it to you.

Gerber Collision and Glass can repair HAIL damage on your car…

 

Little rain pellots, they call “HAIL”

Gerber Collision and Glass can certainly bail,

you out without fail,

if your car suffers damage from hail….

 

Hail is definitely not good for your car…

To get it fixed you won’t need to go far,

 

Gerber collision and glass will come to you,

to fix hail damage in a few

minutes and get you back on the road,

And then you’re off to where you need to go!

 

So call on us and we will fix,

any needs and we’ll do it quick!

 

We care about you and your ride,

and we’ll make the repairs with great pride!

 

Stop on by

and say hi!!!

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