Sometimes it can be difficult to know what to do with your car, especially if it doesn’t seem like a particularly major issue and you have other pressing concerns. If you have a chip or crack in your windshield and it doesn’t look too concerning, you simply may not know what to do. It’s okay to have questions and not be exactly sure what to do: that’s why at Low Budget Auto Glass, we’re going to let you know just what to do if you find your windshield cracked so you can be prepared when the situation comes up!
Do I Ignore It? Do I Replace or Repair?
There are two main forms of damage: chips and cracks. With a chip, you can clearly see where the debris made impact with the glass, such as a bulls-eye/circular shape or a crack chip. Cracks make a clear line in the glass and can be up to an inch in width. They usually run in a straight or wavy lane.
If it’s just a small chip or crack, it may seem like a prudent idea to hold off on getting it repaired. Unfortunately, that’s not wise: even a small chip or crack can spread when you hit a big pothole or swerve suddenly when driving. The bumping and jostling while you drive can very easily compromise the safety and protection your windshield offers, putting you in harm’s way. If you’re unsure whether to go in for a repair or replacement, here are some general guidelines to follow.
The industry of windshield repair tech has come a long way, so it’s becoming increasingly possible to fix larger chips or cracks. As a rule of thumb, it’s often possible to repair chips smaller than a quarter and cracks that are up to three inches long. There are guides and limits that allow repairs to be made only to a certain length, which can be seen in the Repair Laminated Automotive Glass Standard. Depth also plays a role: if there’s damage through both the outer and inner layer of glass, then you need to get a replacement. Note where the damage happened: if it reaches the glass’s outer edge, the windshield’s integrity is at risk and it will have to be replaced. If there’s a crack in your line of sight, a replacement is necessary, as there may be some distortion with a repair that could impede your sight while driving.
In either case, take your car into a repair shop or have them come to you: most repairs take less than an hour and are done by injecting clear resin into the glass, then polishing and curing it. Repairs take some more time and involve primers and sealants, as well as a waiting period after. In a day’s time, you can be back on the road.
Getting Your Windshield Fixed
With 15 years of experience in the San Jose, CA and Bay Area, we know how to best serve our customers. Using safe and efficient methods and giving you a comprehensive work warranty, the whole Low Budget Auto Glass team stands behind our work. For any repairs or replacements you need for your windshield, call us at (408) 573-3617.
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