Tips to Understand When to Repair Or Replace A Windshield

Many drivers don’t realize that the windshield is one of the most critical safety components fitted to any vehicle. So, as soon as you find any damage to your windshield, such as a chip, crack, or even a scratch, it needs immediate attention and must be analyzed by an auto glass specialist.

Small damages to the windshield can impair the visibility of the driver or even have a negative impact on the structural strength and integrity of the vehicle. Only an expert can do a proper assessment of the condition. Therefore, getting your windshield promptly evaluated will help determine whether your glass just needs a simple repair or a full replacement. The moment you notice damage you should give the professional call at Southwest Auto Glass to handle all your car glass needs. We are available in Las Cruces, NM, Alamogordo, NM, and El Paso, Texas just a phone call away. We can inspect your windshield. Depending on the type and degree of the damage, we will suggest the safest solution. In most cases, a simple repair proves to be good, but a replacement will be required if the damage is serious.

What do you need—repair or replacement?

The windshield of your vehicle can be affected by different types of damage. If it has a minor chip in the glass, then repairing the chip is the best option. However, depending on the severity of the chip, an auto glass specialist can better assess the damage and decide if it can be repaired or if a replacement is required. 2.5-inch cracks, bullseyes, chips, stars, and combination breaks can be repaired if the damage fits into an area 2.5” in diameter, or if it fits under a driver’s license, or it is not in the critical area (8.5” x 11” area directly in front of the driver’s vision).

To keep the structural strength of the car intact, it’s always a better option to go for a windshield replacement, if there is a long crack. What you need to understand here is that cracks reduce the structural strength of the glass and, therefore, the integrity of the vehicle. A vehicle with a cracked windshield might not be able to withstand the force of an accident, and the roof could collapse inwardly, causing serious injury or death to the occupants of the car.

Ideal Conditions for Chip Repair:

For every damage, you don’t need a windshield replacement. A chip that has not penetrated the windshield all the way inside can be successfully repaired. But if you have a chip that has already started to spread, repair may not be an option. Fixing a chip on your windshield is quite affordable and a quick process. A professional glass company such as Southwest Auto Glass can come all the way to the spot and fix the problem. Alternatively, you can also drive into the shop for a quick repair.

There are chip repair kits available, but getting the help of a professional is always recommended. Because they understand the damages better than anyone and can fix them with all perfection. If you find yourself in this situation in Las Cruces/Alamogordo, NM, and El Paso, Texas then Southwest Auto Glass could be your best choice. So don’t wait for a damaged windshield to turn into cracks. Just give them a call for a quick assessment and get it fixed for just $59. Timely action can save you from costly windshield replacement and save you from any unexpected losses. Identifying and fixing chips in your windshield early will not only save you money on the repair cost, but you will also help keep everyone safe while on the road.