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Types of Windshield Damage That Can and Can't be Repaired

Last updated 6 years ago

There are some things that just shouldn’t be neglected when they break. Whether you have a small nick or a large crack in your car’s windshield, it’s important to take action as soon as possible. Here are the types of windshield damage that can and cannot be repaired: 

Repair It

Young and clean cracks are the most likely windshield damage to be repaired. They do not take much time or energy to fix because the cracks have not yet spread due to the heat or exposure to high winds. These cracks are no more than a month old and include the bull’s-eye, half-moon and star break types of cracks. 

Replace It

A more common scenario is when your auto glass should be replaced, usually because of major damage. Here are a few of the types of windshield damage that cannot be repaired: 

  • Cracks in the inner layer or both layers: If the crack goes down deep into your windshield, both on the outside and the inside, then the window should be replaced, as its structure has been compromised. 
  • Nicks in the driver’s line of sight: If there are big cracks or holes near the driver’s side of the windshield, then they should not be repaired. Repair does not always make the windshield look like new, it just fills in the hole and solidifies the structure of the glass. A repair within the driver’s field of vision could be warped and not clear enough to allow for proper sight. 
  • Multiple cracks: Several cracks in one windshield can come together to form a giant fracture that can cause the entire windshield to come crashing in with just the slam of a car door. 

If you need your auto glass repaired or replaced, then contact Glass on the Move. Call us today at (510) 338-4791 to schedule an appointment.

 

 

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