When To Repair or Replace Your Windshield

Having a chip in the glass is one common reason to replace or repair your windscreen. If the chip is small or on edge, it can be fixed with clear adhesive tape and a heat gun. If it is in the windshield center or has grown into a hole, or if there are several cracks in your windshield, you will need to get your windshield replaced.

How to Repair or Replace Your Windshield

If you have a small chip or crack on your windshield, you can fix it yourself with a heat gun and clear adhesive tape. You can likewise utilize a plastic card to cover the chip. A larger chip will need to be repaired by a professional glass shop.

The cost for repairing small cracks will most likely be less than replacing your windshield because of the do-it-yourself repair kits available in stores today. The kits have all you need, including adhesive tape and heat guns. The kits are relatively inexpensive and easy to use as long as you follow directions carefully and apply the tape correctly.

What Times Should You Repair Your Windshield?

If you notice your windshield has a chip in it and you can see the inside of the windscreen, you will likely need to get your windshield replaced. If the crack has grown into a hole or if there are several cracks in your windshield, you will likely need to get your windshield replaced.

If your car has an anti-glare shield or sun visor, this may block some light from coming through the cracks and chips in the glass. You may still need to replace your windshield if it has a hole or several cracks in one glass area.

When Does a Windshield Need to Be Repaired or Replaced?

If the crack is less than six inches long, it is nearly impossible to tell if the crack will grow into a hole or not. It is best to get these cracks repaired immediately because they can grow into holes quickly and become very dangerous for your safety and others around you. You will also want to ensure no chips or scratches on the glass before getting any repair done.

When Should You Replace Your Windshield?

It is always good to get your windshield replaced before it gets worse. If you can see light or air comping through the windshield or the glass has a chip, you will likely need to get your windshield replaced. 

If it is not too complicated and the cost is reasonable, you may opt to do the repairs yourself. You will need to get your car inspected by a professional mechanic before beginning any repairs. The mechanic will come out and inspect your vehicle for any damage that may be present and then give you an estimate of how much it would cost to fix your windshield.

Do you want your windscreen repaired or replaced? The Glass Shop can sort you out. We offer professional services that are always lower than the competition.