When You should Get A Windshield Repair or Windshield Replacement

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What to consider when deciding on a windshield repair or windshield replacement

Repair Vs. Replacement: What is the difference?

Have you ever gone driving and all of a sudden a tiny rock hits your windshield, leaving a crack or small chip? The big question you may ask yourself is; do you get a windshield repair or full windshield replacement?

There are some factors to consider when making this decision. Knowing the size, depth and location can help with deciding whether you need a simple repair or full windshield replacement. 

The size of the damage is one of the first things to consider. For instance, If the chip is smaller than a quarter (about an inch) or if the crack is less than 3 inches and if the damage hasn’t started to “spider” and grow, a repair is all you need. If the damage is any bigger than a quarter or worse, a full windshield replacement is needed.

In addition to knowing the size, knowing the depth of the damage is also very important. Matter of fact, windshields are actually made of three layers: an inside layer of glass, an outside glass, and then a plastic layer in-between. If any damage on your windshield is deep enough to have reached the bottom layer, you’ll then need to get a replacement.

Location is the next and most important factor to consider because, despite the size of the chip or crack, even if it’s smaller than a quarter, if it’s located at the edge of the windshield, a full replacement is absolutely necessary. Your windshield is an important part of your car’s structure and any damage at the edge of your windshield can actually affect its structural integrity and could possibly shatter when driving, which is something we don’t want. A full windshield replacement is also necessary if there is any damage located right in the driver’s line of sight, making it difficult to see when driving, which could lead to accidents. Putting yourself and others in danger

Price and time are also some things to consider, while not as important as knowing size, depth, and location, the service price for a repair or replacement often deter people from fixing their windshield right away. Spotting a small crack early on, before it has a chance to grow any bigger could save you a lot of money and that’s because a repair is significantly cheaper than a replacement.

A simple repair could help the damage from growing any bigger and you wouldn’t have to get a full replacement, however, if you want to a peace of mind and to stay safe on the road, we always recommend a full windshield replacement. A full windshield replacement may be costly, but ignoring the damage or waiting until the last minute to get a repair or replacement is very dangerous. Replace or repair your chipped or cracked windshield right away to protect yourself, your loved ones, and others on the road.