If there’s a crack in your windshield, how do you know whether it needs to be replaced or repaired?
Having damage happen to your windshield can be a complete headache. A lot of times, people avoid taking their car to be repaired because the crack or chip isn’t blocking their view, but the timing can actually make a world of difference! So, the question remains: how do you know if you need your windshield repaired versus having an entire replacement?
The short answer: it depends!
The simple answer to that question is: it depends. There are a lot of factors that go into whether or not a repair can be made. Most of that depends on how much damage was sustained, and the length of time between realizing it and having it repaired. The time is important because there are other factors that can actually make the crack worse. If it’s rained or snowed heavily since the crack happened, that can seep into the windshield, making it worse. If more rocks or debris have been thrown at the damaged windshield, the crack can spread. Even changes in weather can affect how large or deep the cracks and chips are.
Generally speaking, a chip that is smaller than a quarter without cracking can be repaired. It also depends on the type of damage, like a bulls-eye, pit, crack or other type of mark. Most of the time, anything outside of that size is questionable and most likely warrants an entire windshield replacement.
The best advice: take your car to a glass repair expert as soon as possible or call for a free mobile assessment!
The best advice is to always take your car in as soon as you can when your windshield is damaged or contact them for a free mobile assessment of the damage. Even if it seems small and miniscule, it’s better to get it out of the way while it’s still fresh. That way, outside factors are less likely to affect the damage. In this case, repairs are more likely the solution. If the crack is small enough, a qualified glass specialist will be able to make quick repairs.
Whatever the case is, Plymouth Glass always recommends bringing your vehicle in as soon as the damage occurs. That way, we can make sure it doesn’t spread and get it repaired or replaced immediately. Call us today!