When you think about it, car and truck windshields really take a beating. They withstand pressure from incredibly high wind speeds, endure all kinds of flying road debris, and are constantly exposed to extreme temperatures for long periods of time. It is almost inevitable that you will get at least one chip or crack on your windshield at some point in time. So, what will you do when it happens?
Repairing small chips that haven't penetrated past the first layer of your windshield glass usually involve injecting a specially-made resin into the damaged area. When it comes to cracks, holes may be carefully drilled at either end of a crack to prevent it from spreading.
Small chips and cracks can usually be repaired by an auto glass professional for a reasonable cost. However, there are exceptions when windshields must be replaced:
- Chips that are larger than a quarter or cracks longer than six inches
- Chips or cracks that obstruct the driver's line of sight
- There are more than three chips or cracks on the windshield glass
- The chips or cracks are at the edge of the windshield
If you choose not to do anything about damage on your windshield, keep in mind that your windshield may be weakened, and the integrity of the glass may be compromised, which can cause safety issues and faulty performance in the event of a collision. Chips and cracks that could have been repaired may eventually get worse, or cracks can spread to the point that replacement of the entire windshield glass is necessary.
Anyone who may be tempted to save a few dollars by performing DIY windshield repair ought to reconsider. Most auto glass professionals will tell you that once a repair has been done incorrectly, it cannot be fixed, and the entire windshield will need to be replaced.
It's always best to quickly get a consultation with an auto glass professional for even the smallest chip or crack.