Repairing and replacing your car’s sunroof

Sunroofs are fantastic additions to cars. There’s nothing better than driving with the sunroof open on a hot summers day. But things can quickly turn sour if your sunroof gets damaged. Cracks and chips are common and, if they are not fixed, they can quickly lead to the deterioration of the entire sunroof. And this can be very bad news.


Because the sunroof literally protects you and your car from the elements, it is imperative to get your car’s sunroof repaired or replaced as soon as an issue occurs.

 

Different types of sunroofs

Although they may look the same, there are actually several different types of sunroof. The way they are designed and the way in which they work can have a big impact on how they can be repaired or replaced and how expensive that procedure is. That’s why it is important to know the distinction.

 

Most sunroofs today are either internal or external. Internal sunroofs fit between the metal on the roof and the car’s headliner and retract into a hidden pocket so that they are completely out of sight. External roofs sit on top of the car and retract up and back to let sunlight in.


There are also two types of glass used in sunroofs. Cheaper sunroofs use a screened dot pattern that reflects about half of the sun’s rays back up. More expensive sunroofs use a solar cooling form of reflective glass that reflects over 90% of the sun’s heat. You won’t be surprised to hear that the more expensive glass costs more to replace.

 

Chips in sunroofs

Just like your car’s windshields, a sunroof with a chip or small crack should be repaired immediately. Just like windshields, a resin can be injected into the glass to stop it from cracking further. Sunroofs won’t shatter, but a severely cracked sunroof can start to let in rain and other elements. This isn’t just nasty for the car’s occupants, it’s not great for the health of your vehicle either. If a chip isn’t fixed, it can soon turn into a big nasty crack and that can only be fixed by replacing the entire sunroof.

 

Leaks in sunroofs

The seals of sunroofs are one of the most vital parts. They keep the sunroof in place and they stop water from getting in. If your sunroof is leaking, it is probably a problem with the sealant. Luckily, just like a chip, this can be fixed quickly and cost-effectively by your local auto glass experts.

 

If you have a problem with your car’s sunroof, whether you’ve found a chip or it’s starting to leak, come down to A+ Plus Auto Glass and our trained team will take care of you. We can repair and replace sunroofs within a day and have you back on the road in no time. For more information give us a call on (623) 218-6844 or get in touch using our website’s contact form.