Don’t let that annoying chip continue to disrupt your clear visual of the road ahead. Windshield repair is an inexpensive alternative to windshield replacement that can stop chips and cracks from spreading and compromising the safety of your vehicle and its occupants.
How is a windshield repaired?
Your windshield is composed of an inner layer of plastic sandwiched between two layers of glass. When repairing a windshield to prevent chips and cracks from worsening, Glass Doctor® specialist’s removes debris from the impact area, sometimes using a drill to create a clean passageway for the repair resin. A special resin is injected into the damaged area using a tool that attaches to the surface of the glass. After the resin is injected, the resin is cured to restore the strength of the windshield and polished to a clear finish.
Why repair instead of replace?
- It’s convenient
Glass Doctor specialists typically repair your windshield within an hour, getting you back on the road and on with your day.
- It’s inexpensive
Repairing your windshield is far more economical than replacing the whole windshield.
- For insurance advantages
Because of the economic advantages of repair vs. replacement, many insurance companies will waive your deductible and pay for the windshield repair.
- It’s safe
Repairing your windshield keeps the original factory equipment intact.
- It’s environmentally responsible
Repairing your windshield keeps your old glass out of a landfill, where it will stay forever.
How do I know if my vehicle is a candidate for windshield repair?
- Size and severity
These top two factors often determine your candidacy for windshield repair. Quarter-size rock chips and cracks up to six inches in length are likely candidates.
Cracks near the edges of your windshield can quickly spread and typically require replacement. In addition, chips directly in your line of vision may compromise your vision in emergency situations.
The more quickly you address chips and small cracks, the more likely you will be able to avoid a replacement. When you wait too long, dirt can get into the damaged area and compromise both the effectiveness and clarity of the repair. Cracks can also expand with time and weather, resulting in the need for replacement.
Most common types of chips
These cracks involve a series of short cracks radiating from the impact point, resembling a star.
As the name suggests, these chip may be caused by vandals with BB guns and slingshots, but may also be caused by gravel and other objects that create small chips in the glass.
Usually caused by rocks and other small circular objects, bull’s-eyes are larger than chips and damage is circular, typically with a cone taken out of the outer layer.
- Combination cracks
These cracks radiate from the point of impact like spokes on a wheel. Unlike the three common chips listed above which are considered easy to repair, combination cracks can be repaired in most cases. However, they are more difficult and can require a complete windshield replacement depending on the size.
Choosing a trusted windshield repair service
Your windshield is an important part of your vehicle’s structural integrity and the specialists at Glass Doctor have the equipment and experience to produce superior results. The Glass Doctor team specializes in mobile service and can provide service almost anywhere within 24 hours. You can trust our courteous and respectful specialists with your vehicles, home and family. Our attention to extraordinary service and commitment to continuous improvement help us rank among the best.
Call Glass Doctor today and find out if your vehicle is a candidate for windshield repair. Glass Doctor specialists have the skills and experience to diagnose and address your vehicles windshield repair needs.