Stress cracks and windscreens

When your windscreen cracks for no obvious reason, it is normally down to stress. Windscreens come under stress in a few different ways, and this can be detrimental to their longevity. To protect your windscreen, it can be important to avoid these stress inducing activities. But what exactly causes windscreen stress? Well, here at Red Rose Windscreens, we are windscreen experts. As a result, we have produced this guide to stress cracks and windscreens.

Temperature Changes

Stress cracks are commonly caused by extreme changes in temperature. Washing your car with cold water on a hot day can be enough to cause these cracks to appear. And more commonly, pouring hot water on a frozen windscreen is often the reason.

Pressure Changes

Believe it or not, a high pressure wind, pushing against your windscreen can be enough to cause a crack. Especially if you are driving at speed, on the motorway for example.

Structural Weakness

However, the most common reason for stress cracks is structural weakness. Windscreens are essential for the safety of the car and the passengers as the windscreen supports the roof and the airbags. As a result, a very strong adhesive is applied to install the windscreen. The heating and cooling process of this adhesive can be enough to cause stress fractures and cracks on your windscreen.

Contact the professionals

If a stress crack appears on your windscreen for any reason, you need to get in touch with the professionals. It is important to get these cracks repaired immediately, otherwise they can grow and cause a lot of damage. Ultimately, if the cracks become too large, you will need to replace the whole windscreen. And this will be a lot more expensive.

If you have a windscreen in need of repair, get in touch with the experts today, here at Red Rose Windscreens.