Should You Repair It or Replace It?
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.
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 we 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, we replace the windshield.
We do not repair a chip that appears directly in the driver's line of vision. Because the repair process leaves minor distortions in the glass, in this case we prefer to replace the windshield rather than compromise the driver's vision.
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 (BIG 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 $50 and $10 each additional
Replacing a windshield usualy costs $200 - $300