To repair or replace…that is the question. Did you know that the front windshield is the only piece of glass on your car that can be repaired — all other auto glass requires a complete replacement. If the damage to your windshield is smaller than a credit card, it can likely be repaired — great news for you and your wallet.
Whether your windshield has a tiny crack or a little chip, it’s not something you should ever ignore. Those seemingly small damages can quickly turn into a dangerous driving situation for you and your loved ones. A cracked windshield not only affects visibility but also compromises the integrity of the glass, which is intended to protect you in case of an accident.
As a rule of thumb, follow these guidelines when determining whether you need a windshield repair or replacement:
A windshield repair is acceptable if a crack is less than 0.75 inches in diameter, less than 3 inches in length, and remains on the surface of the glass. This serves as more of a cosmetic issue but is also preventive because it keeps a small chip from growing into a larger chip or crack.
A windshield replacement is necessary when the chip or crack is at least 1.5 inches in diameter, there are multiple points of impact, oxidation has occurred, or visibility is hindered.
To help you determine your next steps, take a look at these images showing windshield damages eligible for repair.
If you’re still not sure whether your windshield needs a repair or a replacement, schedule a consultation with your local Glass America techs. Our experts will inspect your glass, and let you know what is the safest and most cost-efficient option for your windshield's specific damage.