Repair or Replacement?
How do you determine whether you should get a windshield replacement or a repair?
That is a good question and one you should try to figure out before you start calling auto glass shops for quotes. Often a windshield chip can be repaired and save you hundreds on a replacement.
Essentially, even some windshield cracks are repairable. Although this depends on the size and location of the crack in the windshield.
What is the Difference Between Windshield REPAIR and REPLACEMENT?
I am asked this question quite often. What is the difference between windshield repair and windshield replacement. Think about your vehicle in general. When your car breaks down, do you want to repair it or replace it? Well, it depends on how bad the damage is! It works the same way with your windshield.
Getting a new windshield is NOT windshield repair. The auto glass replacement industry has succeeded in confusing the general public by calling both services “repair.” Windshield repair is the term used for repairing rock chips and cracks so the glass does not have to be replaced.
When to Replace Auto Glass
A damaged windshield cannot always be fixed. For your safety, if the rock chip or crack is directly in your line of vision, you should replace the glass. Crack repairs can be done to stop the spread at times. Although, it is not cosmetically pleasing to the eye and its chance of success is lower than a chip repair.
Auto insurance claims do not cover repair of damage directly in the driver’s line of vision.
Some windshield chip repair companies advertise that the repaired area looks as good as new, but this is simply not true.
Even though the resin dries clear, you can see a small blemish where the impact point is located. This blemish may be distracting if it is in your line of vision.
Windshield Replacement Guidelines
Rock chip repair is usually the best option. However, the windshield should be replaced if it has any of the following:
- crack(s) across the entire windshield
- cracks on the inside surface of the glass
- the damage from the rock chip is directly in your line of vision
- the rock chip (bullseye, star, or combination break) is larger than 1.25″
If you still have questions about whether your windshield is repairable or not, please call me at 972-983-8571. I am happy to answer any questions you have about your windshield.