Replacing vs. Repairing Glass

Can a repair fix the damage or is a windshield replacement required? This is a common question drivers ask themselves when they find a crack in their windshields. Some factors including the visibility of the glass as well as the extent of the crack will be vital to consider. For drivers, it’s important to assess if the damage can be repaired before resorting to a replacement as it saves them money and effort. Here’s how you can tell before visiting an auto glass expert.

Factors to consider

If you’re not sure whether your glass will need repairing or replacing, here are the factors to consider.

 

Visibility

If the crack impairs the driver’s visibility, it is recommended that the windshield be replaced completely.

 

Size and depth of the crack

Windshields are made of two layers and if the crack penetrates the inner plastic layer of the glass then it will need to be replaced.

 

Safety

A broken windshield isn’t that dangerous if you are only driving a short distance. However, if you are going to hit the road for long, it’s best to ask the advice of an auto glass expert.

 

Position

Cracks near the frame of the windshield are difficult to repair sufficiently and will need to be fixed. That’s because cracks here, even if they are very small, can spread quickly and without warning.

 

The benefits of repairing your windshield

If you can fix a crack quickly, you’ll be able to stop it from spreading. The best thing is that repairs can often be completed within half an hour and at relatively low cost. Your insurance company will prefer repairs, too.

 

The benefits of replacing your windshield

Although replacement will take longer and will be more expensive, it is the best way to ensure the integrity and safety of your car. This is especially true if any of the cracks have spread to the frame of the car. You’ll also be ensuring that you have full visibility.

 

Get the best solution by choosing A Plus Auto Glass

Still not sure whether repair or replacement is best for you? Not to worry, our experts here at A Plus Auto Glass can inspect your vehicle for free and make their recommendations. Your safety comes before our profit and we will never suggest a course of action that puts you at risk. For more information on how we can help or to arrange a free quote give our team a call today at (623) 218-6844.