To Repair or To Replace The Windshield, That Is The Question

There comes an unwanted time in your car’s life when its windshield gets damaged. Road accidents, stones flung between truck tires, street debris, and hail storm are some occurrences that can ruin your glass. Here are a few factors that can help you identify if you need to have it repaired or replaced as a whole when this unlikely accident happens.

1. Size

Broken Glass Repair or Window Cracks or a few chips that are not bigger than 6 inches or, as they say, smaller than the scale of a dollar bill, qualify as minor repairs, which ultimately saves you from an overall replacement cost. However, you will have to act fast. These small cracks may grow into larger ones that could lead to an entire windshield needing replacement. Nowadays, though, some repair shops with emerging technologies can fix cracks longer than 6 inches.

2. Number

Multiple connected cracks and numerous points of impact will most likely lead to a windshield replacement. Also, cracks coming from the inside of the car are considered irreparable. Glasses that have less than three impacts and fit the shape of a coin qualify under minor repairs.

3. Type

Typically, a technician can assess and classify the type of damage to your windshield. Bull’s eye, Combination Break, Star, Stress Cracks are some defining classes that will help identify the technique of repair as it may vary from one kind of damage to another.

4. Location

Fixed parts of the windshield may also result to some discoloration, and with this in mind, cracks or chips along your line of sight may get you thinking of having it replaced as it may affect your visibility. Also, cracks that reach the edge of the glass affect its overall strength. It is often better to have it replaced than saved.

The desideratum of your damaged windshield boils down to either a replacement or a repair. Have a professional check it for you and do what you’ve been told. At times, trying to salvage things may cause unnecessary expenses in the long run.

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