4 Ways To Tell If You Need Windshield Repair Or Replacement

Posted on: 2 August 2017


When you have a crack in your windshield, it can be difficult to tell whether or not you need to repair it or replace it. Of course, you want to know since it's going to help you be prepared financially. Here are four ways you can easily tell if you are going to need windshield repairs or replacement:

  1. The Size of the Damage: If the crack is extremely large, generally larger than a dollar bill, you are probably going to need replacement since repairs this large usually cannot be made. Anything smaller than this, however, can be repaired and if it's smaller than a quarter, it can be repaired for a relatively affordable price. 
  2. The Placement of the Damage: The placement of where the damage is will also determine whether or not you need windshield repair or replacement. If the damage is right in front of the driver, for example, then no matter how large or small, it's going to need replacement. This is because the repairs, while they will fix the glass and seal it, they will still be seen and can possibly distort the view. However, if it's on the passenger side or near the edges and is small, then repairs are probable in this situation. 
  3. The Amount of Damage: If there are multiple small cracks, it's probably worth it at this point just to have the windshield replaced. This is going to be more affordable most likely since you won't have to pay for the number of repairs for the cracks. Besides, with multiple cracks, chances are that your windshield has weakened and will be more susceptible to cracking in the event of a car accident, which is extremely dangerous. 
  4. The Crack Extends to the Edge: If the crack reaches the edge of the glass, it can't easily be sealed up. This makes the glass susceptible to future damages, as well since the sealing process cannot be done well, so the windshield is weaker than it should be. At this point, replacement is definitely the better option, as well. 

While you know some of the reasons why replacement or repairs will be needed when dealing with windshield damages, you still want to get the windshield inspected by a professional to make the final determination. After all, they will know whether or not the repairs are possible. You should also compare the price of repairs with the price of replacement. If it's relatively the same, then replacement should be considered. 

Contact a company that can help you with your auto glass repair for more information and assistance.