Your car’s windshield can crack anytime. Imagine it’s a fine day and you’re driving to work or to run an errand–until something solid hits your windshield. As your heartbeat goes back to normal, the unfortunate truth starts to soak in: you will be needing windshield replacement or repair.
This means going to the glass shop for an estimate, not having your car for a day or two, having a possibly leaking windshield and worse: higher insurance premiums. Before you start getting overwhelmed with everything, it’s important to know your options.
Two Options When Dealing with a Cracked Windshield
You can choose between two main solutions when it comes to a broken windshield. You can replace the entire windshield, or you can fill a crack if it’s not too big. Windshield replacement is the more expensive option, while repairs are for smaller cracks.
Whether or not a break can be repaired instead of replacing the windshield relies on a number of factors, including the location of the break, type of break, and amount of time the glass has been left damaged. But the most important thing is to get it fixed soon, as chips and cracks can get wider or longer if not solved right away.
When to Replace or Repair
The good news is that smaller cracks and chips usually do not require windshield replacement. A professional auto body repair can fix it for a reasonable price. If a crack or chip is the size of a dollar bill or smaller, it is often safe to repair.
However, if the crack happens to be in the driver’s line of sight, if there are multiple cracks, or if the damage is at the windshield edge, a complete replacement is required.
Process of Windshield Replacement and Repair
On average, a chip or crack will take 30 to 40 minutes to repair. The process is done by injecting clear resin into the damage. Once it hardens, the resin helps restore the smooth look and integrity of the windshield. The substance will then be polished and cured using UV light. If done correctly, this process will prevent the crack from worsening and spreading.
Windshield replacement, on the other hand, is a bit more complex. Technicians will first prep the car before removing the windshield. Adhesives and seals are also removed and primer is applied on the frame. The windshield replacement will then be fitted and bonded to the vehicle. Once it is fitted, most auto shops will encourage a 1-hour wait time so the glass can properly attach to the car.
Find the Right Professional
When your windshield gets hit by a rock or other debris, don’t hesitate to fix that crack or chip. You will need a company that can install or repair your windshield properly. Whether you need a windshield replacement or simple repair, choose an auto repair shop with an AGSC badge.
Remember: don’t wait for a long time before having the damage checked. Find a trustworthy and expert company and make the call right away.