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Windshield Repair vs. Windshield Replacement

Auto Glass Repair/ Auto Glass Replacement

The windshield in your automobile is essential because it protects you from flying debris and keeps the weather out, but it also helps keep the car together. Yet, it can be harmed by several factors, such as a rock striking it or severe weather. Understanding the differences and the factors involved will help you decide whether your car needs windshield repair or windshield replacement.

Windshield Repair

Little chips and cracks in the glass can be patched up as part of a windshield repair. A specific resin is injected into the broken area, bonding with the glass and hardening to restore its original strength. The epoxy used in the repair process is created to match the refractive index of the glass, making the repair practically unnoticeable. Repairing often takes less than an hour and is a low-cost alternative.

Windshield Replacement

Windshield replacements become unavoidable when the damage is too extensive for repair or its structural integrity is at risk. In this case, the windshield is first removed and a new one installed. Compared to windshield repair, replacement takes more time and money.

Learn about Our Frequently Asked Questions from Our Valued Customers

When does Windshield Repair
Become Necessary?

Small chips or cracks

A windshield can be repaired if it has a chip or cracks less than three inches long. To fix broken glass, a specific resin is used to fill in the crack and solidify, bonding to the glass to restore its original strength.

Damage location

The location of the damage is also a major consideration when deciding whether or not to repair it. Repairs are possible if the crack or chip is on the outer layer of glass and doesn’t obstruct the driver’s view.

Age of the windshield

The windshield is repairable if it’s not too old and hasn’t been severely damaged.

When does Windshield Replacement Become Necessary?

Large cracks or chips

Windshield replacement is required if a crack or chip is over three inches long or is in the driver’s line of sight. Driving could be dangerous if the glass has any major damage, like cracks or chips.

Multiple damages

A windshield replacement is done if several chips or cracks have severely damaged it.

Damage on the inner layer

The damage to the inner layer of glass or permeated through both layers makes replacement unavoidable.

Cost and Time Required for Windshield

Repairing a windshield is typically faster and more affordable than replacing it. Depending on the type of damage and how extensive it is, the cost to repair a windshield can be anywhere from $50 to $150. Windshield repair has a quick turnaround time of one hour.

Cost and time required for windshield Replacement

In the case of windshield replacement, you can expect to pay anywhere from $200 to $500. The time needed to finish the replacement process can be significantly longer, often exceeding a whole day. This is because removing the old windshield and installing the new one takes time.

Still have questions about windshield repair and replacement?

All in all, it is important to choose the right type of auto glass to keep the passengers safe and comfortable. Call us to learn about the auto glass we use and get a free quote for your work. Our professionals will guide you to pick the right one for your vehicle.

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