Windshield Damage – Replace Vs. Repair
Deciding whether you should replace or simply repair your chipped or cracked windshield depends on a few factors – the size, area, and seriousness of the damage(s). If the damage is less than the size of a quarter and cracks are less than 3 inches long. Larger damaged areas will most likely need a windshield replacement. The best and most accurate way to determine the course of action is to have a specialist check it out for you.
Damage location also plays a big role in determining whether you should replace or repair your cracked or chipped windshield. Damage on the windshield’s perimeter tend to spread quickly and can jeopardize the structural integrity of the glass. If you notice it in time and take action, they could possibly be repaired. But in most cases, it’s usually recommended to replace the windshield.
If the damage is directly in the driver’s field of vision, we will most likely recommend a windshield replacement. It is important that the driver’s view is crystal clear, and no windshield repair can promise like-new results.
One thing to keep in mind is that damaged windshields should be fixed as quickly as possible.
It’s important to realize that if your windshield has extensive damage, repair may not even be an option. Major impacts or damage resulting from a car accident may surpass what can be fixe. In these cases, windhshield replacement is a must.
Windshield Repair – How Does It Work?
Windshield repair entails injecting a unique material into the damaged area using a device that affixes directly to the glass. When administered, this resin is then cured and polished, restoring the quality and durability to the glass.
When windshield damage (chip,crack) occurs, it typically disperses into the windshield’s inner layer of plastic, which is squeezes in between 2 sheets of glass. In certain circumstances, a drill is used to make a clean passage to the plastic, where the material is injected to repair the damages.
Windshield repair is an action that may prevent further damage, but the results may vary. Sometimes windshields can look almost perfect, however, other times, a slight blemish may be visible. Regardless of the result, windshield repair will stop damage from spreading.
And considering that every chip is special, some will certainly react better to the fix compared to others. A mended windshield will certainly never ever look as perfectly clear as a brand-new one.