Windshield Repair Options

Posted on: December 20th, 2016 by Accurate Auto Body Shop 6 Comments

windshield repair options Tips and Options for Windshield Repairs

Well, it was bound to happen sometime. That semi on I-70 kicked up a piece of gravel which was then propelled into your windshield leaving that dreaded chip, right in your line of site. So, what are your windshield repair options? At Accurate Auto Body, we see a lot of broken windshields when it comes to auto collision repair. But, when it comes to your run-of-the-mill chips and windshield cracks, you do have repair options. The good news is, it only takes a little time to fix, or even replace a windshield. Even a full replacement can take place at your home or even at your workplace in the parking lot. So, let’s discuss your windshield repair options.

Windshield Chip Repair

A lot of chips from a rock can be repaired without replacing your entire windshield. But, you need to get the repair done quickly. Most auto glass repair shops can repair quarter-sized rock chips, but if it is larger you may need to replace the entire windshield. Once a chip occurs, it doesn’t take long for those little spider-like cracks to spread and obstruct your vision. Plus, those spreading cracks negatively impact the structural integrity of your windshield which can be extremely dangerous in the case of a collision.

If you are getting a chip repaired, be aware that sometimes facilities will not be able to repair it even if its quarter-sized. Usually, this is because the chip is directly in the field of view of the driver and the repair technique does cause some minor windshield distortion.

Windshield Replacement

If the chip is larger than a quarter and the crack is spreading, you will need to get your windshield replaced. Granted, there are some places that can fix cracks up to 12-inches if they are not in your field of view or touching the edge of the windshield. In fact, if the crack is crossing your field of view or if it connects once side of the windshield to the other, it is the law to have it replaced.

When considering a windshield replacement, be aware that all windshields and installers are not the same. Windshields are an integral part of your vehicle’s safety as they are part of the car’s structural integrity. When looking for an installer, make sure they are certified with an organization such as the Auto Glass Safety Council. Also, ensure they are using original manufacturer window glass for your car. Windshield replacement is not an area to cut corners just for the sake of savings. Your windshield is critical when maintaining safety as well as preventing rust and corrosion to the auto body frame. In most cases, insurance will cover your windshield replacement or at least a portion of it. And, depending on the installer, they can do it at your convenience and may even be able to come to you.

How to Use This Information

When you are considering windshield repair options, you do have several things to consider, but you do need to take care of it quickly. And, if you need a replacement, make sure you look at their certifications and ensure they are using the correct replacement glass for your vehicle. If you have a need for auto body repair, do keep us in mind. We have been proudly repairing Denver cars for more than 25 years. Call us at 303-344-2212 or contact us online.

6 Responses

  1. Adam G says:

    My cousin has been thinking about getting her windshield replaced by a professional, so that it can be more effective. She has been having a lot of problems because the crack is right where she needs to look, and it gets in the way. I liked what you said about how the law states that it needs to be replaced because it connects to both sides of the shield, and is in her field of vision.

  2. My sister’s car windscreen was chipped by a rock on the freeway last week. I appreciate your recommendation to get the windshield replaced if the crack keeps spreading. The crack on her windscreen keeps getting longer, so I will be sure to recommend that she find a reputable auto service to replace it soon.

  3. Larry Weaver says:

    Thanks for the info about windshield repair. My car’s windshield has a crack. I’ll look for a professional who can repair my car’s windshield.

  4. My sister has been thinking about getting her car’s windshield replaced because it has a bunch of chips. She would really like to get the work done by a professional in order to be a lot safer. I liked what you said about how it should be replaced if it is longer than 12 inches or crosses her line of vision.

  5. Kate Hansen says:

    It’s good to know that they need to be certified. My brother needs to get his windshield replaced. I’ll let him know these tips as he searches for a windshield replacement service.

  6. John Carston says:

    I never knew that small problems could lead to major problems because the crack could spread. Last night, a friend of mine told me that he was involved in a car collision, and he was hoping to find a reliable repair service that could repair the windshield of his car. Thanks to this enlightening article, I’ll be sure to tell him that he can consult trusted windshield repair services as they can provide more information about their rates and services.

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