A sunroof might be one of your favorite features in your car. It allows for the passenger cab to flood with light and let in the fresh air. You might not consider that sunroof glass can be just as vulnerable to damage as other auto glass, but if your sunroof glass shatters, it can be an especially jolting experience.
Understanding your sunroof puts you in the best position to ensure that any damage that occurs is dealt with quickly to ensure the continued safety and integrity of your vehicle. Thankfully, if any accident were to occur, sunroof glass can be repaired or replaced just like any other auto glass. Be confident that your new knowledge means that your security doesn’t have to hang in the balance.
Types of Sunroof Glass
Tempered Auto Glass
Laminated Auto Glass
Why Might Sunroof Glass Break?
Just like with any auto glass, there are several reasons your sunroof glass might break. If you are lucky enough to have a panoramic sunroof, the larger expanse of glass can mean a higher risk of breakage.
Spontaneous auto glass breakage can occur if your sunroof is made of tempered glass. This type of breakage doesn’t necessarily happen because of debris hitting the glass. Any flaw can cause the glass to shatter, and invariably it’s one that has found its way into the glass during manufacture. Thankfully, as this phenomenon seems to only happen with tempered glass, it’s isn’t as dangerous as it sounds. The experience is no doubt jolting, but as tempered glass is made to break into tiny pieces, injury from the breaking glass is rare.
Accidents can happen anywhere, and it’s no different when it comes to your sunroof glass. Stray rocks, debris and tree branches can all cause problems if they manage to catch your sunroof. It always pays to check your sunroof glass for cracks and chips regularly. You might not notice them as quickly as other auto glass, and it can make a difference between having to repair or replace.
Repair or Replace?
Whether you repair or replace your sunroof glass comes down to how extensive the damage. The average cost to replace the glass will range from $300 – $400, including parts needed and labour. The repair will be costed based on the extent of restoration required in each case. It can save you a lot of money to repair sunroof glass rather than have a full sunroof replacement, but the cost shouldn’t be your primary concern. It comes down to safety and the durability of the sunroof.
The most important thing to remember is that you should always approach a skilled professional whenever damage occurs. You want an expert consultation whos main priority is your continued security.
Here at Glassfixit, we continually strive to provide the best advice to each customer based on their individual situation. Our highly trained staff always have customer safety at the forefront of all work and aim to support customers with the best possible equipment and resources.