What To Do If Your Windshield Is Cracked Or Broken

Posted on: 16 September 2020

The windshield in your car or truck is one of the most common pieces of glass that gets broken because it is on the front of the vehicle. Rocks and other debris can impact the glass and chip, crack, or break the glass, and knowing when to have it repaired is essential.

Damage Location

One of the first criteria that can affect the need for windshield repair after the glass has been cracked or chipped is the location of the damage on the glass. In most situations, a small crack on the passenger side of the windshield can wait a little while before it needs repairing. It still should not be ignored, but it is not an emergency.

Cracks in the glass in the driver's view when they are driving require windshield repair by law in most states. The rule of thumb is, if you can see the crack when sitting in the driver's seat and looking straight out of the windshield, the damage should be repaired. 

If the crack is small but is growing or expanding, the repair needs to be made as soon as possible. Often heat from the defroster in the winter or vibrations from the road will cause a crack to expand.

Glass Repair or Replacement

If the crack is extremely large, windshield replacement may be necessary, but you can take the car to a windshield repair service and have them evaluate the damage to determine if it can be fixed or if a new windshield will be needed. One trick to tell if the windshield repair is possible is to place a dollar bill over the crack. If you can cover the entire crack with the dollar, it may be a good candidate for windshield repair, but if you can't cover the whole crack, you more than likely will need a windshield replacement for your car. 

The windshield replacement service can give you a definitive answer on if windshield repair is possible. Most shops now offer mobile service so they can come and give you the estimate and make the repairs for you without you having to take the car into the shop. 

The repair is a permanent fix once completed, and if it is done correctly, you may not be able to tell where the damage was unless the tech points out the area. The materials used to fill the crack in the glass will bond with the glass and make the repair as strong as the original glass was and will last the car's lifetime.

For more information, contact a windshield repair service today.