In the past, when your windshield got some cracks or chips, you had to replace it immediately. Fortunately today, through modern technology, windshields with damages such as these can still be repaired. This allows car owners to save their windshield as well as their money, which they would have spent on a replacement.
However, there are also some limits to the most technically advanced glass repair systems. When a windshield gets severely damaged, it needs to be replaced with new glass Now Heating and Air
To repair or to replace the windshield
To know whether a windshield has to be repaired or replaced, the size, site and extent of the damage need to be considered. Most repair shops can fix cracks as long as 3 inches and chips that are the size of a quarter. If the damage goes beyond these sizes, the windshield will require immediate replacement.
There are a number of facilities that allow the repair of cracks measuring up to 1 foot. Therefore, it is best to look around before proceeding with windshield replacement.
Another important factor to consider when choosing between repair and replacement is the site of the damage. When the windshield acquires cracks at its edge, these can easily spread and affect the glass’ structural integrity. When they are seen right away, these can still be repaired. In a majority of cases, though, it would be best for the windshield to be replaced.
Keep in mind that there are a number of facilities that do not repair chips that are directly in front of the driver’s field of view. Repairing chips on the windshield can cause some small distortions in its glass. Instead of compromising the driver’s vision, some shops would rather opt for a windshield replacement.
No matter how big a crack or chip may be and wherever it might be located, it must be repaired right away. When you wait too long for this, dirt can find its way to the area that has been damaged, and this can have an effect on the efficiency of the repair. Damages as a result of accidents and other major impacts can go beyond repair. In these cases, the windshield needs to be repaired.
The cost of repairing a windshield
The cost of repairing chips in the windshield is, more or less, the same across the country. It costs $40 to $50 to repair a single chip and an additional $10 for every extra chip.
The price of repairing cracks is just about the same, but when the crack is more than 3 inches, this requires a costlier treatment.
The costs of replacing a windshield costs much more and varies, depending on the automobile. Aside from the price of the windshield, the total replacement costs include the molding kit and the labor of installing it.
There is a difference between the price of dealers and independent glass shops. This is because they use different kinds of glass. It is common for dealers to charge more because of the Original Equipment Manufacturer (or OEM) windshield. The kind of glass is the exact same one that was originally installed in the car.
Independent glass shops charge less than dealers because they use windshields coming from suppliers that are non-OEM. Nonetheless, they are made of glass that is similar to OEM windshields in terms of quality, clarity and safety. Non- OEM glass should conform to the safety standards just like OEM glass, if not exceed them. Whenever windshields are replaced, every glass shop advises the use of sealers and adhesives recommended by OEM.
Best Places to Have Your Windshield Repaired or Replaced
There is a variety of options with regards to the repair or replacement of windshields, based on your specific requirements.
Automotive glass specialists
Facilities such as these are experts in repairing and replacing automotive glass such as windshields, rear and side windows. They try to exhaust all efforts to repair and save the windshield before they consider replacing it.
Windshield repair facilities
These are nationally franchised shops that only do windshield repair jobs, such as fixing chips and cracks. They do not replace windshields.
New car dealers
If your windshield has to be replaced, you can go to your local dealer and let them install an OEM windshield. Lots of dealers sub-contract mobile glass services and they do on-site windshield replacement. There are times when dealers also offer non-OEM windshields.