Should You Repair It or Replace It?
WHACK! A rock just
bounced off your windshield, leaving a dime-sized chip right in
front of your nose. Not only does it obstruct your view, but if it's
like other rock chips you've received, it'll soon sprout cracks that
spread like wildfire.
There was a time when a chip or crack in your
windshield meant certain replacement. That's no longer the case.
Modern technology makes it possible to repair windshields that would
have previously been scrapped. Not only does this save your
windshield, it also saves you money.
But be aware that even the most advanced glass
repair techniques have their limits. So if your windshield is
severely damaged, new glass may still be in your future.
Did you Know...
You can save money repairing your windshield instead of
replacing it! It's a fact that 1 out of every 4 windshields need some
kind of repair. You gamble every day you don't get your windshield
repaired by a qualified technician. The longer you wait the worse
the damage becomes. Also, if you wait too long you could have
cosmetic residual that is still very noticeable. So don't delay and
have us repair your windshield.
Do I have to replace my windshield or can it be repaired?
Windshield repair or replacement depends on the size, location and
severity of the damage. The majority of windshield repair shops can
repair quarter-sized rock chips and cracks up to three inches long.
Anything bigger and most likely we will recommend replacement.
Location of the damage also plays an important role
in determining your windshield's fate. Cracks at the edge of the
windshield tend to spread very quickly and can compromise the
structural integrity of the glass. If they're caught in time, they
can be repaired. But in most cases, it's usually advisable to
replace the windshield.
Regardless of the size and location of a chip or
crack, it's always advisable to have it repaired quickly. If you
wait some time to repair it, dirt can work its way into the damaged
area, affecting the effectiveness and clarity of the repair.
Finally, bear in mind that if your windshield took a
big enough hit, it may simply be beyond saving. Major impacts
objects) or accident damage go beyond what any repair facility can
fix. In these severe cases, replacement is a must.
How much will this cost?
Repairing a single rock chip costs between $30-$40
for the first chip, then usually 50% off for each additional chip on
the same windshield.
The cost to repair most cracks is about the same.
However, if the crack is longer than three inches, it may require
Windshield replacement costs considerably more and
varies greatly depending on the vehicle. In addition to the cost of
the windshield itself, a windshield molding kit and installation
labor must be factored into the overall replacement cost.
Where do I get the work done?
We are a mobile glass repair and replacement
service. Rather than go somewhere to have work
performed on your car, we come to you
and repair or replace your windshield wherever your car is
located at home, or even at work.
you're replacing a windshield,
your insurance company will most likely ask you to pay your deductible
and they'll pay for the complete replacement.
However, if you're repairing the
windshield, the deal may be better. Having recognized that
it's more economical to repair a windshield than replace it,
your insurance company may waive your deductible
and pay for the entire repair.
This arrangement encourages customers to repair
their windshields rather than replace them every time they're
chipped. It also represents a substantial savings to both you and
your insurance company over the lifetime of your policy.
On the other hand, if your windshield is in genuine
need of replacement don't skimp, make sure and replace it . A heavily
damaged windshield is not only difficult to look through, it's also
unsafe. The structural integrity may have been compromised and could
weaken further if it isn't replaced quickly.
We carefully examine your windshield to determine
whether a repair will suffice or if it should indeed be replaced.
Also remember to check with your insurance company to confirm the terms of your coverage
before committing to any windshield work.
How does windshield repair work?
Windshield repair involves injection of a special resin
into the damaged area using a tool that attaches directly to the
glass. Once injected, this resin is then cured and polished to
restore the clarity and strength to the glass.
When a chip or crack occurs, it often spreads into
the windshield's inner layer of plastic, which is sandwiched between
two layers of glass. In some instances, a drill is used to make a
clean passageway to the plastic, where the resin is injected to
repair the damage.
Think of a windshield repair as first-aid that
prevents the damage from getting worse. In some cases, it may look
nearly perfect, while in others, it could still appear slightly
blemished. But in either case, a proper repair prevents the damage
And since every chip is unique, some will respond
more effectively to repair than others. Below are the common
types of cracks.