Does a cracked windshield have to be replaced?

By blogsadmin | Posted in Auto glass shop, Insurance, Safety on Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 at 8:46 pm
Does a cracked windshield have to be replaced

Unfortunately, most of us will end up needing some kind of accident or natural disaster vehicle repair at some point. Even the most careful drivers sometimes end up in unexpected situations, and after an accident occurs, it can be hard to assess damages on your own. While some cracked and/or chipped windshields require full windshield glass replacement, some can be repaired – at a lower cost to you, the driver.

How do I know if my windshield needs to be replaced?

The location of a chip or crack typically determines whether you’ll need windshield replacement or repair. A crack on the edge of your windshield is prone to spread widely and quickly, and so repairing it may not be a lasting solution. Also, chips or cracks that are directly in the driver’s line of vision may also not be good candidates for windshield repair, as repair generally leaves distortions in the glass, which could compromise the driver’s line of sight in the future.

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Benefits of windshield glass replacement

Full windshield glass replacement may be more expensive, but the replacement glass we install has been fully inspected for safety. Replacing your windshield is the safest way to address chips or cracks in your windshield, but you will have to wait a few hours after replacement before driving your vehicle to ensure the urethane bond is completely cured.

Benefits of windshield glass repair

“Clearly” windshield repair will be less costly than full replacement. However, only an auto glass specialist will be able to tell you if your chip or crack is eligible for quality repair. Because repair is so much more cost effective, many insurance companies opt to pay for it in full, waiving your deductible on your coverage. The general rule? If your chip or crack becomes larger than a dollar bill, windshield replacement is the only viable option.

Contact us today to find out if your windshield damage can be resolved with low-cost windshield glass repair methods.

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9 Responses to “Does a cracked windshield have to be replaced?”

  1. I appreciate the information here about windshield repairs and replacement. I hadn’t realized that the location of the crack or chip is a deciding factor. So, if I have a chip right in front of my face, then I should probably get that replaced.

  2. Jenna Hunter says:

    It was very informative to know that you will have to wait a few hours after replacement before driving. I have a business meeting to go to and scheduled my replacement appointment 3 hours before my meeting. My meeting is two hours away. I will be sure to keep this in mind the next time!

  3. jresquival says:

    That’s a good point that you might not want to repair cracks in the driver’s line of sight. That could distort the driver’s view. I have a little crack that’s starting to spider on the passenger’s side, so I’ll think I’ll try to get it repaired.

  4. Thank you for sharing, great information you’ve provided. My company in Arizona specializes in windshield replacement as well as fixing sunroofs and car windows.

  5. John Mahoney says:

    Thank you for talking about how depending on where the crack is on your windshield it might need to be replaced. It makes sense that understanding this science can help you make sure you get the best deal when fixing the problem. I can see how anyone looking into this would want to make sure they consult with a trusted professional before they decide on replacing or repairing their windshield.

  6. Jake says:

    Out here in Yuma, AZ, we see chips, cracks, and completely shattered windows all the time from rocks being thrown around on the highway. Good info here about how to keep the damage from getting worse, and about not waiting weeks and weeks to get your windshield repaired.

  7. Kylie Dotts says:

    It makes sense that an auto glass replacement would be the best way to address cracks and chips. I think it makes a lot of sense that because of cracks and chips it would be easier to break a windshield than if it were whole. My husband and I have a car that is 15 years old and is riddled with chips. Maybe it would be a good idea for us to get it

  8. If you are traveling with such a major windshield damage, it is mandatory that you get a windshield replacement first. Not only will this keep you safe on the road, but it will prevent other issues too.

  9. I agree, the location of the chip or crack will usually determine whether or not you need to replace or repair the windshield. If the crack goes right through the driver’s vision then you want to get it replaced. After all, the warping that will result from trying to repair the crack will just make it more difficult for the driver to see.

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