If your windshield has recently been cracked, the first question you might ask yourself is: Does my windshield need repairing or replacing? Many Jacksonville, FL, vehicle owners have the same question. Below you’ll find some tips to help you decide if you need windshield repair or windshield replacement.
When to Repair a Windshield
Most people prefer to repair a windshield rather than replace it because it’s less costly. A chipped windshield is almost always repairable, and, in some situations, your insurance company might even cover the cost of the repair. For a chip to qualify for repairs, it shouldn’t exceed an inch in diameter, and the damage must not exceed beneath the top layer of glass.
Does your windshield have more damage than a chipped section? If your windshield is cracked, it might still qualify for repairs if the crack is a foot or less long. However, most glass repair companies suggest the crack’s size to be no more than the length of a dollar bill.
When to Schedule Windshield Replacement
Replacing a windshield becomes necessary when one or more of the following occurs:
- The crack’s depth is more than halfway into the windshield.
- Your windshield is tempered glass and not laminated.
- The crack extends to the windshield’s outside edges.
Why Is Windshield Repair or Replacement Important?
You might think it’s no big deal to drive around with a cracked windshield, but did you know that a damaged windshield doesn’t provide as much protection during a crash? A cracked windshield is less likely to stop a driver or passenger from being partially or completely ejected in an accident. Furthermore, many drivers are surprised to learn that the windshield is part of the airbag system. If it’s not in good condition or hasn’t been installed properly, it can affect the effectiveness of the vehicle’s airbags.
If your windshield is damaged and you’re not sure if you need windshield repair or replacement, contact Mr. Auto Glass. We’ll help you decide the best repairs based on the damage.