How the Sun Damages Your Windscreen

Aug 16, 2022
Auto Glass Care

As the leading experts in power window repair and maintenance, The Power Window Doctors understand the various factors that can damage your windscreen. One of the most underestimated culprits is the sun. While it's easy to associate sun damage with your skin or home, your windscreen is also vulnerable to its harmful effects.

The Sun's UV Rays

Ultraviolet (UV) rays emitted by the sun can deteriorate your windscreen over time. These rays can cause the plastic components, such as the polyvinyl butyral (PVB) layer, to weaken and degrade. This can result in a loss of structural integrity, making your windscreen more susceptible to cracks and chips.

Additionally, UV rays can fade and discolor the outer layer of your windscreen, affecting its clarity and impairing your vision while driving. Over time, this can lead to the need for a complete windscreen replacement, which can be costly and time-consuming.

Heat and Temperature Changes

The sun's heat, especially during hot summer days, can cause your windscreen to expand. As the temperature cools down at night or due to sudden exposure to cold air, your windscreen contracts. This constant expansion and contraction can weaken the glass, making it more prone to cracks and chips.

Extreme temperature changes can exacerbate any existing damage or imperfections on your windscreen. It's essential to be aware of these risks and take preventive measures to preserve the longevity of your windscreen.

Solar Heating

When your vehicle is parked under the scorching sun, it creates a greenhouse-like effect inside. This solar heating can raise the temperature to extreme levels, putting additional stress on your windscreen.

High heat coupled with the expanded air inside the vehicle can intensify any existing cracks or chips in the windscreen, making them more prone to spreading and causing further damage. Regularly parking your vehicle in shaded areas or using sunshades can help mitigate the risks associated with solar heating.

Preventing Sun Damage

Fortunately, there are several preventive measures you can take to protect your windscreen from sun damage:

  • Use Sunshades: Invest in a quality sunshade to block direct sunlight from entering your vehicle. This will help maintain a cooler temperature inside and minimize the risk of heat-related damage.
  • Park in Shaded Areas: Whenever possible, park your vehicle in shaded areas to reduce exposure to direct sunlight and prevent excessive solar heating.
  • Apply UV-Protective Film: Consider applying a high-quality UV-protective film to your windscreen. This film acts as a barrier against harmful UV rays, reducing the risk of deterioration and discoloration.
  • Regular Maintenance: Schedule regular check-ups with The Power Window Doctors to assess the condition of your windscreen. Our experts can identify any existing damage and provide the necessary repairs or replacements to ensure your windscreen's longevity.

By following these preventive measures and being mindful of the sun's damaging effects, you can extend the lifespan of your windscreen and ensure a clear and safe driving experience.

The Power Window Doctors: Your Windscreen Experts

At The Power Window Doctors, we understand the importance of maintaining a well-functioning windscreen. Our team of skilled technicians is dedicated to providing top-notch power window repair and maintenance services.

Whether it's repairing cracks, replacing damaged windscreen components, or applying protective films, we have the expertise to keep your windscreen in excellent condition. With our extensive industry knowledge and commitment to customer satisfaction, we strive to deliver the highest quality services.

Protect your windscreen from the sun's harmful effects with The Power Window Doctors. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or learn more about how we can help you safeguard your windscreen.

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