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A Guide to the Various Forms of Windshield Damage

Last updated 6 years ago

Windshield damage: it can happen at any time and in any number of ways. What’s worse is that even the smallest chip or crack can quickly become a major headache if left unrepaired. You know that largely cracked or shattered auto glass requires the attention of a professional, but read on to learn about some of the more subtle forms of windshield damage. 

  • Star Chip – The star chip is identifiable by the long cracks, or legs, which branch off from the point of impact. If a “star” chip has a total diameter that does not exceed three inches, then it can usually be repaired without requiring auto glass replacement. However, if not repaired quickly, then a star chip can spread and might require the full replacement of your auto glass. 
  • Bullseye Chip – “Bullseye” chips are some of the most common forms of windshield cracks and can easily be repaired by a professional technician. Bullseye chips are marked by a separated cone in the outer layer and a dark circle around the point of impact. 
  • Combination Chip – A “combination” chip is a rock chip which exhibits the characteristics of both bullseye and star chips, including a separated cone and multiple cracks. If the diameter of the damage (excluding the legs) does not exceed two inches, then a mobile windshield repair technician can have you back on the road in no time. 

If notice any damage to your windshield, then don’t hesitate to contact the professionals at Glass on the Move. We offer same-day service and can quickly repair most forms of windshield damage. We’ve specialized in auto glass repair and replacement for over 30 years, so if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, then call (510) 338-4791 today.     

 

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