Having a crack in your windshield is a real headache. You might be tempted to avoid taking your car to be repaired because the crack or chip isn’t blocking your view, but waiting can make a crack much worse!
How can you tell if a windshield can be repaired? How do you know it needs to be replaced?
The simple answer is: it depends. There are many factors that go into whether or not a repair can be done. It mainly depends on how much damage your windshield has sustained, and how long your windshield has been damaged. The time is important because there are other factors that can actually make the crack worse. If it has rained or snowed heavily since the crack happened, moisture can seep into the windshield, making the damage worse. If more rocks or debris have hit the damaged windshield, the impact can make the crack 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 or a crack that is less than three inches long can be repaired. Anything larger than that must be judged on a case-by-case basis, but it usually warrants the replacement of the entire windshield.
How can you minimize damage to your chipped or cracked windshield?
The best thing you can do to minimize damage to your windshield is to take your car in as soon as you can when your windshield is damaged. Even if the crack seems small, it’s better to get it repaired before it spreads.
If you have a windshield in need of repair or replacement, don’t wait! Call Plymouth Glass now. We can set up an appointment for you to bring your car in, or our mobile glass repair unit can come to you!