Which Should I Choose? Do I Just Need an Auto Glass Repair?
It used to be that if your windshield was cracked or chipped, it most certainly needed to be replaced. However, modern auto glass repair has come a long way. They are more repairable now than ever based on size, location and severity of damage. It is best to consult a professional when deciding whether or not you need your windshield repaired or completely replaced.
Auto Glass Replacement
When we replace your windshield, we remove the glass cleanly from the frame to prevent scraping and rust from forming. Many mobile glass repair companies don’t take the added care to prevent rust from forming. The new glass is also thoroughly tested for strength and safety before installed. While auto glass repair has made some advancement, in most cases it is still best to replace your windshield. A new windshield is always more structurally sound than a repaired one. After we install the new glass, we allow the bonding agent to cure for a few hours before it’s ready for pickup. Because of everything involved, it is more expensive than a repair.
Auto Glass Repair
Auto glass repair is obviously the more cost effective way to go. It is also a quicker solution depending on the extent of the damage. A quality repair prevents the damage or crack from spreading, and covers up the initial damage. In some cases, your insurance company will waive the deductible on your coverage, and cover the entire cost of the repair. However, you do need to act quickly before the damage spreads. If the crack grows larger than a dollar bill, your windshield will need to be replaced. Location also plays a major part in deciding whether or not to replace your windshield. If the chip or crack is too close to the edge of your windshield, it cannot be repaired. Furthermore, if the crack is too close to the driver’s side field of vision, a repair will leave minor distortions. This compromises your vision, and it’s recommended that you replace your glass to be on the safe side.
If auto glass repair is not possible, bring your vehicle into Car Struction for a quality windshield replacement.