When Should You Replace Your Broken Windshield?
There are some damages that make a windshield replacement necessary. For example, if an object comes flying onto the windshield at high speed and punches a hole through it, a new installation will be required. But, like it has been said before, every damage is different as it is the job of the technician to decide whether a windshield glass repair or a windscreen replacement will be ideal.
You will need a windscreen replacement if:
The Crack is Too Large
Cracks that are longer than a dollar bill are usually irreparable. Likewise, if a chip is larger than a quarter, a new windshield will need to be installed. Usually, if a chip or a crack is very large, a repair will not fix the problem. So, the technician will need to remove the broken auto glass and install a new one in its place. In some cases, even large cracks can be repaired.
The Crack is Too Deep
A windshield consists of three layers: the inner and outer glass layers and the third layer of PVB in between. If the damage is so severe that it has penetrated both the outer and the inner layer, you will need a replacement. Even if both the glass layers have not been penetrated but the damage has exposed the plastic layer, the technician will most likely recommend a replacement.
Multiple Small Chips or Cracks
Usually, it is easy to repair a small crack or a chip in the windshield. But it is difficult to repair multiple chips or cracks together. If your windscreen sustains multiple small chips at a time, it will be impossible to repair the damage. Even if you get all the chips repaired, the structural integrity of the vehicle will not return and your safety on the road will remain compromised as a result.
If the Crack is in a Critical Spot
A crack on the driver’s side even when it is small will need a car glass replacement. This is exactly why the location of the chip or crack matters a great deal. A small chip anywhere on the windscreen other than the driver’s side can be easily repaired. But any damage on the driver’s side of the automotive glass is serious damage, which needs careful assessment by the glass technician.
If your windshield has damage, you should seek immediate help from an expert auto glass technician. Whether the technician will fix the windshield crack or replace the broken windshield altogether will be known after an accurate inspection of the damage. However, every time your windshield has a large chip or crack or multiple damages at once, a replacement is likely. If you live in the Austin area, TX, head over to Magic Glass Repair to get a free consultation by an auto glass specialist or schedule a car window repair or windshield replacement.
Magic Glass Repair also provides mobile glass services including mobile auto glass repair and mobile windshield replacement in Travis County and Hays County for busy working professionals.