1. Windshield Damage Assessment
Upon their arrival, the technicians will first examine the extent of damage done to the windshield of the car. Proper assessment is crucial to find the ideal solution to the chip or crack in the auto glass. If the damage is severe, repair will not fix the problem. In that case, the technicians will need to remove the broken windshield and replace it with a new one with a high degree of precision.
The assessment involves taking four key factors into account:
a) Size of Damage:
All damages are not repairable. The size of the chip or crack needs to be properly assessed. Small chips and cracks can be repaired. But large cracks will require a complete installation of a new windshield. Usually, chips of less than one inch diameter and cracks of less than six inches can be repaired. So, let the technician take some time to accurately examine the damage and find out what could be the ideal solution to fix the windshield damage.
b) Depth of Damage:
A windshield has three layers. The outer and inner glass layers are joined together with a PVB layer in between. The depth of damage will vary from one type of auto glass damage to another. Chips caused by low impact will usually damage only the outer layer. High impact can shatter the outer layer but it may not be able to penetrate the PVB layer. The depth of damage will help determine whether or not a repair is possible. Therefore, the auto glass technician will find out how deep the actual damage is and then proceed.
c) Location of Damage:
A front or rear windshield can sustain damage in any part of the windshield. It can be on the outer edge, in the middle, or spread out across the auto glass of the car, SUV, or truck. If the chip or the crack is located directly in the driver’s line of vision, repair will be difficult. Even if you take the repair route, it will almost be impossible to restore clarity of vision.
d) Amount of Damage:
Many times, the windshield sustains more than one chip or crack. While a small chip is usually repairable, a broken windshield with multiple small chips will be hard to repair. Likewise, more than one crack will need a complete replacement. The number of chips or cracks is a serious concern when it comes to determining whether the windshield needs a repair or replacement. In most cases, small damages can get worse simply because you ignored the problem. Always remember to seek professional help as quickly as you spot damage.