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When To Know if Your Windshield Should Be Repaired or Replaced

When To Know if Your Windshield Should Be Repaired or Replaced
Posted By: Kara Masterson on August 15, 2022

Your windshield is one of the most important parts of your vehicle and determines your level of visibility as you spend time traveling and getting around on the road each day. Unfortunately, cracks can develop due to rocks or other objects that bounce off the glass while you’re driving, especially on the highway. When this happens, it's important to know if your windshield should be replaced or repaired to ensure you can continue to safely operate the vehicle.

A Long Crack or Hole


If there's a crack in your windshield that is longer than a dollar bill, it's a sign that the vehicle needs windshield replacement and can't be repaired. Most windshield replacement companies will tell you they can't repair a long crack since it can continue to expand over time. Cracks can also weaken the windshield and put it at risk of shattering, making it necessary to replace all of the glass.

You'll also need to replace the entire windshield if a rock from the road hits the windshield and causes a hole to develop.



Another sign that your windshield needs to be replaced is if the crack or chip affects your visibility and makes it difficult to see your surroundings.

40mm Chip


You can consider repairing your windshield if you have a chip that is 40mm or smaller. The advanced equipment and tools used by auto glass experts will be capable of reversing the damage and restoring the condition of the windshield. A technician can take a look at the damage and measure it to determine if it can be repaired.

Outer Damage


You can also repair the windshield if the damage is only visible on the outside of the glass and isn't present on the inside of it. This means the damage is minor and hasn't affected the structural integrity of the windshield. Auto glass technicians will even tell you that the glass can be repaired if the crack or chip isn't located near the outer margin of the windshield. If the inner layer of glass is broken, it can lead to further damage due to the severity of the crack or chip.

If your windshield has cracked, chipped, or scratched while you were driving, you can determine if it's better to get it repaired or replaced depending on what the damage is and how bad it is. Most auto glass experts work quickly to repair or replace the glass to ensure you can continue to have reliable transportation and restore the condition of the car.
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