At 5 Star Auto Glass, we offer full windshield replacement and repair service at a fraction of the price while using the same windshield manufacturers as our local competitors. That means you get quality service at a low cost using only the best materials. To further stand by our excellent quality and service, we provide a full lifetime guarantee on all our work for as long as you own or lease the vehicle we service. See our Guarantee Page for more details.
With over a decade of experience replacing windshields in Calgary, we have seen some alarming windshield damage. Calgary contends with extreme weather changes, especially during the winter due to Chinook winds that can melt snow, resulting in loose gravel on the road. Pair that with an increasing amount of construction debris and you have a recipe for windshield disaster! A small chip or crack can quickly turn into safety hazard.
Did you know… Your windshield is integral to the structural support of your vehicle’s cabin?
The windshield is not just meant to protect you from wind, rain, and bugs; it acts as a safety restraint system in your car in the event of an accident. The windshield provides up to 45% of the vehicle cabin’s structural integrity in a front-end collision and up to 60% in a rollover—that’s a chance that over half of the collision’s force could be absorbed by you if your windshield fails!
Here are a few other critical features and functions of your windshield:
- Supports the roof.
Many consumers don’t realize that windshields play an integral role in supporting the roof of their vehicles. Rollover collisions have a higher fatality rate than other types of collisions. A strong windshield helps prevent the roof from collapsing or caving into passengers in a rollover accident. But a damaged windshield is more likely to fail, which can result in potentially life-threatening injuries to you or your passengers.
- Acts as a physical barrier.
Depending on the severity of the collision, there is always a risk that the impact can eject passengers from the vehicle. Think of the airbags, seat belts, and windshield as the Critical Safety Feature Trio—airbags cushion impact, seat belts prevent ejection, and the windshield acts as a physical barrier to keep passengers inside the vehicle.
- Helps with airbag deployment.
Because airbags deploy with great force, the windshield acts as a backboard or backstop. In the case of passenger side airbags, the windshield allows them to deploy upward and bounce off, preventing the passenger from going headfirst into the windshield in a collision. Imagine a cracked windshield—its strength to withstand airbag deployment is significantly reduced. This could cause the airbags to deploy improperly, increasing the likelihood of passengers suffering a serious injury.
Now that you know how important your vehicle’s windshield is, you won’t look at that crack or chip the same way again!
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Windshield Replacement FAQs
How do I know if my vehicle’s windshield needs replacing?
A windshield replacement is necessary if the damage:
- Penetrates both layers of the glass
- Passes across the driver’s line of sight
- Is located over the rain sensor and internal antenna
- Reaches the edges of the glass
- Forms multiple cracks like a web
- Is on the inside of the windshield
- Is over 18 inches long
How long does a vehicle windshield replacement usually take?
It usually takes anywhere from 1.5- 2.0 hours to complete the replacement.
Can my insurance cover the cost of vehicle windshield replacement?
Yes, auto glass repair and replacement typically falls under comprehensive coverage and is optional. Keep in mind that, while your insurance may cover the cost of vehicle windshield replacement, your deductible may cost more than the windshield replacement service itself.
How much does it cost to replace a vehicle windshield without insurance in Calgary?
The cost of vehicle windshield replacement varies and depends on the car’s year, make, model, and any ADAS (Advanced Driver-Assistance System) features. Get an instant quote from us for your specific vehicle.
Does a car need to be recalibrated after windshield replacement?
Yes, if the windshield has ADAS (Advanced Driver-Assistance System) features, it will need to be recalibrated. Our auto glass technicians at 5 Star Auto Glass are trained and equipped to recalibrate your windshield to ensure that all cameras and sensors are functioning properly.