Do You Need Windshield Repair or Replacement?

19 October 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

When you are in your car driving, and a rock hits your windshield, or you just go out and see a crack or ding in your windshield, you may find yourself wondering what, if anything, you should do to fix the situation. There are three general options available to you. Those options are to do nothing, repair your windshield, or replace your windshield. Doing nothing about the damage to your windshield is the least desirable option because it can lead to further damage to your windshield and cost you more in the long run. So, the question becomes whether you need a windshield repair or replacement. Get to know some of the factors to consider so you can make the right choice for you and your car.

Is the Damage in Your Line of Sight?

One of the biggest factors to consider is whether or not the crack or ding in your windshield is in the driver's line of sight. When you are driving, it can be extremely dangerous to have any obstruction in your visual field.

A crack or other damage in that visual field can distort what you are seeing in front of you. Therefore, repairing the damage may not be sufficient. Windshield repairs, even the best of them, are not completely invisible. They still leave a bit of distortion. As such, if your windshield damage is directly in your line of sight, it is preferable to replace the windshield rather than repair it so that you can avoid problems in the future.

Are There Multiple Cracks in Different Areas of the Windshield?

Another issue to consider is how widespread the damage to your windshield is. For example, if there is a crack or ding in the lower portion of the driver's side and one higher up on the passenger side, the damage may be too widespread to repair.

Windshield cracks and dings tend to spread or grow over time. A tiny crack today can become longer and larger in the future. The two separate cracks can then become one much more damaging crack. Additionally, when there are multiple cracks, it can be difficult to repair one without worsening the other. As such, when there are multiple cracks, you need to seriously consider windshield replacement.

Is the Damage Shallow or Deep?

Shallow cracks, dings, and pits in your windshield are the best type of damage to repair. They have not compromised the full thickness and integrity of the windshield, and the remaining undamaged glass underneath can help to support the structure of the windshield as a whole.

Windshield damage that goes deeper is more likely to make the windshield as a whole unstable. This means that if the deeper crack or dent is hit again, or another are of the windshield suffers damage, the windshield could potentially shatter. A repair cannot do a great deal to protect that deeper structural integrity of the windshield. Replacement may be the best option in such cases.

Now that you know some of the factors to consider when deciding between a windshield repair or replacement, you can make the best choice for you and your vehicle.

Go to this website or to a windshield-repair shop near you.