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Glass on the Move - Types of Windshield Cracks

Last updated 7 years ago

It can be very frustrating to notice a new chip or crack in your windshield, but things happen and rocks will inevitably chip your auto glass. Learn about the types of auto glass cracks below and which can be fixed by a windshield repair expert to prevent the need for a full car window replacement. 

  • Chips

A chip is how most windshield damage first occurs. Tires kick up small stones from the road which hit your windshield, leaving a shallow indentation. The mark likely doesn’t go entirely through the glass, so if you get immediate windshield repair, then you can prevent it from turning into a larger crack. 

  • Cracks

A crack is a line that spreads across your windshield. It can be caused by a chip spreading immediately following an impact or after-the-fact due to uneven pressure on your windshield. These can be repaired by an auto glass specialist, restoring your window to like-new appearance. 

  • Star Breaks

A star break is what happens when an even larger or faster item hits your windshield. Rather than leaving a small chip, the impact causes the glass to crack out in a star formation. The star break can sometimes be repaired if caught early, but often will require replacement of your auto glass. 

  • Bull’s Eyes

This type of crack is circular and can have multiple layers of cracks appearing as a target, or bull’s eye. It can easily spread into a star break or crack and should be looked at by a windshield repair expert to see if it can be repaired. 

If you have noticed any of these types of cracks on your auto glass, then call Glass on the Move at (510) 338-4791. Our excellent auto glass service has earned us numerous awards and the full respect of our customers. Let us help you with your next auto glass repair job, and we will guarantee our work for as long as you own your car.  If you are in the Hayward, Berkeley or Oakland areas, call today!



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