You’re traveling on the interstate, and suddenly, something hits your windshield. It’s distracting, to say the least, taking your attention away from the road. Then, you find a chip in the windshield at your next stop. You don’t know much about windshield repair, so now what?
It’s a good question. A damaged windshield seems like a straightforward repair, but there is a bit more to it. You have to know what your insurance covers and what the current replacement rules and regulations are in your state. Then, who will do the work, and will they follow those rules? Finally, how much is it going to cost?
Let’s start at the beginning of this process of car window and windshield repair.
An Intact Windshield Is Critical to Your Safety
Maybe more than you think. It protects you from flying objects but still allows you adequate range of vision. It protects the integrity of your car if the vehicle should turn over during a crash. Finally, the windshield helps the airbags deploy correctly.
And windshields take a lot of abuse. It is one of any vehicle’s components most vulnerable to damage. Every driver faces the need for windshield repair at least once during their driving life.
As tempting as it is to ignore that small chip in your windshield, it’s dangerous to do so. Over time, the chip could lead to a larger area of damage, which eventually leads to a more expensive repair. Bottom line: The chip isn’t going to disappear on its own. It needs to be addressed—and the sooner the better, both from a safety and a cost standpoint.
What are the next steps, then?
Can a Chipped Windshield Be Repaired Instead of Being Replaced?
The damage is so small. Surely that one spot can be repaired, right? All you can see are dollar signs and hours taken up on the clock when you think about replacing the entire windshield! Is that really necessary?
It depends. Sometimes a small chip can be repaired quickly and at a much lower cost, but there are some things to consider first:
- Does the area of damage reduce your visibility as you drive? If the chip is in your line of vision, it is a safety issue. Repaired windshield glass is sometimes a little foggy, and that is a danger if it’s right where you look out at the road. In some states, it is illegal, so check your state laws as you make your decision for a repair or a replacement.
- How big is the chip? For repair purposes, it needs to be an inch or less in diameter, and there can’t be any hairline cracks coming from the chipped area. If you live in a hot climate, cracks from the chipped area can develop quickly. A chip larger than an inch across or one that has cracks coming from it can’t be repaired.
- How deep is the chip? The damage can’t penetrate the middle layer of vinyl or the second inner layer of glass. And if the interior glass layer is damaged regardless of there being no damage to the outer layer, the windshield needs to be replaced.
- Is the chip along the outer edge of the windshield? If so, that damage can grow quickly and threaten the strength of the entire structure of the roof, which protects you in the event of a rollover. Any damage of any size on the outer edge dictates replacement of the entire windshield.
Still not sure if your chipped windshield can be repaired rather than replaced? Set an appointment at Max Auto Glass for their input and advice. We will be glad to help you weigh the pros and cons of this decision.
Windshield Replacement Basics
If it turns out the chip in your windshield can’t be repaired. What next? Here are some basics.
Call your insurance carrier! Replacing a broken windshield can cost anywhere between $400 for a standard vehicle and $1,500 for a luxury model. But windshield replacement is generally covered if you have comprehensive coverage included in your auto insurance. It depends on the company, the state where you live, and even what broke your window, so find out for sure first.
Choose the Experts
Next, determine who will do the work. It is possible to purchase a DIY kit for windshield replacement, but beware! It’s not the simplest of jobs, especially considering you are handling a large, fragile piece of glass. One wrong move and that glass can be damaged or even destroyed. Consider these things when choosing a glass shop:
- The shop and its technicians must be properly certified. Look for shops that are both AGSC (Auto Glass Safety Council™)-certified and Dow-certified.
- The shop needs to have liability and workers’ compensation insurance. You need to be protected if anything happens while your windshield is being repaired or replaced.
- Ask about the shop’s warranty. A high-quality shop will guarantee their work.
- Make sure the shop uses high-quality resin and urethane adhesives. Only the best materials will protect you and your family.
We highly recommend using a glass expert like Max Auto Glass to do the job. We have the necessary advanced equipment and the right tools for handling a large piece of glass and then installing it properly.
Set Aside the Time
This is the easiest part of the process! Max Auto Glass does its best to accomplish windshield replacement within 24 hours from the time a customer contacts us. The actual windshield replacement takes only about 60 minutes from start to finish. We even offer free mobile auto glass replacement; our technicians will come to your home or office and do the work there.
Windshield chip repair and replacement doesn’t get any easier—or more professional—than that!
Top Quality Windshield Repair and Replacement at Max Auto Glass
Max Auto Glass will have you back on the road quickly and safely when you need a chipped windshield repair or replacement. Contact us so we can get started today!