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Repairing Versus Replacing Auto Glass

One of the most common mistakes car owners make is to put off repairing a chip or minor crack in the windshield because it is small enough to easily ignore. The problem with these small window cracks and chips is that once the weather starts to change, your window will expand and contract. This, in turn, causes what began as minor damage to expand and worsen.

A damaged windshield or window is more than just a nuisance. It’s also a serious driving hazard. In this post from our auto glass repair pros at Zenith Auto Glass, we’ll break down some of the main differences between auto glass repair and talk about what to expect. Give us a call today to schedule your windshield chip repair so you’ll be safer on the road.

The Cost of Auto Glass Repair and Replacement

One of the biggest reasons people postpone windshield chip repair is concern over the cost. That’s why one of our goals at Zenith Auto Glass is to offer affordable auto glass repair and replacement. If you’re putting off windshield chip repair to save money, it’s important to realize that replacement is more costly than repair. Putting off chip repair can end up in a windshield replacement that would otherwise be unnecessary. Read more about why you shouldn't wait to get your window fixed.

Repair or Replacement?

The type and scope of car window damage that can be repaired has changed over the years due to innovations in available glass repair techniques. However, not all types of chips and cracks are able to be repaired.

There are several key factors to help determine whether your crack can be repaired or your windshield must be replaced entirely. The depth of a chip can have just as much of an impact as its overall size. The location may also play a role in whether the windshield or window can be saved. An auto glass repair team can tell you the best course of action for your windshield.

A windshield or window can usually be repaired if:

●        The integrity of the vehicle’s safety will not be compromised by a repair.

●        The chip is small enough, typically less than an inch for a bullseye chip or for a crack, less than a few inches.

●        The chip is not near the edge of the glass.

●        The outer layer only is damaged.

On the other hand, a window or windshield will need to be replaced if:

●        Driving visibility is compromised.

●        The glass inner layer is damaged.

●        The crack or bullseye chip is too large for repair, typically larger than the size of a dollar bill.

●        Damage is near the outer edge of the glass.

●        Three or more areas are damaged.

Reasons for Repair Versus Replacement

The depth of the crack or chip may determine whether the damage can be repaired. If the damage is merely superficial and is not too large, it can often be repaired. However, if the glass has become penetrated to its inner layer, it will need to be replaced altogether. 

Auto glass technicians will also recommend replacement when cracks or damaged areas are close to the edge of the windshield, an area also known as the margin. Due to their proximity to this area, vibrations, bumps, and other jostling of the vehicle while driving can cause these types of cracks to worsen, compromising the windshield’s structure.

These types of cracks are also frequently located near ADAS calibration for a vehicle’s safety measures. A professional auto glass repair company can replace your windshield in accordance with manufacturer’s guidelines for ADAS systems.

Types of Damage

One of the most common causes of windshield damage occurs when cars are used in daily commuting. Driving down the highway or in high traffic can send debris, rocks, and gravel flying your way. Sometimes a hard hit with a large chunk can create a chip. Pitting can also occur due to smaller particles. While pitting is often barely visible in clear daylight, it can make it hard to see while you’re driving, especially when it’s raining.

Beyond windshield cracks and chips due to flying rocks, there are plenty of other ways your windshield may become damaged. During the winter months, windshields can endure quite a bit of minor damage. Heavy snow and ice can place pressure on any existing chips or cracks. Salt from the road can cause pitting and chipping, while the temperature changes of a freeze and thaw cycle can widen any cracks.

The Importance of Car Window Repair

If the crack or chip is minor and you can still see to drive, you might be tempted to postpone your car window repair or replacement. But visibility isn’t the only concern when it comes to vehicle safety.

Your car’s windshield is a key component of its overall safety and structural integrity. Once that glass is damaged on any scale, your vehicle’s structural integrity becomes compromised, creating a safety liability for both the driver and passengers.

Most windshields and car windows can be replaced in a relatively short time frame, getting you back on the road faster. Most window repair services can be completed on the same day. We also know how much you need your ride, which is why we’re happy to bring our window repair services to you anywhere in Duluth.

Contact Our Duluth Auto Glass Pros

At Zenith Auto Glass, we can help you enjoy a safer ride with fast, affordable auto glass repair and replacement services. Connect with a member of our auto glass repair team to get service throughout Duluth and the surrounding areas. Give us a call at 218-275-5555 or contact us online to schedule your windshield replacement today.

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