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Tips for Determining if You Need a New Windshield

Last updated 6 years ago

Your windshield is an extremely important part of your vehicle—this barrier offers protection from the elements and helps you to maintain visibility on the road. Eventually, windshields become worn and suffer a drop in performance. Keep reading to learn when windshield replacement is needed.

  • Extended Cracks: Typically, small, shallow cracks can be repaired with specialty compounds. However, cracks beyond six inches in length are impossible to repair. Eventually, these cracks will spread and weaken your windshield, so any large crack makes a windshield replacement absolutely necessary. Bring your vehicle into a professional windshield repair company if you have questions about the length of a crack.
  • Compound Breaks: Not all small cracks can be ignored. Localized cracks that reach deeper layers of your windshield are just as dangerous as long, narrow cracks. Bulls-eye breaks, named for their layered, circular shape, are one such crack that requires a new windshield. Pointed, angled star-shaped breaks are another type of damage that cannot be repaired. Also, keep a close eye out for networks of cracks on the sides of the windshield. These pressure cracks are typically caused by damage to the vehicle’s frame or are the result of an improper glass installation. Call a windshield repair company right away if you notice any of these damages.
  • Debris Buildup: Unfortunately, exposure to dirt and grime can make simple chips impossible to repair. Small dirt particles can settle into these cracks and cause them to expand more quickly. Even worse, this debris makes it impossible to repair tiny cracks with standard resin treatments. In cases like these, the only way to resolve the repair is to have the entire windshield replaced.

Glass on the Move has been helping Oakland residents with speedy glass replacements since 1979. Contact us at (510) 338-4791 if you’re in need of windshield chip repair or auto glass insulation.



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