Rock Chip Repair is Critical in Minnesota Winters

 In Auto Glass

Rock chips in your windshield are problematic in all seasons, but when you add in freezing temperatures, snow, and ice, rock chips become particularly hazardous. While some rock chips may be simply cosmetic, during the cold and wet winter months, those chips can spread and quickly become a serious problem as they can affect your ability to see well enough to drive. Strong winds and flying debris can wreak havoc on a windshield, and gravel that is used to gain traction in icy conditions can easily flip up and chip your windshield or weaken already damaged glass.

During the cold winter months, rock chip damage to your windshield can spread as a result of the cold temperatures, storm conditions, and moisture. Moisture from ice and snow can get trapped inside the crack and as temperatures drop, the moisture freezes and expands, which increases pressure on the windshield and can cause serious cracks.

Other winter-related issues can cause further stress on your windshield. Extremes in temperatures and blowing hot air on a frozen windshield to defrost it can make the windshield weaker. Scraping snow and ice off your windshield can also place additional stress on those that are already compromised.

When a rock chip occurs in the critical vision area of your windshield (in the driver’s main sight line) the windshield may need to be replaced. But rock chip damage outside of this area can often be repaired by injecting a special resin material into the chip or crack.

Regardless of your issue, you should have an auto glass specialist evaluate your windshield as quickly as possible, and Apollo Glass can give your chip a look for free.

For more information about how Apollo Glass can help you with your auto glass needs in Minnesota, call 763-682-5100 or email You can also learn more about Apollo Glass and its services by clicking here.

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