Bad windshield wipers are more than an inconvenience. They can also create hazardous driving conditions. This is especially true while driving in the rain or at night. Streaks across the glass can block your view and make it difficult to see turns, road signs, or oncoming traffic. If you think that your windshield is scratched, then below are some simple steps that you can take to have the windshield repaired or replaced.


What Causes The Blades to Scratch Your Windshield?

When you bring your car into our service center, we can tell if the wiper blades are causing the scratches. What happens is that the rubber edge is worn out or damaged leaving the metal exposed. The metal comes into direct contact with the windshield glass.


Since the blades are designed to press firmly against the glass, the quick oscillating action of the wipers can cause the metal to dig into the surface. The result is the creation of small indentations throughout the windshield. If the problem is left unsolved, the scratches and streaks will only worsen.


Results of Windshield Scratches

A scratched windshield can lead to other problems that will arise over time. These may include:


●        Driving distractions such as water streaks will occur while the wipers are in use.

●        Scratches can reflect sunlight and headlamps from oncoming cars. Light can either be distorted or magnified, causing limited vision.

●        The wiper blades will not wipe all the water off the blades. The water that is missed will collect on the windshield, once again limiting vision.

●        The entire windshield wiper will wear quickly and need to be replaced.


Repairing or Replacing the Windshield

Our Centennial Glass repair technicians can inspect your windshield to determine the depth of the scratches and what needs to be done to restore the windshield. In many cases, the scratches can be polished out and the windshield can be fixed. If you allow the problem to persist, however, long deep scratches over the windshield may require us to perform a full windshield replacement. Regardless of the condition of the glass, we can also replace part or all of the windshield wipers. The process is simple and takes little time.


Centennial Glass Can Repair Your Windshield

If the windshield on your car or truck has recently been damaged, then bring your vehicle to Centennial Glass. We provide full auto glass replacement and cracked windshield repair on all the windows in your car. We provide complete windshield installation for all personal and commercial vehicles. Our service extends to all car owners in the Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota area. Call us today at 651-653-1777 or visit our service center for a free estimate.