Windshield Repair vs. Windshield Replacement?

Does your windshield have a chip that is starting to look like a crack? Is it hard to tell if the chip is minor or serious? Did that tiny, inconsequential chip turn into a crack recently? OR, do you just have several small chips and no cracks on your windshield? The thing is, it might be difficult to determine if it is time for a replacement or if a repair would suffice. More than that, it might be difficult to decide to spend more now as a preventive measure to save in the long run, or if that is not even necessary to debate at this point.

How can we be sure we need any assistance at all? Let’s explore that.

If your windshield is showing the wear of debris and fallen leaves which has caused some scratches and perhaps a small chip, a simple and quick repair might be all you need. Our experts can fill chips to improve visibility and prevent those chips from turning into a serious crack over time.

On the other hand, did your vehicle just embark on a long road trip with differing temperatures every couple of hours? Did the stark contrast cause a nasty, large crack in your windshield? As you can imagine, this needs to be remedied as soon as possible. A cracked windshield not only affects visibility, it also compromises the integrity of the glass, which is intended to protect you in case of an accident.

Consider these factors when trying to determine whether you need a windshield repair or replacement.

  • A windshield repair will suffice if a chip is less than 2 centimeters in diameter, and remains on the surface of the glass. This serves more of a cosmetic issue and is preventive as well because it keeps a small chip from growing into a larger chip or crack.
  • A windshield replacement is key when the chip is 4 centimeters or greater and there are multiple points of impact, oxidation has occurred, and/or if visibility is hindered.

If you are still in doubt, schedule a consultation with your local Glass America techs. Our experts can inspect your glass, and let you know what is the safest and most cost-efficient option for your windshield’s specific damage.