If you own a car, then you know that it comes with maintenance. Besides regular maintenance such as brake inspections, oil changes, many car owners often ignore the glass on their cars. With so much glass surface area, they are highly prone to chips and cracks. If you think a small chip in your window is a minor problem, think again.
Chipped or cracked windshields, while appearing small, can turn into expensive problems later on. We’ll tell you what you need to consider before calling a windshield repair service.
Is a chipped windshield a cause for concern?
Absolutely. If you find a chip in your front or rear windshield, you should not leave it alone. Small chips larger than the size of a quarter have an incredibly high chance of growing into a larger crack at any moment’s notice. Not only will this be a visual distraction, it will compromise the structural integrity of the windshield.
Windshields are part of the structural frame of a vehicle and ensure that the car’s airbags deploy in the event of an unexpected collision. A windshield that is damaged glass can be up to 60% weaker than an undamaged one. This safety risk can easily be eliminated with proper windshield repair or replacement.
Can windshield repair be sufficient enough or do I need a replacement?
If a chip is no larger than the size of a quarter, a replacement is possible, and will be the best and most economical option. Chip repair can often be completed in 30 minutes.
Keep in mind that all car manufacturers use different glass materials, and the repair process can vary. When getting your windshield serviced, you will need to check with the repair professional if your car’s windshield can be repaired or not.
If the chip is too large and a repair is not possible, you will need a full replacement. Costs for a replacement will of course depend on the make and model of the car, the year, etc.
When will I be able to use my car after a windshield service?
Most auto glass repair services offer mobile services where they come to your location to repair the windshield. Most companies allow you to schedule an appointment on the same day. You should budget 3–4 hours for a service repair, from start to finish. The repair itself can take an hour.
After the procedure is finished, the adhesive will need time to dry and fully cure. The auto glass technician will let you know when it is safe to drive your vehicle again.
Will there be any long term risks to the car after the repair?
Due to advancements in technology, tools, and intensive training, there is very low risk to damaging your vehicle during the replacement process. While not all replacement companies deliver on the same quality, most technicians go through months of comprehensive training and hands on experience before earning their certification. Only then will they be able to service vehicles.