Don’t allow that annoying chip remain and disrupt your clear visual of the road ahead. Auto glass repair can be an inexpensive option compared to replacement that could stop chips and cracks from spreading and compromising the security of your vehicle as well as occupants.
How is a windshield repaired?
Your windshield is made up of an inner layer of plastic sandwiched between two layers of glass. When repairing a windshield in order to avoid chips and cracks from worsening, H-A specialists remove debris in the impact area, sometimes by using a drill to make a clean passageway for the repair resin. A special resin is injected in the damaged area utilizing a tool that attaches on the surface of the glass. After the resin is injected, the resin is cured to bring back the strength of the windshield and polished to a clear finish.
Why repair rather than replace?
- It’s convenient
H-A Mobile Auto Glass specialists typically repair your windshield in the hour, getting you back to traveling.
- It’s inexpensive
Repairing the windshield is more economical than replacing the entire windshield.
- For insurance advantages
Because from the economic benefits of repair vs. replacement, many insurance agencies will waive your deductible and pay for the windshield repair.
- It’s safe
Repairing your windshield keeps the initial factory equipment intact.
- It’s environmentally responsible
Repairing your windshield keeps your old glass away from a landfill, where it is going to stay forever.
How do I determine if my vehicle is a candidate for windshield repair?
- Size and severity
These top two factors often determine your candidacy for windshield repair. Quarter-size rock chips and cracks approximately six inches long are likely candidates.
Cracks at the edges of the windshield can rapidly spread and typically require replacement. In addition, chips directly within your line of vision may compromise how well you see in emergency situations.
The faster you address chips and small cracks, the more likely you should be able to avoid replacing your windshield. When you wait a long time, dirt can get in the damaged area and compromise both effectiveness and clarity with the repair. Cracks could also expand as time passes and weather, creating the need for replacement.
Most common kinds of chips
These cracks involve some short cracks radiating through the impact point, resembling a star.
As the name suggests, these chips could be caused by vandals with BB guns and slingshots, but may also be due to gravel as well as other objects that can cause small chips inside the glass.
Usually due to rocks as well as other small circular objects, bull’s-eyes are bigger than chips and damage is circular, typically having a cone taken out from the outer layer.
- Combination cracks
These cracks radiate through the point of impact like spokes of a wheel. Unlike the other common chips described above which are considered simple to repair, combination cracks are more difficult to repair in most instances. However, because these are more difficult, they will most likely require a complete windshield replacement depending on the size.