How do I know it is time for my windshield to be replaced rather than just repaired?
First, it is best if you understand the difference between windshield repair and windshield replacement, they are very different processes.
The windshield repair process:
Windshield repair is usually performed on a chip or crack that is smaller than a dollar bill. During the repair process, a trained technician will drill into the chip in the windshield to allow for a smoother flow of the resin. The technician then vacuums all air from the chip or break and injects the resin to seal the crack tightly.
The windshield replacement process:
Full windshield replacement involves the removal of the cracked or chipped windshield and installation of a new windshield. The replacement of a damaged windshield typically requires that it was deeply chipped, spider webbed or completely broken.
After our automobile glass technician removes the damaged windshield, the vehicle frame will be cleaned and prepared for installation. The technician will then apply a urethane bead on the automobile frame to bond the fresh windshield to the car. You will be told you need to allow time for the urethane to cure before driving from the installation location to your home or place of business.
If I get a crack or chip in my windshield, should I just hope for the best?
A crack or chip will not go away, and few people act quickly enough to have it repaired before the crack reaches the point of no return. Windshield replacement is the only option once damage grows larger than a dollar bill. This is because an automobile windshield is composed of two glass layers with a vinyl layer between both. If water makes its way between the cracks, it will cause damage to the vinyl, and compromise vehicle safety.
If you are not sure whether a windshield repair or replacement is best, be sure to review what we offer with a full replacement. Where your car is concerned, it is always better to side with safety!